CAPACCIO provides SPCC Plans to colleges Reply

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Having an accurate and up to date Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan will ensure that all of your oil storage locations are identified and proper safety measures or containment are in place to prevent the accidental release of oil to surface or groundwater. Having an easy to follow SPCC plan will also allow first responders to quickly identify possible receptors and take action to prevent oil from reaching them.

Recently, CAPACCIO prepared an SPCC plan for a major Boston college for oil stored at the college’s multiple campuses. CAPACCIO began by conducting a site visit to review activities regulated under the SPCC plan requirements. In particular, CAPACCIO reviewed facility operations where oil was stored, transferred, and used to assess the SPCC requirements for each activity. CAPACCIO also met with campus personnel who had knowledge of oil handling and response activities. Several storage locations required the installation of safety measures to alert personnel of a potential release of oil. For each of these locations, CAPACCIO provided recommendations for equipment and installation procedures.

Once the school completed the upgrades necessary to meet the regulatory requirements, a plan was developed that identified the oil storage locations, potential path of flow, and response measures. CAPACCIO tabularized the sources of oil storage as well as the spill prevention, control and countermeasures to be implemented in the event of a spill to streamline the management of numerous oil storage locations. In addition, a site plan was developed which identified each storage location and directly related to the tabularized information. The final SPCC Plan created by CAPACCIO was a streamlined, user-friendly document. Once feedback and buy-in was received from the school, the SPCC Plan was certified by a CAPACCIO registered professional engineer (PE).

CAPACCIO’S experience in preparing SPCC plans for educational facilities, our PE’s extensive knowledge in preparing SPCC plans, and our expertise designing containment structures and preparing practical alternative measures to secondary containment requirements was an asset to this project.

If you require assistance with your SPCC plan or need assistance with another project, please contact Bill Potochniak, PE, at 508.970.0033 ext. 134 or

Attention: UST Owners and Operators Reply

The owners/operators of most underground storage tanks (USTs) in Massachusetts were required to have their USTs and associated piping inspected by third-party inspectors by August 8, 2010. As these inspections are to be completed every three years, repeat inspections are due this year by August 8, 2013. CAPACCIO has qualified third-party inspectors on staff and can complete the required inspections.

Third-party inspectors conduct detailed inspections of USTs and piping systems, and:

•Document the results of their on-site inspections;
•Review facility record keeping to ensure the tank meets UST Program requirements; and
•Submit reports on their findings to the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

If you have completed an inspection in the past and are not sure of the due date for your current inspection, MassDEP has compiled a list of UST inspection due dates. Access the list here.

Please note that USTs that store fuel used for “consumptive use” only are exempt. Consumptive use tanks supply fuel used for area heating and domestic hot water only. All other tanks, including tanks that supply fuel to emergency generators, must be inspected.

To view a complete list of CAPACCIO’s engineering services, please click here.

For more information, please contact Chris Walton at or 508.970.0033 x139.

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

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

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