Dixon P. Pike

Dixon P. Pike

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EPA Rewrites Hazardous Waste Recycling Rules (Again)

The U.S. EPA recycling rules for “hazardous secondary materials” have been like the mathematical word problems you wanted to avoid on the algebra test: complicated and mind-bending. But what wastes are exempted from...more

12/16/2014 - EPA Hazardous Substances Recycling Waste Disposal

Maine DEP Proposes Hazardous Waste Rule Changes

Last week, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) announced a proposal to amend its Hazardous Waste rules to allow certain paints to be managed as universal waste. While the proposed rules may appear...more

9/25/2014 - Amended Regulation Hazardous Substances Public Meetings Recycling Waste Waste Disposal

EPA's New Solvent Wiper Rule Wipes Out Maine's Policy

For many years, both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have wrestled with the practical question of how solvent-contaminated wipes should be...more

2/4/2014 - Contamination Department of Environmental Protection EPA Hazardous Substances Preemption Solvents Waste

MEDEP Approves Weekly Hazardous Waste Inspection, Aligns Hazardous Matter Reporting Rules

On August 20, 2013, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approved important changes to simplify hazardous waste compliance and reporting. Adopting proposals from earlier this summer that the business...more

8/26/2013 - Environmental Policies Environmental Protection Authority Hazardous Substances Reporting Requirements

Your HazMat Is In The Air: When Things Go Wrong

With increased inspections and enforcement, businesses are discovering the hard way that many common materials are “hazardous materials” (“HazMat”) under U.S. DOT rules. ...more

7/4/2013 - Department of Transportation Enforcement Federal Aviation Act FedEx Hazardous Substances Inspections Shipping UPS

Final Remedial Action Guidelines From Maine DEP Published, Including New PCE Cleanup Levels

After several years of formal and informal proposals, the Remedial Action Guidelines (RAGs) have finally been revised, and are now effective, thanks to action by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). ...more

6/21/2013 - Contaminated Properties Department of Environmental Protection Hazardous Substances Remedial Actions

MEDEP To Allow Weekly Hazardous Waste Inspection, Align Hazardous Matter Reporting Rules

In a set of proposals just released, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is set to reform its hazardous waste and hazardous matter rules for the first time in years. ...more

6/3/2013 - Department of Environmental Protection Hazardous Substances Investigations Reporting Requirements

Massachusetts Packaging Plant Pays Nearly $485K Penalty For Environmental Violations

A packaging company in Dudley, MA has agreed to pay $484,900 in penalties to settle EPA claims that the company violated numerous federal and state regulations. The violations occurred at the company’s liquid and aerosol...more

4/17/2013 - Clean Air Act Clean Water Act Environmental Liability EPA EPCRA Hazardous Substances Manufacturing Facilities

Maine DEP Publishes Revised Remedial Action Guidelines On Hazardous Substances For Comment

The Remedial Action Guidelines (RAGs) are useful – if conservative – default cleanup guidelines used by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). DEP proposed changes in 2012, and has just proposed changes...more

3/18/2013 - Contamination Department of Environmental Protection Hazardous Substances Remedial Action Guidelines Voluntary Response Action Program

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