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07/16/2018

EPA Clarifies Its WOTUS Repeal Rule

The US Army Corps of Engineers (COE) and US EPA issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking on July 12, 2018 to provide regulatory support and clarification regarding the Agencies’ 2017 proposal to repeal changes made to the definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the previous administration in 2015.  

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07/16/2018

EPA to Set New MCLs for PFOA and PFOS

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to set maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for two toxic chemicals, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), under authority granted to the Agency by the Safe Drinking Water Act.  

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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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07/06/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 7/10

We’re back with another EPA Enforcement Roundup! In this week’s Roundup, a fuel terminal, a farm supplier, and a sand and gravel company will pay to resolve alleged violations of EPA air, water, and/or chemical regulations.  

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06/18/2018

What is the National Contingency Plan?

Called the NCP for short, the national Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan is the Federal government's blueprint for responding to hazardous substance releases and oil spills that reach the environment. 

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05/11/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 5/14

Learn from the latest US EPA enforcement actions and avoid environmetnal compliance violations that cost these businesses over $1 million combined. 

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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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03/19/2018

Do You Need an SPCC Facility Response Plan?

Under authority granted by the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) program at 40 CFR 112. While most facilities subject to the SPCC rules...  

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03/05/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/6

The EPA enforcement actions come in pairs this week, as two seafood processing facilities and two pipeline companies will pay to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act. 

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02/26/2018

Manufacturer Agrees to $850,000,000 Fluorochemicals Settlement

A manufacturer of widely used products that contain perfluorocarbons (PFCs) recently settled a lawsuit with the State of Minnesota’s Attorney General’s Office, agreeing to provide $850 million to create a Water Quality and Sustainability Fund supporting the Twin Cities East Metro area.  

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