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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 Plus, a pet and gardening suppy company allegedly distributed pesticides with outdated labeling, resulting in a $286K FIFRA violation.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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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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08/17/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 8/17

In this week's Roundup, a Texas excavator will pay nearly $50K to resolve  alleged TCEQ and RCRA violations. Plus, a New England scrap metal processor has been cited for nearly $900K after allegedly emitting VOCs without a permit.

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07/23/2020

Lysol Products Are the First EPA-Approved Surface Disinfectants for COVID-19

Earlier this month, EPA approved two Lysol brand disinfecting sprays as the first products tested to effectively destroy  SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, on hard, non-porous surfaces. This paves the way for more disinfectants to be approved in the future.

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06/29/2020

Herbicide Manufacturer Settles Glyphosate Suits for $10B

The maker of Roundup has announced a settlement to pay over $10 billion to resolve approximately 95,000 claims linking the herbicide to cases of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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06/29/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/29

In this week's Roundup, a housing complex is ordered to pay $55K for allegedly operating 16 illegal large-capacity cesspools. Plus, a Delaware farm is cited for $25K in FIFRA violations after allegedly failing to provide decontamination supplies to employees who worked in pesticide-treated areas.

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06/25/2020

EPA Issues Enforcement Actions Amid Influx of Misleading Disinfectants

Since coronavirus has swept through the US, EPA has begun issuing enforcement actions against those who unlawfully attempt to mislead the public by importing, manufacturing, distributing, and/or selling unregistered, potentially harmful disinfecting products.

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06/01/2020

How to Safely Disinfect Your Workplace: HazCom Considerations

As states begin reopening, many facilities will need to rethink how to clean and disinfect the workplace to protect employees from COVID-19 and comply with State and Federal guidelines. However, these changes may require new or revised OSHA hazard communication strategies, depending on which cleaning/disinfecting agents are being used.

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05/11/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/11

In this week's Roundup, a Chicago recycler and a Washington State agricultural company face $8.5 million in fines and penalties over alleged Clean air Act violations. Plus, an Idaho farm equipment supplier pays $25K after allegedly importing misbranded pesticides.

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