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02/24/2020

NJ Business Owner Faces Prison Time Plus $4.2M Fine for Haz Waste Violations

Earlier this month, a New Jersey business owner was ordered to pay $4.2 million in restitution and sentenced to 30 days in prison to resolve Federal hazardous waste violations. In addition, the business owner is required to complete 30 days of house arrest and three years of probation.  

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02/18/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/18

In this week's Roundup, three New England recycling facilities and an aerospace and wind energy parts manufacturer will pay over $400K to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. Plus, a pair of municipal power companies must resolve Clean Air Act violations by updating their Electric Generating Units.

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02/11/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/11

In this week's Roundup, an oil refinery and a paper mill are ordered to pay over $4 million to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. Plus, learn how an Arizona pool supply company allegedly violated Federal pestcide regulations.

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02/03/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/3

In this week's Roundup, a natural gas company and an agricultural coop agree to over $4 million in penalties and site improvements to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. Plus, a Missouri stone quarry must pay $80k in penalties for allegedly dumping dirt in a local tributary in violation of the Clean Water Act.

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01/27/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/27

In this week's Roundup, an oil and gas company will pay $1.95 million to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations. Plus, a hazmat drum maker and a motor fuels distributor were both named in a $1.3 million settlement over their alleged connection to an Ohio Superfund site.

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01/14/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/14

In this week's Roundup, an oil refinery and a real estate development company must pay over $900,000 to resolve Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a Washington State port authority agrees to a $1.3 million settlement for alleged illegal stormwater discharges in violation of the Clean Water Act.

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01/07/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/7

In this week's Roundup, an oil and natural gas company pays at least $440,000 to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations at their Maine petroleum tank farm. Plus, a California-based industrial waste management facility commits to improving air quality at a local school as part of a settlement for alleged RCRA violations.

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01/06/2020

Railcar Servicer Fined $550K After Worker Fatality

On December 4, OSHA fined a railcar company $551,226 due to confined space safety violations that led to the death of an employee in Pittston, Pennsylvania.

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12/31/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/30

In this week's Roundup, an auto parts retail chain and an Alaskan oil refinery are set to pay over $3.8 million for RCRA violations. Plus, a city in the Midwest settles with EPA over alleged mishandling of biosolids.

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12/17/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/16

In this week's Roundup, a hydrocarbon exploration company and an autobody chain pay over $8 million to settle alleged CERCLA and hazardous waste violations. Plus, an oil refinery agrees to pay $500k in fines to settle alleged Clean Air Act and EPCRA violations.

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