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01/17/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/17

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup: a $1.4 million RCRA hazardous waste penalty for a chemical producer, Clean Air Act and EPCRA reporting violations for a pasta maker, and more.

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01/09/2017

Superfund and Right-to-Know Act FAQ

Here we break down key terms in US EPA's chemical emergency preparedness and reporting regulations, CERCLA and EPCRA, to help chemical facility EHS managers understand and meet their responsibilities under these two major programs.

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10/07/2016

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/7

EPA raised its maximum civil penalties in 2016, making it more critical than ever that EHS professionals understand how these complex regulatory programs affect their facilities. We hope providing information about EPA enforcement cases will help you identify and fix noncompliance issues that could leave your company facing down costly penalties and future liability.

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10/04/2016

Sulfur Dioxide Release Leads to $106,000 in EPA Fines

US EPA reported this week that a Carson, California facility that produces sulfuric acid for refineries will pay a $106,000 civil penalty following a release of sulfur dioxide that hospitalized eleven people working at neighboring sites.

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09/28/2016

EPCRA Reporting Violations Net Rhode Island Metal Producer $69K in EPA Fines

For violations of US EPA chemical reporting requirements under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), a Rhode Island facility that manufactures metal products like filler metals, fluxes, products for brazing and soldering metals, and more will pay a $69,265 fine. 

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07/21/2016

EPA Updates EPCRA Chemical Reporting to Match GHS HazCom

When it comes to overlapping chemical requirements, major changes tend to reverberate across many environmental and safety programs.

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06/21/2016

Clean Air Act, CERCLA, and EPCRA Fines for Food Processor

For alleged violations of multiple US environmental laws and regulations stemming from a release of anhydrous ammonia, a bakery and distribution company in Chelsea and Lawrence, MA will pay $156,000 in civil penalties. In addition to the fine, the company will furnish emergency response equipment to local emergency responders, at an estimated cost of $119,000.

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06/02/2016

Biodiesel Plant Settles EPA Noncompliance Allegations for $396,000

For violations of multiple major US EPA environmental laws, a Rhode Island biodiesel plant will pay a $396,000 fine. 

 

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12/16/2015

EPA Hazardous Waste Office Changes Name

The US EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) has a new name. The office—which is responsible for implementing a number of EPA’s environmental programs—will from here on out be known as the Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM). Among the responsibilities of this office is the development of hazardous waste standards and regulations.

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12/09/2015

EPA Launches eDisclosure Portal to Help Facilities Self-Report Environmental Violations

US EPA today announced the launch of its eDisclosure Portal to help regulated businesses self-report violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and other environmental regulations. Self-reporting violations of the US EPA’s environmental regulations can benefit businesses in a number of ways—including possible reduction in the civil penalty amount the facility must pay. 

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