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During the first half of 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued hefty fines for businesses that fail to comply with their industrial stormwater permit requirements. As it has in the past, the Agency has been focusing on entities that fail to properly monitor effluent discharges and that fail to train appropriate personnel.
The EPA is proposing not to use its authority under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund) to impose financial responsibility requirements on facilities in the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution sector.
A U.S. Court of Appeals rejected challenges the Sierra Club mounted against procedures the EPA uses to approve plans states develop to monitor compliance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
The EPA has made the first substantive changes to the Agency’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations since 2002.
Under a new EPA proposal, a major source of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) could be reclassified as an area source at any time by limiting its potential to emit HAPs to below the major source thresholds.
White Papers:
After a 2011 explosion at a fireworks disposal magazine, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) made recommendations relating to the use of RCRA emergency permits to the EPA. In 2017, the EPA issued the recommended policy memo.
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.
Checklists:
This best management checklist provides an overview of many of the requirements for managing hazardous waste in the workplace.
Updated Documents
Forms:
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.
The TRI reporting deadline is July 1. This infographic provides essential information to help determine if you need to report.
A healthcare facility can use this document to determine whether its hazardous waste pharmaceutical is “potentially creditable” or “non-creditable.” This determination will dictate how to manage the waste under the hazardous waste pharmaceutical regulations (40 CFR 262 subpart P).
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