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EPA Enforcement Round Up - Week of 10/14

Every day, facilities all across America receive Notices of Violation from US EPA for alleged noncompliance with a wide variety of programs like the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, chemical management and reporting regulations, hazardous waste management and disposal standards, and much more.

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How Do EPA Water Quality Standards Affect Your Business?

To protect public drinking water supplies, recreation, and fish and wildlife, the Clean Water Act (CWA) requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish water quality standards (WQS) for waters of the United States where appropriate and attainable.  

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Workshops for California EHS Pros in San Jose and L.A.

To help EHS professionals in California manage compliance with State rules that are often more stringent than the Federal US EPA requirements, Lion Technology will cover major elements of California’s environmental programs at the Complete Environmental Regulations Workshops in San Jose and Los Angeles.

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Coal Company to Pay $900,000 for Alleged Clean Water Act Violations

A coal company with mining and processing facilities in Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia has to pay a $900,000 civil penalty to resolve US EPA allegations that the company violated the Clean Water Act.

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Next Month in Las Vegas: Environmental and Hazmat Training

Looking for the perfect reason to visit Las Vegas? How about two reasons? Lion Technology’s trusted compliance workshops will be in Las Vegas next month to help hazmat shippers and EHS managers keep their sites in compliance with new and changing US DOT-PHMSA and US EPA regulations.

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Brewery Fined $2.8 Million for Clean Water Act Violations

In a June 23 press release,US EPA announced a consent decree between EPA, the US Department of Justice, and a beer brewer that operates two large-scale breweries in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. According to the press release, the brewer allegedly violated the Clean Water Act by discharging industrial waste to municipal publicly owned treatment works (POTWs).

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EPA Finalizes New Clean Water Act Rule for Fracking Wastewaters

In the June 28 Federal Register, US EPA posted a Final Rule to implement pretreatment standards for wastewaters sent from onshore unconventional oil and gas (UOG) extracting facilities to a publicly owned treatment works (POTW).

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Biodiesel Plant Settles EPA Noncompliance Allegations for $396,000

For violations of multiple major US EPA environmental laws, a Rhode Island biodiesel plant will pay a $396,000 fine. 


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Army Corps of Engineers Proposes to Modify Dredge & Fill Nationwide Permits

In today’s Federal Register, the US Army Corps of Engineers proposed to modify and reissue existing Nationwide Permits (NWPs) for discharge of dredged or fill material into the waters of the US. In addition to updating the existing NWPs, the proposal seeks to add two new permits. 

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Kansas Foundry Could Pay $28,975 for Stormwater Violations

To settle allegations it violated the Clean Water Act stormwater requirements, a foundry in Coffeyville, KS will pay $28,975 and fund/implement a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) valued at $600,000. The settlement is open to public comment at EPA’s website, here.


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When US EPA introduced the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the hazardous waste management standards included reduced requirements for some large-volume wastes. After studying the hazards of wastes in oil and gas exploration and production (E&P) operations, as directed by the US Congress, EPA determined regulation of these wastes under RCRA was not warranted. Therefore, many oil and gas E&P wastes are excluded from the RCRA Subtitle C hazardous waste management standards.

Understanding the RCRA Exclusion for Oil and Gas