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Kristine Lesso, CSP, ISO 14001 Lead Auditor, Six Sigma Black Belt, recently joined Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc.’s team as Senior EH&S Contributor. Ms. Lesso has more than 25 years of experience assisting global manufacturing companies in a wide variety of high level EH&S areas including providing corporate-level strategic EH&S planning and sustainability strategy for global manufacturing companies. Ms. Lesso has particular expertise developing and deploying a systematic road mapping process and is fully versed in ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 management systems. She specializes in gaining organizational alignment to set strategic direction and in developing tailored EH&S programs, platforms and dashboards in support of this strategy. She has proven results implementing global programs with visibility, transparency, and accountability while fostering an environment of dignity and respect for all employees.
Prior to joining CAPACCIO, Ms. Lesso held senior level positions in private industry. Most recently, she was the Senior Director of Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety at a high tech firm where she supported 90 manufacturing facilities globally with over 150,000 employees. Her broad breadth and depth of EH&S experience also includes EH&S auditing, major source air permitting projects, RCRA, EPCRA, emergency planning and response, hazard and risk assessments, accident/injury reporting systems, CDP reporting, and product content restrictions. She also has expertise in industrial wastewater permitting and capital planning at the corporate level for abatement/ treatment systems, and has provided extensive data/metrics analysis and use in strategic EH&S planning and program implementation.
Ms. Lesso holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Louisiana State University, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Corporate Sustainability from Furman University.
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Recently, many facilities received an email from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) regarding the upcoming Source Registration (SR) and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting deadlines and requirements. This e-mail states that the MassDEP is suspending the April 15, 2017 deadline for both SR and GHG reporting while they continue to work on combining these two reports into one web based platform. During this process, the current reporting platforms will not be available. It is currently not known when the system will be up and reports will be due. When the reporting platform is ready, the MassDEP will be sending out letters with reporting deadlines to facilities. In the meantime, CAPACCIO recommends that facilities continue to compile their 2016 data and complete required calculations.
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The first annual report required by the new 2015 stormwater multi-sector general permit is due on January 30, 2017. The new annual report is different than the previous version as it now must be submitted electronically via EPA’s Central Data Exchange. The new annual report format now requires operators to upload a summary of the routine inspection findings, quarterly visual assessments, any benchmark monitoring exceedances, and any corrective actions that were taken over the course of the previous calendar year. While no documentation needs to be uploaded it will be important to have all the relevant documents available to facilitate a quick and complete submittal.
If you need assistance with your report or have any questions, please contact Dave Averill, EIT, at 508-970-0033 ext. 146 or email@example.com or Chris Walton, PE, BCEE, at 508-970-0033 ext. 139 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Gina McCarthy, has quickly turned around final amendments to the RMP Rule as a result of requirements under Executive Order 13650 issued by President Obama: “Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security.” The rule was signed on December 21, 2016 and EPA is submitting it for publication. The new changes will be effective 60 days following publication in the Federal Register. CAPACCIO will provide the link to the official regulation once it has been published. A link will also be available on the Government Printing Office’s FDsys website (https://www.gpo.gov/).
Why do we need these changes and what are they?
EPA has data that suggests that current methods to prevent and mitigate releases of reportable chemicals are insufficient. There have been 58 deaths and nearly 500,000 people evacuated or sheltered-in-place in the last 10 years. Therefore, the changes made to the rule are meant to improve accident prevention RMP program elements, enhance emergency preparedness requirements, and provide local emergency responders and the community with more use-friendly access to chemical information and emergency response information at the facility.
Specifically, the final rule requires:
- Program 3 facilities in paper manufacturing, petroleum and coal product manufacturing, and chemical manufacturing to include a Safer Technology and Alternatives Analysis (STAA) in the Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) and determine feasibility of Inherently Safer Technology (IST);
- Program 2 and 3 facilities to conduct a third-party audit and root cause analysis after an incident;
- Changes to some of the regulatory definitions and some of the elements submitted in a facility’s Risk Management Plan to the EPA;
- All program level facilities to make chemical hazard information more readily available to the public; and
- Program 2 and 3 facilities to conduct annual coordination activities with the local emergency planning committee (LEPC) and emergency responders (Fire Department and other emergency personnel), as well as conduct tabletop and field exercises to test their emergency response programs.
It is uncertain whether the change in political climate will affect these changes to the regulations, but we are following the rule closely and will keep you informed of the developments.
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