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01/11/2018

EPA Raises Civil Penalties for RCRA Hazardous Waste Violations, More

Its that time of year again—the time when, since the passage of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, government agencies including US EPA are required to raise civil penalties annually to match the rate of inflation.

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01/02/2018

EPA Closes 2017 With Millions in Clean Air Act Penalties

A lump of coal may be the holiday gift for bad boys and girls, but EPA had a much worse “present” in store for two carbon black manufacturers in December. In the final week of 2017, EPA giftwrapped some major Clean Air Act penalties for these two companies, totaling about $2 million.  

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12/18/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/19

This week, the EPA Enforcement Roundup returns for our final installment of 2017! This time around, the President of an environmental services firm In Pennsylvania faces criminal charges for illegal storage and disposal of hazardous waste.   

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11/27/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/28

In this week’s EPA Enforcement Roundup, an exterminator will pay $10 million in criminal fines for fumigating residential properties with products containing methyl bromide. Plus, a hazardous waste facility pays for RCRA permit violations and a seafood storage company is fined for failure to properly report a hazardous substance release.  

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11/20/2017

Environmental Civil Suits a Growing Problem for Facilities

If environmental groups and concerned citizens find they cannot achieve their aims by bringing EPA to court, they may double their efforts to sue individual facilities for perceived violations of environmental law and regulations.

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11/07/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/7

In this week’s EPA enforcement roundup: EPA fined two companies for Clean Air Act violations and a university for improper disposal of PCB-contaminated waste. 

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11/03/2017

Oil Giant Settles Alleged Clean Air Act Violations for $300 Million

In a settlement reached with the US EPA, the US Department of Justice, and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), a major oil and gas company has agreed to install and operate air pollution control and monitoring technology at five of its petrochemical and plastics facilities in Texas and Louisiana.

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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

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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10/06/2017

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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