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06/07/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 6/7

In this week's Roundup, a West Virginia metal manufacturing facility agreed to pay $82K after alleged violations related to fugitive particulate matter emissions standards. Plus, TCEQ finds an oil and gas equipment fabricator improperly managed industrial waste at their Texas facility.

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05/31/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/31

In this week's Roundup, three afiliated companies agree to invest $850K in wetland restoration projects. Plus, a petroleum refinery is set to pay a six-figure settlement after alleged Clean Air Act violations resulted in a fire.

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05/24/2021

What is an Acute Hazardous Waste?

Some hazardous wastes are more hazardous than others. Find out how generating an "acutely" hazardous waste can impact your RCRA generator status and your accumulation of waste in satellite areas. 

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05/21/2021

Vermont Bans PFAS from Food Packaging and More

On May 18, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed legislation into law that would effectively prohibit the sale of certain products containing PFAS. The legislation will ban these “Forever Chemicals” from food packaging, ski wax, firefighting foams, carpets, rugs, and aftermarket stain and water-resistant treatments.

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05/17/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/17

In this week's Roundup, a chemical production facility faces multiple RCRA violations after an alleged accidental release of hydrofruoric acid in 2019. Plus, a garbage truck manufacturer agrees to pay $50K for allegedly failing to train hazardous waste personnel among other violations.

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05/15/2021

3 Wrong Ways to Place RCRA Satellite Areas

In the absence of an explicit definition for “at or near,” hazardous waste generators must interpret the regulations for themselves. Left to their own devices—generators get creative.

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05/14/2021

Update: EPA Rescinds Clean Air Act Transparency Rule

Update: EPA published an Interim Final Rule on May 14, 2021 to rescind changes made to agency procedures for identifying costs and benefits of new air regulations. 

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05/10/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/10

In this week's Roundup, a construction company is expected to pay a $2 million civil penalty related to alleged Clean Water Act violations. Plus, a pharmaceutical research facility takes steps to bring its chemical management practices up to Risk Management Plan standards.

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05/07/2021

25K Barrels Possibly Containing DDT Found Off California Coast

Last month, marine scientists identified as many as 25,000 barrels believed to contain dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, better known as DDT, in the Pacific Ocean. The hazardous waste barrels were discovered on the ocean floor between Catalina Island and the Los Angeles coast.

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05/04/2021

Fast-Food Giant to Phase Out PFAS from Food Packaging

One of the largest multinational fast-food chains announced plans to eliminate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from its consumer-facing packaging in US and Canada by the end of 2021. This effort would be one of the more aggressive timelines to phase out PFAS among other large-scale fast-food chains.

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