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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

Fast-Food Giant to Phase Out PFAS from Food Packaging

One of the largest multinational fast-food chains announced plans to eliminate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from its consumer-facing packaging in US and Canada by the end of 2021. This effort would be one of the more aggressive timelines to phase out PFAS among other large-scale fast-food chains.

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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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04/29/2021

Texas Plans January 2022 Effective Date for RCRA Generator Improvements

TCEQ has released projected milestone dates for a rulemaking that will adopt three updates made to the RCRA hazardous waste regulations by US EPA between 2015 and 2018—including the landmark Generator Improvements Rule.    

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04/26/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/26

In this week's Roundup, a dairy processor submits three TRI reports after EPA identified nearly $60,000 in alleged EPCRA violations. Plus, a fertilizer manufacturer storing over 20,000lbs of aqueous ammonia vows to bring their facility into compliance with Risk Management Plan requirements.

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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

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/12

In this week's Roundup, a sealant manufacturer and a company that makes hydroponics supplies agree to pay over $470K to resolve alleged chemical management missteps. Plus, EPA alleges a railway company improperly discharged nearly 6K gallons of fuel after a derailment incident.

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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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04/05/2021

US Vaccination Push Brings Waste Management Challenges

With 15% of the US population now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and around 500 million individual doses still to be delivered, the United States will produce a lot more vaccine-related waste in the next six months.   

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