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04/19/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/19

In this week's Roundup, an oil refinery commits to $10 million in air-emissions-related site improvements. Plus, a company that transports liquified petroleum gas helps clean up two unintentional releases on an Indian Reservation.

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04/12/2021

Why Some Excluded RCRA Wastes Need HazCom Labels

Hazardous wastes covered under RCRA are excluded from OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). But what about wastes that are excluded from RCRA?

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04/06/2021

Florida Wastewater Pond Collapse Could Result in 20-ft.-high Floodwaters

Update 4/6: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released new data showing a diminished risk for an uncontrolled breach of water from Piney Point. The local evacuation order has been lifted. Residents and local businesses near Piney Point are asked to return home. Although some roadways have opened to thru traffic, Buckeye Rd. is closed until further notice.

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04/05/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/5

In this week's Roundup, a paper mill allegedly discharged pulping liquor into the Potomac River, resulting in a $650K fine. Plus, a Chicago dental equipment distributor is expected to pay over $460K for alleged FIFRA violations.

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04/01/2021

Update: Fall 2020 Unified Agenda Hits the Federal Register

Update 04/01/21: Federal agencies published their Fall 2020 regulatory agendas to the Federal Register this week. 

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03/15/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/15

In this week's Roundup, a steel manufacturer will upgrade its air pollution control equipment after allegedly violating its Title V permit. Plus, a chemical distributor is expected to pay nearly $130K for alleged missteps in its chemical management processes.

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03/08/2021

How States Size Up Hazardous Waste Generators

State RCRA hazardous waste programs must be at least as stringent as the Federal RCRA regulations, but they are not required to be identical. One area where variations is quite common is the generator size categories. 

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02/25/2021

TCEQ Will Accept Electronic Waste Summary Until April 1

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is offering enforcement discretion for Annual Waste Summaries submitted no later than April 1, 2021.  

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02/23/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/23

In this week's Roundup, three oil companies face $9.6 million in penalties after alleged violations related to Risk Management Plans, hazardous waste management, and Clean Water Act.

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02/16/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/16

In this week's Roundup, a metal recyling company commits to $4.3 million in site improvements, resulting approximately 47 milion pounds of dust pollution reduction at one facility. Plus, an oil and gas provider will bolster its SPCC plans at five facilities after alleged improper discharges of crude oil into WOTUS.

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Civil Penalty Increases For 2021