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01/11/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/11

In this week's Roundup, a food distributor is set to pay nearly $187K over alleged misuse of anhydrous ammonia. Plus, EPA fines a towing company $75K for allegedly mishandling hazardous waste after a chemical spill.

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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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12/28/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/28

In this week's Roundup, a pair of cattle farmers are set to pay $76,000 for alleged stormwater discharges without the proper permit. Plus, an industrial fuel supplier allegedly violated EPCRA and US air emissions standards, resulting in a $1.3 million penalty.

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12/08/2020

Former Recycling Company President Faces Prison Time for RCRA Violations

On November 19, the former president of a Wisconsin-based recycling company was sentenced to 18 months in Federal prison for conspiring to store and transport hazardous waste without the proper permits.

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12/08/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/8

In this week's Roundup, a military and parachute hardware fabricator agreed to a $55K settlement to resolve alleged TRI Reporting violations. Plus, a retail store chain allegedly mishandled hazardous waste, resulting in a $3.3 million fine.

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11/24/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/24

In this week's Roundup, a chemical manufacturer is set to pay $800K for alleged SPCC violations. Plus, a pet and gardening suppy company allegedly distributed pesticides with outdated labeling, resulting in a $286K FIFRA violation.

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11/16/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/16

In this week's Roundup, an Alabama flooring manufacturer is set to pay $8.95 million for alleged Clean Water Act violations. Plus, EPA halts the import of over 650,000 unapproved alcohol wipes and the distributor allegedly involved will pay $213K in penalties.

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11/09/2020

Haz Waste Violations at Over 200 Stores Cost Retail Chain $1.49M

A home, bath, and kitchen supplies retailer is expected to pay $1,498,750 to resolve alleged violations of California’s Title 22 hazardous waste regulations at more than two hundred of its California locations. According to the settlement, the company improperly disposed of hazardous and electronic waste (e-waste) at local landfills that were not permitted to receive it.

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10/26/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/26

In this week's Roundup, an oil and gas company agrees to imporve its Clearn Air Act policies and pay $2.85 million after EPA allegedly found violations at 12 of its faciltiies. Plus, EPA revisits a 2011 Consent Degree to expedite over $1 billion in improvements to a municipal wastewater system in Georgia. 

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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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