Hoisting Regulations Hearing – July 8 Reply

Hoisting Regulations Hearing – The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety will conduct a hearing in Boston July 8 on proposed changes to the regulations governing hoisting machinery. CAPACCIO’S Senior EH&S Scientist Colleen Walsh will be attending. Stay tuned to our blog for an update on the hearing. For further information on this topic, please see our blog post from October 30, 2012.

Attention: UST Owners and Operators Reply

The owners/operators of most underground storage tanks (USTs) in Massachusetts were required to have their USTs and associated piping inspected by third-party inspectors by August 8, 2010. As these inspections are to be completed every three years, repeat inspections are due this year by August 8, 2013. CAPACCIO has qualified third-party inspectors on staff and can complete the required inspections.

Third-party inspectors conduct detailed inspections of USTs and piping systems, and:

•Document the results of their on-site inspections;
•Review facility record keeping to ensure the tank meets UST Program requirements; and
•Submit reports on their findings to the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

If you have completed an inspection in the past and are not sure of the due date for your current inspection, MassDEP has compiled a list of UST inspection due dates. Access the list here.

Please note that USTs that store fuel used for “consumptive use” only are exempt. Consumptive use tanks supply fuel used for area heating and domestic hot water only. All other tanks, including tanks that supply fuel to emergency generators, must be inspected.

To view a complete list of CAPACCIO’s engineering services, please click here.

For more information, please contact Chris Walton at cwalton@capaccio.com or 508.970.0033 x139.

Federal EPCRA 313 Form R and Massachusetts TURA Form S Reports Due July 1 Reply

It’s that time of year again when companies are calculating thresholds for chemicals used in calendar year (CY) 2012 to determine if there are any chemicals manufactured, processed or otherwise used on-site that need to be reported under the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Emergency Planning and Community Right To Know Act (EPCRA) Section 313 and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (MassDEP) Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA).

This is just a friendly reminder that there are a few changes for TURA reporting this year. MassDEP designated hexavalent chromium compounds and formaldehyde as Higher Hazard Substances (HHS )and lowered the threshold for reporting these chemicals to 1,000 pounds for calendar year 2012 (due July 1, 2013). It’s important that you take the time to review the guidance MassDEP developed for these chemicals. You may be surprised with some of the processes that you have to consider when determining thresholds for these new HHSs (e.g., fuel combustion, welding, formaldehyde based resins).

Also please note that zinc metal (without any fume or dust qualifiers) is back on the MassDEP TURA Chemical List. Zinc was erroneously taken off the list back in the late 1990’s. MassDEP has said they will not take enforcement against those companies who start reporting for zinc metal in this reporting year. Discussions are in progress at MassDEP as to the fate of zinc metal on the TURA Chemical List.
For more information on MassDEP guidance for hexavalent chromium compounds and formaldehyde please go to:

http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dep/toxics/laws/frmlguid.pdf
http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dep/toxics/laws/crviguid.pdf

If you need assistance with your reports or more information, please contact Lucy Servidio at 508.970.0033 ext. 114 or lservidio@capaccio.com or Travis Wheeler at 508.970.0033 ext. 115 or twheeler@capaccio.com.

MassDEP Website to Change on May 1 1

On May 1, 2013, the MassDEP Web site will be changing, as it becomes part of the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs’ portal Web site. This change is the result of Governor Patrick’s Information Technology consolidation plan, which seeks greater operational efficiencies and cost-effectiveness by centralizing information technology systems.

Please note that, as of May 1, 2013, many of your bookmarks and links to specific pages on the current MassDEP site will not work. However, you will still find the MassDEP homepage at http://mass.gov/dep.

To learn more about the coming changes, how they will affect your use of the site and your links/bookmarks to MassDEP, and to view a short preview before the new site launches on May 1, please visit the MassDEP homepage at http://mass.gov/dep.

CAPACCIO will update the links on our website on May 1 so that you may continue to have access. If you have any questions, please contact Lucy Servidio at 508-970-0033 x114 or lservidio@capaccio.com.