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09/30/2019

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 9/30

In this week's Roundup, a wastewater facility must pay over $2 billion in penalties and site improvements over alleged Clean Water Act violations. Plus, a chemical manufacturer that failed to comply with Toxic Release Inventory reporting regs now faces a nearly $200,000 settlement with US EPA.

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09/30/2019

RCRA Update: Latest on Generator Improvements Adoption

The effective date for US EPA’s Generator Improvements Rule (GIR) was May 30, 2017. As of October 1, 2019, the historic revisions to the RCRA hazardous waste requirements are in place in 23 states.   

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09/19/2019

New at Lion.com: Storing & Shipping Hazardous Waste in California—Ops

To help EHS professionals in California secure up-to-date training for hazardous waste personnel, Lion recently launched the online course Storing & Shipping Hazardous Waste in California—Ops.  

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09/10/2019

CA Haz Waste Facility May Lose Permit for Noncompliance

California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) claims that the facility, which paid $1.4 million in penalties in October 2018 following a series of fires, has failed to properly manage its hazardous waste since the settlement.

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08/08/2019

Florida DEP Arrests Business Owner for Illegal Biomedical Waste Disposal

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) arrested the owner of a hazardous waste disposal business for alleged illegal disposal of biomedical waste.

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08/01/2019

California Glass Recycling Firm to Pay $1.2 Million for Battery Disposal Violations

A Sacramento-based glass recycler has reached a settlement with California regulators after a State investigation allegedly found the company illegally disposed of over 500,000 pounds of batteries.

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07/31/2019

RCRA and Heavy Metals: The Toxicity Characteristic

When I hear poison and heavy metal in the same sentence, my mind first goes to the 80’s rockers who recorded the #1 hit “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Second, though, I think of the RCRA toxicity characteristic.

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07/25/2019

EPA Ups e-Manifest User Fees for 2020-21

EPA has announced increased user fees to support its electronic hazardous waste manifest system in fiscal years 2020—21.

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07/23/2019

Where to Start With an EHS Consultant

A common refrain when considering the help of an EHS consultant is the well-worn phrase “We've always done it this way.” However, an outside perspective can determine potential risks for fines and penalties and even offer insights that will save you money.

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07/22/2019

Hazardous Waste e-Manifests: Making the Switch

While hazardous waste generators can now create e-manifests, some logistical challenges remain that may make it difficult to move away from paper manifests. Here's what's holding some facilites up–and why making the switch as soon as possible is a smart management practice.   

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