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05/10/2021

Illinois Warehouse Cited for $12K After Workplace COVID-19 Exposures & 1 Death

OSHA issued a $12,288 safety citation to a warehousing and distribution company in Naperville, IL for alleged safety violations related to a company meeting that led to 23 workers contracting COVID-19, including one who died.

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04/13/2021

Maine Autobody Plant Faces $400K in OSHA Citations

An autobody manufacturing facility in Waterville, ME has been issued citations from US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA noted two willful and 10 serious alleged violations of Fall Protection and Noise Safety Standards, totaling $393,992 in proposed fines.

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02/25/2021

Will OSHA Target Your Site for Inspection in 2021?

OSHA recently revised its Site-specific Targeting (SST) program to establish a new category of employers who may be targeted for safety inspections this year. The new directive replaces SST-16 to target facilities based on employer-reported data from 2017 to 2019.

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02/01/2021

Hospital Fined $108K For RCRA Violations

A hospital system in the DC metro area has been fined $108,304 by EPA for alleged mismanagement of hazardous waste. EPA announced the settlement last week on January 27. EPA cited various alleged violations of RCRA in its statement.

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12/08/2020

Former Recycling Company President Faces Prison Time for RCRA Violations

On November 19, the former president of a Wisconsin-based recycling company was sentenced to 18 months in Federal prison for conspiring to store and transport hazardous waste without the proper permits.

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11/09/2020

Haz Waste Violations at Over 200 Stores Cost Retail Chain $1.49M

A home, bath, and kitchen supplies retailer is expected to pay $1,498,750 to resolve alleged violations of California’s Title 22 hazardous waste regulations at more than two hundred of its California locations. According to the settlement, the company improperly disposed of hazardous and electronic waste (e-waste) at local landfills that were not permitted to receive it.

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10/19/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/19

In this week's Roundup, a California waste management facility pays over $350K to resolve alleged RCRA violations. Plus, a Wisconsin chemical manufacturer agrees to pay $480K and conduct a leak detection and repair audit after alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

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10/05/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/5

In this week's Roundup, a horseracing track loses a bet to the EPA, paying over $8 million for alleged Clean Water Act violations. Plus, a cold storage unit and a natural gas plant settle with EPA for $360K combined for alleged Clean Air Act violations.

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10/02/2020

CA Paint Manufacturer Settles for $1.43 Million in Title 22 Penalties

A San Carlos-based paint manufacturer reached a settlement with more than twenty California county prosecutors to settle alleged hazardous waste disposal violations.

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09/08/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/8

In this week's Roundup, a utility company and a ready-mixed concrete supplier will collectivelypay approximately $7 million to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a waste disposal company is required to bring their Nebraska facility up to current chemical accident safety prevention standards.

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