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03/06/2019

New Jersey DEP Takes Action on Sussex County Dump Site

Thousands of waste deliveries over almost a decade have resulted in a 75-foot pile of dirt, plastic, rebar, concrete, piping, asphalt, and other debris in Vernon Township, NJ. Township residents allege that this dumping operation resulted in water contamination to neighboring wells.

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03/04/2019

Spring is Coming, And It's Toxic

That’s right, toxic. It’s not just allergies and hay fever you have to worry about. People and pets can be exposed to poisons in the form of plants, berries, and mushrooms. You also need to keep an eye out for poisonous animals, such as spiders and snakes...

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02/25/2019

TSCA Inventory Update: 40,655 Chemicals Active in US Market

EPA's February 2019 update to the TSCA inventory shows that 86,228 total chemicals make up the current TSCA inventory. Of those, 40,655 chemical substances are active in commerce. 

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02/25/2019

In Effect April 1: New PHMSA Oil Spill Plan Rules for Railroads

On Valentine’s Day 2019, US DOT announced a forthcoming Final Rule to require railroads to develop and submit Comprehensive Oil Spill Response Plans (COSRPs) for routes traveled by High Hazard Flammable Trains.   

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02/15/2019

EPA Outlines Action Plan for PFAS Chemicals

On February 14 in Philadelphia, US EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced a “historic” Action Plan to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water.  

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02/15/2019

EPA Proposes New WOTUS Rule to Clarify Clean Water Act's Scope

The WOTUS definition determines which bodies of water are under the jurisdiction of EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, i.e., which waters are subject to requirements for Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC)...

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02/11/2019

TSCA Section 5 Review Periods Extended Due to Shutdown

Due to the recent and historically long Federal government shutdown, EPA has extended its review period for recently submitted Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 5 notices.  

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02/07/2019

EPA Raises Penalties for Environmental Noncompliance

US EPA published a Final Rule on February 6, 2019 to raise civil penalties for noncompliance with environmental regulations. The new penalty figures apply to all violations that occur(ed) after November 2, 2015 and for which penalties are assessed on or after February 6, 2019.  

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02/04/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/5

In this week’s Roundup, a pipeline owner, a permitted hazardous waste facility, and an oil and gas disposal company will pay to resolve alleged violations of EPA water, oil spill, and hazardous waste violations.

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02/01/2019

EPA Developing Self-audit Policy for New Oil and Gas Owners

EPA is developing a new Clean Air Act audit policy that would give new owners of oil and natural gas exploration and production facilities nine months to self-inspect their operations, disclose violations to EPA, and correct any violations they find.

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