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  • 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