CAPACCIO’s EH&S Regulatory and Industrial News Blog

In an effort to “help industry and the environment prosper,” CAPACCIO has developed this blog to provide the latest news on environmental, health and safety related regulatory updates, management systems and sustainability topics.

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Draft Storm Sewer General Permit for 200+ Small Massachusetts Municipalities Reply

News Release
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
New England Regional Office
September 30, 2014

Contact: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017
Re: Draft Storm Sewer General Permit for 200+ Small Massachusetts Municipalities Will Help Clean Water Protection

BOSTON – EPA is releasing for public comment draft general permit for small “Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems” (MS4) located in Mass. The new permits, when finalized, will update efforts in up to 260 municipalities, better protecting rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and wetlands across Massachusetts.

EPA previously released draft general permits for small MS4s in North Coastal Watersheds in 2010 and in the Interstate, Merrimack and South Coastal Watersheds in 2011. In response to many of the public comments submitted previously, and the availability of new technical and census information, EPA has revised the two general permits into one document and is now releasing the revised draft general permits for public input. EPA has also made changes to the newly proposed draft permit in response to public comments seeking more clarity, guidance and flexibility in meeting permit requirements.

The draft general permit, a detailed fact sheet, and information on public meetings and public hearing can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/region1/npdes/stormwater/MS4_MA.html

To read EPA’s full press release, please visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/d0cf6618525a9efb85257359003fb69d/e34e1b71021cf54885257d63005ba5b4!opendocument

IMPORTANT: Source Registration e-mail from MassDEP Reply

You may have recently received an e-mail from the MassDEP with the subject line: IMPORTANT-Notice of EPA’s retirement of air pollution control devices effective for the 2013 submission. This does NOT mean that your control device needs to be replaced. The EPA recently changed their naming system which does not match all the options that are available on the MassDEP’s Source Registration forms. Therefore, the MassDEP is being forced to change the naming system in the Source Registration program. If your facility’s air pollution control device is not on the revised EPA list, the MassDEP will be sending you an e-mail listing your current control device and a list of similar names on the revised EPA list. The MassDEP is asking that you respond to their e-mail stating which revised name matches your air pollution control device. The MassDEP will then update your 2013 Source Registration to the revised name.

If you have any question or concerns, please contact Lynn Sheridan at 508.970.0033 ext. 122 or lsheridan@capaccio.com.

TURA Fee Increase Update Reply

As a follow-up to the TURA update in our last e-blast, CAPACCIO attended the TURA Administrative Council meeting on September 19, 2014. The Council voted 4 to 2 to move forward with increasing TURA Fees. In particular, they would like to see Option B be approved. The three options for increasing fees are at the link below:

http://www.capaccio.com/handouts/eblast/TURA_Fee_Adjustment_Proposal_8-19-14.pdf

Industry and public interest groups were both there to present comments. This will still have to go to public hearings in the fall and the Administrative Council said they would send notices of public hearings to all TUR filers and TUR planners. The Council also agreed to have public hearings in 4 regions of the state so that all stake holders can easily attend. If the fee increase of 50% is passed, it could add an additional $10,000 to big companies using a lot of chemicals. We’ll keep you posted.

For more information, please contact Lucy Servidio, CHMM, TURP, at 508.970.0033 ext. 114 or lservidio@capaccio.com.

CAPACCIO to present “Upcoming Changes to the ISO 14001 Standard” at SESHA NE/NY Mini-Conference Reply

On September 29 and 30, the New England and New York State Semiconductor Environmental Safety and Health Association (SESHA) chapters are jointly sponsoring a mini-conference in Albany, NY at SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE)/SUNY Institute of Technology (SUNYIT). SESHA is the premier Environmental, Safety & Health association serving the high technology and associated industries and provides value to its members through ongoing education and professional development.

Among the presenters at the conference will be Daniel Forsythe, CHMM, TURP, RABQSA Auditor, Practice Area Leader for the Semiconductor and Electronics sectors at Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. Mr. Forsythe’s presentation, “Upcoming Changes to the ISO 14001 Standard,” will walk attendees through the proposed changes detailed in the Draft International Standard (DIS), released for public enquiry in July 2014, and how they may impact your organization. One of the most noteworthy changes is the style of the standard itself, which is being written in accordance with Annex SL – a new high level structural framework that will be common across all management systems and will provide core text, common terminology, and core definitions. The proposed changes also reflect an overall shift toward tangibly improving environmental performance rather than simply improving the management system itself. The ultimate goal is for certified organizations to produce more fundamental ‘bottom line’ reductions in key environmental impact areas such as noise, gas, and water emissions.

For the complete agenda, directions, vendor information, sponsorship information, online registration and downloadable registration forms for this event, please visit: http://seshaonline.org/regions/ssabostonc/boston.php3

If you are unable to make it to SESHA, and want to learn more about the upcoming changes to the ISO 14001 standard, you may view CAPACCIO’s recent webinar recording on this topic.

http://www.capaccio.com/Resources/Event_Recs.html

We asked our webinar attendees the reason they wanted to attend our webinar, to which they responded:

Certified to ISO 14001:2004 & Want Info on ISO 14001:2015…..61
Have an Uncertified EMS & Exploring ISO 14001:2015 Certification…..23
Do Not Have an EMS and Have Limited Knowledge of ISO 14001…..18
Other Reason…..17

Based on the responses, the majority of our webinar attendees are already registered to ISO 14001 and were attending our webinar to gain more information on the forthcoming changes. Another great majority have an uncertified EMS and are exploring ISO certification for not only its value, but also from an EHS and financial standpoint.

CAPACCIO has worked with a number of our clients to develop and implement successful EHS systems and can provide guidance on how to prepare for these changes so your firm can be ready for certification. In regard to the upcoming ISO 14001 changes, conducting a gap analysis is the best first step in identifying what needs to happen for a company’s existing system to conform to the new changes.

For more information on ISO 14001/18001 or environmental, health and safety management systems or having a gap analysis performed for your company, please contact Dan Forsythe at 508.970.0033 ext. 135 or dforsythe@capaccio.com.