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10/29/2019

Final Rule Alert: EPA Repeals 2015 WOTUS Rule

On October 22, 2019, US EPA officially repealed the 2015 Waters of the United States Rule, which expanded the scope of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA).

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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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10/25/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/28

In this week's Roundup, a chemical wholesaler must pay almost $50k for alleged chemical reporting violations. Plus, an Idaho cattle rancher settles with EPA over alleged Clean Water Act violations.

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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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10/11/2019

Lithium-Ion Battery Creators Awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Although the lithium-ion battery is just about 30 years old, it has “created the right conditions for a wireless and fossil fuel-free society, and so brought the greatest benefit to humankind,” according to the Nobel committee. For these reasons, the 2019 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded to the creators of the lithium-ion battery.  

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10/07/2019

SEC Proposes Increase to Environmental Liability Reporting Threshold

​In late August 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed an increase to the threshold for public companies to report environmental obligations under regulation S-K.

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10/07/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/7

In this week's Roundup, a pet food supplier is subject to $100,000 in Clean Water Act violations for alleged excess wastewater discharges. Plus, a petroleum products distributor reaches a settlement with EPA over alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations, resulting in nearly $300,000 in fines.

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