EPA Construction General Permit Issued Reply

On February 16, 2012, EPA issued the final 2012 Construction General Permit (CGP). For more information, refer to the following: FR Notice (PDF) (43 pp, 201K) . The 2012 CGP replaces the 2008 CGP (which expired on February 15, 2012), and will provide coverage for eligible new and existing construction projects for a period of five years.

To read more about the CGP: http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/cgp.cfm

If you have any questions about the Construction General Permit contact Lucy Servidio at lservidio@capaccio.com or 508.970.0033 ext. 114.

2012 Compliance Calendar Updated Reply

CAPACCIO provides a free annual compliance calendar to highlight the year’s deadlines for meeting regulatory requirements required by the MassDEP, the EPA and OSHA. Each item is explained in full detail and provides backup information to better understand what the requirement might entail.

The calendar was updated in February with the following changes:

  • Carbon Disclosure Project
    Three new reporting dates have been added to the compliance calendar. These dates are for the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) carbon, water, and supply chain reporting. If your company participates in the CDP, you may want to re-download the calendar to have these dates on your calendar.
  • Massachusetts Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting
    The language related to Massachusetts Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting has been modified. The original language stated that “If reporting year 2012 CO2e emissions were 10,000 pounds or greater, then reporting year 2011 emissions must be verified by December 31, 2012.” We have changed this language to: “If reporting year 2012 CO2e emissions were greater than 10,000 tons, then reporting year 2011 emissions must be verified by December 31, 2012.” Please re-download the calendar to capture this change or make a note of it.

CAPACCIO’s comprehensive compliance calendar is available in a Adobe PDF format which includes brief summaries of the various health and safety requirements mandated by OSHA in their General Industry Standards and any corresponding timelines. Or in a Microsoft Outlook (PST) format that can be imported into your existing Outlook calendar.

Download the Calendar Today:
http://www.capaccio.com/Resources/DLoads/AnnCal/dload_anncal.html

Massachusetts UST Operator Certification Exams Now Available Online Reply

By August 8, 2012, each underground storage tank (UST) system operated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must have at least one MassDEP- certified Class A, B and C Operator.

UST Operator certification exams are now available online and you must pass to qualify as a Class A, B or A/B UST Operator (there is no exam required to qualify for Class C Operator certification).

The exam, as well as links to reference materials which can be referenced while taking the exam (i.e. open book examination), are available at the MassDEP website. The fee to take the exam is $75.

For access to the exam and additional information, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/dep/toxics/ust/operator.htm

Questions?  Contact Christopher Walton at 508.970.0033 ext. 139 or cwalton@capaccio.com.

Corporate Water Footprinting: Why is it important? (Part 1) 2

Water is a scarce natural resource, often misunderstood and undervalued.  As we have come to recognize the dangers associated with climate change and energy security, the availability of water also concerns individuals, communities, and businesses on a global scale. The unsustainable rates of carbon emissions and water consumption are directly linked to population growth and industrial activity. However, water supply is also threatened by climate change as precipitation patterns and water availability change. 

While many companies voluntarily report on carbon emissions and energy usage, measuring and reporting water usage across the supply chain (corporate water footprinting) can be more difficult. Water has effects both locally and globally – extraction and usage greatly depend on the source and the geographic location. It is important for businesses to understand potential threats and opportunities specific to water usage.  

The Carbon Disclosure Project touts the importance of corporate water footprinting for many reasons: to highlight areas of risk and opportunity for businesses; to develop standard measurements and assessments; to provide transparency; to raise awareness about water concerns; and to ultimately encourage action and dialogue.

Each week, we will post a related blog to this site to inform our readers about important sustainability topics. Next week our blog will focus on the business related aspects of corporate water footprinting.  To subscribe, please enter your email address into the “email subscription” box on the right. You will be notified by email as new posts are made to the site.

For more information, please contact Wayne Bates at 508.970.0033 ext. 121 or wbates@capaccio.com.