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05/20/2019

RCRA Update: Where is the Generator Improvements Rule in Effect Now?

When EPA creates new rules that are more stringent than previous regulations, as is the case with many of the updates in the landmark 2016 Generator Improvements Rule, all states must adopt the more-stringent provisions in order to maintain authorization to run their state program.  

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05/16/2019

EPA On Track for 2030 ODS Phase Out

The Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer was signed on September 16, 1987 and has been ratified by 197 parties (all member states of the United Nations, as well as Niue, the Cook Islands, the Holy See, and the European Union), making it the most universally adopted UN treaty or protocol in history.

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05/07/2019

4 Disasters that Shaped US Environmental Policy

This summer, we will observe the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Fire of 1969. In fact, this year represents anniversary dates for four major environmental disasters that greatly influenced environmental policy in the United States.

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05/06/2019

Do I Need a NPDES Permit for Groundwater Discharge?

Recently, US EPA clarified its stance on whether the Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program covers point-source discharges to groundwater. 

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04/30/2019

5 Tips for EPCRA TRI Reports: Due July 1

On July 1, the heat is on for many facilities in the US—and not just because the temperature is rising.   July 1 is also when facilities must submit the annual toxic chemical reporting under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).  

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04/29/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/30

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, regulated businesses will pay civil penalties for Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act violations and a manufacturer settles with EPA for $16.2 million in Superfund cleanup costs. 

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04/26/2019

CSB Urges EPA to Review Hydrofluoric Acid Study

The US Chemical Hazard and Safety investigation Board (CSB) this month called for EPA to initiate a review and update of its 1993 hydrofluoric acid (HF) study. CSB urges EPA to determine whether current risk management plans are adequate to prevent a catastrophic release of HF. 

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04/23/2019

EPA to Reduce, Simplify TSCA Reporting Burden

Update: EPA's proposal to amend TSCA section 8(a) Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) requirements and size standards for small manufacturers appeared in the Federal Register on April 25, 2019. 

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04/15/2019

Coming Soon: New CERCLA Hazardous Substance Listings for PFOA and PFOS

On April 9, 2019, US EPA announced plans to list two toxic fluorochemicals, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), as hazardous substances under the CERCLA/Superfund program.

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04/08/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/9

Get the who, where, what, and how much of recent US EPA enforcement actions for violations of air, water, chemical, and hazardous waste regulations. . 

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