Maine Department of Environmental Protection Proposes the Regulation of PFOS in Children’s Products

Two years ago St.Germain Collins wrote about “emerging” contaminants known collectively as PFAS, a family of complex compounds primarily consisting of Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Since then there’s been a flurry of activity in Maine, with the latest being the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed regulation of PFOS in childrens products.
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PFAS Regulations

In 2017 we wrote about “emerging” contaminants known as PFAS. Since then, Maine Governor Janet Mills established a task force, and there have been numerous news articles about these “forever chemicals” right here in Maine. We’ll continue to share with you how this issue may impact environmental due diligence, remediation and environmental health and safety
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Sentry EHS Is Getting an Upgrade

Sentry EHS is getting an upgrade. We have been working behind the scenes to bring you the following improvements: Attachment Icons: In Sentry List View, an icon now appears if there is a document uploaded to that task. Tank Field: The tank field has been updated to include state and federal inspection dates, allowing tank compliance
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Proposed Rule Change Affects Definition of WOTUS

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corp of Engineers (ACE) recently proposed changes to redefine the definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).  This definition has applicability for SPCC plans, SWPPPS, FRPs and site development regulations. You may find the following summary helpful in determining the impact of this proposed rule:
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Maine Stormwater and Site Law Permit Certification Reminder

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently sent out a five-year certification reminder to those who have a DEP Stormwater or Site Law permit issued on or after 2006. This may affect more than just those who currently have these permits. If you are planning to purchase a property with existing development, you should
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EPA’s New e-Manifest System

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is implementing its new nation-wide e-Manifest system beginning June 30, 2018.  With the promise of adding significant streamlining to the tracking of hazardous waste shipments, EPA has been working with states for several years to make this a reality. The use of the e-Manifest system is voluntary for now. 
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Waste Training

Maine Hazardous & Universal Waste Training for Large & Small Quantity Generators This 8-hour course is like no other. Register today. At St.Germain Collins you’ll learn practical ways to apply Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s regulations to your facility operations. The focus will be on: requirements for labeling, inspecting, packaging and storage of hazardous waste;
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Public Input Sought

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public input. This is a result of the Executive Order 13777—issued earlier this year—which requires each federal agency to create a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate and identify existing regulations to consider repealing, replacing or modifying to make them less burdensome. Public comments will be accepted
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Enforcement Actions 2016

Knowing the type of enforcement actions can help you better understand the compliance areas receiving a lot of attention by regulatory agencies. As a service to St.Germain Collins’ clients and friends, we provide this summary of some EPA, MEDEP and NHDES enforcement activities during 2016 and the resulting penalties. If you would like us to help
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