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Does Your Facility Need a New or Updated SPCC Plan?

May 4, 2018

SPCC Plan Applicability

The Oil Pollution Prevention Regulation, which is documented in Title 40, Part 112 of the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR Part 112), was initially promulgated in 1973 under the authority of the Clean Water Act and became effective in January 1974.  In accordance with the regulation, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires certain types of facilities to prepare and implement Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans to prevent oil from reaching navigable waters of the United States or adjoining shorelines. 

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Topics: Regulations, Tanks

New Massachusetts Law Extends OSHA Safety Standards to Municipal Workers

March 27, 2018

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets standards to protect workers from mechanical and chemical dangers in the workplace; however, the OSHA regulations only apply to workers in the private sector.  Massachusetts recently enacted a new law that will now apply these federal workplace safety standards to municipal workers.  

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Topics: Regulations, Training, Health & Safety

ATC's Brian Pine to Speak at Tanks Conference

March 23, 2018

Brian Pine, Environmental Compliance Services Program Manager from ATC’s Pittsburgh, PA office, will be a presenter at the National Institute for Storage Tank Management’s (NISTM) 20th Annual International Aboveground Storage Tank Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, FL on March 28, 2018. Approximately 1,800 attendees are expected to attend the conference.

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Topics: Regulations, Tanks

Aboveground Storage Tank Inspections in Massachusetts

November 8, 2017

“Following the Great Molasses Flood in Boston’s North End on January 15, 1919, Massachusetts began regulating aboveground storage tanks (AST’s) greater than 10,000 gallons storing any fluid other than water. The molasses flood killed 21 people and injured 150 more. Many claim you can still smell the molasses in the North End on hot summer days.” – MA Department of Fire Services Website (http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/dfs/osfm/fire-prev/aboveground-storage-tanks.html)

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Topics: Regulations, Tanks

Crystalline Silica Rule: What You Need to Know

August 9, 2017

New Rule:

Effective June 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finalized the Crystalline Silica Rule for General Industry, Maritime and Construction. The final rule establishes new exposure limits and action levels, as well as specifies requirements for worker exposure assessments, exposure controls, medical surveillance, respiratory protection, hazard communication, and recordkeeping. Any in

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Topics: Regulations

3 Criteria for Evaluating Environmental Site Assessments

January 9, 2017

When acquiring a site for development, a potentially costly risk is having to clean up hazardous waste and/or remediate environmental dangers within the site’s boundaries. That is why you must have a professional environmental services company perform an environmental site assessment (ESA) prior to acquiring the site in question to minimize your risk.

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Topics: Banking, Commercial Real Estate, Environmental Due Diligence, Regulations, Brownfields

Operating Underground Storage Tanks: Reminder

November 9, 2016

I recently had the opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (“ASTSWMO”). ASTSWMO, to those unfamiliar with the organization, was established in 1974 to enhance and promote effective state and territorial environmental programs.  The annual meeting afforded me a great opportunity to hear and see the perspectives from regulators and industry experts on current issues affecting the use and operation of underground storage tanks (“USTs”).  While these issues are not necessarily new, hearing about firsthand experiences truly helps to put things into perspective.  Two sessions in particular did just that for me.

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Topics: Regulations, Tanks

Benefits of a Comprehensive Storage Tank Compliance Program

August 16, 2016

What is a Storage Tank Compliance Program?

Companies that utilize underground storage tanks (USTs) are subject to regulations by local, state, and especially federal regulations and controls. Requirements for prevention and detection of leakage from such containment tanks are intended to prevent ground and water contamination by hazardous chemicals and petroleum-based products.

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Topics: Regulations, Tanks

Feds Rewrite the Toxic Substances Control Act

July 19, 2016

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has long been the primary law that specifies how industry must manage chemicals and other toxic substances. President Obama has now signed into law revisions that form the first comprehensive changes to TSCA in 40 years. Now that the changes are law, it becomes the responsibility of industries to understand and comply with the new legislation.

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Topics: Regulations

Why it Makes Sense to Conduct a Phase I ESA Before Leasing Commercial Property

May 9, 2016

Before leasing commercial or industrial property for a new business operation, prospective lessees should consider environmental due diligence to be just as important as if they were buying the real estate concerned. One of the most prudent measures that a potential lessee can take is to have a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)performed to identify any actual or potential environmental contamination.

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Topics: Banking, Commercial Real Estate, Regulations

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