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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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03/30/2016

$85,000 Settlement for RCRA Violations at PA Chemical Co.

For alleged violations of US EPA’s rules for managing hazardous waste and oil, a Reading, PA chemical distribution plant will pay a $55,000 civil penalty and furnish a local fire department with $30,000 worth of emergency response equipment.

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03/11/2016

Hazmat in Researcher’s Suitcase Costs College $56,000

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a $56,000 civil penalty against a Wisconsin university for hazmat violations after the TSA found “highly flammable” research-grade alcohol and corrosive epoxy resin in a student researcher’s baggage at the airport.  

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03/09/2016

Jail Time, $1M Fine for RCRA Hazardous Waste Violations

In a joint press release issued on March 8, the United States Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a criminal sentence for a CEO of a Costa Mesa, CA aviation company. 

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02/11/2016

Alleged Hazmat Violations Cost Carrier $455K

In a February 11 press release, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced a proposed $455,000 civil penalty against a freight carrier for alleged violations of hazardous materials shipping regulations.

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02/04/2016

Stormwater Violations Cost Manufacturer $145,000

A Fairbury, NE manufacturing facility will pay $145,000 to resolve alleged violations of the US EPA’s Clean Water Act, according to a press release from EPA Region 7. The violations stem from stormwater discharge of cadmium, cooper, lead, nickel, and zinc in excess of permit limits.

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01/21/2016

Newport, WA Plant Fined $1.3M for Explosion that Injured 17

A Newport, WA plastics and composites production plant where a July 2015 explosion injured seventeen workers has been cited for willful and serious violations of OSHA’s work safety standards. 

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