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03/22/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/22

In this week's Roundup, a chemical manufacturer pays $357K for alleged chemical reporting violations. Plus, a cattle ranch allegedly discharged unauthorised materials into Waters of the US without the proper permits in order to construct a bridge.

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02/16/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/16

In this week's Roundup, a metal recyling company commits to $4.3 million in site improvements, resulting approximately 47 milion pounds of dust pollution reduction at one facility. Plus, an oil and gas provider will bolster its SPCC plans at five facilities after alleged improper discharges of crude oil into WOTUS.

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01/22/2021

EPA Unveils 2019 TRI Report

Last week, EPA released its annual Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) National Analysis for 2019. The TRI Report chronicles chemical waste management activities at public and private entities as part of Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) compliance.

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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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01/14/2021

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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12/28/2020

No Change to NAAQS for Ozone, Particulate Matter

US EPA will retain, without change, the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for both ozone and particulate matter (PM).  

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12/28/2020

EPA Increases Civil Penalties for 2021

The cost of noncompliance with US EPA's air, water, chemical, and hazardous waste regulations just went up.

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12/07/2020

EPA Acts on CERCLA Financial Responsibility for Chemical, Oil and Gas, Power Industries

US EPA will not impose new financial responsibility requirements under CERCLA for three key industries: Electric power generation, transmission, and distribution; petroleum and coal products manufacturing; and chemical manufacturing.  

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11/23/2020

4 TSCA Updates for Chemical Industry Pros

EPA extended the deadline for CDR submission, released a final TSCA risk evaluation for trichloroethylene (TCE), revised its draft risk evaluation for PV 29, and performed supplemental analysis of its 1,4-dioxane risk evaluation. 

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11/13/2020

EPA Abandons Once-In-Always-In Clean Air Act Policy

Update 11/19/20: EPA's Final Rule to amend the NESHAP General Provisions and allow major sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) to be reclassified as area sources takes effect on January 19, 2021.

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