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10/30/2017

EPA Proposes New Mercury TSCA Reporting Requirement

US EPA last week proposed a reporting requirement for persons who manufacture or import mercury and mercury-added products. The information EPA collects will help the Agency make recommendations to further reduce mercury use in the US.   

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10/30/2017

Acid Rain Excess Emissions Penalty Adjusted for 2018

As required under Title IV of the Clean Air Act, every year, US EPA adjusts the penalty for excess emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides—the primary sources of acid rain.   

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10/20/2017

2 Employers Cited for OSHA Fall Hazards

OSHA has fined 2 companies—a structural framing company in Alabama and a South Jersey construction company—for alleged violations of fall prevention, scaffolding, and other work safety regulations.   

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10/20/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/24

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, a salmon cannery will pay for Clean Air Act violations and an iron company must reimburse US EPA for CERCLA/Superfund hazardous substances cleanup costs. 

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10/13/2017

Army Corps of Engineers Raises Clean Water Act Civil Penalty

The US Army Corps of Engineers (ACoE) on Friday raised its civil penalties for violations of the Clean Water Act to reflect the rate of inflation.  

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10/06/2017

TSCA Reform Status Report: 1 Year Later

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA), more commonly referred to as “TSCA Reform.” More than one year later, where does the Environmental Protection Agency stand on meeting its responsibilities for implementing TSCA reform?  

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10/06/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/10

In this week’s EPA Enforcement Roundup, an Alaska hazmat carrier will pay for 3 diesel fuel spills caused by icy road conditions, a quarry will pay for Clean Water Act mistakes and an aluminium production facility will pay a six-figure fine for alleged Clean Air Act violations. 

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09/19/2017

What's So Special About Hazmat Salvage Packaging?

When a package of hazardous materials becomes damaged during transportation, starts leaking, exhibits a defect, or otherwise ceases to conform to relevant standards, the entire package is placed inside a salvage packaging. That way, the packaging can be safely transported to an appropriate facility for recovery or disposal.   

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09/18/2017

2 Shippers Fined for Hazmat Air Violations

This month, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed civil penalties for two shippers who allegedly violated US DOT hazmat shipping requirements, including a $50,000 fine for 142 lithium batteries found in an employee's checked luggage. 

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09/15/2017

Tuna Producer Caught in EPA Enforcement Net

Sorry, Charlie! A major canned tuna fish producer will now pay more than $6,000,000 to resolve alleged violations of wastewater permitting, Clean Water Act, RCRA hazardous waste, and Clean Air Act chemical storage requirements.

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