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Quick Quiz: EH&S News of the Week

Posted on 12/8/2023 by Lion Technology Inc.

Quick Quiz: EH&S News of the Week

Test your knowledge relating to this week's news—or use this quiz to stay sharp.


A National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit is required to…





Not quite.

A NPDES permit is required to discharge pollutants through a point source to a Water of the US or WOTUS.

The definition of point source under the Clean Water Act begins, "any discernible, confined and discrete conveyance, including but not limited to, any pipe, ditch, channel, tunnel, conduit, well, discrete fissure, container, rolling stock..." [See 40 CFR 122.2 for the full definition.]


That's right.

A NPDES permit is required to discharge pollutants through a point source to a Water of the US or WOTUS.

The definition of point source under the Clean Water Act begins, "any discernible, confined and discrete conveyance, including but not limited to, any pipe, ditch, channel, tunnel, conduit, well, discrete fissure, container, rolling stock..." [See 40 CFR 122.2 for the full definition.]


A state law approved in California this year (SB 568) makes it a crime to export what kind of waste for recycling or disposal without meeting certain conditions?






Not quite.

Passed in October, the law prohibits export of e-waste unless the exporter satisfies a list of requirements, such as trying to find an in-state recycler to accept the waste before shipping it out of California.


That's right.

Passed in October, the law prohibits export of e-waste unless the exporter satisfies a list of requirements, such as trying to find an in-state recycler to accept the waste before shipping it out of California.


Which of these is possible with criminal environmental violations, but not possible with civil environmental violations?






Not quite.

Civil and criminal violations can both result in large penalties, mandatory supplemental environmental projects, and certification of (a return to) compliance, but only criminal environmental violations can result in jail time.


That's right.

Civil and criminal violations can both result in large penalties, mandatory supplemental environmental projects, and certification of (a return to) compliance, but only criminal environmental violations can result in jail time.


The comment period ends December 15 for proposed EPA restrictions on trichloroethylene (TCE) under TSCA. Most of the TCE produced in the US is used…






Not quite.

EPA estimates that 84% of TCE produced here is used as an intermediate in the production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used as refrigerants. About 15% is used for cleaning and degreasing, with the rest going into products like lubricants, adhesives, paints and coatings, and others.


That's right.

EPA estimates that 84% of TCE produced here is used as an intermediate in the production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) used as refrigerants. About 15% is used for cleaning and degreasing, with the rest going into products like lubricants, adhesives, paints and coatings, and others.


US EPA recently added per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to a list of “chemicals of special concern” under which major environmental reporting program?






Not quite.

EPA added PFAS to a list of "chemicals of special concern" under the EPCRA TRI reporting program. The first “new” TRI reporting on PFAS from covered facilities will be due July 1, 2025, for the 2024 reporting year.


That's right.

EPA added PFAS to a list of "chemicals of special concern" under the EPCRA TRI reporting program. The first “new” TRI reporting on PFAS from covered facilities will be due July 1, 2025, for the 2024 reporting year.


 

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