test

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…

Emergency Response Plans: Your Continued Business Depends On It!

Last year a Kansas refiner had to pay $2M in fines and reimbursement costs for a 2007 oil spill. Per the EPA, the company discharged about 2,145 barrels of crude oil, diesel fuel, and oil water from it’s refinery into a nearby river during a flood on July 1, 2007. The company will also have 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…

Learn to Avoid Dust Explosions That Can Cause Severe Structural Damage and Loss of Life

A dust explosion is a very rapid burning of the dust while it’s still suspended in the air, known as deflagration. If this happens in a confined enclosure (building, room, vessel, equipment) there may be an explosion. The dispersion of dust in particulate or finely ground form enables the dust to burn very rapidly. Dust fires 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…

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…

Clean-up Tips for Mecury Spills

When Mercury is spilled, the droplets can emit odorless vapors that are colorless and very toxic. These droplets can be lost in very small spaces and create major problems, no matter how small the spill. EPA Recommendations for Mercury Spills of Less Than or Equal to the Amount in a Thermometer Remove everyone, including pets Continue Reading…

Creating an Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Program For Your Business

Thousands of  residential and commercial structures in the U.S. contain many different types of asbestos. Asbestos presents compliance problems home owners and commercial operations and maintenance personnel. This article is focusing on businesses. Staying on top of asbestos training can be time consuming confusing and costly. You have to keep up with Occupational Safety and Health Continue Reading…