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10/13/2017

Army Corps of Engineers Raises Clean Water Act Civil Penalty

The US Army Corps of Engineers (ACoE) on Friday raised its civil penalties for violations of the Clean Water Act to reflect the rate of inflation.  

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10/06/2017

TSCA Reform Status Report: 1 Year Later

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA), more commonly referred to as “TSCA Reform.” More than one year later, where does the Environmental Protection Agency stand on meeting its responsibilities for implementing TSCA reform?  

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10/06/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/10

In this week’s EPA Enforcement Roundup, an Alaska hazmat carrier will pay for 3 diesel fuel spills caused by icy road conditions, a quarry will pay for Clean Water Act mistakes and an aluminium production facility will pay a six-figure fine for alleged Clean Air Act violations. 

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09/19/2017

EPA Postpones Compliance Deadline for Clean Water Act Rule Aimed at Power Plants

Yesterday, US EPA promulgated a Final Rule in the Federal Register to postpone a compliance deadline for coal-fired power plants subject to new Clean Water Act effluent limitations finalized in November 2015.

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09/15/2017

Tuna Producer Caught in EPA Enforcement Net

Sorry, Charlie! A major canned tuna fish producer will now pay more than $6,000,000 to resolve alleged violations of wastewater permitting, Clean Water Act, RCRA hazardous waste, and Clean Air Act chemical storage requirements.

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09/11/2017

Is Your Site Natural Disaster Ready?

When natural disasters strike, EHS professionals have a responsibility to keep employees safe and protect their facilities. Already this summer, we’ve seen Hurricane Harvey disrupt the petrochemical industry in Texas and Hurricane Irma devastate the Caribbean and South Florida.    

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09/11/2017

Clean Air Act Rules for VOCs from Commercial Products

In order to control the concentration of ozone in ground-level atmosphere, the Clear Air Act (CAA) requires the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study the effect of consumer and commercial products that emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in relation to those emissions’ potential to affect ozone buildup in the ambient air.  

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09/11/2017

First Responders File Suit Against Texas Chemical Company

Seven individuals who responded to the flooded organic peroxides plant in Crosby, TX during Hurricane Harvey have now filed suit against the global chemical company that owns the facility. 

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09/05/2017

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/5

In this week’s EPA Enforcement Roundup, the former owner of a Cleveland electro-plating facility is wanted for allegedly drilling holes in tanks of hazardous chemicals in an effort to sabotage the plant. Also, NYC will pay EPA for CERCLA hazardous substance cleanup, and a Massachusetts meat facility will pay six figures for Clean Air Act and EPCRA violations. 

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08/30/2017

TCEQ Rules Suspended in Wake of Hurricane Harvey

The governor of Texas has approved a request from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to suspend a number of environmental compliance requirements in 30 TAC. 

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