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05/04/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/4

In this week's Roundup, a cement maker pays $850K to maintain full compliance with its discharge permit. Plus, EPA finds a wood treatment plant allegedly failed to provide hazardous waste training to employees and mistreated 1.7 million gallons of hazardous waste.

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05/03/2021

EPA Outlines Priorities for 2021-22

President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 discretionary request of $11.2 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency represents the largest ever for the Agency.

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04/26/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/26

In this week's Roundup, a dairy processor submits three TRI reports after EPA identified nearly $60,000 in alleged EPCRA violations. Plus, a fertilizer manufacturer storing over 20,000lbs of aqueous ammonia vows to bring their facility into compliance with Risk Management Plan requirements.

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04/19/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/19

In this week's Roundup, an oil refinery commits to $10 million in air-emissions-related site improvements. Plus, a company that transports liquified petroleum gas helps clean up two unintentional releases on an Indian Reservation.

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04/12/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/12

In this week's Roundup, a sealant manufacturer and a company that makes hydroponics supplies agree to pay over $470K to resolve alleged chemical management missteps. Plus, EPA alleges a railway company improperly discharged nearly 6K gallons of fuel after a derailment incident.

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04/06/2021

Florida Wastewater Pond Collapse Could Result in 20-ft.-high Floodwaters

Update 4/6: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released new data showing a diminished risk for an uncontrolled breach of water from Piney Point. The local evacuation order has been lifted. Residents and local businesses near Piney Point are asked to return home. Although some roadways have opened to thru traffic, Buckeye Rd. is closed until further notice.

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04/05/2021

US Vaccination Push Brings Waste Management Challenges

With 15% of the US population now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and around 500 million individual doses still to be delivered, the United States will produce a lot more vaccine-related waste in the next six months.   

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04/05/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/5

In this week's Roundup, a paper mill allegedly discharged pulping liquor into the Potomac River, resulting in a $650K fine. Plus, a Chicago dental equipment distributor is expected to pay over $460K for alleged FIFRA violations.

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03/30/2021

What is a Major Modification for New Source Review Purposes?

Under the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review (NSR) program, US EPA does not limit the definition of “new” to only brand-new facilities being built from the ground up. They more broadly interpret “new” to mean any facility newly subject to the regulations.   

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03/29/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/29

In this week's Roundup, an energy company faces a $1.9 million penalty after alleged Clean Water Act violations at 76 locations. Plus, EPA finds alleged SPCC Plan violations resulting from an oil company's improper discharges of 455 barrels of crude oil.

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