EPA Seeks Small Business Input on Modifications to RMP Rule Reply

On June 19, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a formal request for input on modernizing the Risk Management Plan (RMP) Rule.  The EPA is seeking input from small business, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel. This panel will focus on the Agency’s development of a rule that proposes to modify the current RMP regulation to reduce the likelihood of accidental releases of toxic and flammable substances at chemical facilities, and improve emergency response when those releases occur. This aligns with Executive Order 13650 entitled Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security (EO 13650) that President Obama signed on August 1, 2013. EO 13650 directs the federal government to carry out a number of tasks whose overall aim is to prevent chemical accidents. These tasks include: improving operational coordination with state and local partners; enhancing Federal agency coordination and information sharing; modernizing policies, regulations and standards; and working with stakeholders to identify best practices.

The panel will include federal representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and EPA. The panel members ask a selected group of SERs to provide advice and recommendations on behalf of their company, community, or organization to inform the panel members about the potential impacts of the proposed rule on small entities.

EPA seeks self-nominations directly from the small entities that may be subject to the rule requirements. Other representatives, such as trade associations that exclusively or at least primarily represent potentially regulated small entities, may also serve as SERs.

Self-nominations may be submitted through the link below and must be received by July 3, 2015. Nominate yourself as a SER: http://www.epa.gov/rfa/risk-management-plan.html

For more information on the RMP Rule, please contact Chris Walton, PE, BCEE, at 508-970-0033 ext. 139 or cwalton@capaccio.com.

Executive Order (EO) 13650 “Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security” New Fact Sheet Issued Reply

A new fact sheet has been issued in June 2015 by the Executive Order (EO) Working Group for EO 13650 “Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security.” A copy of the new Fact Sheet can be found at: https://www.osha.gov/chemicalexecutiveorder/EO13650FS-ImprovingChemicalFacilitySafety.pdf .

The June 2015 Fact Sheet provides updates on actions taken since EO 13650 was issued on August 1, 2013, as a response to catastrophic chemical facility incidents in the United States. The focus of the EO is to improve chemical facility safety in coordination with owners and operators. The Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group (Working Group) – co-chaired by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Labor (DOL) – leads the effort to implement the Executive Order and improve coordination and regulation of chemical facilities across the various agencies and Federal, state, local, and first responder communities.

Through the analysis of the current operating environment, existing regulatory programs and stakeholder feedback, a consolidated Federal Action Plan was created to address five elements:

  • Strengthening community planning and preparedness 
    Update: Continue enhancing programs and assistance to State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), including development of on-line training modules and new EPA fact sheet How to Better Prepare Your Community for a Chemical Emergency: A Guide for State, Tribal, and Local Agencies 
  • Enhancing Federal operational coordination 
    Update: Established regional working groups (RWGs) in all 10 federal regions to improve coordination among DHS, EPA, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 
  • Improving data management 
    Update: The Facility Registry Service (FRS) integrates facility data from across nearly 90 different Federal and State systems, and has been updated to include DHS Top-Screen submission for Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), as well as OSHA data (e.g. Process Safety Management (PSM)) 
  • Modernizing policies and regulations 
    Update: EPA issued a request for information (RFI) seeking public comment on updates to the Risk Management Plan (RMP) regulation 
    Update: OSHA issued an RFI seeking public input on possible improvements to the PSM standard 
    Update: The CFATS Program has been re-authorized for four more years 
  • Incorporating stakeholder feedback and developing best practices 
    Update: Launched an online best practices repository to collect industry best practices as they are identified A webinar is available, which provides an introduction to the EO 13650, highlights federal agencies involved in the EO and the primary regulations pertaining to the EO, and discusses local government involvement, and community involvement.

    Comments from the community participants are also included. You can access the webinar through the EPA’s website: http://www2.epa.gov/rmp/executive-order-improving-chemical-facility-safety-and-security#Webinars

    What does this mean for you?
    – Make sure that the chemical data you submit under different regulatory programs is consistent, because EPA, OSHA, and DHS are improving their coordination and review of submitted data
    – Get involved with your LEPC if you store extremely hazardous substances (EHS) onsite, and ensure that your emergency action plans and contingency plans are up to date
    – If your facility is subject to EPA’s RMP program, review the requirements and check regularly for program updates: http://www2.epa.gov/rmp
    – If your facility is subject to OSHA’s PSM program, review the requirements and check regularly for updates: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3132.html

    For questions about the Executive Order, please email the Executive Order Working Group (Eo.chemical@hq.dhs.gov).

    To answer any questions or for more information, please contact Chris Walton, PE, BCEE, at CAPACCIO ay 508-970-0033 ext. 139 or cwalton@capaccio.com.

    Sources:
    EPA: http://www2.epa.gov/rmp/executive-order-improving-chemical-facility-safety-and-security#eopu
    DHS: http://www.dhs.gov/topic/chemical-security
    Department of Labor/OSHA: https://www.osha.gov/chemicalexecutiveorder/index.html

Last call: Register for CAPACCIO’s free webinar “EPA’s recently published Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit” Reply

Join CAPACCIO and guest presenter David Gray, PE, US Environmental Protection Agency Region 1, for a free one-hour webinar covering the recently published Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit.

Tues., June 16, 2015 from 10 – 11 am
Register now!
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5770109846045350914

Registration will close one hour prior to the webinar start.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published the new 2015 Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP). In order to prepare you for the 2015 MSGP, CAPACCIO has teamed up with David J. Gray, PE, US EPA Region 1, to present this free webinar covering the significant changes from the 2008 MSGP. Strategies to avoid pitfalls with implementation will also be provided.

The 2015 MSGP will apply to 30 industrial sectors in four states (Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico) and Indian Lands and Federal facilities in select states. In this webinar, we will focus on the changes in Massachusetts and also touch on New Hampshire as many companies have facilities in one or both of these states.

The webinar will cover:

• Significant changes to the MSGP (MA and NH)
• Important due dates
• New electronic reporting requirements
• Strategies for implementation
• Q&A

Moderator:
•Wayne Bates, PhD, PE Vice President of Technical Services, CAPACCIO

Presenters:
•David J. Gray, P.E., Environmental Engineer, Office of Ecosystem
Protection, US Environmental Protection Agency Region 1
•Lucy Servidio, CHMM, TURP, Senior Vice President, CAPACCIO

For more information, please contact Lucy Servidio, CHMM, TURP, at 508-970-0033 ext. 114 or lservidio@capaccio.com.

Register now for EBC New England’s panel presentation “The Evolving Role of the EHS Manager” Reply

Back by popular demand, the Environmental Business Council of New England will present The Evolving Role of the EHS Manager, a four program series which highlights panels of EHS Managers from companies and institutions from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. The first installment of the program will be Tuesday, June 9 from 7:30 am to 12:00 pm at McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A. in Woburn, MA and will feature four Massachusetts companies and institutions.

Lucy Servidio, Senior Vice President at CAPACCIO, will serve as Program Chair and Dr. Wayne Bates, CAPACCIO’s Vice President of Technical Services, will moderate the panel who includes:

•Dan Noberini, Director of HSE and Business Continuity, Novartis
•Kristine Lesso, CSP, Senior Director of EHS, Jabil
•Zehra Schneider Graham, Deputy Director EHS, UMass Boston
•Johanna Jobin, Director of Corporate Responsibility, EMD Millipore

The panel will share how their role has gone beyond managing EHS compliance and evolved into other areas including remediation, climate change, business continuity, facility planning, energy efficiency, performance metrics, sustainability, and more. The panel will help attendees better understand what EHS Managers have on their plate and what they may be looking for in terms of assistance or support at their facilities.

Program Details

Location: McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A. 300 Trade Center #7000 Woburn MA 01801 Date: Tuesday, June 9
Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Program: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Registration Fees
EBC Member: $120*
Non-Member: $165*
Government/Non-Profit: $25

*After 5:00 p.m. on June 8 and at the door, add $20.
Cancellations must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 8 for a refund. No-shows will be charged.

To register or learn more visit: http://ebcne.org/event/ebc-program-the-evolving-role-of-the-ehs-manager/?instance_id=#sthash.TxS7L5Kd.dpuf