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11/19/2019

EPA Investigates Hazardous Waste Found in New England Home

The EPA is stepping in to investigate buried waste at a house in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. The waste was found in July, 2018 and subsequent tests revealed elevated levels of lead and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in soil throughout the neighborhood.  

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11/12/2019

Do I Need DOT Hazmat Training to Sign the Haz Waste Manifest?

The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) specifically refer to hazardous waste at 49 CFR 172.205 and requires the use of EPA Form 8700-22 as the shipping paper (i.e., the “manifest”). Do hazardous waste shippers need DOT hazmat training to sign the manifest?  

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11/11/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/11

In this week's Roundup, a Kansas City chemical manufacturer faces over $700,000 in RCRA-related fines and penalties. Plus, a company that distributes lawn and turf care products must pay nearly $80,000 for allegedly mislabling weed-killer products against FIFRA regulations.

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11/01/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/4

In this week's Roundup, two New England fuel transportation companies are fined $1.3 million for alleged Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act violations. Plus, a Minnesota ethanol manufacturer is ordered to pay $53,000 for alleged hazardous waste and Clean Water Act violations.

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10/29/2019

How Does EPA's Generator Improvements Rule Affect CESQGs?

EPA's Generator Improvements Rule made some important changes for the generator category previously known as Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators or CESQGs.    

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10/28/2019

CSB Releases Fact Update on PES Refinery Explosion

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released a factual update on the major incident at the PES Refinery in Philadelphia on the morning of June 21, 2019.  

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10/21/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/21

In this week's Roundup, a pharmaceutical chemical maker, a supermarket chain, and an agricultural supplier must pay penalties related to RCRA, Clean Air Act, and FIFRA violations.

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10/15/2019

Trump Releases 2 New Exec. Orders on Regulatory Compliance

On October 9, 2019, President Donald Trump put forth two new Executive Orders that are of interest to the regulated community at large.  

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10/15/2019

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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When US EPA introduced the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the hazardous waste management standards included reduced requirements for some large-volume wastes. After studying the hazards of wastes in oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) operations, as directed by the US Congress, EPA determined regulation of these wastes under RCRA was not warranted. Therefore, many oil and gas E&P wastes are excluded from the RCRA Subtitle C hazardous waste management standards.

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