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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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06/23/2016

Leaky Fridge Equipment Strikes Again, This Time for $500,000

In another addition to the growing list of Clean Air Act civil penalties related to hazardous chemical leaks from refrigeration equipment this year, US EPA has fined a major national grocery chain $500,000.

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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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Civil Penalty Increases For 2021