Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management

Air Permits: Where Do You Begin?

Air permits are divided into construction permits and operating permits. Construction permits are usually required when building a new facility or installing and/or modifying a process or piece of equipment. The construction permit defines the air pollution source, establishes emissions limits and indentifies the equipment and/or controls to meet those limits. Applicants must apply for […]

Water Regs and Permits to Watch Out for in 2012

Legal Editor Amanda Czepiel says that in the beginning of 2012, we will see EPA issue the 2012 Stormwater Construction General Permit (CGP). It will include a number of changes due to the implementation of the Construction and Development Rule, as well as changes to the appearance of the permit, new requirements for site inspections, […]

SPCC Training Requirements

In this Environmental Daily Advisor transcript, Advisor editor Kelly Lagana talks with Amanda Czepiel about required training for EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC). Amanda Czepiel is legal editor for BLR’s environmental compliance products.

How EPA will be Regulating Air Emissions in 2012

BLR® Legal Editor, Tim Fagan, tells us that in 2012, EPA will continue to regulate air emissions from the largest sources of pollution, as the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule controlling NOx and SO2 from power plants will go into effect (pending resolution of the D.C. appeals court stay of the rule); the utility MACT controlling […]

SPCC Q&As: Part 2

Does the calculation of total oil storage volume include all oil contained in drums and totes and all oil contained in storage tanks and all contained in process tanks? In other words, are we adding it all up? Yes. I would say “yes,” again, with a caveat that if you have it in containers less […]

SPCC Q&As: Part I

Will a PE certification be required if active secondary containment measures are utilized instead of permanent measures? In general, the answer is “no,” but there are a couple of caveats. For secondary containment for permanent storage containers, such as bulk storage containers like tanks, you do have to have permanent secondary containment for those kinds […]

When to Update Your SWPPP

Like many other EHS plans, the SWPPP is a living document that should be reviewed and updated on a regular basis. Whenever you find the need to change a procedure that is described in your SWPPP or to modify a control measure described in the plan, you must update the SWPPP to reflect those changes. […]

Putting Together a Good Stormwater Pollution Prevention Team

This team is responsible for assisting the facility manager in developing the facility’s SWPPP as well as implementing and maintaining stormwater control measures. The team will be taking corrective action where necessary to address permit violations or to improve the performance of control measures, and modifying the SWPPP to reflect changes made to the control […]

MATS Rule Overview

In this Environmental Daily Advisor video, Advisor editor Kelly Lagana talks with Tim Fagan about EPA’s Final Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) for Power Plants. Tim Fagan is the editor for air topics for BLR’s environmental compliance content.

Most Misunderstood Regs: The Mercury ‘Beyond-the-Floor’ Standard

Under the CAA’s maximum achievable control technology (MACT) approach to reducing emissions of air toxics, the MACT floor must be at least as stringent as the average emission limitation achieved by the best performing 12 percent of existing sources in the category (for which EPA has emissions information) or the best performing 5 sources for […]