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.

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.

 

Earn your 2019 TCH credits with CAPACCIO’s WWT Operator Courses – at our office or your facility! Reply

Whether you need to obtain your WWT Operator license or would just like to earn TCHs, CAPACCIO can help. 

WWT trainingSelf-Paced Wastewater Treatment Operator Course

CAPACCIO’s self-paced wastewater treatment operator course prepares candidates for the Massachusetts certification exam. The course includes an introduction and eight modules that you navigate at your own pace along with quizzes to measure your progress.

Upon completing the self-study portion of the course, CAPACCIO holds two 5-hour classroom sessions (which will be held on Friday, April 26 and Friday, May 3) at our Marlborough, Massachusetts offices. At these sessions, we will review the course material, take practice exams, and answer questions to further prepare for the licensing exam. These live sessions are approved for 5 TCHs each.

Please note: We recommend you sign up for the self-paced class as soon as possible to allow time to complete the self-study portion of the course before the first classroom session on 4/26.

Another note: You do not have to purchase the study materials or sit for the exam if you would like to participate in one or both of the live classroom review sessions. You may attend just one classroom session for 5 TCH credits or both for 10 TCH credits. 

Enrollment options:

TCH Courses

CAPACCIO also offers TCH courses (2 per day) on Thursday, April 25 and Thursday, May 2. Each course is approved for 2.5 TCHs. Take all four and receive 10 TCHs:

Courses are $200 each or all 4 for $700.

Sign-up for our TCH course/s

On-site Evaluation and Optimization Courses

For those operators who need training contact hours (TCHs) but find it difficult to attend off-site training, CAPACCIO can come to your site and provide a customized course utilizing your own wastewater treatment system and allowing your operators to receive TCHs.

Learn more about our on-site options

If you have any questions or need more information about any of these courses, please contact Dave Averill, EIT, at 508.970.0033 ext. 146 or daverill@capaccio.com.

You may also send a request for more information.

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, WBE. To learn more visit us at www.capaccio.com.

CAPACCIO’s Christine Silverman Receives Professional Engineer License Reply

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Christine SilvermanPE, TURP

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. (CAPACCIO) is pleased to announce that Christine Silverman, Senior Environmental Engineer, received her Professional Engineer (PE) license through the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. According to the National Society of Professional Engineers, PE licensure is the engineering profession’s highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance of quality. This honor is also an indication to employers and clients of the high-quality standards Ms. Silverman brings to her work.

 

 

Ms. Silverman has thirteen years of environmental, health and safety (EH&S) experience in project management, regulatory compliance, and engineering. At CAPACCIO, she manages a range of high-level projects including federal and state regulatory compliance applicability, comprehensive Process Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) analyses, air engineering, hazardous waste, Risk Management Planning (RMP) and OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM), as well as environmental auditing. Ms. Silverman provides her expertise and insight on these topics through various means including webinars, articles, and blog posts.

Ms. Silverman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and is a certified Toxics Use Reduction Planner (TURP) in addition to her Professional Engineer’s (PE) license.

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Christine Silverman (center) shares a celebratory cake with CAPACCIO staffers from l to r: Alexis Dallaportas, Lucy Servidio, Michelle Quebec, JP Pespisa, Clare Chamberlain, and Chris Bannon

About CAPACCIO

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 innovative 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.