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08/02/2021

PFAS Bill Passes Major Milestone in US Congress

On July 21, the US House of Representatives passed H.R.2467 PFAS Action Act of 2021. The bill establishes requirements and incentives to limit the use of PFAS and remediate the toxic chemicals already present in the environment.

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07/26/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 7/26

In this week's Roundup, a produce distributor agrees to pay almost $240K to resolve alleged EPCRA violations. Plus, a 2019 EPA inspection reveals alleged Clean Water Act violations.

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07/16/2021

Maine Becomes First State to Enact Broad PFAS Ban

On July 2, Maine passed a sweeping ban on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in all products by 2030. The ban would affect a wide range of consumer products from cosmetics, dental floss, and cookware, to guitar strings, fire foams, and food packaging.

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06/21/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/21

In this week's Roundup, a New England city agrees to over $100 million in repairs to its sewage system to reduce  accidental discharges. Plus, a power company is ordered to pay at least $30K to install electric vehicle charging stations to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations.

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05/31/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/31

In this week's Roundup, three afiliated companies agree to invest $850K in wetland restoration projects. Plus, a petroleum refinery is set to pay a six-figure settlement after alleged Clean Air Act violations resulted in a fire.

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05/21/2021

Vermont Bans PFAS from Food Packaging and More

On May 18, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation into law that would effectively prohibit the sale of certain products containing PFAS. The legislation will ban these “Forever Chemicals” from food packaging, ski wax, firefighting foams, carpets, rugs, and aftermarket stain and water-resistant treatments.

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05/21/2021

Ohio Industrial Shop Cited for Storing 38K Pounds of Hazardous Waste

Three operators of a defunct plating shop face felony charges for allegedly storing hazardous waste and operating a hazardous waste facility without a license.

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05/17/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/17

In this week's Roundup, a chemical production facility faces multiple RCRA violations after an alleged accidental release of hydrofruoric acid in 2019. Plus, a garbage truck manufacturer agrees to pay $50K for allegedly failing to train hazardous waste personnel among other violations.

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05/03/2021

EPA Outlines Priorities for 2021-22

President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 discretionary request of $11.2 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency represents the largest ever for the Agency.

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04/26/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/26

In this week's Roundup, a dairy processor submits three TRI reports after EPA identified nearly $60,000 in alleged EPCRA violations. Plus, a fertilizer manufacturer storing over 20,000lbs of aqueous ammonia vows to bring their facility into compliance with Risk Management Plan requirements.

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