On Tuesday, May 24, compromise legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act overwhelmingly passed the House of Representatives. Last week, the House and Senate announced the compromise legislation with the goal of reaching the President’s desk for signature before the Memorial Day recess.  That goal now appears to be in reach, with the White House already signaling plans to approve the legislation by calling it a “clear improvement” and a “historic advancement” for chemical safety.
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As reported by Law360, Troutman Sanders LLP and members of its Environmental and Natural Resources Practice Group assisted Safeway Inc. regarding its recent settlement of retail and pharmaceutical waste issues in California.  The Alameda County District Attorney’s office, along with 43 other California jurisdictions, filed a Complaint and Stipulation of Final Judgment resolving the case for payments of penalties, investigative costs and Supplemental Environmental Projects valued at $9.87 M. Prosecutors alleged that Safeway and its approximately 500 grocery stores and pharmacies, as well as two distribution centers, had improperly disposed of hazardous and medical wastes under state laws regulating the disposal of these materials.
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The final draft of EPA’s final Section 316(b) rule is now, as of July 30th, under review by the White House, the last major hurdle in the rulemaking process, which means the final rule should be released to the public before the November 4th settlement deadline.  As a result, utility owners and operators will soon know with certainty, after years of debate, what regulatory requirements will apply to their cooling water intake structures. 
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The EPA recently released its new National Enforcement Initiatives for fiscal years 2014 – 2016.  Reviewed and updated every three years, the National Enforcement Initiatives have also been incorporated into the EPA’s fiscal year 2014 Guidance to National Program Managers, i.e., EPA Regional Offices, states, and Indian Tribes implementing EPA-approved inspection and enforcement programs. The National Enforcement Initiatives are available at the following website:  http://www.epa.gov/compliance/data/planning/initiatives/2014-2016-nei-announcement.pdf
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