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06/11/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/11

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, two food processing and refrigeration facilites will pay nearly $400K combined for failure to comply with emergency planning and release reporting for anhydrous ammonia. In Massachusetts, a metal plating facility will pay for alleged hazardous waste management violations. 

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06/10/2019

California to Consider Adding Additional Cannabis Products to Prop 65

As marijuana regulations loosen up across the country, California considers warning consumers about potential health concerns by adding several various cannabis products to the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as Prop 65.

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06/10/2019

Cruise Corporation Fined $20 Million for Alleged Pollution Violations

One of the largest cruise corporations in the world has reached a settlement with Federal prosecutors, agreeing to pay $20 million for illegally dumping plastics in the ocean near the Bahamas among other violations.  

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06/05/2019

EPA's New Pharma Waste Regs Take Effect August 21

Overhauled requirements for managing hazardous waste pharmaceuticals (HWP) officially take effect on August 21, 2019.

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06/04/2019

Herbicide Lawsuit Results in $2 Billion Settlement

A California jury awarded a married couple more than $2,000,000,000 after their lawyers argued they were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after years of using Roundup.  

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05/24/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/28

In this week's EPA Enforcement Roundup, a family-owned dairy farm will pay over $89,000 for Clean Air Act and EPCRA vioations. Plus, an industrial lumber facility faces $320,000 in Clean Water Act violations.

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05/22/2019

California to List Solar Panels Under State Universal Waste Regulations

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control  plans to add end-of-life photovoltaic modules, also known as solar panels, to the State universal waste regulations, declassifying most PV modules from their current hazardous waste designation.

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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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