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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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02/13/2018

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Valentine's Day Edition

It’s Valentine’s time, and EPA has dished out some tough love lately for alleged criminal and civil violations of environmental law and regulations.

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01/25/2018

Supremes Relegate WOTUS Argument to District Courts

This week, the US Supreme Court decided unanimously not to take up a challenge to EPA’s 2015 Waters of the United States, or WOTUS, Final Rule. The Court held that challenges to the Final Rule—which expanded the Agency’s authority to enforce the Clean Water Act by more broadly interpreting the term “navigable waters”—must be brought in district courts and not circuit appeals courts, where this case originated.    

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12/19/2017

What to Do When Your Hazardous Waste Isn’t Hazardous Anymore

When we talk about hazardous waste, we usually talk about EPA’s “cradle-to-grave” management requirements. But what if your hazardous waste stops being hazardous waste at some point in the process? How do change the way you manage it without running afoul of the RCRA regulations?  

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11/22/2017

EPA and Army Push Back "Waters of the US" Applicability by 2 Years

US EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers have proposed adding an applicability date to the much-debated 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Final Rule. The Final Rule, still stayed nationwide by court order and now under consideration by the Supreme Court, expanded the scope of the Clean Water Act to address discharges to bodies of water not previously covered.  

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To record or not to record? That is the question when an employee gets sick or injured at work. In most cases, injuries that occur at work are work-related and must be recorded to maintain compliance with OSHA regulation. That said, OSHA provides nine specific exceptions to this general rule.

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