Top 6 Environmental Things to do in the New Year

Here’s a list of things you may need to do in the first quarter to keep your facility in compliance:

1. Emergency Planning Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) Tier II Reporting: Also known as 312-s, are due March 1, 2014. If you have more than threshold quantities of certain chemicals, this report must be filed with Federal and State EPA, the local Emergency Planning Commission, local fire department, and any other entity required for your location.

2. Hazardous Waste Reporting: Federal EPA requires Large Quantity Generators and any TSDF-s to report every other year, and this is the year. These reports are also due March 1, 2014. Also, check to see if your state or local agencies have any requirements.

3. Storm Water: If you hold an industrial storm water permit, then you’ve probably got a quarterly inspection to do. Many states, such as Ohio, also require a visual assessment of storm water discharged off the property quarterly. If you are in one of the industries required to do Benchmark Monitoring, then you may need to pull a lab sample this quarter as well.

*Tip: check your permit, but many states allow snow melt as a storm event for sampling.

4. Wastewater: Wastewater permit conditions vary, but many require sampling results to be reported twice per year, with January being one of those times. Certain permitted facilities that do not discharge any process wastewater are required to certify twice every year. If so, add Zero Discharge report to your January to-do list.

5. Air: If your facility holds one or more air permits, there may be some type of reporting due this quarter. Permit Evaluation Reports (PER), Deviation Reports, Synthetic Minor Reporting, NESHAP certification or any other type of air emission reporting might be required. Title V facilities must submit their Compliance Certification in the first quarter or by April 15, 2014.

6. Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC): During these cold winter months, it’s tempting to skip the monthly SPCC inspections, but they’re just as important now as any other time.

*Tip: Check often to make sure snow or snow melt haven’t filled secondary containment.

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