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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General Duty Clause and Risk Management Program Clean Air Act EPA Enforcement Initiative – Are you in compliance? Reply

Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act establishes the Risk Management Plan (RMP) program, which requires facilities with certain chemicals above regulatory thresholds (see list at 40 CFR 68) to develop and implement an RMP program. An RMP program is designed to identify and mitigate the hazards associated with chemical use in order to prevent accidents that can cause off-site consequences.

Although the RMP program is only applicable when quantities exceed a certain threshold, the regulation also includes a GENERAL DUTY CLAUSE, that requires facilities which use ANY AMOUNT of the chemicals on the RMP list (or any amount of an extremely hazardous substance) to understand and mitigate any hazards that could result in off-site consequences.

What this means is that companies should be looking at chemicals at their facilities that are on the list in 40 CFR 68 (or are extremely hazardous substances) EVEN IF THEY ARE STORED/USED BELOW REGULATORY THRESHOLDS and making a determination if there is a risk of off-site consequences in the event of an accident. This can be done fairly quickly using EPA’s ALOHA modeling software.

Although this regulation and the GENERAL DUTY CLAUSE have been on the books since 1990, it is now an enforcement priority for EPA, in part because of the fatality that occurred this spring involving a release of gaseous ammonia.

CAPACCIO can help in several ways and at varying levels with your GENERAL DUTY CLAUSE Requirements:

Basic High Level Screening: CAPACCIO will review your company’s Tier II list and/or chemical inventory and select a few chemicals stored in large quantities or extremely hazardous substances. We will run these chemicals through the ALOHA model and determine if there are likely to be off-site consequences. The client will receive a list of chemicals that may have off-site consequences and a recommendation for any additional work related to determining impacts and reviewing additional chemicals, if warranted.

In-Depth Screening: Similar to above, but CAPACCIO will review more chemicals. ALOHA modeling and subsequent analysis using site specific inputs will be conducted. Working with the company’s chemical inventory and site information, CAPACCIO will provide a list of chemicals for which GENERAL DUTY CLAUSE requirements are applicable and a recommendation such as a gap analysis to determine what additional work may be required to comply with GENERAL DUTY CLAUSE requirements.

Gap Analysis: CAPACCIO will review the company’s existing standard operating procedures, mechanical integrity programs, management of change procedures. to determine what steps need to be taken to conform to  GENERAL DUTY CLAUSE requirements. The client receives a matrix with any gaps which are identified. CAPACCIO can close out gaps identified and assist with the development of an RMP “Lite” Program if desired (see below).

Development of an RMP “Lite” Program: CAPACCIO can help a company implement the recommendations that result from the Gap Analysis. This would include development of process flow diagrams, procedures and training (if needed), as well as engineering tasks such as preparation of process safety information and off-site consequences analysis. The client receives a written plan of the program.

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

Special Offer – FREE One hour of wastewater optimization and One TCH per operator! Reply

For a limited time, CAPACCIO is offering a free one-hour consultation combined with wastewater treatment plant operator training. We will meet with you and your operators at your facility to review your existing wastewater treatment operations and develop ideas for system optimization or improvement.

At the conclusion of the consultation, CAPACCIO is authorized by MassDEP to issue Training Contact Hours (TCHs) to each attendee. A win-win as you receive a professional engineer’s review of your system as well as a TCH credit. There is no obligation to engage in any services with CAPACCIO at the conclusion of the consultation.

For more information, please contact Matt Melvin, PE, at 508-970-0033 ext. 143 or


Annual Rideshare Reports Due December 31, 2016 Reply

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP’s) Rideshare Regulation (310 CMR 7.16) requires facilities that meet certain criteria to complete and submit an annual Rideshare Report summarizing its rideshare program.

The criteria that must be met to be applicable to these requirements includes:

  • Businesses with 250 or more applicable commuters that are subject to the MassDEP Air Operating Permit Program (310 CMR 7.00, Appendix C) or
  • Businesses with 1,000 or more applicable commuters
  • Educational institutions with 1,000 or more applicable students or applicable commuters combined

“Applicable commuters” are employees that work 17 hours or more per week for 20 or more weeks per year; that commute to work between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and use their vehicle for work purposes during work hours less than 5 times per month.

“Applicable students” are students that are full-time commuting students and live off campus; are scheduled to begin and complete classes between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.; and need their vehicle for class assignments or for after-school work less than five times per month.

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If you meet the rideshare requirements, your annual report is due December 31, 2016.

What must you do if your business/educational facility meets the requirements?

  • Collect data by surveying your employees/students current commuting patterns*
  • Identify available commuting options
  • Set goals and develop a plan for reducing drive-alone commute trips by 25 percent
  • Offer options and incentives to reduce drive-alone commute trips
  • Review how commuting patterns will change as a result

*For the majority of businesses and educational institutions this year is a long form year and a survey may be required.  Many companies choose to conduct a survey each year.

Many facilities find collecting rideshare data and surveying employees and students a challenge. CAPACCIO has been helping clients for years by making this process easier and more efficient. Using web-based forms we have developed, CAPACCIO can host your custom commuter survey online and collect data in a database for easy analysis. The findings can be shared with employees online and also be tailored to report commuter trends for your environmental management system (EMS) objectives and targets and help facilitate the completion of your rideshare report. The tool may also be tailored to your facility’s internal programs where employee transportation has been identified as a significant environmental aspect in your EMS goals and targets.

For more information, please contact Dan Forsythe at 508-970-0033 ext. 135 or

UST Owners and Operators – Check Your Financials Reply

Per Massachusetts Underground Storage Tank (UST) regulations found at 310 CMR 80.52: All Owners or Operators of UST systems shall maintain and demonstrate financial responsibility for taking corrective action and for compensating third parties for bodily injury and property damage caused by accidental releases arising from the operation of UST systems.

Many Owners and Operators use commercial insurance. However, the regulation requires the coverage to be in the form of a separate policy or an endorsement to an existing policy. Any endorsement must include very specific language included in the regulation.

Why does this matter?

In accordance with 310 CMR 80.49(7), third party inspectors are required to verify that financial responsibility is current and documented. However, the date of the third party inspection is not the best time to be seeking the proper documentation; a better time is now! A few phone calls this week will save many headaches when it is time for the next third party inspection.

If you need a third party inspection, or if you have other UST questions, please contact Christopher Walton, PE, at or (508) 970-0033 ext. 139.