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01/03/2022

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/3

In this week's Roundup, a CERCLA-regulated cleanup at a former aluminum recycling facility is slated to cost $2.1 million. Plus, a soybean food maker agrees to replace its wastewater system after alleged Clean Water Act violations.

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10/29/2021

EPA Unveils National PFAS Strategy

On October 18, EPA Administrator Michael Regan announced a comprehensive Strategic Roadmap to combat per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination nationwide. The Roadmap is expected to introduce PFAS limits on drinking water nationwide, designate PFAS as hazardous substances, and lay a technical foundation on PFAS air emissions.

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10/25/2021

When Haz Waste Haunts Us from Beyond the Grave

It's no urban legend that RCRA mandates a cradle-to-grave management system for hazardous waste. For Halloween, we bring you three Halloween "tricks" to help  make sure hazardous waste won't haunt you after it's laid to rest. 

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10/18/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/18

In this week's Roundup, three chemical companies agree to collectively pay $77 million to remediate two Superfund sites. Plus, improper benzene waste operations at a manufacturing facility result in a $3.1 million settlement.

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10/11/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/11

In this week's Roundup, a rubber manufacturer pays $3.35 million to resolve allegations that the company unintentionally emitted excess amounts of regulated air pollutants. Plus, a fire at a natural gas plant results in a the death of one employee.

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09/07/2021

Indemnity Clauses and CERCLA Liability

Why contractual “hold harmless” clauses and indemnity agreements won't shield you from CERCLA liability. 

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08/10/2021

NJDEP Urges EPA to List Lower Hackensack River as Superfund Site

On July 23, NJDEP wrote a letter to EPA in an effort to resume plans to list Lower Hackensack River as a Federal Superfund site. The 23-mile section would be the first NJ river to receive the designation under CERCLA.

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08/09/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/9

In this week's Roundup, a metal smelting facility is set to pay almost $900K for alleged violations of their Clean Water Act permit. Plus, an industrial gas company agrees to overhaul its safety protocols after an anhydrous ammonia release.

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01/25/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/25

In this week's Roundup, a major chemical manufacturer promises nearly $300 million in site improvements after alleged Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a military base and a metal producer are ordered to pay $300K for alleged violations of RCRA.

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01/22/2021

EPA Unveils 2019 TRI Report

Last week, EPA released its annual Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis for 2019. The TRI Report chronicles chemical waste management activities at public and private entities as part of Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) compliance.

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