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10/11/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/14

In this week's Roundup, a Federal naval air weapons facility agrees to pay $23,700 for alleged hazardous waste violations. Plus, EPA fines a Hawaii food truck over $62,000 for repeated noncompliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act.

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10/11/2019

Illegal NJ Dump Operator Gets Jail Time and $60K Fine

Earlier this month, a judge ordered the owner of an alleged illegal commercial dump site to pay $60,260 in fines and court fees and gave a 90-day jail sentence for the illegal operation. The ruling came after 90 municipal summonses and a multi-year investigation by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) into the alleged operation in Vernon, NJ.

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10/11/2019

Lithium-Ion Battery Creators Awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Although the lithium-ion battery is just about 30 years old, it has “created the right conditions for a wireless and fossil fuel-free society, and so brought the greatest benefit to humankind,” according to the Nobel committee. For these reasons, the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to the creators of the lithium-ion battery.  

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10/08/2019

How to Ship Dry Ice by Air with Non-Dangerous Goods

Dry ice – also named “Carbon dioxide, solid” with UN identification number 1845 – is regulated by air as a miscellaneous Class 9 dangerous good. To package dry ice for safe transport by air, shippers must follow some key requirements, outlined here. 

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10/07/2019

SEC Proposes Increase to Environmental Liability Reporting Threshold

​In late August 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed an increase to the threshold for public companies to report environmental obligations under regulation S-K.

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10/07/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/7

In this week's Roundup, a pet food supplier is subject to $100,000 in Clean Water Act violations for alleged excess wastewater discharges. Plus, a petroleum products distributor reaches a settlement with EPA over alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations, resulting in nearly $300,000 in fines.

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10/07/2019

Fire Prevention Week: OSHA Emergency Plans

When dozens or hundreds or employees are working in one building, having a concrete plan in place to guide evacuations and employee actions can not only save lives, it ensures that everyone gets out in an orderly and safe fashion. 

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09/30/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/30

In this week's Roundup, a wastewater facility must pay over $2 billion in penalties and site improvements over alleged Clean Water Act violations. Plus, a chemical manufacturer that failed to comply with Toxic Release Inventory reporting regs now faces a nearly $200,000 settlement with US EPA.

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09/30/2019

PFAS Found in 74 Municipal Water Systems Serving 7.5 Million Cali Residents

An independent environmental study released last week found that 74 community water systems in California are contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a growing class of extremely toxic fluorinated chemicals. Some systems registered as many as eight PFAS chemicals in a single well.  

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09/30/2019

RCRA Update: Latest on Generator Improvements Adoption

The effective date for US EPA’s Generator Improvements Rule (GIR) was May 30, 2017. As of October 1, 2019, the historic revisions to the RCRA hazardous waste requirements are in place in 23 states.   

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