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Environmental Protection

  • TechWaste now certified by EPA

    Southern California based TechWaste Recycling, LLC, an electronics recycler, has recently received Responsible Recycling Practices Standard (R2), ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certifications recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Southern California facility.

  • EPA proposes emissions cut from landfills

    As part of the Climate Action Plan – Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued two proposals to further reduce emissions of methane-rich gas from municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills.

  • EPA works to improve hazardous waste handling

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing two new hazardous waste rules to strengthen environmental protection while reducing regulatory burden on businesses.

  • Carburetor Superfund work started

    Demolition and removal work at the Carter Carburetor Superfund Site in north St. Louis, Missouri commenced in August 2015.

  • Steel Institute says EPA rules will raise cost of electricity

    The White House announced final Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations requiring existing electricity generating utilities to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 32 percent in the next 15 years, and effectively mandate that new coal-burning power plants use unviable carbon capture and storage technology.

  • Owner of sheet metal and machine shop settles with EPA

    In a consent agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the owner and operator of the Central Precision, Inc. sheet metal and machine shop in Boonsboro, Maryland will pay a $100,000 penalty and take immediate corrective actions to address alleged violations of federal and state hazardous waste regulations.

  • EPA provides $200,000 for environmental job training in Puerto Rico

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional administrator Judith A. Enck disclosed that the EPA has selected a leading nonprofit organization, PathStone Corporation, to receive $192,300 to provide green job training in Puerto Rico.

  • Vermont receives EPA brownfields funding

    EPA is awarding a total of $2 million in Brownfield Assessment and Cleanup Grant dollars to municipalities and organizations across the state of Vermont.

  • Alternative fuel vehicle rebates continue in Pennsylvania

    The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will continue Pennsylvania’s Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate Program.

  • Recycling rates hit plateau

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    When the economy droops it appears that almost everything else declines with it, including recycling.

  • EPA awards teacher for innovation

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded middle school teacher Anne Moore from the Goochland County Public Schools in Virginia with the presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE).

  • Puerto Rico developer to pay penalty for violations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with F&R Contractors Corp. and F&R Contractors LLC (F&R) to settle the companies’ alleged violations of requirements to control pollution from stormwater discharges.

  • EPA requires Lehigh Cement to cut toxic discharges to San Francisco Bay

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Justice and the State of California announced a settlement requiring the Lehigh cement plant near Cupertino to reduce toxic discharges of selenium and other metals to Permanente Creek, a tributary of San Francisco Bay.

  • Pennsylvania marks 20th anniversary of signing of land recycling laws

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released a new video commemorating the 20th anniversary of the signing of Pennsylvania’s Land Recycling laws that encourage the voluntary cleanup and reuse of contaminated commercial and industrial sites.

  • EPA report shows advancements in e-recycling

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Advancing Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Facts and Figures report.

  • DEA Western Laboratory wins Federal Green Challenge award for electronics recycling

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional administrator Jared Blumenfeld presented the Federal Green Challenge award to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Western Laboratory for increasing its electronics recycling more than any other federal agency in 2014.

  • EPA releases fracking impact assessment

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing a draft assessment on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources in the U.S.

  • Disneyland honored for food recovery

    Disneyland Resort was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2014 Food Recovery Challenge award for its zero waste efforts, and the highest percent increase in food recovery of any theme park in the nation.

  • EPA hires Williamson to lead Region 2

    The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 has selected Rochester Institute of Technology engineer Dr. Anahita Williamson to be the director of EPA Region 2’s Division of Environmental Science and Assessment in Edison, New Jersey.

  • EPA proposes removal of Alexandria Township landfill from Superfund List

    After successfully completing all cleanup work and putting into place long term controls to ensure that people’s health and the environment continues to be protected, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to remove the Crown Vantage Landfill Superfund site in Alexandria Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey from the federal Superfund list.

  • EPA awards electricity project

    Republic Services, Inc. said that its Sand Valley Landfill Gas-to-Energy (LFGTE) project in Collinsville, Alabama has been named Electricity Project of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.)

  • EPA fines Clean Harbors for violations

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a consent agreement and final order to Clean Harbors Deer Park, LLC, in La Porte, Texas.

  • RV importers and Chinese manufacturer settle with EPA

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disclosed a settlement with four Texas-based recreational vehicle importers and an affiliated Chinese vehicle manufacturer, for the illegal import and sale of more than 4,000 uncertified off-road recreational vehicles sold under the brand name Hammerhead. The companies will pay $560,000 in civil penalties.

  • Oklahoma thermostats recycling starts

    Covanta Tulsa, Locke Supply and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) have partnered to provide a convenient way to responsibly recycle mercury containing thermostats in Oklahoma. Intact thermostats can be taken to any Locke Supply for free recycling.

  • Pennsylvania DEP renews Keystone Landfill’s permit

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) renewed the operating permit for Keystone Sanitary Landfill in the boroughs of Dunmore and Throop, Lackawanna County, for another ten years.

  • Washakie Renewable settles with DOJ

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) disclosed a settlement with Utah-based Washakie Renewable Energy that resolves allegations that the company generated more than 7.2 million invalid renewable fuel credits worth more than $2 million.

  • CalRecycle awarded $1.74 million in settlement

    The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has reached a $1.74 million settlement agreement with San Leandro-based Alco Iron & Metal Co.

  • Mattress Recycling Council’s plan approved

    The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) approved the Connecticut Mattress Stewardship Plan developed by the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC).

  • More NJ violators charged with illegal dumping

    New Jersey State Park Police have charged another eight people in the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) continuing crack down on illegal dumping in state parks and recreational lands.

    The DEP’s “Don’t Waste Our Open Space” campaign was launched in late March of last year. Investigations of illegal dump sites on state properties by State Park Police, Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Conservation Officers and DEP’s Compliance & Enforcement personnel has resulted so far in 36 arrests or charges.

    The program is a coordinated effort  and all activities are posted on, a website that serves as a hub for the entire program.

    Recent enforcement actions for the illegal dumping initiative, all conducted by State Park Police, include:

    • Andrew Carter, of Shamong, was charged with illegal dumping and illegal transporting of solid waste after a dump site consisting of construction material, work site debris and household trash was discovered in Wharton State Forest. Carter faces a maximum fine of $15,000.
    • Pawel Klos of Hamilton (Mercer County) was charged with illegal dumping after an investigation of a dump site consisting of construction debris in a parking lot of D&R Canal State Park in Lawrence. Klos faces a maximum fine of $5,000.
    • Dylan Nowakowski of Ledgewood was charged with illegal dumping after disposing of construction and household debris in Allamuchy State Park in Mount Olive. Nowakowski pled guilty and was ordered by Mount Olive Municipal Court to pay $1,466 in fines.
    • Drew Dash of Medford, was charged with disposal and transportation of solid waste after several bags of trash and personal belongings were found in Wharton State Forest in Shamong. Dash faces a maximum fine of $15,000.
    • James Cassady, of Lumberton, was charged with illegal dumping after a Burlington County park ranger witnessed him dumping yard debris in Rancocas State Park. Cassady faces a $1,000 fine.
    • Dylan Scarpone, of Stanhope, and Christopher Ederer, were separately charged with illegal dumping in Mount Olive Township. Both pled guilty in Mount Olive Court and were ordered to pay $283 in fines.
    • Deanna Cottle, of Browns Mills was charged with illegal dumping after being captured on surveillance photos dumping leaves on three separate occasions in Brendan Byrne State Forest in Pemberton. Cottle pled guilty and was ordered to pay a $283 fine.

    Strategically deployed motion-sensor cameras have been set up in select state parks and wildlife management areas to help nab violators. Information on arrests and charges filed in connection with illegal dumping will be posted on

  • Lenovo, Arizona DEQ join R2 recycling leaders program

    Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) has added both Lenovo and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to the R2 Leaders program.

  • Illegal vehicles seized

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) disclosed the results of a 90 day joint operation targeting foreign made vehicles and equipment imported without proper emission controls in violation of the federal Clean Air Act.

  • Maine Pulp Mill and Connecticut Cardboard settle water violations

    Two companies operating under the control of Cascades USA, Inc. have agreed to settle U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) allegations that they violated the federal Clean Water Act.

  • EPA recognizes Dallas Stars for reducing food waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently recognized the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League for the team’s achievements in reducing food waste.

  • EPA issues final rules on hazardous waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final rule revising the Definition of Solid Waste (DSW) under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

  • Foundry sand recycling yields environmental benefits

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Ohio State University, released a risk assessment concluding that silica-based spent foundry sands from iron, steel and aluminum foundries, when used in certain soil-related applications, are protective of human health and the environment, and yield environmental benefits.

  • EPA adds former Colorado smelter site to Superfund list

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added the former Colorado Smelter site in Pueblo, Colorado, to the National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites.

  • Lighter vehicles coming to scrap yards

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    The U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have proposed new rules to set stringent fuel and emissions requirements for vehicles for model years 2017 to 2025.

  • EPA settles with Mack Trucks for pollution

    In a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mack Trucks Inc. has agreed to properly manage the hazardous waste at its truck assembly plant in Macungie, Pennsylvania.

  • Sims Metal Management fined $2.4 million for violations

    The U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Justice have fined Sims Metal Management $189,500 for polluting San Francisco Bay with scrap metal debris in violation of the federal Clean Water Act.

  • EPA settles with Kern Steel to ensure safe handling of waste

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fined Kern Steel Fabrication, Inc. $57,100 for improper management of hazardous waste generated at its facility in Bakersfield, California.

  • U.S. fuel economy reaches record

    New vehicles achieved an all-time-high fuel economy in 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said.

  • Hyundai and Kia to pay record $100 million penalty

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice disclosed a settlement with automakers Hyundai and Kia that will resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations based on their sale of close to 1.2 million vehicles that will emit 4.75 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in excess of what the automakers certified to EPA.

  • EPA works to improve operations at landfill

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the owner and the operator of the Moca Municipal Solid Waste Landfill in Moca, Puerto Rico, have reached an agreement that will result in improvements at the landfill.

  • Mercedes-Benz required to correct inaccurate fuel economy labels

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revising estimates for two 2013/2014 Mercedes C300 4-matic vehicles, the FFV and PZEV, to ensure consumers are given accurate fuel economy values.

  • Funding awarded to recycle e-waste along Mexican border

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding over $8.6 million in grants to fund environmental improvement projects along the U.S.–Mexico border.

  • Settlement results in pollution prevention for city

    EPA Region 7 has reached an administrative settlement with Shine Bros. Corp., a commercial recycling facility in Spencer, Iowa, to resolve industrial stormwater violations under the Clean Water Act.

  • B&M and MBTA to perform cleanup of Iron Horse Park site

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice have reached a $4.2 million settlement with Boston and Maine Corp. (B&M) and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) for partial reimbursement of EPA’s past costs, and for full payment and performance of future cleanup work at the Iron Horse Park Superfund Site, Operable Unit 4 (OU4), in Billerica, Massachusetts.

  • Marysville metal caster invests $230,000 in hazardous waste reduction

    SeaCast, Inc., a metal casting facility in Marysville, Washington, has agreed to pay The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) a penalty of $18,000 to settle alleged hazardous waste violations at the company, which is located within the boundaries of the Tulalip Indian reservation.As part of the EPA settlement, SeaCast will invest at least $230,000 to install and operate a production process “water blast” system that is expected to reduce in the amount of hazardous waste generated at the facility by 40 percent. SeaCast also agreed to implement procedures to prevent future violations of hazardous waste management requirements.

    According to Scott Downey, manager of EPA’s hazardous waste inspection unit in Seattle, strict compliance with federal hazardous waste storage and management requirements protects people and the environment.

    “SeaCast has found a way to modify its production process and reduce its reliance on caustic cleaning solutions as a part of this settlement,” said Downey. “One of the central goals of the EPA’s hazardous waste program is to conserve resources and minimize the generation of hazardous wastes, so this project fits nicely.”

    EPA alleged that SeaCast:

    • Failed to maintain records of its hazardous waste determinations.
    • Stored hazardous wastes at the facility without obtaining a permit or complying with conditions applicable to hazardous waste generators.
    • Stored hazardous waste on site for longer than 90 days, failed to maintain adequate aisle space between containers of hazardous waste and failed to conduct required weekly inspections of hazardous waste storage areas. The company also failed to properly manage its universal waste lamps.

    Published in the October 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • EPA and Kimberly Clark recognize professional truck drivers

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the American Trucking Associations, Kimberly Clark and the entire trucking industry, honor the 3.1 million professional truck drivers that deliver America’s freight safely and securely every day.

  • Volkswagen plant awarded EPA Rain Catcher Award

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Volkswagen Group of America with the regional 2014 EPA Rain Catcher Award in the Commercial Category for the Chattanooga, Tennessee Assembly Plant.

  • EPA and other agencies discuss sustainable electronics

    Leaders from the White House Council on Environmental Quality, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), General Services Administration, and U.S. Postal Service, along with electronics industry stakeholders, held a meeting last August to discuss progress on the National Strategy on Electronics Stewardship and participation in the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) BlueEarth® Federal Recycling Program.

  • OEC praises dredging strategy for Toledo Harbor

    The Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) is praising Ohio Governor John Kasich’s administration for a pilot project to find beneficial new uses for sediments dredged from the Toledo harbor.

  • EPA finalizes plan to address closed landfills

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its determination that no further action is needed to address the capping of two closed landfills at the Cinnaminson Groundwater Contamination Superfund site in the townships of Cinnaminson and Delran, New Jersey.

  • EPA finalizes greenhouse gas permit

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to the Tenaska Roan’s Prairie power plant in Grimes County, Texas.

  • EPA settles with Puerto Rico auto crushing company

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a legal settlement with W.R. Recycling of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, resolving alleged violations of federal hazardous waste law.

  • EPA names top organizations utilizing renewable energy

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Green Power Partnership released a list of the top 100 organizations that are choosing to use electricity from clean, renewable sources like wind and solar power.

  • Sylvia Quast to head EPA’s Pacific SW legal office

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named Sylvia Quast as regional counsel for the Pacific Southwest.

    EPA’s Pacific Southwest office serves Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and 148 Tribes. Quast has over two decades of experience handling environmental matters in both the public and private sectors.

    Prior to joining EPA, Quast served as executive assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorneys’ Office (USAO) in Sacramento, California where she was responsible for managing an office of 170 employees and personally handled environmental enforcement and defense cases. She has litigated environmental enforcement actions in the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Quast also served as the chief of the USAO’s Defense Litigation Unit, where she was responsible for litigation on various issues including environmental cases involving, among other laws, the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. After several years in private practice, Quast started her federal career in 1994 with the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division in Washington, D.C., where she worked on cases involving a variety of environmental issues.

    Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News

  • EPA names regional administrator for Region 4

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy disclosed the selection of Heather McTeer Toney as regional administrator for EPA’s regional office in Atlanta, Georgia. EPA Region 4 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and six tribal nations.

    McTeer Toney was the first African-American and first female to serve as the mayor of Greenville, Mississippi, holding that post from 2004 to 2012. She joins EPA from Mississippi Valley State University, where she is the executive director of the Center for Excellence in Student Learning. She is also the principal attorney at Heather McTeer, PLLC.

    McTeer Toney’s private-sector success is complemented by considerable experience in local and state politics. She began her career working as a member of McTeer and Associates Law Firm and handled a diverse group of cases ranging from racial discrimination to medical malpractice. Later she served as the president of the National Conference of Black Mayors and in 2009, was nominated by former EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson, to serve as the chairwoman of the Local Government Advisory Committee.

    Published in the March 2014 Edition of American Recycler News