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05/18/2020

Styrene Release Echoes 1984 Bhopal Disaster

On May 7, an early morning gas leak from a polymer manufacturing facility in southern India killed 12 people and hospitalized at least 350 more. Thousands in the community woke that morning to itchy eyes and difficulty breathing.

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04/17/2020

Maine Paper Mill Explosion Results in Zero Injuries

A paper mill in Jay, Maine erupted in black smoke on April 15, resulting in extensive damage to the facility but no injuries. Although State investigators reached an initial conclusion that chemicals were involved, the investigation into the cause of the explosion is ongoing.  

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04/13/2020

EPA Unveils TSCA Draft Risk Evaluation for Asbestos

On March 30, EPA published its TSCA Draft Risk Evaluation for asbestos, one of the first 10 priority chemicals scheduled for review. EPA reviewed data on potential asbestos exposures and made several initial determinations on risk relating to the environment and occupational health.  

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03/09/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/9

In this week's Roundup, an explosives manufacturer in Missouri is set to pay nearly $3 million for alleged improper disposal of explosives among other RCRA and Clean Water Act violations. Plus, EPA settles with an Arizona cold storage facility for $124K over alleged violations of chemical accident prevention regulations.

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03/02/2020

Two Hazmat Incidents Quickly Contained in Indiana and Arkansas

Last week, two different parts of the country faced what could have been significant hazmat disasters. Thankfully though, emergency professionals were quick to the scene in East Chicago, Indiana and Lonoke County, Arkansas.

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02/28/2020

Elevated Benzene Levels Reported at 10 US Refineries

A nonprofit watchdog group released a report that shows elevated benzene levels at 10 oil refineries throughout the US. While this is not illegal, EPA regulations require the refineries to investigate the cause of elevated emissions and take steps to reduce them.  

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01/28/2020

160 PFAS Chemicals Added to EPCRA TRI Reporting List

Congress recently passed a law that includes a provision to add certain per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the EPCRA Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) list of reportable chemicals.

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01/14/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/14

In this week's Roundup, an oil refinery and a real estate development company must pay over $900,000 to resolve Clean Air Act violations. Plus, a Washington State port authority agrees to a $1.3 million settlement for alleged illegal stormwater discharges in violation of the Clean Water Act.

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12/17/2019

New Chemical Release Report Rule Proposed by CSB

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to create new chemical release reporting requirements in the December 12 Federal Register.

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11/19/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/19

In this week's Roundup, a hazardous waste disposal company and lumber supplier are fined nearly $400k combined for RCRA violations. Plus, a Salt Lake City-based chemical manufacturing facility resolves over $300k in FIFRA violations. 

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