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03/24/2020

EPA Clarifies Transparency in Regulatory Science Rule

On March 18, EPA released a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) to clarify the scope of the 2018 proposed rule “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.” The original rulemaking is designed to make information that influences certain EPA rulemakings publicly accessible.

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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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01/20/2020

Groups Challenge EPA's Rollback of Chemical Facility Risk Management Standards

The United Steelworkers (USW) has filed suit to challenge US EPA’s decision to rescind requirements added to the Clean Air Act Risk Management Plan (RMP) program in 2017.

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10/07/2019

SEC Proposes Increase to Environmental Liability Reporting Threshold

​In late August 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed an increase to the threshold for public companies to report environmental obligations under regulation S-K.

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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

PFAS Found in 74 Municipal Water Systems Serving 7.5 Million Cali Residents

An independent environmental study released last week found that 74 community water systems in California are contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a growing class of extremely toxic fluorinated chemicals. Some systems registered as many as eight PFAS chemicals in a single well.  

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04/15/2019

How NJ Developed the Nation’s Toughest Drinking Water Standards

With progressive, new legislation enacted every few years since the 1980s, New Jersey has solidified itself as a national standard-bearer for drinking water regulation. With another proposal making its rounds in Trenton, we would like to look back and see how NJ became the legislative frontrunner for drinking water regulations that it is today.

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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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02/27/2018

2017 EPA Enforcement Results By the Numbers

EPA recently released its annual summary of environmental enforcement activity for Fiscal Year 2017. Today, we’ll take a by-the-numbers look at how EPA enforced environmental laws in 2017 and compare these results to EPA’s FY 2016 enforcement report.

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