Tag: Environmental Compliance

DOJ Ramping Up Environmental Compliance Enforcement

Risk managers take note: Environmental enforcement, particularly criminal enforcement, is expected to rise in the coming months. In their remarks at the American Bar Association’s annual National Environmental Enforcement Conference, Chief of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Environmental Crimes Section Deborah Harris and Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim, head of the DOJ Environment and Natural […]

EO Under Fire—the IRIS Dilemma

It looks to be a bumpy road ahead for any industry, primarily the synthetic chemical manufacturing industry (SOCMI), including petrochemical plants, dealing with ethylene oxide (EO). At the heart of the controversy is the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) value for EO emissions. The controversial IRIS “IRIS is a research program that assesses chemical toxicity […]

Industry Opposition to CARB’s Upcoming SORE Regulations

California Assembly Bill 1346, signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on October 9, 2021, seeks to eliminate the retail sale of new gas-powered, small off-road engines (SORE) as early as January 1, 2024. It now becomes the responsibility of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop and implement a plan to enforce the […]

Satellite Accumulation of Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste generators are allowed to accumulate small amounts of hazardous waste in locations at or near the point of generation where wastes initially accumulate. These satellite accumulation areas (SAA) must be under the control of the person operating the process generating the hazardous waste. “Both large quantity generators (LQGs) and small quantity generators (SQGs) […]

Faces of EHS: Michelle Tinsley Talks YellowBird, the Importance of Staying Competitive, and Flexibility

Michelle Tinsley, Co-founder of YellowBird, has been involved in the field of technology for more than 30 years. For our latest “Faces of EHS” profile, we sat down with Michelle to discuss why she made the leap from tech to environment, health, and safety; her thoughts on YellowBird’s importance as an EHS recruiting tool; as […]

Eileen Woodbury

Faces of EHS: Eileen Woodbury Talks Earth Day and Taking Environmental Programs Beyond Compliance

Eileen Woodbury, founder and principle of Woodbury Consulting Group, has seen firsthand how taking environment, health, and safety (EHS) programs beyond compliance can result in great outcomes for both the environment and for business—and also witnessed too many hazmat responses gone wrong. For a special Earth Day “Faces of EHS” profile, we spoke with Eileen […]

Balancing environmental enforcement and business

A Look at EPA Violations and Enforcement in First Quarter 2021

In the first quarter (Q1), the EPA finalized 290 settlement agreements with companies small and large across the United States. This represents a significant increase in enforcement actions—up from 150 penalties issued in Q4 for 2020. The actions taken resulted in $6,126,092 in fines. Here are some of the highlights of violations and penalties.

ISO 14001

How the ISO 14001 Framework Can Benefit Your Environmental Compliance Efforts

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 Environmental Management Standard, last updated in 2015, sets out key criteria for environmental management and, in turn, environmental compliance. By using a framework to map out an effective environmental management system, it can be tailored to any type of organization regardless of product, service, or industry, and can […]