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04/21/2020

Final Rule Alert: EPA's New Waters of the United States Rule

Update: US EPA published its Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Definition of Waters of the United States to the Federal Register on April 21.  

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04/20/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 4/20

In this week's Roundup, a Southern poultry processing company faces $500k for alleged faults in their refrigeration processes. Plus, two oil facilities must pay over $300k to resolve SPCC and Clean Water Act violations.

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03/24/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/24

In this week's Roundup, a Wyoming oil production facility pays $115,000 to resolve alleged violations related to two improper releases. Plus, EPA fines an industrial metalworking company in Arizona for allegedly violating their fugitive dust plan from a previous settlement. 

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03/18/2020

2.5M Pounds of Radioactive Fracking Waste Illegally Dumped at Oregon Landfill

A hazardous waste facility near Arlington, Oregon has been put on notice for allegedly dumping over 2.5 million pounds of radioactive fracking waste at its landfill, according to the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE). Oregon law prohibits disposal of radioactive waste in the state.

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03/16/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/16

In this week's Roundup, a pipeline company agrees to pay over $60 million to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations from a 2015 oil spill outside Santa Barbara, CA. Plus, a Virginia recycling facility settles with EPA for $50K over alleged hazardous waste violations.

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03/09/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/9

In this week's Roundup, an explosives manufacturer in Missouri is set to pay nearly $3 million for alleged improper disposal of explosives among other RCRA and Clean Water Act violations. Plus, EPA settles with an Arizona cold storage facility for $124K over alleged violations of chemical accident prevention regulations.

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02/18/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/18

In this week's Roundup, three New England recycling facilities and an aerospace and wind energy parts manufacturer will pay over $400K to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. Plus, a pair of municipal power companies must resolve Clean Air Act violations by updating their Electric Generating Units.

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02/03/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/3

In this week's Roundup, a natural gas company and an agricultural coop agree to over $4 million in penalties and site improvements to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act. Plus, a Missouri stone quarry must pay $80k in penalties for allegedly dumping dirt in a local tributary in violation of the Clean Water Act.

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01/27/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/27

In this week's Roundup, an oil and gas company will pay $1.95 million to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations. Plus, a hazmat drum maker and a motor fuels distributor were both named in a $1.3 million settlement over their alleged connection to an Ohio Superfund site.

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01/21/2020

Energy Co. Agrees to Clean Up Coal Ash Disposal Sites in North Carolina

A Charlotte-based electricity provider has struck a deal with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to eliminate 72.5 million tons of coal ash from six sites across the state. The settlement resolves allegations that the company stored coal ash in landfills and ponds for decades.

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