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01/14/2019

Who Needs a Clean Water Act Permit for Dredge-and-Fill?

Section 404 of the Clean Water Act authorizes the Secretary of the Army to issue permits for the discharge of dredge or fill material into navigable waters. The Secretary of the Army has delegated this authority to the Army Corps of Engineers....  

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01/02/2019

Valley of the Drums: 40 Years Later

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the commencement of cleanup activities at the “Valley of the Drums” in Brooks, Kentucky. Now seems like as good a time as any to review the history, current statistics, and interesting facts about Superfund sites across the United States.  

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12/03/2018

How the Safe Drinking Water Act Applies to Class V Wells

At 40 CFR 144, the EPA defines six (6) classes of wells subject to differing Underground Injection Control (or UIC) requirements.

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11/19/2018

Where is EPA’s 2015 WOTUS Rule in Effect Now?

The hotly contested 2015 Waters of the United States Rule essentially expanded EPA’s authority to regulate rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water under the Clean Water Act. 

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10/17/2018

Cleaning Up: EPA Deleting Superfund Sites at Near Record Pace

Want to know if there are any Superfund sites in your backyard? 

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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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07/16/2018

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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05/21/2018

In Effect Now: EPA’s New Certified Pesticide Applicator Rules

Today, May 22, 2018, EPA’s revised certified pesticide applicator regulations officially take effect, after some revisions and delays. To protect both workers and the public, EPA requires commercial pesticide applicators to have practical knowledge about the products they use, potential risks, and core safety principles.

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05/07/2018

Clean Air Act State Implementation Plans, Explained

On any given day, you are likely to see EPA approve and promulgate Clean Air Act State Implementation Plans (SIPs) in the Federal Register.  Find out what goes in a State Implementation Plan and how EPA regulates air pollution sources in states or terretories without a unique Plan.  

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04/30/2018

EPA Proposes New Rules for Pivotal Regulatory Science

In the Federal Register on April 30, US EPA proposed a rule to require “pivotal regulatory science” data used for regulatory decision-making be available to the public “in a manner sufficient for independent validation.”

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