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What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Environmental Managers?

What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for Environmental Managers?

What can businesses expect from a Donald Trump presidency in terms of changes in policy and enforcement of the country’s environmental laws?

Utility Must Properly Manage Hazardous Waste, Pay $39K Penalty Under EPA Settlement

Southern California Edison will pay a $39,127 penalty to settle federal charges that it improperly managed hazardous waste on Catalina Island.

Duke Energy Pumps $1.5M into EV Charging Stations

Duke Energy said it will provide $1 million to develop public electric vehicle charging stations in North Carolina and an additional $500,000 for the construction of electric bus charging stations. The company’s EV Charging Infrastructure Support Project is part of a settlement with the EPA and environmental groups over Duke’s … Read more »

VW emissions scandal

VW Emissions Scandal: Will the Other (Criminal) Shoe Drop?

Volkswagen still may face criminal charges for cheating diesel emission air pollution tests after agreeing to an almost $15 billion settlement last week, according to California attorney general Kamala Harris. “I cannot confirm or deny an investigation. But even this morning, the Department of Justice has confirmed a criminal investigation … Read more »

industrial plant emissions

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.

toxic chemicals

Deadly Fertilizer Plant Blast Was Criminal. What Does This Mean for Chemical EHS Rules?

A fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas that killed 15 people in 2013 was a criminal act, according to authorities. How will this finding affect the EPA’s Risk Management Program and other chemical safety and management rules that resulted from the deadly blast?

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Trump Company Fined for Plane’s Carbon Emissions

A Donald Trump company has been fined by the UK’s Environment Agency for breaking the county’s carbon emissions rules. The penalty is for a flight to the UK in a plane owned by DJT Operations, a part of the Trump Organization, owes £1,610 ($2,347) under the European Union’s carbon pollution … Read more »

Bamboo Blend Napkins

FTC Fines Major Retailers $1.3M for Misleading Environmental Claims

Retailers Bed Bath & Beyond, Nordstrom, JC Penney and Backcountry.com have been fined $1.3 million by the Federal Trade Commission for misleading environmental claims. Under the court order settling the FTC’s charges, the four companies are barred from labeling and advertising rayon textiles as made of bamboo and will pay … Read more »

smog

Companies Pay $7 Billion in EPA Enforcement Actions

EPA enforcement actions in 2015 cost companies more than $7 billion, requiring them to invest in equipment to control pollution and clean up contaminated sites, according to the agency’s annual enforcement results. In fiscal year 2015, the EPA secured record-setting hazardous waste, Clean Air Act, and Superfund settlements. It also … Read more »

Comcast

Comcast Dumps Hazardous Waste, Agrees to Pay $25.95 Million

Comcast has agreed to pay California $25.95 million to resolve allegations that the company unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste and discarded records without first omitting or redacting private customer information. California attorney general Kamala Harris and Alameda County district attorney Nancy O’Malley filed the proposed settlement and civil enforcement action … Read more »

ASARCO

ASARCO to Pay $163.5M, Cut Toxic Emissions

ASARCO has agreed to a settlement with the EPA and US Department of Justice that requires the company to spend $150 million to install new equipment and pollution control technology to reduce emissions of toxic heavy metals at a large copper smelter in Hayden, Arizona. The company will also fund … Read more »