A group of esteemed delegates from Seoul, Korea will be visiting the United States and Canada from April 11 – 20 to tour companies, meet with legislators, and visit with the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) to learn about best practices for chemical safety and the reduction of toxic substances. The visit was prompted by South Korea’s focus on enacting regulations similar to the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act. The “Delegates for a Chemical Safety Community” consist of business leaders of major corporations, government officials, representatives from environmental agencies and from the Ministry of Environment, who are seeking to learn about the most efficient methods, our policies, and to benchmark best practices and techniques.
As part of the tour, the delegation will visit with Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc., who was chosen for their expertise with the regulations and long history in developing Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) plans for a variety of clients and industries. Capaccio, which is based in Marlborough, MA, also employs the largest staff of TUR Planners at one company in the state. Capaccio’s planners will be on hand to share and exchange experiences with the South Korean participants and their translator.
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. To learn more, visit us at www.capaccio.com.
The August 2017 proposed modifications to the MassDEP air regulations have been finalized and the air source registration reporting deadlines have been changed! Going forward for RY2019, the new reporting deadlines are as follows:
- April 1st
- May 1st
- Facilities that are subject to 310 CMR 7.0: Appendix C in the prior year (Operating Permit)
- June 1st
- Facilities that have a Restricted Emissions Status (RES)
- Facilities that had ACTUAL emissions of lead equal to or greater than 0.5 tons, or ACTUAL emissions of NOx or VOC equal to or greater than 25.0 tons in the previous year
In addition, MassDEP has changed the fuel utilization thresholds. A facility will now be required to file a source registration if its facility-wide maximum energy input from all fuels is equal to or greater than 40 MMBTU/hr. In addition, if the facility operates an emission unit that combusts natural gas, propane, butane, or distillate oil with a maximum energy input equal to or greater than 10 MMBTU/hr the facility will be required to file a source registration.
Facilities will also be required to file a source registration if their actual emissions in the previous calendar year were equal to or greater than any of the following:
- Lead: 0.5 tons
- NOx: 25.0 tons
- VOC: 25.0 tons
The question remains as to when source registrations will be due this year as the new reporting system and forms are not yet available. Once the system and forms are up, CAPACCIO will be conducting a webinar to walk through the new forms and answer any questions which may arise regarding the reporting deadlines, which are expected to be released at the same time.
If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact Lynn Sheridan, EIT, at 774-249-2565 or email@example.com.
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Your organization’s Environmental Management System (EMS) is all about recognizing environmental risks, deciding which are most important, taking action to minimize those risks, and ultimately enhancing environmental performance. Depending on those risks, you may be performing actions to ensure you’re compliant with obligations from regulatory agencies and interested parties. Depending on the size of your organization, these actions demand management of a great deal of data. Data related to tracking actions and effectiveness of those actions are vital pieces of evidence to support compliance. For instance, the organization can have a schedule for audits, a schedule for inspections, a schedule for sampling, and a schedule to complete objectives…but does the organization have a schedule that makes sure the EMS as a whole is doing its job? This schedule should include a broader, more holistic approach. This can include: discussions with Top Management, checking on sustained progress on environmental objectives, an audit schedule, specific times to evaluate environmental aspects and impacts, and so on.
What about all the records and data you need to keep and maintain to demonstrate compliance with regulatory obligations and conformance with your EMS? Is there a repository for records (e.g., inspection records, sampling data, metrics for objectives)? Is there a master calendar or schedule for EMS activities – either paper or electronic?
Having the right tools to manage your holistic systems solution enhances efficiency, accuracy, and accountability. It ensures that your organization is on track and can demonstrate its enhanced environmental performance. Tools like the EHS DashboardTM can be part of your holistic systems solution. Using this tool increases transparency and effectiveness of your systems management, elevating your EMS Program to new levels. Once an organization is confident around the data being collected related to systems, real progress can be made towards continually improving environmental performance.
If you are interested in how Capaccio’s EHS Dashboard can help, please contact Cristina Mendoza at 774-249-2418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.