Category: EHS Management

EMS for Higher Ed—Common Compliance Deficiencies

EMS for Higher Ed—Common Compliance Deficiencies The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) was passed in 1976 with the goal of regulating the handling and disposal of hazardous wastes. RCRA was strengthened and amended in 1984 and has become the backbone of the national strategy to safely manage hazardous and non-non-hazardous wastes, conserve resources, and […]

EMS for Higher Ed—5 Tips for Success

EMS for Higher Ed—5 Tips for Success Tip #1 — Reconnect with top administrators to ensure ongoing commitment and support. Administrators come and go so it is important to open communications with new staff, including presidents, chancellors, deans, and senior administrative and operations people. When communicating your EMS strategy, take the time to focus on […]

National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship—Resources

National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship—Resources The electronic devices and equipment we use all day every day at work and at play represent a huge challenge when it comes to ensuring these products do not end up in a landfill. For businesses of every size, however, the federal government is working toward making it both easier […]

National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship—Accomplishments

National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship—Accomplishments On America Recycles Day in November 2010, President Obama established the Interagency Task Force on Electronics Stewardship with the goal of developing a long-term strategy for managing electronics from cradle to grave. In the first update to the 2011 National Strategy for Electronics Stewardship (NSES), the Task Force outlined some […]

EPA’s Audit Policy—Nine Things to Remember

EPA’s Audit Policy—Nine Things to Remember The EPA promulgated the first Audit Policy in 1995 and revised it in 2000, expanding availability, clarifying language, and conforming to Agency practices. Today, it remains a valuable option for regulated facilities to take advantage of benefits such as elimination or reductions in civil “gravity-based” penalties, no recommendations for […]

UST O&M – Release Detection Changes in the Works

UST O&M—Release Detection Changes in the Works Leak detection is a key component of a compliant UST operation, but one that is often found to be lacking when it comes to ongoing system O&M. According to the EPA, although inspectors often find release detection equipment installed on UST systems, they also routinely find that it […]

UST O&M – Walkthrough Inspection Changes in the Works

UST O&M—Changes in the Works Historically, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) UST regulations were focused on improved equipment, with not a lot of attention given to O&M practices. However, based on more than 20 years of regulatory experience, the EPA acknowledges that a higher level of O&M, in addition to better equipment, is required to […]