VW Emissions Settlement Funding Plan focusing on Clean Transportation and GHG Reduction released Reply

Massachusetts area businesses could potentially benefit from new grant money available for funding alternative transportation including electric vehicle charging stations, which is now available as a result of a recent settlement with Volkswagen (VW).

On December 7, the MASSDEP announced, along with the Attorney General’s Office and Baker-Polito Administration, the Commonwealth’s final plan on how it will use the first portion of the $75 million secured for Massachusetts from the national case settlement against Volkswagen (VW) for unlawfully installing defeat devices in certain model-year cars. The release includes an announcement regarding the $23.5 million in grants which have become available and the Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) which outlines how the funds will be used during the first phase of the 15-year timeline. The BMP was created after MassDEP held several public meetings and a comment period to ensure the plan includes smart investments in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, drive innovative technologies and expand the clean transportation system.

Climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector have been priorities for the Baker-Polito Administration as well as the MassDEP, the Attorney General and countless others who are concerned with the adverse effects of climate change on citizens and their environment. This news is very encouraging to businesses who share these concerns and report to MassDEP on alternative transportation under certain air regulations such as MassDEP’s Rideshare Program. The grants can be used to curb the cost to businesses looking to drive these initiatives.

CAPACCIO is a leader in EH&S and sustainability and can assist with the grant applications for electric vehicle charging stations, and in developing and implementing alternative transportation programs, transportation surveys and reporting to meet MassDEP requirements.

For more information, please contact Travis Wheeler at twheeler@capaccio.com or 774-249-3246.

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Where Is My TURA Compliance Fee Invoice? Reply

Our clients have been asking, so we wanted you to know that invoices for annual TURA compliance fees have not been sent out yet.  Since the traditional September 1st deadline is no longer in effect, there is no real cause for alarm, but it is important to know that the invoice will be sent to the location of whomever paid the last compliance fee to MassDEP – not necessarily the person who signed and submitted the last the report. So, if you have not received your TURA compliance fee invoice, you may want to check with the person who last paid the compliance fee in 2017 for Reporting Year (RY) 2016. Keep in mind, the facility must pay within 30 days of the date on the invoice. Late payments will be subject to a $1,000 fine.

For more information contact Linda Swift, CHMM, TURP, Exemplar Global Provisional Auditor,at 978-621-6433 or lswift@capaccio.com.

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 www.capaccio.com.

Source Registration and GHG forms are now available for 2016 data! Reply

It’s the news many of us have been waiting for: the new Source Registration (SR) web forms and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions reporting forms – are now available!

This is great news for annual filers, but, right now, you will only be able to submit your 2016 data. MassDEP will notify you when annual reporting web forms for 2017 become available.

If you are a triennial filer, you, too, will have to wait. MassDEP has deferred 2016 triennial reporting to the 2017 reporting year due to delays in the web forms availability. One caveat is some triennial SR filers also submit annual GHG reports and will need to do so using the new forms for 2016 data by the date listed below.

As all of this can be confusing, below is a table outlining the dates:

Facility Type Year of Reporting Due Date
Annual SR Filer 2016 October 19, 2018
Annual GHG Filer 2016 October 19, 2018
Triennial SR filer 2016 Deferred to year of reporting 2017 – Due Date Unknown
Annual SR Filer 2017 Unknown
Annual GHG Filer 2017 Unknown
Triennial SR filer 2017 Unknown

For all reporters: Be sure any new equipment or processes that emit air contaminants which were installed since your last submission are included.

CAPACCIO can help you navigate the new reporting system, 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.

For assistance, please contact Lynn Sheridan, EIT, at 774-249-2565 or lsheridan@capaccio.com.

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 www.capaccio.com.

 

 

Hazardous Waste Manifests Are Going Electronic Reply

A hazardous waste manifest is an important set of paper forms that track hazardous waste shipments to their final destination.  As of June 30, 2018, those paper forms will become electronic, and must be entered into the EPA’s e-Manifest system!

The goal for going electronic is to have a more stream-lined, efficient, and automated system. The new electronic system will allow you to create, sign, and track hazardous waste manifests, all through the RCRAInfo system on the EPA’s Central Data Exchange (CDX) platform.  The new system is expected to go live on June 30, 2018.

It is important to note, if you do not already have an EPA identification number, you will need to obtain one and can do so through the RCRAInfo system. Also, for generators located in Massachusetts that currently have a Massachusetts ID number that starts with MV, you will need to obtain a new EPA ID number that is in the Federal format through the system.

There are a number of ways you can accomplish getting manifests into the e-Manifest system.  If you haven’t already become familiar with this new system, CAPACCIO recommends that you work closely with your waste hauler to help get your manifests into the e-Manifest system.

Going forward, the EPA will be imposing fees for manifests submitted which will be dependent upon the form in which they are remitted.  The fees are to recoup the costs of developing, operating, maintaining and upgrading the e-Manifest system, and will be levied as follows:

  • A paper manifest submitted to EPA = $20.00 per manifest
  • A PDF image of a manifest submitted electronically to EPA = $13.00 per manifest
  • A data file and PDF of a manifest submitted together to EPA = $7.00 per manifest
  • A manifest submitted via the EPA e-manifest system = $4.00 per manifest

There is a learning curve for understanding how to set up an account, how to get your electronic signature approval, and so on within the new system.  CAPACCIO can help you through this initial process and also know that your waste hauler is a reliable resource for advice on this as they are going through this process as well.  By contacting and working with them sooner rather than later, you can ensure a smooth transition for both parties as this new e-Manifest system is implemented.

For more information on the new e-Manifest system, you can visit the EPA e-Manifest webpage at: https://www.epa.gov/e-manifest

Or, the MassDEP webpage at https://www.mass.gov/guides/hazardous-waste-generation-generators under “Important News & Updates.”

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Linda Swift at 978-621-6433 or lswift@capaccio.com, or the MassDEP at 617-292-5898 or baw.edep@state.ma.us.

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 www.capaccio.com.