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We are continually updating our state and national regulatory analysis to help you keep up-to-date with the changing regs. See the updated section on the what's new page to find all of the topics.
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Use this presentation and associated materials to train employees on asbestos awareness.
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In March 2024, the EPA issued its final Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention Rule (SCCAP Rule), which became effective on May 10, 2024.
The EPA recently announced four final power plant rules (PPRs) to reduce pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants with the goal of protecting “communities from pollution and improve public health without disrupting the delivery of reliable electricity,” states the Agency news release.
The EPA recently released "Interim Guidance on Destroying and Disposing of Certain PFAS and PFAS-Containing Materials That Are Not Consumer Products," which identifies available, effective methods to remediate, dispose of, and destroy per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination.
In April, in Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency v. Whittaker Corporation, the 9th Circuit "clarified that [the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act's (CERCLA)] prohibition on double recovery does not preclude a finding of liability under CERCLA, [if] the relief ultimately granted does not allow recovery of double compensation," according to Farella Braun + Martel LLP.
What are the requirements for Title V permit reporting?
What should you do with an old underground storage tank (UST) that isn’t being used anymore? Don’t just ignore it; there could be serious consequences if the tank contains hazardous materials and becomes compromised.
In April, the EPA announced a final rule designating two polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).
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The federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations provide a framework for oil storage facilities to prevent oil from reaching navigable waters and adjoining shorelines, and to contain discharges of oil.
Guidance Documents:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance issued its Strategic Civil-Criminal Enforcement Policy to strengthen the partnership between EPA’s civil and criminal enforcement programs.
Access this EPA website to review used oil FAQs as well as other EPA guidance documents.
Updated Documents
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance issued its Strategic Civil-Criminal Enforcement Policy to strengthen the partnership between EPA’s civil and criminal enforcement programs.
Access this EPA website to review used oil FAQs as well as other EPA guidance documents.
This document provides the maximum civil and criminal penalties that may be assessed for violations of environmental statutes.
Effective February 26. 2024, EPA's final regulatory changes address several key issues related to implementing the PCB Cleanup and Disposal Program under the Toxic Substances Control Act. Access this EPA website to review the regulatory revisions.
This EPA fact sheet for regulated facilities details the 2024 revisions to the RMP regulations under 40 CFR 68. The final rule is referred to as the Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention (SCCAP) rule. The SCCAP is effective May 10, 2024.
The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act is our nation’s primary law governing the disposal of solid and hazardous waste. Signed into law in 1976 and amended in 1984, 1992, and 1996, the law and it's regulations focus on phasing out land disposal of hazardous waste, corrective action for releases, and the use of waste minimization methods prior to treating and disposing of hazardous waste.
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