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04/19/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/19

In this week's Roundup, an oil refinery commits to $10 million in air-emissions-related site improvements. Plus, a company that transports liquified petroleum gas helps clean up two unintentional releases on an Indian Reservation.

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03/15/2021

OSHA to Expand COVID-19 Inspections Under New NEP

On March 12, OSHA launched a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to protect high-risk workers from hazards related to COVID-19 exposure. The program expands upon its existing inspection efforts to prioritize companies with the highest number of workers at serious risk of contracting the virus.

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02/25/2021

TCEQ Will Accept Electronic Waste Summary Until April 1

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is offering enforcement discretion for Annual Waste Summaries submitted no later than April 1, 2021.  

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02/25/2021

Half of Covered Employers Don't Submit Injury and Illness Reports

A report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates that fewer than half of covered establishments submitted their required annual summary of injury and illness data in 2019.  

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02/08/2021

Can I Go to Jail for Hazardous Waste Violations?

Can a person be jailed for violating the RCRA hazardous waste regulations? The short answer is yes.

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01/14/2021

OSHA Raises Penalties for Safety Violations

OSHA increased its civil penalties for violations of 29 CFR workplace safety Standards, effective January 15, 2021.

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01/11/2021

DOT Hazmat Penalties Rise for 2021

US DOT increased civil penalties for transportation law violations this week, including violations of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).

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12/28/2020

EPA Increases Civil Penalties for 2021

The cost of noncompliance with US EPA's air, water, chemical, and hazardous waste regulations just went up.

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11/02/2020

California Expands Haz Waste Law for Milk Runs

The California legislature recently passed a bill to authorize the use of consolidated manifests for transporters who pick up certain hazardous wastes from retailers who do business in the Golden State.  

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10/15/2020

TCEQ Plans to Increase Environmental Penalties for 2021

TCEQ announced proposed significant increases to its penalty policy for environmental and hazardous waste violations in Texas. The TCEQ Penalty Policy provides a framework for the Agency to calculate fines and penalties for entities that violate State environmental and/or hazardous waste regulations. 

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