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Lack of Correct Stormwater Permits & Other Violations Lead to Hefty Fines for CA Manufacturers

Lack of Correct Stormwater Permits & Other Violations Lead to Hefty Fines for CA Manufacturers

Two California-based plastic product manufacturers have agreed to pay penalties for Clean Water Act violations, including failing to operate with the proper stormwater permit, that likely resulted in plastic pellets being washed into the Tujunga Wash and ultimately into the Los Angeles River. The EPA found these violations after inspections … Read more »

EPA to Publish Proposed Guidelines Clarifying Waters of the United States Rule

EPA to Publish Proposed Guidelines Clarifying Waters of the United States Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is about to publish its proposed guidelines to clarify the Waters of the United States rule so that it mirrors the language used before 2015, which is when the Obama administration broadened the scope of the law.

Pepco, Innophos Pay Millions in Water Pollution, Hazardous Waste Settlements

Pepco, Innophos Pay Millions in Water Pollution, Hazardous Waste Settlements

Under two unrelated settlement, Pepco will pay $1.6 million and Innophos will pay $1.4 million to resolve alleged Clean Water Act and hazardous waste violations, respectively.

Wastewater News: JWC Acquires FRC, EPA Finalizes Methods for Industries to Measure Pollutants in Wastewater

Wastewater News: JWC Acquires FRC, EPA Finalizes Methods for Industries to Measure Pollutants in Wastewater

Wastewater technology firm JWC Environmental has acquired FRC Systems International and an EPA final rule gives regulated companies more flexibility in in deciding which method they will use to measure pollutants in wastewater.

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Southern Coal Reaches $5M Settlement with Feds, Agrees to Reduce Mining Water Pollution

Southern Coal Corporation and its affiliates have agreed to spend $5 million to reduce water pollution and settle federal Clean Water Act charges. Under the settlement with the EPA and the US Department of Justice, Southern Coal and 26 affiliated mining companies will upgrade their operations to prevent discharges of … Read more »

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Congress Looks to Slash EPA Funding, Block Environmental Regulations

US Senate Republicans are looking to slash EPA funding and block some of the agency’s climate rules and environmental regulations that would manufacturers and other industries.

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What the Waters of the US Rule Means for Business

A federal appeals court this week ruled it will hear challenges to the Waters of the US Rule, also known as the Clean Water Rule. The water rule, authored by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, expands the reach of the Clean Water Act to protect US streams … Read more »

EPA Broke Law with Water Rule Social Media Blitz

EPA Broke Law with Water Rule Social Media Blitz

The EPA broke the law by using social media to drum up support for the Clean Water Rule, according to the US Government Accountability Office. In its ruling, the GAO said the EPA engaged in “covert propaganda” and lobbying. Federal law prohibits agencies from doing both. The EPA used Twitter, … Read more »

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Clean Water Rule on Hold Nationwide

The Clean Water Rule is on hold across the US after a federal court ruled the guidelines, which aim to protect US streams and wetlands from pollution, are likely illegal. The Cincinnati-based Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued the 2-1 ruling on Friday. The water rule, authored by … Read more »

Bion Patents Process to Recover Nitrogen from Waste

Bion Environmental Technologies has filed a new patent application for a process that recovers a nitrogen-rich, non-synthetic fertilizer product from a livestock waste stream. The fertilizer contains 12 percent to 15 percent nitrogen in a solid crystalline form that is water-soluble and provides readily available nitrogen. It contains none of … Read more »

EPA Finalizes Water E-Reporting Rule, Will Publish Companies’ Water Data

Businesses with Clean Water Act permits to discharge wastewater must now file reports electronically instead of filing written paper reports, according to an EPA rule finalize yesterday that modernize Clean Water Act reporting for municipalities, industries and other facilities. The final rule will require regulated entities and state and federal … Read more »