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12/18/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/19

This week, the EPA Enforcement Roundup returns for our final installment of 2017! This time around, the President of an environmental services firm In Pennsylvania faces criminal charges for illegal storage and disposal of hazardous waste.   

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11/20/2017

Environmental Civil Suits a Growing Problem for Facilities

If environmental groups and concerned citizens find they cannot achieve their aims by bringing EPA to court, they may double their efforts to sue individual facilities for perceived violations of environmental law and regulations.

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11/09/2017

EPA Posts Updates on Clean Air Act Repeals and Delays

In today’s Federal Register, US EPA posted additional information regarding its efforts to repeal or delay three recently finalized Clean Air Act requirements. As we reported in August, EPA faces pushback from environmental groups and State Attorneys General who want the latest Clean Air Act protections to remain in place.   

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11/03/2017

Oil Giant Settles Alleged Clean Air Act Violations for $300 Million

In a settlement reached with the US EPA, the US Department of Justice, and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), a major oil and gas company has agreed to install and operate air pollution control and monitoring technology at five of its petrochemical and plastics facilities in Texas and Louisiana.

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10/30/2017

Acid Rain Excess Emissions Penalty Adjusted for 2018

As required under Title IV of the Clean Air Act, every year, US EPA adjusts the penalty for excess emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides—the primary sources of acid rain.   

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10/20/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/24

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, a salmon cannery will pay for Clean Air Act violations and an iron company must reimburse US EPA for CERCLA/Superfund hazardous substances cleanup costs. 

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10/13/2017

EPA Ready to Repeal Clean Power Plan

US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on October 10 signed a proposed Rule to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a 2015 EPA rulemaking that set state-specific, rate-based limits on greenhouse gases emitted from electricity generating units, or EGUs (i.e., power plants).   

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10/06/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/10

In this week’s EPA Enforcement Roundup, an Alaska hazmat carrier will pay for 3 diesel fuel spills caused by icy road conditions, a quarry will pay for Clean Water Act mistakes and an aluminium production facility will pay a six-figure fine for alleged Clean Air Act violations. 

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09/15/2017

Tuna Producer Caught in EPA Enforcement Net

Sorry, Charlie! A major canned tuna fish producer will now pay more than $6,000,000 to resolve alleged violations of wastewater permitting, Clean Water Act, RCRA hazardous waste, and Clean Air Act chemical storage requirements.

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09/11/2017

Clean Air Act Rules for VOCs from Commercial Products

In order to control the concentration of ozone in ground-level atmosphere, the Clear Air Act (CAA) requires the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study the effect of consumer and commercial products that emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in relation to those emissions’ potential to affect ozone buildup in the ambient air.  

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