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09/10/2018

RCRA Exclusions: Waste In Process

The RCRA hazardous waste management program provides a “cradle-to-grave” management system that applies to all hazardous waste generators. But when the government creates rules broad enough to apply to everyone, those rules don’t necessarily work well in every real-world situation...  

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08/30/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/4

In today’s EPA Enforcement Roundup—EPA and DOJ reach an $11 million CERCLA agreement, and a vegetable oil and biodiesel plant faces a half-a-million dollar fine for Clean Water Act SPCC violations. In addition, the owners of a rail car cleaning company have been indicted for their actions surrounding a 2015 explosion that killed 2 workers.  

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08/27/2018

Cal DTSC to Finalize Relaxed CRT Disposal Regulations

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is preparing to finalize “emergency regulations” to ensure proper recycling and disposal of Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) and CRT glass.  

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08/20/2018

District Court Revives 2015 WOTUS Rule in 26 States

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… A US district court in South Carolina has invalidated EPA’s effort to delay by two years the effective date of a 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Final Rule. The Charleston, SC court ruled that EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers failed to follow the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act when it delayed the rule.  

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08/20/2018

EPA Announces New SNURs for 27 Chemicals Under TSCA

On Friday, August 17, US EPA announced Significant New Use Rules (SNURs) under TSCA Section 5(e) for twenty-seven chemical substances used as flame retardants, plasticizers, lubricants, and waterproofers in products like rubber, adhesives, textiles, and others.

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08/10/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 08/14

In this week’s Roundup, a railcar repair company, a glass container manufacturer, and eight other businesses face civil penalties for alleged violations of EPA air, water, and/or chemical regulations.

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07/26/2018

Final Rule Alert: EPA Amends 2015 Coal Combustion Residuals Rule

New Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Wednesday, July 18 announced that the Agency has finalized a set of amendments to the 2015 CCR Rule, which regulated the disposal of coal combustion residuals.  

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07/16/2018

EPA Clarifies Its WOTUS Repeal Rule

The US Army Corps of Engineers (COE) and US EPA issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on July 12, 2018 to provide regulatory support and clarification regarding the Agencies’ 2017 proposal to repeal changes made to the definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the previous administration in 2015.  

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07/16/2018

EPA to Set New MCLs for PFOA and PFOS

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to set maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for two toxic chemicals, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), under authority granted to the Agency by the Safe Drinking Water Act.  

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07/16/2018

SPCC Plan Basics: What Is Oil?

To determine whether EPA's Clean Water Act Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) requiremetns impact your facility, it helps to first know how EPA defines the word "oil" and to know which  types of oils, in which quantities, are covered under the regulations. 

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