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03/29/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/29

In this week's Roundup, an energy company faces a $1.9 million penalty after alleged Clean Water Act violations at 76 locations. Plus, EPA finds alleged SPCC Plan violations resulting from an oil company's improper discharges of 455 barrels of crude oil.

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03/26/2021

DTSC Orders Metal Recycler to Pay Hazardous Waste Investigation and Cleanup Costs

In a recently issued enforcement order, California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) could require a scrap metal recycling facility in Fresno to clean up hazardous waste the site’s operations allegedly released into the environment.

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03/08/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/8

In this week's Roundup, an Alabama coal production facility will optimize its leak detection plans using a thermal imaging camera after several alleged $775K Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a manufacturer in Maine agrees to a $104K penalty after alleged air emissions violations related to hazardous air pollutants.

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02/08/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/8

In this week's Roundup, a medical waste incinerator is expected to provide $2 million in low-emitting school buses to resolve its alleged Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a national pharmacy chain is expected to pay $4.5 million related to its alleged improper hazardous waste disposal practices.

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02/01/2021

Hospital Fined $108K For RCRA Violations

A hospital system in the DC metro area has been fined $108,304 by EPA for alleged mismanagement of hazardous waste. EPA announced the settlement last week on January 27. EPA cited various alleged violations of RCRA in its statement.

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01/18/2021

2020 EPA Enforcement by the Numbers

On January 13, 2021, EPA released its annual summary of environmental enforcement activity for fiscal year 2020.

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12/08/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/8

In this week's Roundup, a military and parachute hardware fabricator agreed to a $55K settlement to resolve alleged TRI Reporting violations. Plus, a retail store chain allegedly mishandled hazardous waste, resulting in a $3.3 million fine.

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11/16/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/16

In this week's Roundup, an Alabama flooring manufacturer is set to pay $8.95 million for alleged Clean Water Act violations. Plus, EPA halts the import of over 650,000 unapproved alcohol wipes and the distributor allegedly involved will pay $213K in penalties.

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11/09/2020

Haz Waste Violations at Over 200 Stores Cost Retail Chain $1.49M

A home, bath, and kitchen supplies retailer is expected to pay $1,498,750 to resolve alleged violations of California’s Title 22 hazardous waste regulations at more than two hundred of its California locations. According to the settlement, the company improperly disposed of hazardous and electronic waste (e-waste) at local landfills that were not permitted to receive it.

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10/01/2020

Retailer Must Give Investigators a Decade of Haz Waste Info

A California appeals court panel ruled recently that one of America’s biggest retailers must give investigators ten years of information about its hazardous waste management and disposal procedures.

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4 Common Universal Waste Mistakes