Oh Snow, Where Art Thou? SPCC Winter Update Reply

While the local cross country ski enthusiasts and snowshoers may be a little disappointed at the lack of white stuff this year, I’ll bet the majority of us are wiping our brows in relief.  As I type, I can see the sun’s rays bouncing off the cars in the parking lot giving a glimmer of hope that spring is soon on its way.  But, being a New Englander all my life, I know that winter is likely to rear its ugly head a few times before we see the crocuses make their first appearance. 

During these winter storms, the top priority should be getting walkways and parking areas clean to ensure the safety of employees and visitors. This often puts other important areas like secondary containment for oil tanks at the back of the list, but, in accordance with the Oil Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) regulations (40 CFR 112), structures used for secondary containment of oil must be kept clean and free of debris including snow and ice.  On several occasions, we have inspected secondary containment structures only to find them full of ice and snow. To prevent this from happening at your facility, secondary containment areas should be cleaned of snow before it has the chance to ice up and become a “drain freeze” during an oil spill.

For more information on SPCC Plans and SPCC compliance, contact Josh Fawson at 508-970-0033 ext. 120 or jfawson@capaccio.com.

EPA Analysis Shows Decrease in 2010 Toxic Chemical Releases in Massachusetts Reply

EPA Release Date: 01/05/2012

(Boston, Mass. – Jan. 5, 2012) – EPA’s most recent Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data is now available for the reporting year of 2010. TRI reporting provides Americans with vital information about their communities by publishing information on toxic chemical disposals and releases into the air, land and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods across the country. 

In Massachusetts, the reporting data show that overall releases of pollutants to the environment have decreased since the previous reporting year (2009). TRI information is a key part of EPA’s efforts to provide greater access to environmental information and get information to the public as quickly as possible. TRI was recently recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the 10 major ways that EPA has strengthened America.

During 2010, the latest year for which data are available, approximately 20.6 million pounds of chemicals were released in the six New England states, a reduction of about 287,337 pounds. In Massachusetts, 441 facilities reported in 2010 approximately 4.3 million pounds (a decrease of 1,122,489 pounds). Approximately 61 percent of releases in Massachusetts were emitted to the air during 2010. Across the U.S. in 2010, 3.93 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the environment, a 16 percent increase from 2009. 

To read the full release visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/6d651d23f5a91b768525735900400c28/a680338c945f17288525797c007c8258!OpenDocument

Additional links:

TRI in Massachusetts Fact Sheet (epa.gov/triexplorer/statefactsheet.htm)
National information on TRI (epa.gov/tri/)

For more information, contact Lucy Servidio at 508-970-0033 ext. 114 or lservidio@capaccio.com.

EPA Analysis Shows Increase in 2010 Toxic Chemical Releases in Vermont Reply

Release Date: 01/05/2012
Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

(Boston, Mass. – Jan. 5, 2012) – EPA’s most recent Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data is now available for the reporting year of 2010. TRI reporting provides Americans with vital information about their communities by publishing information on toxic chemical disposals and releases into the air, land and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods across the country. 

In Vermont, the reporting data show that overall releases of pollutants to the environment have increased since the previous reporting year (2009). TRI information is a key part of EPA’s efforts to provide greater access to environmental information and get information to the public as quickly as possible. TRI was recently recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the 10 major ways that EPA has strengthened America.

During 2010, the latest year for which data are available, approximately 20.6 million pounds of chemicals were released in the six New England states, a reduction of about 287,337 pounds. In Vermont, 40 facilities reported in 2010 approximately 277,835 pounds (an increase of 15,176 pounds). Approximately 44 percent of releases in Vermont were discharge to water during 2010. EPA also this year has conducted an extra analysis of TRI data for the Lake Champlain Basin. Across the U.S. in 2010, 3.93 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the environment, a 16 percent increase from 2009. 

To read the full release visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/6d651d23f5a91b768525735900400c28/adc7564c7333bcbe8525797c007cf24b!OpenDocument\

Additional links:
TRI in Vermont Fact Sheet (http://www.epa.gov/triexplorer/statefactsheet.htm)
TRI analysis for Lake Champlain Basin (http://www.epa.gov/tri/tridata/tri09/nationalanalysis/tri-lae-lake-champlain.html)
National information on TRI (http://www.epa.gov/tri/)

For more information, contact Lucy Servidio at 508-970-0033 ext. 114 or lservidio@capaccio.com.

 

EPA Analysis Shows Decrease in 2010 Toxic Chemical Releases in Rhode Island Reply

Release Date: 01/05/2012
Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

(Boston, Mass. – Jan. 5, 2012) – EPA’s most recent Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data is now available for the reporting year of 2010. TRI reporting provides Americans with vital information about their communities by publishing information on toxic chemical disposals and releases into the air, land and water, as well as information on waste management and pollution prevention activities in neighborhoods across the country. 

In Rhode Island, the reporting data show that overall releases of pollutants to the environment have decreased since the previous reporting year (2009). TRI information is a key part of EPA’s efforts to provide greater access to environmental information and get information to the public as quickly as possible. TRI was recently recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the 10 major ways that EPA has strengthened America.

During 2010, the latest year for which data are available, approximately 20.6 million pounds of chemicals were released in the six New England states, a reduction of about 287,337 pounds. In Rhode Island, 96 facilities reported in 2010 approximately 375,746 pounds (an decrease of 123,853 pounds). Approximately 52 percent of releases in Rhode Island were emitted to the air during 2010. Across the U.S. in 2010, 3.93 billion pounds of toxic chemicals were released into the environment, a 16 percent increase from 2009. 

To read the full release visit: http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/6d651d23f5a91b768525735900400c28/a93e78990e333e078525797c007d409d!OpenDocument

Additional links:

TRI in Rhode Island Fact Sheet (epa.gov/triexplorer/statefactsheet.htm)
National information on TRI (epa.gov/tri/)

For more information, contact Lucy Servidio at 508-970-0033 ext. 140 or lservidio@capaccio.com.