Protect Your Company From Being On The Kentucky Division of Enforcement’s Next Fiscal Report

We want to share a document with you from the Department for Environmental Protection and Kentucky’s Division of Enforcement because companies need to be informed about the Enforcement Branch to maintain the required environmental laws and understand how they are being enforced.  From this document you can see that cutting corners will eventually cost your company Continue Reading…

Managing Environmental Risk is an Important Consideration for Investors Looking to Purchase Industrial Property

Industrial properties are more likely to have environmental liabilities and the problems need to be identified and managed. Demand is high for high tech distribution facilities but most times they are being built on top of old manufacturing sites. Industrial property problems are usually the result of past tenant use. Underground storage tanks (USTs) related to Continue Reading…

Tips for Closing Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)

Many older underground storage tanks (USTs) need be be closed property to protect human health and the environment.  Contaminated ground water is usually the first sign that you have a problem with a UST. For the best tips on closing a UST we need to first know if you want to close it temporarily or Continue Reading…

Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Reports and Why They Are So Important To File Correctly By July 1st Each Year

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Requirement EPA requires reporting of toxic chemical releases under EPCRA, and facilities that manufacture, process, or use toxic chemicals over certain quantities must file annual reports estimating the amounts released to the environment, treated or recycled on-site, or transferred off-site for waste management. These reports are submitted to EPA and the Continue Reading…

Prevent Your Company From Having Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Violations From the EPA

SPCC is the abbreviation for the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule.  An EPA regulator from the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) recently revealed the most common SPCC violations he finds on field inspections. Typical Violations from All Facility Types… Container incompatibility. Some examples include using underground storage tanks as aboveground storage tanks and Continue Reading…

Staying Compliant with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) When Transporting Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

Anyone who manufactures, imports, or exports hazardous chemicals  is required by the EPA to comply with Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Anyone transporting anything not on the TSCA list of chemicals must notify the EPA at least 90 days before producing or importing the new chemical substance. There are TSCA reporting requirements also and TSCA’s rules are enforced Continue Reading…

Protect Your Company From Large Fines Using This EPCRA Compliance Checklist

If your facility falls under Emergency Preparedness and Community Right-to-know Act (EPCRA) requirements, there’s more to do then just TRI reporting. Here’s a checklist to help you make sure you cover you bases with all the regulations. Have the requirements handy Do you have copies of the statute? Do you have copies of the federal, Continue Reading…

Above-ground Storage Tank (AST) Spill Prevention Tips that are Highly Recommended By the EPA

Above-ground Storage Tanks (AST) are tanks that are aboveground, regardless of whether they are used for to store petroleum products, hazardous waste, or other hazardous material. AST’s used for the store of petroleum products is regulated primarily under 40 CFR 112. The regulation does not actually use the terms “aboveground storage tank.” Instead the term “bulk Continue Reading…

Preparation is the Key to Surviving an Inspection by the EPA or OSHA

If a state or federal environmental agency came to your facilities today, would you be ready? If the answer is no, then you need to prepare yourself quickly. Environmental regulations are complex and reach far in to most operations. Even the most knowledgeable and dedicated environmental manager will get nervous about the thought of on Continue Reading…

Be Careful That The EPA Judges Your Industrial Waste Recycling As Legitimate Recycling

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promotes industrial hazardous waste recycling and has many concessions to do so. The EPA will not however make concessions on what constitutes legitimate recycling versus sham recycling. The 2008 DSW Rule established four “Legitimacy Factors” composed of two “Core Factors” and two “Factors that Must be Considered,” which are codified at Continue Reading…