Tag: industrial

12 Changes in Store for EPA’s MSGP for Stormwater Associated with Industrial Activities

Twelve changes to the 2008 federal MSGP for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity are included in EPA’s draft 2013 MSGP. Coverage under the 2008 MSGP, which expired September 29, 2013, is administratively extended until the 2013 permit is issued, provided facilities submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to be covered by the new permit […]

11 Tips for Qualifying Under the “No Exposure” Exclusion for Stormwater Associated with Industrial Activities

Under the conditional no-exposure exclusion (found at 40 CFR 122.26(g)), operators of industrial facilities subject to stormwater regulations have the opportunity to certify to a condition of “no exposure” if their industrial materials and operations are not exposed to stormwater. Note: This no-exposure exclusion does not apply to construction activities, which are addressed under the […]

5 Simple Steps to Reduce Your Facility’s Carbon Footprint

As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marches forward with its regulatory agenda to quantify and control emissions of GHGs, facilities (both those currently regulated and those in the crosshairs), are scrambling to develop a GHG emissions reduction strategy. According to the EPA, an organization’s carbon footprint has three components for purposes of developing a […]

Managing Water at Your Facility: Pros and Cons of Recycling and Reuse

Industrial reuse Reclaimed water can be used in industrial applications and facilities, power production, and extraction of fossil fuels. When reclaimed water was first used for industrial purposes (dating back to the first pulp and paper industries), it was generally treated and reused on-site. As water resources in the arid states have become increasingly stressed […]

10 Things to Know About the GHG Reporting Program

10 Things to Know About the GHG Reporting Program 1) The GHG Reporting Program covers only specific emissions. Only man-made (or anthropogenic) GHG emissions covered under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) must be reported. These are: Carbon dioxide (CO2), Methane (CH4), Nitrous oxide (N2O), Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), Perfluorocarbons (PFC), Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), […]

Simple Steps for Minimizing Stormwater Pollution—Part 2

Simple Steps for Minimizing Stormwater Pollution—Part 2 5) Although many facilities are required by different regulations to implement spill prevention, control, and cleanup plans, even those that are not should consider the potential benefits. The EPA recommends the following aspects to incorporate in such plans: Spill prevention is the best way to avoid contaminated runoff […]

Simple Steps for Minimizing Stormwater Pollution

Simple Steps for Minimizing Stormwater Pollution Stormwater runoff is the major contributor to the ongoing degradation of our nation’s surface and groundwater. Although we cannot control precipitation, there are plenty of ways to control its impact through measures that are both common sense and required by law. Here are some of EPA’s recommended measures for […]

Superfund Site Redevelopment—Common Concerns

Superfund Site Redevelopment—Common Concerns Despite the negative connotations associated with Superfund sites, many are salvageable and reusable, not only for purposes like landfills or parking lots but also for recreational, commercial, and industrial uses. By 2014, EPA’s SRI had assisted with more than 800 sites now in continued, active, or planned reuse over its 15-year […]

U.S. Biogas Energy Potential

U.S. Biogas Energy Potential The process of creating energy through anaerobic digestion (AD) of organic materials (aka “biogas”) is not a new concept, but in light of climate change, it may be one with a lot of unrealized potential for both renewable energy and reducing emissions of the potent GHG methane. In the report titled […]

Curbing GHGs with Cap–and–Trade —How It’s Working

Curbing GHGs with Cap–and–Trade —How It’s Working The RGGI held its first CO2 allowance auction on September 25, 2008 and will hold its 26th auction on December 3, 2014. Along the way, the RGGI has evolved and in 2013, made changes to its Model Rule to further reduce CO2 emissions and help to ensure the […]