EPA to evaluate national wastewater standards for electronics manufacturers Reply

CAPACCIO is tracking a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiative that may ultimately affect any semiconductor or electronic component manufacturer that generates process wastewater. Every two years, the EPA publishes its plan to revise national wastewater discharge standards (also known as Effluent Limitation Guidelines or “categorical standards”). The 2016 plan, published in the Federal Register on June 27, 2016 (www.epa.gov/eg) discloses that EPA will evaluate the Electronic and Electronic Components Category, which includes manufacturers of a wide variety of products including semiconductors, crystals, wafers, photovoltaics, and others as defined by EPA (see current EPA regulation at 40 CFR 469). EPA has not changed this regulation since 1983 and EPA acknowledges there have been many developments in the category since 1983. EPA will review current wastewater discharges, wastewater treatment, pollution prevention and management technologies and may establish new baseline metrics (discharge standards, water use limits, best management practices) that would apply to all members of the category.

If you have questions about how this may impact you, please call Art Cunningham, Director of Engineering at CAPACCIO, (508) 970-0033 ext. 141 or acunningham@capaccio.com.

 

Now enrolling: CAPACCIO Wastewater Treatment Operator TCH Courses Reply

CAPACCIO’s next round of wastewater treatment operator TCH classes are being offered Thursday September 8 and 15, 2016. We will be offering four MassDEP approved courses, each worth 2.5 TCHs. Don’t wait until 2017 to get your credits for license renewal. Enroll now!

http://www.capaccio.com/services/training/wwt_index.html

CAPACCIO is a leader in industrial wastewater treatment design. Our trainers are experts in the design, operation, and maintenance of industrial wastewater treatment systems. For over a decade, we have prepared candidates for the Wastewater Treatment Operator Exam in Massachusetts and have offered a wide variety of Training Contact Hour (TCH) courses for licensed operators. Our courses are open to public enrollment and can be customized to meet industry or company specific needs. Let us help you prepare for the next exam or keep up with your current license requirements!

For more information, please contact Nancy Robbins at 508.970.0033 ext. 132 or nrobbins@capaccio.com.

 

SPCC Compliance Update – Integrity Testing of Aboveground Storage Tanks Reply

In accordance with the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) Oil Spill Prevention regulations found at 40 CFR 112.8(c) owners and operators subject to the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule are required to test or inspect each aboveground container for integrity on a regular schedule. Examples of these integrity tests include, but are not limited to: visual inspection, hydrostatic testing, radiographic testing, ultrasonic testing, acoustic emissions testing, or other systems of non-destructive testing.

The type of inspection to be performed is generally determined by the registered Professional Engineer certifying the SPCC Plan. Many SPCC plans reference the Steel Tank Institute Standard for Inspection of Aboveground Storage Tanks (SP001) as the accepted industry standard that the tanks will be inspected against. SP001 stipulates the recommended inspection frequency for various tank configurations.

While SP001 allows qualified facility personnel to perform the inspections and this is appropriate for monthly visual checks of the tank integrity, CAPACCIO recommends that tanks be inspected by a certified STI inspector at least once per year. A certified STI inspector will often uncover issues of non-compliance that are missed by facility personnel.

If you need assistance with AST integrity testing or SPCC compliance, or have general questions, please contact Jeff Briggs, certified STI inspector, at jbriggs@capaccio.com or 508-970-0033 ext.  120.

Reminder – Source Registration Deadlines Approaching Reply

Just a reminder that deadlines for air source registration filing are fast approaching. Prevent last minute scrambling and begin to assemble your air permits and approvals, fuel usage data, and hours of operation for fuel combustion equipment.

Each owner/operator of a facility required to file this year should have been informed of their filing schedule via a letter from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). If you did not receive a letter, the MassDEP has posted a list of filers with their due dates which can be found at the link below:

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/service/online/filing-schedules-and-deadlines.html

The due dates for this year are listed below.

  • April 15 – Operating Permit facilities due
  • May 16 – Non-OP annual filers due
  • June 1 – Deadline for a portion of the facilities filing every 3 years (see List of All Facilities for facility-specific deadlines)
  • July 15 – Deadline for a portion of facilities filing every 3 years (see List of All Facilities for facility-specific deadlines)

NOTE:  If you were an Operating Permit facility during any portion of 2015, you will need to file a 2015 Source Registration, even if your classification changed or the facility closed.

EXCEPTIONS: Please note that some air permits require the facility to file annually.  If this is the case, then your facility is required to file by May 16, regardless of what the MassDEP list states.

Based on your current level of record keeping and available data, a peer review of your filing, or assistance with the MassDEP online filing system (eDEP) may be all you need. If interested, we would be happy to discuss where you are in the process and what is needed to ensure your deadlines are met.  For more information, please contact Linda Swift at 508-970-0033 ext. 119 or lswift@capaccio.com.