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06/22/2016

US Navy and Contractor to Pay for Illegal Hazardous Waste Storage

To settle violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste regulations, the US Navy and Guam Shipyard will pay a combined $125,000 fine.

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06/14/2016

Major Online Retailer Fined $350,000 for Hazmat Shipping Violations

For alleged violations of the US DOT’s Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) stemming from an improperly prepared package of drain cleaner offered for air transport from Kentucky to Colorado, a Washington-based online retailer will pay $350,000, according to an FAA press release.

 

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06/14/2016

Furniture Retailer Agrees to Corporate-Wide, $1.75 Million OSHA Settlement

One of the nation’s largest furniture retailers has reached a corporate-wide settlement agreement for alleged violations of OSHA work safety regulations. As part of the agreement, the company will pay a $1,750,000 fine, abate workplace hazards, and train employees in line with the machine safety requirements at 29 CFR 1910.147(c)(7).

 

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06/09/2016

$23,000 PCB Storage Penalty for Lamp Recycler Under TSCA

According to a US EPA press release, a lamp recycler in Windsor, CT will pay $23,000 to settle allegations personnel mishandled PCB-containing light ballasts. PCBs—polychlorinated biphenyls—are  known carcinogens subject to specific handling and management rules under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

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06/02/2016

Biodiesel Plant Settles EPA Noncompliance Allegations for $396,000

For violations of multiple major US EPA environmental laws, a Rhode Island biodiesel plant will pay a $396,000 fine. 

 

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05/31/2016

Electroplating Operator Indicted for RCRA Storage Violations

The former operator of a now-closed electroplating facility in Cedar Falls, IA has been indicted by a Federal grand jury on one count of unlawful storage of hazardous waste stemming from the discovery of drums of toxic and corrosive waste stored at the facility after it closed.

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11/06/2015

OSHA Authorized to Raise Civil Penalties for First Time in 25 Years

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 became law this week, and in addition to setting a budget for the US government, the Act addresses civil penalties for employer violations of US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) work safety regulations. In Section 701 of the bill, titled Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, the new legislation sets criteria for OSHA to use to adjust civil penalty amounts to keep pace with inflation...

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