US EPA TRI/TURA RY-2011 Compliance Assistance Workshops Reply


US EPA, Region 1, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and the Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance, are providing a series of Toxic Release Inventory/Toxic Use Reduction Act Compliance Assistance Workshops in locations throughout Massachusetts. These workshops are designed for the experienced TRI reporter and are free but require registration via email.

New TRI reporters should complete the TRI training modules before attending the workshops:

TRI/TURA Compliance Assistance Workshop Locations:

Thursday April 26, 2012…North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, 860 South Street, Fitchburg

Tuesday May 8, 2012…Mass. Mutual Ins. Learning & Training Center, 350 Memorial Drive, Chicopee

Tuesday May 15, 2012…ATMC Conference Center, 151 Martine Drive, Fall River

Wednesday May 23, 2012…Parker River Wildlife Refuge, Headquarters Building, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport

6 CEU units will be provided by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
TRI & TURA Agenda:

8:30-9:00             sign in
9:00-10:30           TRI Reporting-2011/Forms R&A Changes, Updates & Common Errors (US EPA)
10:30-10:45         break
10:45-11:00         MassDEP TURA Enforcement overview (MA DEP)
11:00-12:00         Planning Process – TURA & RC Planning (MA OTA)
12-1:00                Lunch (on your own)
1:00-1:30             Planning Case Studies (MA OTA)
1:30-2:30             TURA Implemented by facilities during the 2008 & 2010 planning cycles (MA DEP)
2:30-2:45             Break
2:45-4:00             eDEP TURA Reporting & Planning (MA DEP)

Dwight Peavey, US EPA TRI Program Coordinator, will present the EPA portion of the workshops. Walter Hope and Suzi Peck from MA DEP and Scott Fortier from MA OTA will be presenting the TURA portion of the workshops.

To register… e-mail Nicholas Leonardi at <> …please indicate the date and location of the workshop that you will attend.  Check the time and locations carefully.  Also, include your name, company and address. You may also fax your registration to 617-918-0636.

YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION… if you need additional assistance for the workshops, please contact Nicholas Leonardi via e-mail at <>.

EHS Roundtable covering 527 CMR 33 scheduled for Friday, March 30 1

The Devens EcoEfficiency Center is holding an EHS Roundtable on Friday, March 30 to provide an overview of the new Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS) Hazardous Materials Processing regulation (527 CMR 33) and discuss its development. Presenters will be Tim Rodrique, Director of the Division of Fire Safety within the State Fire Marshal’s Office and a focal driver of the regulation within the MA Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR), and practitioners with experience reviewing and facilitating process hazard analyses (PHAs) and Process Safety Reviews (PSRs) for clients in industrial plants and high technology academic research institutions.

The presenters will explain the differences from the process safety management (PSM) standard from OSHA and USEPA risk management plan (RMP) requirements. Presenters will also discuss some of the most important requirements and responsibilities contained within the Hazardous Material Process regulation and describe the current schedule for its implementation in the Commonwealth. After the presentation there will be time to respond to questions.  

On February 3, 2012 the new 527 CMR 33 came into effect.  DFS developed this regulation to help prevent the occurrence of incidents like the explosion in Leominster in 2005, the fire and explosion in Danvers in 2006, and the fire and explosion in Middleton in 2011 – all involving processes using hazardous materials.

Capaccio Environmental Engineering’s Linda Swift and Geoff Gilbert have been closely tracking the development of this new regulation and will be in attendance.   If you are unable to attend, but have questions or concerns about this regulation and how it might impact your operations, please post  your question in the comment section of this blog, or e-mail Linda or Geoff directly at or

The meeting will be at:
33 Andrews Parkway, Devens, Conference Room 1
Registration fee is $15. Coffee and bagels will be available
RSVP or 978-772-8831 x3304

Template for Construction Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans Available Online Reply

The  EPA has posted a new template for construction operators to use in developing stormwater pollution prevention plans, which are site-specific documents required as part of EPA’s new 2012 Construction General Permit. The template is designed to help construction operators develop a stormwater pollution prevention plan that is compliant with the minimum requirements of the new permit. The template allows operators to customize the document to the needs of the site, and includes tables and other fields that are easy to fill out.

For questions about the template, or the permit in general, please send inquiries to For additional information on stormwater pollution prevention plans for construction activities and to view a copy of the template visit:

For additional information on EPA’s 2012 CGP visit:

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Carbon Disclosure Project vs. Taxes – Can you see the similarities? Reply

Spring is in the air, but that also means we are in the midst of tax season and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) carbon reporting season.  At a first glance, you wouldn’t think so, but both filing processes are remarkably similar.  

Filing taxes increases transparency to shareholders, clients, and the public on company financials. Measuring and disclosing greenhouse gas emissions data by participating in the CDP does the same thing on an environmental front.  Both processes can help businesses identify risks, plan for the future, increase efficiency and reduce unnecessary costs.

Other similarities? The CDP offers a detailed Guidance document with step-by-step instructions and explains the reporting system structure in excruciating detail; a striking similarity to tax preparation guidance documents!   The CDP provides a dizzying list of descriptions, codes, and policies. Sound familiar?

As the final step to preparation, the CDP provides a Response Check, or “high level checking service” that reviews responses prior to submission. External consultants review the responses for completeness and offer expert feedback for a standard $1,000 fee. In the tax world, you have your local CPA.

 Keep the deadlines in mind, and do your spring cleaning of paperwork!