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$1.2M Cleanup Begins on Future BMW Electric Car Dealership

$1.2M Cleanup Begins on Future BMW Electric Car Dealership

A $1.2 million contaminated soil cleanup effort is underway on a Southern California brownfield site that will be the location of a new BMW electric vehicle dealership. The EPA and the US Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will work with the city of Huntington Park to remove about 5,600 … Read more »

toxic waste

Toxic Waste Oversight Slow, Disorganized, Investigation Finds

A quarter of the 118 major hazardous waste facilities in California are operating on expired permits that may not meet current standards, just one example discovered by the Los Angeles Times in an investigation that uncovered a gross lack of oversight by the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control. The … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: West Fertilizer Explosion, TX Agency Appeals its Own Win

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $118,300 in penalties for Adair Grain, the operator of West Fertilizer Co., whose West, Texas fertilizer plant exploded in April, killing 15 people and injuring more than 160. OSHA cited Adair for 24 safety violations including unsafe handling and storage of chemicals. … Read more »

California ‘Fails to Enforce Toxic Waste Laws’

California lawmakers are calling for an investigation following two reports that say the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control refuses to revoke the permits of companies that repeatedly violate environmental laws, and lets hazardous waste polluters operate on expired permits for years at a time. The reports found that the DTSC … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Approval, SCOTUS Backs EPA, Fracking Rules

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Keystone Approval, SCOTUS Backs EPA, Fracking Rules

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman approved a revised route for the Keystone XL pipeline through the state, which leaves final approval of the pipeline project in the hands of the Obama administration. The State Department must review the 1,700-mile pipeline because it crosses an international border, but an earlier impact statement … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Contenders for EPA, Interior Posts; Cingular Settlement

Outgoing Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has emerged as the top contender to be the new head of the EPA. An undisclosed source in Washington’s congressional delegation said that Obama is about to make the nomination. Gregoire was director of Washington’s Department of Ecology before being elected state attorney general in … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BP Biofuel Plant, Gulf of Mexico Leases, EU Climate Talks

The Interior Department and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has published details on its oil and gas lease sale of more than 20 million acres offshore and all unleased areas in the Western Gulf of Mexico Planning Area. Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 229, on November 28 in New … Read more »