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01/18/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/18

In this week's Roundup, a Utah oil refinery is fined nearly $350K for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act's Risk Management Plan regulations. Plus, a company that manufactures and distributes agricultural products agrees to pay $88K to resolve alleged FIFRA violations related to its pesticide operations.

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01/14/2021

New EPA Regs Change How EPA Makes Rules

Two recent US EPA rulemakings will impact the way the agency creates future environmental regulations. Both rules deal with how EPA uses available environmental and public health data to make decisions about how stringently to regulate certain pollutants.

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01/11/2021

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 1/11

In this week's Roundup, a food distributor is set to pay nearly $187K over alleged misuse of anhydrous ammonia. Plus, EPA fines a towing company $75K for allegedly mishandling hazardous waste after a chemical spill.

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12/28/2020

No Change to NAAQS for Ozone, Particulate Matter

US EPA will retain, without change, the current National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for both ozone and particulate matter (PM).  

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12/28/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/28

In this week's Roundup, a pair of cattle farmers are set to pay $76,000 for alleged stormwater discharges without the proper permit. Plus, an industrial fuel supplier allegedly violated EPCRA and US air emissions standards, resulting in a $1.3 million penalty.

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11/13/2020

EPA Abandons Once-In-Always-In Clean Air Act Policy

Update 11/19/20: EPA's Final Rule to amend the NESHAP General Provisions and allow major sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) to be reclassified as area sources takes effect on January 19, 2021.

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11/03/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/3

In this week's Roundup, an ice cream facility is fined over $250K for alleged mishandling of anhydrous ammonia. Plus, a company that makes ammonium nitrate products will spend $1.5 million to resolve alleged violations of Federal chemical accident prevention requirements.

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10/26/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/26

In this week's Roundup, an oil and gas company agrees to imporve its Clearn Air Act policies and pay $2.85 million after EPA allegedly found violations at 12 of its faciltiies. Plus, EPA revisits a 2011 Consent Degree to expedite over $1 billion in improvements to a municipal wastewater system in Georgia. 

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10/19/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/19

In this week's Roundup, a California waste management facility pays over $350K to resolve alleged RCRA violations. Plus, a Wisconsin chemical manufacturer agrees to pay $480K and conduct a leak detection and repair audit after alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.

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10/05/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/5

In this week's Roundup, a horseracing track loses a bet to the EPA, paying over $8 million for alleged Clean Water Act violations. Plus, a cold storage unit and a natural gas plant settle with EPA for $360K combined for alleged Clean Air Act violations.

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Understanding the RCRA Exclusion for Oil and Gas