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05/17/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/17

In this week's Roundup, a chemical production facility faces multiple RCRA violations after an alleged accidental release of hydrofruoric acid in 2019. Plus, a garbage truck manufacturer agrees to pay $50K for allegedly failing to train hazardous waste personnel among other violations.

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05/15/2021

3 Wrong Ways to Place RCRA Satellite Areas

In the absence of an explicit definition for “at or near,” hazardous waste generators must interpret the regulations for themselves. Left to their own devices—generators get creative.

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05/14/2021

Quick Quiz: 2020 RCRA Biennial Report Data

This 5-minute quiz tests your knowledge of hazardous waste activity in the US, based on Biennial Report data US EPA collected in 2020 and recently made public. 

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05/07/2021

25K Barrels Possibly Containing DDT Found Off California Coast

Last month, marine scientists identified as many as 25,000 barrels believed to contain dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, better known as DDT, in the Pacific Ocean. The hazardous waste barrels were discovered on the ocean floor between Catalina Island and the Los Angeles coast.

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05/04/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/4

In this week's Roundup, a cement maker pays $850K to maintain full compliance with its discharge permit. Plus, EPA finds a wood treatment plant allegedly failed to provide hazardous waste training to employees and mistreated 1.7 million gallons of hazardous waste.

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05/03/2021

EPA Outlines Priorities for 2021-22

President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 discretionary request of $11.2 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency represents the largest ever for the Agency.

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04/26/2021

Tennessee Adopts RCRA Generator Improvements, Other Major Updates

In a rulemaking effective May 13, 2021, the state of Tennessee will incorporate major changes to the RCRA hazardous waste requirements, including the Generator Improvements Rule, into its state regulations.

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04/19/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/19

In this week's Roundup, an oil refinery commits to $10 million in air-emissions-related site improvements. Plus, a company that transports liquified petroleum gas helps clean up two unintentional releases on an Indian Reservation.

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04/12/2021

Why Some Excluded RCRA Wastes Need HazCom Labels

Hazardous wastes covered under RCRA are excluded from OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). But what about wastes that are excluded from RCRA?

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04/06/2021

Florida Wastewater Pond Collapse Could Result in 20-ft.-high Floodwaters

Update 4/6: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released new data showing a diminished risk for an uncontrolled breach of water from Piney Point. The local evacuation order has been lifted. Residents and local businesses near Piney Point are asked to return home. Although some roadways have opened to thru traffic, Buckeye Rd. is closed until further notice.

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