The long awaited final version of ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System standard has been released today. The new ISO 14001:2015 standard, Environmental Management Systems – Requirements with Guidance for Use, is available to download now from American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Also, an updated Environmental Management Package that combines environmental management systems guidance standards is available for download from ANSI.
Some key changes relate to ensuring the environmental management system:
- Integrates environmental management with organization’s overall strategic business planning
- Strengthens the focus on leadership with greater specificity on management involvement
- Includes proactive initiatives to protect the environment from harm and degradation, such as sustainable resource use and climate change mitigation
- Improves environmental performance
- Uses risk-based approach to environmental management
- Demonstrates lifecycle approach when considering environmental aspects, including supply chain impacts/value assessment
- Engages stakeholders
- Includes a communications strategy
- Follows ISO Annex SL format to facilitate integration with other ISO management systems standards.
Many companies choose to conduct a gap analysis to create an action plan for upgrading to the new version. CAPACCIO can assist with conducting a gap analysis, establishing an action plan, facilitating identification of solutions that appropriately address the new requirements, and providing resources to develop & implement documents and systems.
Please contact Lisa Wilk at 508-970-0033 ext. 112 or email@example.com or Linda Swift at 508-970-0033 ext. 119 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
On August 26, 2015, the MassDEP issued an e-mail to Massachusetts Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reporting facilities that it will no longer require verification of GHG reports by an approved verification body once every three years as stated in 310 CMR 7.71(7). This decision applies to reports for reporting year 2014 and future years thereafter. Verification of emission reports for years prior to 2014 must still be completed and submitted to MassDEP.
The reason for the change is that MassDEP believes the third party verification program has been successful in improving the quality of reported GHG emissions data to-date. Each reporting facility in the state has completed verification for at least one emission year. MassDEP believes the reviews have resulted in significant changes to many reports and that going forward, facilities will continue to implement these changes in future years as part of their own internal verification processes.
MassDEP intends to publish a draft report on the verification requirement in the near future which will include supporting data that was considered in deciding to no longer require the third-party verification. MassDEP will likely be proposing amendments to 310 CMR 7.71(7) to replace the current verification requirement with other verification options such as self-certification of reported emissions.
Despite the removal of the third party verification requirement, the accuracy and consistency of data should remain a priority that needs to be addressed by alternate means such as a periodic peer review or GHG emissions audit.
CAPACCIO works closely with companies in assisting with the tracking of GHG emissions and in the preparation and submission of GHG reports to both the MassDEP and the Federal EPA. CAPACCIO will continue to provide GHG program audits and peer reviews of GHG tracking systems, programs, and reporting.
CAPACCIO will continue to follow any developments from the MassDEP and our air quality experts can help with all your compliance needs. If you have questions or require assistance, please contact Bob King at 508-970-0033 ext. 113 or email@example.com or John Baycroft at 508-970-0033 ext. 144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you filed a Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) report in 2015 for chemical use during 2014, there is a TUR fee due to the MassDEP by September 1.
Companies subject to TURA are required to pay annual toxics use fees. These are based on a formula that takes into account the number of people the company employs and the number of listed chemicals it manufactures, processes or otherwise uses in excess of applicable thresholds. A company calculates its fee using a worksheet/invoice that the facility submits along with its annual TUR report.
This worksheet/invoice serves as the company’s first notice of payment due. The fee must be paid in full by September 1 of the filing year. (http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/toxics/tur/about-tura-reporting-and-fees.html#ToxicsUseFees )
The last sheet of your facility’s TUR reporting package includes the fee calculation worksheet and serves as the invoice for the fee. No additional notice is sent by MassDEP regarding this fee.
Print the Worksheet/Invoice page as documentation and send a copy with your check to:
MassDEP, PO Box 4062, Boston MA 02211
Payment is due by September 1, 2015. If your payment is not received by September 1, a second invoice including the $1000 late fee mandated by MGL 21I will be sent to the facility.
If you need assistance determining or submitting your TUR invoice, please contact your project manager at CAPACCIO, or Jill Vernes at email@example.com.
Did you know? The EPA issued a new No Exposure Certification (NOE) form under the 2015 Multi-Sector General Permit on June 4, 2015. You now must submit your No Exposure Certification electronically using the NPDES eReporting Tool on the EPA Central Data Exchange CDX website, https://cdx.epa.gov/ unless you have a waiver from the EPA Regional office to use the paper form.
Please refer to the following guidance on using the NeT:
If you are given a waiver from your local EPA office corresponding to your facility location to use a paper NOE form, you may complete and submit the paper form available at:
For assistance or further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.