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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

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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12/08/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 12/8

In this week's Roundup, a military and parachute hardware fabricator agreed to a $55K settlement to resolve alleged TRI Reporting violations. Plus, a retail store chain allegedly mishandled hazardous waste, resulting in a $3.3 million fine.

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11/24/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/24

In this week's Roundup, a chemical manufacturer is set to pay $800K for alleged SPCC violations. Plus, a pet and gardening suppy company allegedly distributed pesticides with outdated labeling, resulting in a $286K FIFRA violation.

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11/16/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 11/16

In this week's Roundup, an Alabama flooring manufacturer is set to pay $8.95 million for alleged Clean Water Act violations. Plus, EPA halts the import of over 650,000 unapproved alcohol wipes and the distributor allegedly involved will pay $213K in penalties.

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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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10/12/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 10/12

In this week's Roundup, two municipalities face $1.5 million in Clean Water Act and RCRA penalties. Plus, a munitions manufacturers agrees to pay $11.5 million to restore a NJ superfund site.

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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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