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12/20/2021

How COVID-19 Impacted RCRA Hazardous Waste Enforcement

Even in a year when RCRA inspections slowed significantly, it seems from EPA’s data that the rate of compliance at hazardous waste facilities barely changed. We have a few guesses why.

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12/20/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/20

In this week's Roundup, a telecom company pledges up to $1.5 million towards the recovery of abandoned cables in Lake Tahoe. Plus, a major agricultural company agrees to over $22 million in FIFRA-related fines and penalties.

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12/16/2021

Oregon Adopts RCRA Generator Improvements, Other Hazardous Waste Updates

Update: Oregon DEQ will revise its state hazardous waste regulations to include major revisions from US EPA's Generator Improvements Rule, new management standards for hazardous waste pharmaceuticals, and more, effective January 1.  

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12/13/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/13

In this week's Roundup, a fishing company agrees to pay $725,000 after an improper discharge of engine room bilge oily mixtures in American Samoa. Plus, a vineyard allegedly provided insufficient emergency response training to its workers related to its use of anhydrous ammonia.

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12/13/2021

Two New Board Members Appointed to CSB

On December 10, 2021, the Senate confirmed two new Board Members to the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), Stephen Owens and Sylvia Johnson.

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12/07/2021

RCRA Housekeeping to Close 2021

As we count down the days until 2022, now is a good time to review and organize the "administrative" elements of compliance with the RCRA hazardous waste regulations. Good recordkeeping is essential; inspectors commonly review records during onsite inspections.  

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11/29/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/29

In this week's Roundup, a cement maker pays $200,000 for alleged air emissions violations. Plus, a pesticide application servicer allegedly failed to follow all labeled use requirements for a fumigant on an almond farm.

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11/22/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/22

In this week's Roundup, a gas facility will pay $230,000 for alleged violations of chemical release prevention and reporting regulations. Plus, a container ship allegedly violated its Clean Water Act Permit during 11 voyages between 2016 and 2021.

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11/15/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/15

In this week's Roundup, a supermarket will pay $206K for allegedly selling an unregistered disinfectant that makes unfounded claims about its use against COVID-19. Plus, an oil refinery agrees to process excess hazardous waste by the end of this year following alleged RCRA violations.

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11/05/2021

Texas Increases IHW Generator Fees for First Time Since 1994

The State of Texas adopted a new rule on November 3 to increase Industrial Hazardous Waste (IHW) Management fees. The rule will increase fees gradually.

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