EPA Raises Penalties for Environmental Noncompliance

Posted on 2/7/2019 by Roger Marks

US EPA published a Final Rule on February 6, 2019 to raise civil penalties for noncompliance with environmental regulations. The new penalty figures apply to all violations that occur(ed) after November 2, 2015, for which penalties are assessed on or after February 6, 2019.

We'll cover major EPA programs with the broadest impact below, starting with penalties for RCRA hazardous waste management violations. which rose by nearly $2000.

Read on or jump to the complete updated penalty amounts in the Federal Register here.

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2019 Civil Penalty Increases 

Fines for EPA violations may be assessed on a per day, per violation basis.
EPA Program Before 02/06/19      After 02/06/19
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)   $72,718   $74,552  
Clean Air Act (CAA) $97,229 $99,681
Clean Water Act (CWA) $53,484 $54,833
Emergency Planning/ Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) $55,907 $57,317
Comp. Environmental Response... Act (CERCLA) $55,907 $57,317
Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA $55,907 $57,317
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA $38,892 $39,873
Fed Insecticide, Fungicide/Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) $19,446 $19,936

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