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04/24/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/25

In January 2017, EPA raised its fines for noncompliance with major environmental programs. We hope that providing information about EPA enforcement cases will help you identify and fix noncompliance issues that could leave your company facing costly penalties and future liability.

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04/10/2017

Breaking Down EPA’s New Pesticide Applicator Requirements

EPA's new pesticide applicator certification requirements were  initially set to take effect a few weeks ago, but since January, EPA has delayed the effective date twice—first until March 21, 2017 and now until May 22, 2017. Delays aside, the Final Rule will take effect eventually, so EHS managers responsible for FIFRA compliance should know what’s in it. Let’s take a look.

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04/03/2017

5 More EPA Rules Delayed Until May 22

In an executive order issued on January 20, the President of the US directed Federal agencies to delay the effective date of new regulations for sixty days. Sixty days later, US EPA has elected to further delay the implementation date for certain new rules.

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03/21/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/21

A marina and tennis club, a hydroponics shop, and a highway construction project will pay US EPA for alleged violations of environmental law and regulations like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and more. 

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01/06/2017

EPA Finalizes New FIFRA Certification Rules for Pesticide Applicators

In the Federal Register on January 4, 2017, US EPA published a Final Rule to update the certification requirements for applicators of restricted-use pesticides (RUPs) under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). 

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12/20/2016

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/20

Every day, facilities all across America receive Notices of Violation from US EPA for alleged noncompliance with a wide variety of programs like the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, chemical management and reporting regulations, hazardous waste management and disposal standards, and much more.

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11/08/2016

Pre- EPA: US Environmental Laws Before 1970

The founding of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1970 by President Richard Nixon kicked off an explosion of environmental protection laws issued by Congress—like the Clean Air Act in the 1970s and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as Superfund, in the 1980s.

 

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09/29/2015

EPA Revises Farm Worker Protection Standards

On September 28, 2015, US EPA announced revised worker protection standards for farm workers exposed to pesticides on the job. The new standards will apply to agricultural workers who perform certain labor tasks in pesticide-treated crops and pesticide handlers who mix, load, and apply pesticides. According to US EPA, the rulemaking will affect about two million US workers...

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08/11/2015

How to Register Pesticides Under FIFRA

Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), all new and existing "pesticide products" must be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before they can be distributed in commerce in the United States. Through the registration process, EPA evaluates whether the pesticide, when used according to the manufacturer's directions, will pose an unreasonable risk to human health or the environment...

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08/06/2015

EPA Proposes More Training, Age Restrictions for Applying Certain Pesticides

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week proposed new certification, training, and age requirements for individuals who apply certain high-risk pesticides, called “restricted-use” pesticides. EPA regulates pesticide application under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)...

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