Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management

Don’t Have an SPCC Training Program? You Need One

Here’s a checklist to get you started on developing an SPCC training program that works. Are employees familiar with spill prevention procedures? Are employees familiar with spill prevention/control equipment used at the facility? Does your facility have written procedures for inspecting/testing oil spill containment systems? Have appropriate personnel been properly instructed in the operation and […]

SPCC Plan FAQ Roundup

My facility is required to have a SPCC plan. I am a P.E. and was wondering if I can write and certify my plan. If you are licensed as a professional engineer, you may write and certify your facility’s SPCC plan. You do not need to be certified in the state in which the facility […]

Mobile Refuelers Responsibility Under SPCC

Equipment that met EPA’s definition of a mobile refueler were exempted from the sized-secondary containment requirements applicable to other types of oil-bearing equipment such as bulk storage containers or tank batteries. However, if you are a qualifying mobile refueler, you are still required to meet general secondary containment requirements. A few definitions you should know: […]

How to Tell if You Are Subject to SPCC Rules

Here are several points you should think about to determine if your facility is subject to the SPCC program: First, the program applies to capacity, not the actual amount oil stored. Second, in calculating capacity, count only containers with storage capacity equal to or greater than 55 U.S. gallons. Third, oil-filled equipment also counts in […]

Certification and Your SPCC Plan

EPA compromised by splitting the responsibilities. Here’s what they did: Self certification is allowed if the facility has a total aboveground oil storage capacity of 10,000 U.S. gallons or less; and in the 3 years before the date the SPCC Plan is certified, the facility has had no single discharge of oil to navigable waters […]

Can Your Clothes Make You Sick? GAO Looking at Formaldehyde in Clothing

While there are no federal limits on formaldehyde in clothing, a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) may cause Congress and advocacy groups to put pressure on the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to revisit the feasibility of imposing such limits. Formaldehyde is a heavily regulated substance and one of a handful of […]

Air Permitting FAQs Roundup

How can I calculate emissions based on an inventory of stationary fuel burning equipment on my campus? Using emissions data provided by the equipment manufacturer or a stack test is the most accurate way to quantify emissions, other than direct measurement. However, in most cases, this information is not available or does not exist. In […]

Green Buildings for Better IAQ

However, he explains that energy efficiency is not the only reason. “Roughly a third of all energy use is associated with buildings, so you’ve seen green become associated with energy efficiency,” he explains. “But for a large employer, the largest expense is personnel.” As a result, IAQ and occupant health and safety issues have “ratcheted […]

Should You Be Concerned with Asbestos?

Asbestos fibers are tough, flexible, heat- and fire-resistant, and it provides effective insulation and soundproofing. Typically, it may be found in ceiling and floor tiles, insulation materials, in car brake and clutch linings, and in heat-resistant clothing. When the fibers stay bonded together, asbestos is safe. Make your employees aware of asbestos and its potential […]

What You Can Do to Prevent and Control IAQ Problems

According to OSHA, “Management needs to be receptive to potential concerns and complaints and train workers on how to identify and report air quality concerns.” If employees have issues, it’s the job of leaders to assess the situation and take corrective action. Building owners and managers should develop and implement an IAQ management plan to […]