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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Did you receive an AST form from the DFS? Reply

If your organization uses an aboveground storage tank (AST) with capacity greater than 10,000 gallons, you may have received a letter and an “AST Approved Standard Declaration Form” from the Department of Fire Services (DFS) and you may wonder why.

The form is not a cause for alarm, but DFS requires AST permit-holders to complete one form for each permitted tank and return the form to DFS.

To refresh memories, in 2016 the DFS standards were changed and now each permitted AST must be inspected and maintained in accordance with an “Approved Standard” – a standard proposed by the permit-holder and approved by the DFS.  The Approved Standard you propose specifies the nature and frequency of the inspections you will perform for each tank.

As a holder of an AST Use Permit, organizations are responsible for ensuring the tank is inspected in accordance with an Approved Standard and that they maintain the records of inspections and maintenance performed in between renewals (Use Permits for ASTs renew every five years).  As part of the renewal process, a Qualified Inspector (as defined in 502 CMR 5.03) must inspect the tank and review the tank inspection and maintenance records to ensure that the tank has been inspected and maintained in accordance with its Approved Standard.  The findings of the tank inspection and documentation review are submitted to the DFS for review before the DFS will issue another Use Permit.

If you are an AST permit-holder, you may self-perform the inspections if you have a Qualified Inspector on staff. Otherwise you can retain an outside firm (e.g. an engineering firm, a tank supplier, or a chemical or industrial gas supplier) to provide the inspections and maintenance.  CAPACCIO recommends that if you utilize an outside firm, make sure to obtain documentation after each inspection and confirm that maintenance action is performed to ensure employee safety and regulatory compliance.

Ensuring your organization’s AST tanks are being maintained in accordance with the Approved Standard is an important aspect in avoiding and mitigating risks and ensuring business continuity for your organization.

If you received one of these letters from DFS, make sure to pay attention to the due date at the bottom of the letter as some we have seen are due as soon as August 30, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Bannon, EIT or Art Cunningham, PE, or utilize our chat feature on our website.

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At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EHS with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EHS experience with innovative tools, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EHS and overall business performance for our clients. We are certified WBENC, WBE. To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.

CAPACCIO to present at this Friday’s AIM Sustainability Roundtable Reply

This Friday, CAPACCIO’s Cristina Mendoza, Solutions Design Lead, will be among the presenters at the AIM Roundtable “Determining Your Organization’s Path to Future Sustainability.”

The fundamentals of sustainability and how to create value along your sustainability journey will be discussed. The purpose is to provide your organization with the tools to tap into its sustainable potential. The panelists will give an overview on the most effective fundamentals of sustainable practices.

The AIM Sustainability Roundtables are facilitated by subject matter experts Cristina Mendoza, Solutions Design Lead at Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc., Matt Gardner, Managing Partner of Sustainserv, Inc., and Dr. Wayne Bates, Tighe & Bond.

Free for AIM Members. Limited free trial spots are available for non-members by contacting Wendy Dalwin at wdalwin@aimnet.org.

Register for June Workshop

Location & Logistics
7:45-10:30 AM. Program begins promptly at 8:05 AM and will  be held at R.H. White Companies Inc. – 49 Central Street, Auburn, MA

Visit Capaccio’s website www.capaccio.com to learn more about sustainability solutions for your organization.

CAPACCIO Announces Newly Updated Website Reply

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Lisa Wilk, PE, CEO and Lori Harrington, President and COO

We invite you to visit our newly updated website at www.capaccio.com and check out the ongoing updates to information and tools available to you. The new site also better reflects our vision of integrating Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) with overall business objectives.

Throughout our 25+ years of experience and thought leadership, we have seen a continual evolution in the role EH&S plays within an organization. In today’s landscape, the EH&S function must go beyond ensuring regulatory compliance and be a primary organizational pillar in driving overall business value for multiple stakeholders. We believe a comprehensive approach yields powerful results to EH&S and business performance – see more details about this “total solution” based approach on our new website.

Consistent with our mission of helping industry and the environment prosper, we have been delivering impactful results since 1992 that ensure our clients keep pace with ever evolving EH&S and business demands, building best-in-class EH&S programs and engineering system designs. We look forward to continuing to provide innovative approaches and engineering solutions to help your organization stay ahead of multiple stakeholder expectations in the evolving EH&S landscape.

We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss a total solution approach for your EH&S program.  In the meantime, continue to visit our website for updated information and tools to facilitate your journey!

Sincerely,

Lisa Wilk & Lori Harrington

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At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success. Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with innovative tools, such as our EHS-DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges. Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients. We are certified WBENC, WOSB. To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com 

 

MassDEP Announces 2017 and 2018 Source Registration Information Reply

The MassDEP announced some much awaited information regarding forms and filing dates for Source Registration (SR) filers.

SR web forms for 2017 – including those for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reporting – are now available for certain Operating Permit facilities ONLY. These facilities have been notified that the deadline for filing their reports is June 21, 2019.

Filing of 2017 reports for other annual and 3-year filers is postponed until later this summer. MassDEP will notify these facilities directly of their due dates when eDEP is ready for them to file.

Filing for 2018 is postponed. MassDEP will notify filers directly when the 2018 forms are ready.

CAPACCIO can help you navigate the reporting system and deadlines and ensure you are including everything needed in this new process. We provide a full range of reporting services to meet your needs, from peer review to full submission. CAPACCIO’s EHS-DashboardTM can help you track your facility’s data collection and reporting so it is that much easier. Learn more about the dashboard at www.ehsdashboard.com.

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At CAPACCIO, we live our mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper”. We align EH&S with your overall business objectives to strategically position you for success.  Our unique approach combines our extensive EH&S experience with cutting edge technologies, such as our EHS DashboardTM, to effectively address your challenges.  Our comprehensive solutions have resulted in award-winning EH&S and overall business performance for our clients. We are certified WBENC, WBE. To learn more visit us at http://www.capaccio.com.