CAPACCIO’s 2013 Compliance Calendar Available For Download Reply

CAPACCIO has just posted its 2013 Compliance Calendar! Always a hot item, our calendar provides 2013 deadlines for meeting regulatory requirements required by the MassDEP, EPA, DOT, and OSHA. In addition to these requirements, there are many non-date specific requirements throughout the year including:

• Initial training and annual or periodic retraining or refresher training required by
  OSHA or other regulatory agencies for affected employees
• Inspections, testing, monitoring, and/or certification of equipment and systems
• Payment of compliance assurance, renewal, or usage fees
• Permit, certificate, and license renewals
• Internal or external program audits and reviews
• Documentation and recordkeeping

Visit http://www.capaccio.com/Resources/DLoads/AnnCal/dload_anncal.html
to download an Adobe pdf version which includes brief summaries of the various health and safety requirements mandated by OSHA in their General Industry Standards and any corresponding timelines. An additional separate version of the calendar, compatible with Microsoft Outlook, is also available for download.

Download your calendar today! For more information on any of these requirements, please contact Lucy Servidio at 508-970-0033 ext. 114 or lservidio@capaccio.com.

The MassDEP Extends “Qualifying Period” Under The Permit Extension Act Reply

In 2010, the Massachusetts legislature passed the Permit Extension Act (Act) that established an automatic two-year extension to certain permits and licenses that were issued concerning the use or development of real property. The 2010 Act applied to permits and licenses that were issued during the “qualifying period” of August 15, 2008 through August 15, 2010.  This qualifying period was just recently expanded by an additional two years to cover permits or licenses issued through August 15, 2012.  With limited exceptions, the Act automatically extends, for four years beyond its otherwise applicable expiration date, any permit or approval that was “in effect or existence” during the qualifying period.  As an example; a covered permit or license that expired on September 1, 2009 would be automatically revived (i.e., put back into force) and the new expiration date would be September 1, 2013.  This example and other frequently asked questions can be found on the MassDEP website.

The list of potential permits or licenses affected by the Act is extensive as it applies to any permit, certificate, order (excluding enforcement orders), license, certification, determination, exemption, variance, waiver, building permit, or other approval or determination of rights from any municipal, regional or state governmental entity, concerning the use or development of real property.  The potential list includes permits or licenses issued under the following chapters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts General Laws: Chapter 21, Chapter 21A (Except for section 16: Civil and Administrative Penalties), Chapter 21D, Chapter 30 (Sections 61 to 61H inclusive), Chapter 30A, Chapter 40, Chapter 40A, Chapter 40B, Chapter 40C, Chapter 40R, Chapter 41, Chapter 43D, Chapter 81 (Section 21), Chapter 91, Chapter 131, Chapter 131A, Chapter 143, Chapter 249 (Sections 4 and 5), and Chapter 258.

If you have any questions regarding the extension and whether your permits or licenses may be covered, please contact Chris Walton, PE, at 508.970.0033 ext. 139 or cwalton@capaccio.com.

Take CAPACCIO’s Industrial Wastewater Survey Reply

How Does Your Wastewater Treatment (WWT) System Stack Up Against Your Peers?

Would a new system or upgrade help reduce your company’s energy costs?

CAPACCIO invites you to take part in our Industrial Wastewater Survey. This survey is being launched to assess the current state of industrial pretreatment systems. By taking this survey, you will receive a complete report on the survey data which could help you to understand how your system compares to others in your industry and what implications there may be for older systems.

As a thank you for completing this short survey, which should take less than 10 minutes to complete, we will email you the complete survey results for free (survey results will be anonymous). In addition, one lucky participant, chosen at random, will be eligible to win a $50 Visa gift card. Feel free to forward this study if there is a colleague who may want to answer this survey. They will receive the survey results and also be entered into the drawing as well.

Take Survey

The deadline for participation is September 28, 2012. Don’t miss this opportunity! Thank you for your time.

If you have any questions on the survey, please call Bill Potochniak at 508-970-0033 ext. 134, or email him at wpotochniak@capaccio.com.

 

MassDEP Sewer Connection Permit Renewals Reply

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) promulgated new sewer system extension and connection regulations (314 CMR 7.00) in 2007.  These regulations required industrial facilities with wastewater discharges above certain thresholds to apply for a permit, submit a self-certification, or be considered “Permit by Rule” which does not require a submittal. The following thresholds determine what actions must be taken:

  • You discharge to an EPA approved industrial pretreatment program (IPP) and your combined discharge (industrial and sanitary) is greater than 50,000 gallons per day (gpd) – Apply for Permit
  • You discharge to an EPA approved IPP and your combined discharge (industrial and sanitary) is less than 50,000 gpd – Permit by Rule
  • You discharge to a non approved IPP and your combined discharge (industrial and sanitary) is greater than 25,000 gpd – Apply for Permit
  • You discharge to a non approved IPP and your combined discharge (industrial and sanitary) is less than 25,000 gpd – Submit a Compliance Certification

Both the permit and the self-certification are valid for 5 years.  With the majority of the final permits and certifications being issued and approved in early 2008 many industries will be required to renew their permits or certifications towards the end of this year.

The permit renewal process is the same as the process completed to obtain the original permit. Permit renewal applications (BWP IW 38 or 39) must be submitted 90 days prior to the expiration of the existing permit and companies will again be required to complete the public notification process. Self-certifications must be submitted before the existing certification expires and do not require any public notification.

If you have any questions about the MassDEP Sewer Connection regulations or the renewal process contact Bill Potochniak at wpotochniak@capaccio.com or 508.970.0033 ext. 134.