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01/22/2021

EPA Clarifies New PFAS Restrictions

To inform businesses using materials containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), EPA released the Final Guidance document, clarifying the application of its July 2020 PFAS rule.

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01/19/2021

Final TSCA Risk Evaluation for PV29 Released

This week, US EPA released a final chemical risk evaluation for CI Pigment Violet 29 (PV29).

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01/18/2021

New York Plans RCRA Overhaul for 2021

New York is planning to adopt major updates to the hazardous waste rules in 6 NYCRR 370—376, including more stringent requirements from EPA's 2016 Generator Improvements Rule.

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01/18/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/18

In this week's Roundup, a Utah oil refinery is fined nearly $350K for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act's Risk Management Plan regulations. Plus, a company that manufactures and distributes agricultural products agrees to pay $88K to resolve alleged FIFRA violations related to its pesticide operations.

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01/18/2021

How Much Do You Know About Lithium Batteries?

Take this quick lithium battery quiz to test your knowledge of the latest lithium battery regulations and the history of these batteries in commerce. 

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01/18/2021

2020 EPA Enforcement by the Numbers

On January 13, 2021, EPA released its annual summary of environmental enforcement activity for fiscal year 2020.

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01/15/2021

Two Texas Businesses Pay $74K for IHW Violations

This month, TCEQ approved enforcement actions against two businesses for alleged violation's of state requirements for management and disposal of industrial and hazardous waste (IHW).

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01/14/2021

New EPA Regs Change How EPA Makes Rules

Two recent US EPA rulemakings will impact the way the agency creates future environmental regulations. Both rules deal with how EPA uses available environmental and public health data to make decisions about how stringently to regulate certain pollutants.

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01/14/2021

OSHA Raises Penalties for Safety Violations

OSHA increased its civil penalties for violations of 29 CFR workplace safety Standards, effective January 15, 2021.

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01/14/2021

UPDATE: First Permanent COVID-19 Workplace Safety Regs Passed in Virginia

On January 13, Virginia's Safety and Health Codes Board passed a resolution authorizing permanent coronavirus standards for the state. These permanent standards mirror the temporary rule and are expected to appear in 16 VAC 25-220. 

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Understanding the RCRA Exclusion for Oil and Gas