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06/13/2022

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/13

In this week's Roundup, a chemical company pays $110 million in site improvements following Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a dental equipment provider allegedly produced and sold two disinfectants not approved by EPA.

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02/28/2022

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/28

In this week's Roundup, a steel manufacturer pays a $3 million civil penalty after an alleged discharge of contaminated wastewater. Plus, an oil refinery agrees to a  $12,500 civil penalty for alleged chemical reporting violations.

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02/14/2022

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/14

In this week's Roundup, an employer's assets are frozen after alleged repeated RCRA violations at a pesticide distributor. Plus, a paper mill agrees to pay $1.1 million to resolve alleged hydrogen sulfide emissions violations.

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02/07/2022

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/7

In this week's Roundup, a company that makes construction materials agrees to pay $105,000 for alleged TRI reporting missteps. Plus, a chemical plant is required to make hazardous waste determinations on its cleaning agents.

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01/12/2022

EPA Increases Penalties for Environmental Noncompliance

US EPA increased its maximum monetary civil penalties for violations of air, water, chemical, and hazardous waste programs on January 12, 2022.

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12/20/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/20

In this week's Roundup, a telecom company pledges up to $1.5 million towards the recovery of abandoned cables in Lake Tahoe. Plus, a major agricultural company agrees to over $22 million in FIFRA-related fines and penalties.

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12/13/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/13

In this week's Roundup, a fishing company agrees to pay $725,000 after an improper discharge of engine room bilge oily mixtures in American Samoa. Plus, a vineyard allegedly provided insufficient emergency response training to its workers related to its use of anhydrous ammonia.

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11/22/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/22

In this week's Roundup, a gas facility will pay $230,000 for alleged violations of chemical release prevention and reporting regulations. Plus, a container ship allegedly violated its Clean Water Act Permit during 11 voyages between 2016 and 2021.

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10/25/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/25

In this week's Roundup, a chemical manufacturer agrees to overhaul its operations with $50 million in facility upgrades. Plus, a pesticide facility will pay over $200,000 to resolve violations related to a March 2019 chemical fire.

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10/11/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/11

In this week's Roundup, a rubber manufacturer pays $3.35 million to resolve allegations that the company unintentionally emitted excess amounts of regulated air pollutants. Plus, a fire at a natural gas plant results in a the death of one employee.

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When US EPA introduced the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the hazardous waste management standards included reduced requirements for some large-volume wastes. After studying the hazards of wastes in oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) operations, as directed by the US Congress, EPA determined regulation of these wastes under RCRA was not warranted. Therefore, many oil and gas E&P wastes are excluded from the RCRA Subtitle C hazardous waste management standards.

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