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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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01/14/2019

Who Needs a Clean Water Act Permit for Dredge-and-Fill?

Section 404 of the Clean Water Act authorizes the Secretary of the Army to issue permits for the discharge of dredge or fill material into navigable waters. The Secretary of the Army has delegated this authority to the Army Corps of Engineers....  

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01/10/2019

New Finding for Mercury Air Toxics Proposed by EPA

US EPA closed out 2018 with a proposal to revise its Supplemental Cost Finding for the 2012 Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) Final Rule. In it, the Agency states that it is not “appropriate and necessary” to regulate hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from coal- or oil-fired electricity generating units (EGUs).  

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01/02/2019

Valley of the Drums: 40 Years Later

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the commencement of cleanup activities at the “Valley of the Drums” in Brooks, Kentucky. Now seems like as good a time as any to review the history, current statistics, and interesting facts about Superfund sites across the United States.  

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12/18/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/18

A smart environmental professional learns from his or her mistakes. A wise environmental professional learns from the mistakes of others.

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12/03/2018

How the Safe Drinking Water Act Applies to Class V Wells

At 40 CFR 144, the EPA defines six (6) classes of wells subject to differing Underground Injection Control (or UIC) requirements.

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11/19/2018

Where is EPA’s 2015 WOTUS Rule in Effect Now?

The hotly contested 2015 Waters of the United States Rule essentially expanded EPA’s authority to regulate rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water under the Clean Water Act. 

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11/12/2018

New EPA Pharmaceutical Hazardous Waste Rules Coming Soon

US EPA is preparing to finalize regulations that could have a major impact on the way healthcare facilities and others manage pharmaceutical hazardous wastes. 

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