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06/15/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/15

In this week's Roundup, a US oil company has agreed to a $150 million settlement to clean up a Montana superfund site. Plus, an Iowa chemical manufacturer has been cited for alleged violations of Risk Management Plan regulations after a chemical release that injured one employee.

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06/12/2020

NJ Finalizes Drinking Water Standards for Two PFAS Chemicals

On June 1st, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection published maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for two perfluoroalkyl substances, PFOA and PFOS.

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06/08/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/8

In this week's Roundup, a Kansas oil refinery is ordered to pay $4 million for alleged Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a Hawai'i State department has been ordered pay over $125K for allegedly operating illegal cesspools.

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05/25/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/25

In this week's Roundup, a California musroom farm, an international ski equipment manufacturer, and Detroit energy face over $8 million in fines and penalties for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and TSCA.

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05/18/2020

May 27 TSCA Deadline: Do You Make or Import Any of These 20 Chemicals?

Have you finished your TSCA reporting yet? If your facility manufactures or imports one of TSCA’s 20 high-priority chemical substances for draft risk evaluation, you must report it to the EPA by May 27.

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05/18/2020

Styrene Release Echoes 1984 Bhopal Disaster

On May 7, an early morning gas leak from a polymer manufacturing facility in southern India killed 12 people and hospitalized at least 350 more. Thousands in the community woke that morning to itchy eyes and difficulty breathing.

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05/11/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/11

In this week's Roundup, a Chicago recycler and a Washington State agricultural company face $8.5 million in fines and penalties over alleged Clean air Act violations. Plus, an Idaho farm equipment supplier pays $25K after allegedly importing misbranded pesticides.

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05/01/2020

How to Clean and Disinfect the Workplace

CDC and EPA have collaborated on documentation and an infographic to help facility operators ensure the safety and wellbeing of their workforce once employees return to work. The guidance offers a three-step process for cleaning/disinfecting workspaces to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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04/27/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/27

In this week's Roundup, a multinational pharmaceutical manufacturer is fined over $500k for alleged violations of environmental permits. Plus, a property developer is cited for multiple violations after a controversial smokestack demolition.

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04/22/2020

EPA Marks 50 Years of Earth Day With a Virtual Celebration

April 22, 2020 marks 50 years since Earth Day became a nationally recognized day of environmentalism. Usually, it is a day devoted to cleaning up beaches, parks, rivers, and streams. However, this year, EPA is encouraging citizens to celebrate virtually through online environmental education opportunities and activities.

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