compliance

August 27, 2018

EPA Announces New National Compliance Initiative

EPA’s Enforcement Chief, Susan Bodine, issued new guidance this week, announcing movement away from “enforcement” to “compliance” initiatives.   The initiative underscores the approach the agency is taking to lighten its civil enforcement footprint, encourage states and tribes to take the lead where they can, and promote compliance over enforcement as a matter of policy.   National Enforcement […]
April 15, 2018

West Virginia airport operator charged with environmental crimes 

Executive Air Terminal, Inc., has pleaded guilty to illegal storage of hazardous waste and will be sentenced in early May.   According to reports, Executive Air is accused of breaking the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, which makes it a crime for someone to store or dispose of hazardous waste without a permit. Under the act, […]
April 3, 2018

EPA Tries New Informal Enforcement Approach

*** EPA’s chief of enforcement, Susan Bodine, has set her sights on a new approach to improve compliance, “informal enforcement”, bringing to bear Scott Pruitt’s priorities of cooperative federalism and “back to basics”.   The approach is being criticized by some as more roll-backs, others are hailing the measure as a better way to improve compliance, […]
January 19, 2018

Wastewater Operations – Representative Means Representative

An important reminder to all companies with environmental compliance obligations, including collecting and reporting sample results to a regulatory agency.   Most Clean Water Act wastewater permits include a provision that requires the permittee to collect and report data on “representative samples” to determine compliance with the permit effluent limits.   This applies to discharges that go […]
May 17, 2017

Business Roundtable Calls Nation's Water Infrastructure Needs Urgent

The Business Roundtable releases a new report this week titled “Back in Business: A Blueprint for Renewing America’s Infrastructure.”  Here is what the report has to say about rebuilding our nation’s water infrastructure: DRINKING AND WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE Well-maintained drinking and wastewater infrastructure systems are necessary for creating healthy and economically vibrant communities. They provide families […]
February 19, 2016

Congress Moves Quickly to Address Failures in Flint Michigan Water Crisis

The House or Representatives has passed with overwhelming support, 416-2, a Bill to amend the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.  The text of HR 4470, titled the Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act, can be found here.  The bill, if enacted, would require States to immediately notify the public if lead levels in […]