Goodbye, paper manifests!
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) hazardous waste manifest system is designed to track hazardous waste from the time it leaves the generator facility where it was produced, until it reaches the off-site waste management facility that will store, treat or dispose of the hazardous waste. In 2014, the EPA established a national system for […]
New Hazardous Waste Requirements, and Flexibility
One of the biggest environmental regulations that we deal with every day is the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Passed in 1976, RCRA is as a solid waste disposal law that addresses the management of both solid waste and hazardous waste. The implementing regulations took effect in 1980. RCRA was intended to be implemented […]
No Chemical Spill Plans, For now…
In case you missed it, on June 15, (now former) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed action to establish no additional regulatory requirements under the Clean Water Act (CWA) section 311(j)(1)(C) authority for CWA hazardous substances (HS) discharge prevention. The EPA published the Notice of Propose Rulemaking (NPRM) on June […]
SPCC Training: Who are Oil-handling Personnel?
Your engineer finally delivered the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC Plan) for your facility, and it requires that you train Oil-handling employees. Oil-handling employees? How do you determine which of your employees meet the definition of that term? BACKGROUND EPA’s SPCC regulation (found at 40 CFR 112.7) require that the owner or operator […]
What is a Class V Underground Injection Well?
If you think your facility doesn’t have a Class V underground injection well, you might want to check again. Recent enforcement action by EPA Region 9 has resulted in violations against facilities that failed to identify, register, and maintain their dry wells. If you don’t know what an underground injection well is, read on. What […]
Is root cause analysis really worth the effort as part of environmental compliance audits?
Well, we think so. Identifying the same type of compliance deficiency in multiple locations, or during each recurring audit for the same facility, can only get us so far. Assuming the deficiency was corrected following each audit, the problem is re-emerging. Perhaps if we figured out the underlying cause, we could resolve it once and […]
EPA Penalties Increase
On January 15, 2018, increased EPA civil penalty levels went into effect. These penalty increases, which are intended to keep up with inflation, increase the maximum civil penalties EPA can impose for violations of environmental laws by two percent. Clean Air Act (CAA): $97,229 (from $95,284) Clean Water Act (CWA): $53,484 (from $52,414) Resource Conservation […]
Historic Architecture of Mid-20th Century Paris (Tennessee)
While reviewing the potential impact upon historic resources in northwest Tennessee, we had an opportunity to perform a Historical Architecture Survey. This survey entailed of recording over 250 structures that were older than 50 years old. I performed the field reconnaissance and our architectural historian, Chris Baker, evaluated these places based on documentary evidence. The […]
Archaeology in the Mountains
On a foggy November morning in Western Maryland, I find myself alone on a mountain top. Although Halloween had pasted, the atmosphere is something out of a Stephen King story. I am here to evaluate the area where a proposed telecommunications tower will be located. What does archaeology have to do with telecommunications tower? The […]
What are the primary differences between a wireless Phase I ESA and a commercial Phase I ESA?
As opposed to a commercial ESA where the property footprint consists of a building, series of buildings, a city block, or an undeveloped acreage, a wireless Phase I ESA is typically focused on a specific site location, existing tower compound, or proposed installation path within a building. The wireless company is concerned not only with […]