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10/11/2019

Illegal NJ Dump Operator Gets Jail Time and $60K Fine

Earlier this month, a judge ordered the owner of an alleged illegal commercial dump site to pay $60,260 in fines and court fees and gave a 90-day jail sentence for the illegal operation. The ruling came after 90 municipal summonses and a multi-year investigation by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) into the alleged operation in Vernon, NJ.

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10/07/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/7

In this week's Roundup, a pet food supplier is subject to $100,000 in Clean Water Act violations for alleged excess wastewater discharges. Plus, a petroleum products distributor reaches a settlement with EPA over alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations, resulting in nearly $300,000 in fines.

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09/30/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/30

In this week's Roundup, a wastewater facility must pay over $2 billion in penalties and site improvements over alleged Clean Water Act violations. Plus, a chemical manufacturer that failed to comply with Toxic Release Inventory reporting regs now faces a nearly $200,000 settlement with US EPA.

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09/23/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/23

In this week's Roundup, an oil spill leaves an Arkansas-based logistics company with over $2 million in Clean Water Act violations. Also, a Connecticut hazardous waste facility is fined $82,000 for alleged toxic chemical reporting issues.

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09/09/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/9

In this week's Roundup, a biodiesel manufacturer must pay over $650K for Clean Water Act violations. Plus, an automotive exhaust systems retailer allegedly sold aftermarket parts to bypass Clea Air Act regulations.

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09/09/2019

OSHA Fines Nationwide Delivery Company $13K for Excessive Heat Exposure

One of the largest delivery companies in the world has been fined $13,260 by OSHA for allegedly exposing one of its drivers to excessive heat, requiring immediate medical care.  

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09/03/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/3

In this week's Roundup, a trucking company will pay $3 million for illegal hazardous materials transport, a former chemical plant manager is sentenced to 12 months probation for Clean Water Act violations, and five San Francisco bay-area marinas will pay for SPCC Plan violations. 

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08/15/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/19

In this week's Roundup, an automotive lubricant manufacturer and a real estate developer must pay thousands of dollars in penalties for violating the Clean Water Act. Plus, a company that produces windshield wiper fluid is fined nearly $200K in Clean Air Act violations. 

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08/12/2019

NJ CEO Found Personally Liable for Company’s $412K OSHA Violations

On July 25, the US Court of Appeals found a CEO personally liable for his company’s $412k OSHA penalty if the New Jersey construction company refuses to pay.

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08/08/2019

Florida DEP Arrests Business Owner for Illegal Biomedical Waste Disposal

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) arrested the owner of a hazardous waste disposal business for alleged illegal disposal of biomedical waste.

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