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04/27/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/27

In this week's Roundup, a multinational pharmaceutical manufacturer is fined over $500k for alleged violations of environmental permits. Plus, a property developer is cited for multiple violations after a controversial smokestack demolition.

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04/22/2020

EPA Marks 50 Years of Earth Day With a Virtual Celebration

April 22, 2020 marks 50 years since Earth Day became a nationally recognized day of environmentalism. Usually, it is a day devoted to cleaning up beaches, parks, rivers, and streams. However, this year, EPA is encouraging citizens to celebrate virtually through online environmental education opportunities and activities.

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04/21/2020

Final Rule Alert: EPA's New Waters of the United States Rule

Update: US EPA published its Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States to the Federal Register on April 21.  

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04/20/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/20

In this week's Roundup, a Southern poultry processing company faces $500k for alleged faults in their refrigeration processes. Plus, two oil facilities must pay over $300k to resolve SPCC and Clean Water Act violations.

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04/17/2020

Maine Paper Mill Explosion Results in Zero Injuries

A paper mill in Jay, Maine erupted in black smoke on April 15, resulting in extensive damage to the facility but no injuries. Although State investigators reached an initial conclusion that chemicals were involved, the investigation into the cause of the explosion is ongoing.  

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04/16/2020

What Kind of Remote Learner Are You?

Take this quiz to find out which virtual learning option best suits you: live webinars or self-paced online courses.

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04/13/2020

TSCA CDR Deadline Extended to November 30

We check in on the latest EPA actions to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) regulations and meet other responsibilities under the TSCA Reform law. 

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04/13/2020

EPA Unveils TSCA Draft Risk Evaluation for Asbestos

On March 30, EPA published its TSCA Draft Risk Evaluation for asbestos, one of the first 10 priority chemicals scheduled for review. EPA reviewed data on potential asbestos exposures and made several initial determinations on risk relating to the environment and occupational health.  

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03/30/2020

Disinfectant Claiming to Prevent COVID-19 Barred from US

EPA has barred an illegal disinfectant claiming to kill SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, from entering US ports in Honolulu and Guam.  

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03/24/2020

EPA Clarifies Transparency in Regulatory Science Rule

On March 18, EPA released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) to clarify the scope of the 2018 proposed rule “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.” The original rulemaking is designed to make information that influences certain EPA rulemakings publicly accessible.

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