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08/23/2016

$237,980 RCRA Fine for Texas Oil and Gas Equipment Company

An oil and gas equipment firm will pay a hefty civil penalty for violations of RCRA hazardous waste management requirements at facilities in Cleburne, Jacksboro, Valley View, Barnhart, and Pleasanton, Texas. 

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08/11/2016

Auto Parts Manufacturer Fined $106,000 for Repeat Safety Violations

An auto parts manufacturer and its staffing agency will pay $106,000 in OSHA fines to settle allegations they failed to meet their responsibilities for providing a safe workplace.  

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07/20/2016

Baltimore Steel Galvanizer to Pay $60K for Hazardous Waste Tank Violations

A steel galvanizer in Maryland will pay $60,000 to settle allegations it mismanaged a tank of hazardous waste at its Baltimore facility in violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). According to US EPA, the facility’s violations centered on spent hydrochloric acid stored in a tank on site.

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07/08/2016

Delivery Company to Pay DTSC $3.3M for Violations of California Hazardous Waste Law

In a settlement reached with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control  (DTSC), a major US delivery company will pay $3,357,975 to resolve allegations the company mishandled damaged containers and packages of hazardous materials.

 

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07/05/2016

EPA Raises Civil Penalties for Environmental Noncompliance

In the Federal Register today, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted an Interim Final Rule to raise civil penalties for violations of environmental law and EPA regulations. Penalties are being raised to match inflation as mandated under the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990.

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06/30/2016

OSHA Raises Fines for Safety Violations for First Time Since 1990

For the first time since 1990, penalties for violations of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) work safety rules have gone up. 

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06/30/2016

Brewery Fined $2.8 Million for Clean Water Act Violations

In a June 23 press release,US EPA announced a consent decree between EPA, the US Department of Justice, and a beer brewer that operates two large-scale breweries in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. According to the press release, the brewer allegedly violated the Clean Water Act by discharging industrial waste to municipal publicly owned treatment works (POTWs).

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06/29/2016

PHMSA Raises Hazmat Civil Penalties

In the Federal Register today, the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) posted an Interim Final Rule to raise the maximum and minimum civil penalties for violations of Federal hazardous materials regulations, law, special permits, and approvals.  

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06/28/2016

Repeat OSHA Violations Lead to Big Fine for Foundry

An OSHA workplace safety inspection uncovered multiple repeat violations of work safety requirements that will cost a Franklin, OH foundry $143,000 in penalties. According to OSHA, the company exposed employees to amputation, hearing loss, and respiratory hazards and failed to train employees on the hazardous chemicals used in the workplace as required under OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200).

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06/28/2016

Online Retailer Still Plagued by Hazmat Fines

According to US FAA, for the 26th and 27th times since 2013, regulators levied heavy fines against major online retailer Amazon for violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

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