Now enrolling: CAPACCIO Wastewater Treatment Operator TCH Courses Reply

CAPACCIO’s next round of wastewater treatment operator TCH classes are being offered Friday, December 5 and 12, 2014. We will be offering four MassDEP approved courses, each worth 2.5 TCHs. Don’t wait until 2015 to get your credits for license renewal. Enroll now! http://www.capaccio.com/Training/wwt_publictch.htm.

CAPACCIO is a leader in industrial wastewater treatment design. Our trainers are experts in the design, operation, and maintenance of industrial wastewater treatment systems. For over a decade, we have prepared candidates for the Wastewater Treatment Operator Exam in Massachusetts and have offered a wide variety of Training Contact Hour (TCH) courses for licensed operators. Our courses are open to public enrollment and can be customized to meet industry or company specific needs. Let us help you prepare for the next exam or keep up with your current license requirements!

For more information, please contact Nancy Robbins at 508.970.0033 ext. 132 or nrobbins@capaccio.com.

Public Comment Period: Proposed TURA Fee Adjustment Reply

This eBlast was copied from an email received by the Toxics Use Reduction Institute.

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) has proposed amendments to the Toxic Use Fee regulation (301 CMR 40.00). EEA is proposing a fee increase to restore funding required for the program to meet its statutory obligations.

Copies of the proposed regulations and dates, times and locations for public hearings on the regulations, can be found at http://www.mass.gov/eea/waste-mgnt-recycling/toxics/toxic-use-reduction/tura-program-regulations.html. Written testimony will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

Reminder: EEA is also accepting comments until Friday, November 21, 2014 on its proposal to designate five chemicals/categories of chemicals as Higher Hazard Substances: dimethylformamide, toluene diisocyanates, hydrogen fluoride, cyanide compounds and 1-bromopropane (n-propyl bromide).

Questions can be directed to the Executive Director of the TURA Administrative Council, Rich Bizzozero, rich.bizzozero@state.ma.us.

You may also contact Jill Vernes at Capaccio at 508.970-0033 ext. 136 or jvernes@capaccio.com for any additional questions you may have.

Today is October 9th, is there food waste in your dumpster? Reply

On October 1, the commercial food waste ban went into effect for Massachusetts. It requires companies, businesses, hospitals, and universities generating more than 1 ton of organic material per week to make necessary reductions in their disposal. Such entities have many options to comply with the ban, including pre-consumer reduction, re-purposing usable food, donations, and composting.

The food waste disposal ban is part of a larger effort in Massachusetts to reduce the waste stream by 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner David W. Cash recently stated, “The food waste ban provides a win-win-win-win-win for residents and businesses in the Commonwealth. It will reduce waste, save money on disposal costs, create renewable energy, cut emissions from fossil fuel use, produce rich fertilizer for farm use, and grow jobs and stimulate the economy.” Read the full press release at the link below.

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/news/releases/patrick-administration-kicks-off-statewide-commercial-.html

CAPACCIO recently had a webinar on this topic “Commercial Food Waste Disposal Ban Regulations – How will it affect your company?” Along with our guest presenter, John Fischer of MassDEP, the webinar provided an overview of the regulation, methods of how to determine how much waste you are generating, and ways to set and communicate goals and track your usage. To download and view the webinar, see the link below.

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

We also discussed ways this program can be incorporated into your new or existing sustainability program, to your benefit. Regardless of the stage you are in, CAPACCIO can provide assistance. Please contact Julie Muszalski at 508.970.0033 ext. 124 or jmuszalski@capaccio.com for more information.

New Massachusetts Department of Fire Services Code – No more 527 CMR 1-55 Reply

The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations in Massachusetts has voted to promulgate a new fire safety code, which will take effect on January 1st, 2015. The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations is responsible for promulgating a comprehensive fire safety code for the state and was created in part as a reaction the 1942 Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in Boston that killed 492 people.

The new code, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code 527 CMR 1.00, is meant to align with a recognized fire code: the NFPA-1 (2012 edition). This fire code revision is also intended to allow for better unison with the Massachusetts building code regulations, 780 CMR. While many parts of the old 527 CMR 1 to 50 will be carried over into the new 527 CMR 1.00, the organization will be different: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/dfs/osfm/boards/specific-meetings/2014-9-18-fea-body-bytitleofsection-finaldraft-cmr-nfpa1-website-print.pdf

One highlight of the new Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code is that, with the adoption of NFPA 1, it will provide more prescriptive requirements for hazardous materials. Chapter 60 will be dedicated to hazardous materials and will contain codified language referring to the specific hazard classes (pyrophoric, oxidizer, water reactive, etc.) and associated requirements, some of which did not exist in the old fire code. For those of you who have already familiarized yourself with the recently enacted 527 CMR 33—not to worry, this regulation will be carried into Section 60 of 527 CMR 1.00.

In the words of State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, “The adoption of a model code sets the stage for a code that is adaptable to new technologies and emerging trends, while also being easily maintained going forward. It taps into the depth and expertise of the NFPA’s voluntary code development process.”

Those Massachusetts organizations that do not already adhere to NFPA 1 standards should soon begin to ensure that they have adopted the 2012 edition as modified by the state: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/docs/dfs/osfm/boards/specific-meetings/publichearingdraftofmassamendmentstorevisedfiresafetycode-2-.pdf

To learn more about the new Massachusetts fire safety code, visit the MA Department of Fire Services website: http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/dfs/dfs2/osfm/fire-prev/comprehensive-model-fire-code.html

If you have any questions, please contact Alex Wong Berman at 508.970.0033 ext. 126 or aberman@capaccio.com.