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For facilities with chemicals in amounts less than the EPA Risk Management Program (RMP) thresholds, overlooking the General Duty Clause can result in hefty fines.
The EPA is proposing several significant revisions to its 2015 regulations governing coal combustion residuals generated by electric utilities.
The Trump administration has issued three final rules that together may constitute the most sweeping revisions yet made to regulations implementing the Endangered Species Act.
The EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs has informed registrants of pesticides that a statement on the label of a pesticide product warning that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans” is “false and misleading” and will be considered misbranding and in violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
The EPA is proposing amendments to its 2003 National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for the Municipal Solid Waste Landfill source category.
The EPA is proposing to amend its New Source Review (NSR) regulations to allow the emissions decreases from a single project to be included in Step 1 of the NSR applicability test.
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The EPA has issued guidance on how information on prescribed fires on wildland may be factored into exceptional events demonstrations required by the Clean Air Act.
Questions & Answers:
We have two 275- gal totes of phosphoric acid stored on small containment pallets in a sprinkled warehouse. The door thresholds are raised in the warehouse so there is no potential for a leak or spill to escape. Are we required to store these on containment pallets, if so, how large?
I am currently writing a Hazardous Communication plan for our company. One of the key requirements for the plan is that we catalog all of our "Hazardous Chemicals." What is the best way to determine if a chemical is classified as hazardous?
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This checklist covers the areas of the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan and facilities that EPA inspectors will review during an SPCC facility inspection and addresses the requirements for onshore oil drilling and workover facilities. This checklist should be consulted annually to review all Plan components and their implementation.
To comply with integrity inspection requirements for bulk storage containers, each shop-built aboveground bulk storage container is inspected/testing on a regular schedule in accordance with a recognized container inspection standard based on the minimum requirements in this table.
This form may be included as part of your facility's SPCC Plan to document dike discharge events.
The information in this form must be provided to the National Response Center (NRC) in the event of a discharge of oil to navigable waters or adjoining shorelines from onshore oil drilling and workover facilities.
This form must be included with your facility's SPCC Plan to document 5-year Plan reviews and any technical amendments made to the Plan.
Include this form with your SPCC Plan to keep a record of all inspections of aboveground bulk storage containers and piping.
Include this form with your SPCC Plan to record monthly inspections of your onshore oil drilling and workover facility.
Include this form with your SPCC Plan to document quarterly visual inspections, if applicable to your facility.
Include this form with your SPCC Plan to document that required training for oil handling personnel has been completed.
Onshore oil drilling and workover facilities should include this form with their SPCC Plan to document their weekly facility inspections, if applicable.
This checklist covers the areas of the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan and facilities that EPA inspectors will review during an SPCC facility inspection and addresses the requirements for onshore oil production facilities. Consult this checklist annually to review all Plan components and their implementation.
Include this form with your SPCC Plan to document the inspection schedule for bulk storage containers at your onshore oil production facility.
The information in this form must be provided to the National Response Center (NRC) in the event of a discharge of oil to navigable waters or adjoining shorelines from an onshore oil production facility.
Include this form with your SPCC Plan to document the monthly inspections at your onshore oil production facility, if applicable.
Include this form with your SPCC Plan to document the weekly inspections of your onshore oil production facility, if applicable.
Include this form with your SPCC Plan if a licensed Professional Engineer has reviewed and certified alternative measures of environmental equivalence, impracticability determinations of secondary containment and alternative measures, or alternative procedures for produced water containers for your Tier II qualified facility.
The information in this form must be provided to the National Response Center (NRC) in the event of a discharge of oil to navigable waters or adjoining shorelines from a Tier II qualified facility.
Include this form with your SPCC Plan to document the inspection and monitoring of effluent treatment facilities/systems at your Tier II qualified facility.
Include this form with your SPCC Plan to document compliance with §112.6(a)(3)(iii), 112.8(c)(6), 112.8(d)(4), 112.9(b)(2), 112.9(c)(3), 112.9(d)(1), 112.9(d)(4), 112.12(c)(6), and 112.12(d)(4), as applicable to your Tier II qualified facility.
This checklist should be completed and included with the SPCC Plan for your Tier II qualified facility to verify that the necessary operations outlined in 40 CFR 109 have been included in any necessary oil spill contingency plan.
Include this form with your SPCC Plan for your Tier II qualified facility.
Guidance Documents:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released regulations for underground storage tanks (USTs) in 2015 that aimed to curb releases of petroleum and hazardous substances into the environment by focusing on proper operation and maintenance (O&M) of UST equipment and emphasizing the importance of operator training. Federally regulated facilities were required to comply with the revised rules by October 13, 2018. The states and territories with EPA-approved UST programs were required to adopt the revised regulations and reapply for state program approval by October 13, 2018. Consequently, the majority of UST owners and operators must comply with the EPA’s O&M rules. This special report walks you through how to comply with these extensive requirements.
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