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Watershed: The Flint Water Crisis and EPA Lead Exposure Thresholds

The Flint drinking water crisis started in the spring of 2014 when Flint, Michigan changed its public water supply source to the Flint River and officials failed to apply corrosion inhibitors to the water. The lack of corrosion inhibitors caused lead to leach from aging supply lines and contaminate the public water being delivered to … more »

Does a Landfill Ever Really Close?

Do you or a friend own or operate a landfill?  Is your landfill near the end of its “Post-Closure Care” period?  If so, you are not alone. August Mack has received a number of requests from responsible parties that have one or more landfills that are approaching the end of the post-closure period (typically 30 … more »

Hindsight in 2020: More EPA Regulations on the Horizon

Toxic Release Inventory Reporting December 2019 was a busy month for environmental regulatory changes. On December 20, 2019 the signed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2020 added certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of chemicals subject to annual Toxic Release Inventory (Form R) reporting. PFAS are a group of man-made compounds … more »

Polishing Up on the Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Rule

The EPA defines a wipe as “a woven or non-woven shop towel, rag, pad, or swab made of wood pulp, fabric, cotton, polyester blends, or other material.” Regulatory guidelines for the Solvent-Contaminated Wipes Rule, also known as the “Wipes Rule,” were finalized in 2013. The purpose of this rule was to provide a consistent regulatory … more »

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