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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


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


Q & A with a Massachusetts UST Site Owner

March 7, 2018

We frequently field questions from clients who are thinking about selling their retail petroleum dispensing facilities and have concerns about environmental situations that could impact their ability to sell a piece of property. For that reason, we decided to take a different approach with this particular blog.

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Topics: Commercial Real Estate, Environmental Due Diligence, Tanks


ATC Helps Prominent Shopping Village Achieve Environmental Compliance

February 20, 2018

As one of the oldest shopping centers in the country, Cameron Village has seen its development coincide with decades of evolving environmental regulations.  From unknown environmental costs to closure from multiple North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) agencies, ATC has helped Cameron Village continue its path as one of Raleigh, North Carolina’s most prominent commercial real estate properties.   

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Topics: Commercial Real Estate, Environmental Due Diligence, 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


Time is Running Out to Comply with the 2015 EPA UST Rule

October 17, 2017

It is amazing how time flies when it comes to complying with the 2015 Federal Underground Storage Tank (UST) rule promulgated by 40 CFR Part 280.   We outlined key provisions for you in this 2015 blog post. If you recall, the EPA established a three-year compliance window for many of the provisions that apply to your underground tank operation, such as containment testing, release detection monitoring, and overfill prevention.

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Topics: Tanks


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


Records Retention for Storage Tank Owners

September 21, 2016

What are the Requirements for Storage Tank Records?

There are an estimated half million underground storage tanks (USTs) in the US today, with most utilized to store petroleum, petroleum derivatives, or other potentially hazardous substances. Owners of storage tanks are subject to strict controls on adding, moving, and shutting down storage tanks. There are also records required for regular inspections, reporting of leak detection, testing processes, and more.

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Topics: 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


Think You're Covered Under the MA UST Cleanup Fund?

June 20, 2016

If you think you are covered under the Massachusetts Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund, you may want to think again.

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Topics: Tanks


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Welcome to our postings on the environment and regulatory impact.  We strive to keep you informed with the latest changes in regulations and with lessons learned from our time in the field


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