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09/13/2021

EPA’s Environmental Justice Initiative at Work

In April, US EPA’s new administrator outlined the agency’s Accelerating Environmental and Economic Justice initiative to protect overburdened and marginalized communities. The initiative is gaining wide traction through EPA’s grants, community partnerships, and…enforcement actions.

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08/30/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/30

In this week's Roundup, a metal recycler will pay $500,000 to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations related to two facility explosions in 2020. Plus, a mineral facility agrees to serve five years probation and pay civil and criminal penalties after EPA and OSHA find the company allegedly exposed workers to arsenic hazards.

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08/16/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/16

In this week's Roundup, a pipeline company agrees to pay $365 million in civil and criminal penalties after an alleged 29 million gallon unauthorized wastewater discharge. Plus, an oil and gas facility must implement emergency response training in response to alleged Clean Water Act violations.

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08/10/2021

NJDEP Urges EPA to List Lower Hackensack River as Superfund Site

On July 23, NJDEP wrote a letter to EPA in an effort to resume plans to list Lower Hackensack River as a Federal Superfund site. The 23-mile section would be the first NJ river to receive the designation under CERCLA.

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08/09/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/9

In this week's Roundup, a metal smelting facility is set to pay almost $900K for alleged violations of their Clean Water Act permit. Plus, an industrial gas company agrees to overhaul its safety protocols after an anhydrous ammonia release.

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08/02/2021

PFAS Bill Passes Major Milestone in US Congress

On July 21, the US House of Representatives passed H.R.2467 PFAS Action Act of 2021. The bill establishes requirements and incentives to limit the use of PFAS and remediate the toxic chemicals already present in the environment.

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08/02/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/2

In this week's Roundup, a beauty products maker in Illinois faces a civil penalty of $175K for alleged RCRA violations. Plus, a Nebraska construction company agrees to modify its pollution management processes to comply with its Clean Water Act permit.

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07/26/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 7/26

In this week's Roundup, a produce distributor agrees to pay almost $240K to resolve alleged EPCRA violations. Plus, a 2019 EPA inspection reveals alleged Clean Water Act violations.

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07/16/2021

Maine Becomes First State to Enact Broad PFAS Ban

On July 2, Maine passed a sweeping ban on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in all products by 2030. The ban would affect a wide range of consumer products from cosmetics, dental floss, and cookware, to guitar strings, fire foams, and food packaging.

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07/12/2021

California Scrap Yard Cited for Title 22 Violations by DTSC

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has filed citations against a Fontana-based scrap yard for alleged mismanagement of hazardous waste and failure to train employees.

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