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07/15/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 7/15

In this week's Roundup, a silicone manufacturer and a cold storage facility must pay $4.55 million and $78,200 respectively for Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a major Texas municipality commits to $2 billion in wastewater treatment system improvements.

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06/10/2019

Cruise Corporation Fined $20 Million for Alleged Pollution Violations

One of the largest cruise corporations in the world has reached a settlement with Federal prosecutors, agreeing to pay $20 million for illegally dumping plastics in the ocean near the Bahamas among other violations.  

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05/24/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/28

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, a family-owned dairy farm will pay over $89,000 for Clean Air Act and EPCRA vioations. Plus, an industrial lumber facility faces $320,000 in Clean Water Act violations.

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05/07/2019

4 Disasters that Shaped US Environmental Policy

This summer, we will observe the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Fire of 1969. In fact, this year represents anniversary dates for four major environmental disasters that greatly influenced environmental policy in the United States.

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05/06/2019

Do I Need a NPDES Permit for Groundwater Discharge?

Recently, US EPA clarified its stance on whether the Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program covers point-source discharges to groundwater. 

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04/29/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/30

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, regulated businesses will pay civil penalties for Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act violations and a manufacturer settles with EPA for $16.2 million in Superfund cleanup costs. 

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04/15/2019

Coming Soon: New CERCLA Hazardous Substance Listings for PFOA and PFOS

On April 9, 2019, US EPA announced plans to list two toxic fluorochemicals, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), as hazardous substances under the CERCLA/Superfund program.

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02/15/2019

EPA Proposes New WOTUS Rule to Clarify Clean Water Act's Scope

The WOTUS definition determines which bodies of water are under the jurisdiction of EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, i.e., which waters are subject to requirements for Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC)...

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02/04/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/5

In this week’s Roundup, a pipeline owner, a permitted hazardous waste facility, and an oil and gas disposal company will pay to resolve alleged violations of EPA water, oil spill, and hazardous waste violations.

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01/14/2019

Who Needs a Clean Water Act Permit for Dredge-and-Fill?

Section 404 of the Clean Water Act authorizes the Secretary of the Army to issue permits for the discharge of dredge or fill material into navigable waters. The Secretary of the Army has delegated this authority to the Army Corps of Engineers....  

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