Carbon Disclosure Project – Reporting Dates Released Reply

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an independent, not-for-profit organization which works to drive greenhouse gas emissions reduction and sustainable water use by business and cities. For those that participate, the CDP has posted its guidelines and dates for carbon, water, and supply chain reporting. The CDP will also be posting information on how to access the Online Response System (ORS) for each of these programs. CAPACCIO will continue to track the CDP for updates and will send along the ORS information as soon as it becomes available.

Carbon Reporting

–          Guidelines available                        January 2012

–          ORS instructions to be sent         early February 2012

–          Reports due                                    May 31, 2012

Water Reporting

–          Guidelines available                       January 2012

–          ORS instructions to be sent         February 2012

–          Reports due                                    June 30, 2012

Supply Chain Reporting

–          Guidelines available                       January 2012

–          ORS instructions to be sent         early April 2012

–          Reports due                                    July 31, 2012

Additional reporting information on each program, as well as past reports, are available on the CDP website: https://www.cdproject.net/

For more information or assistance in preparing reports, please contact Wayne Bates, PhD, PE, at 508.970.0033 ext. 121 or wbates@capaccio.com.

Tier 2 Reporting Update Reply

Tier 2 reports for reporting year 2011 are due by March 1, 2012.  Facilities covered by Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act Section 312 Hazardous Chemical Inventory Reporting (i.e., Tier 2 reporting) must submit a Tier 2 form to the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), and the local fire department annually.

Facility site plans are not required in Massachusetts, but are encouraged by the state and local agencies.  Site plans are required to be submitted with the Tier 2 form in New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Transportation information including carrier name, the carrier’s emergency contact phone number, as well as routes and frequency of shipment were required on Tier 2 report in Massachusetts starting for reporting year 2010.  The SERC (the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency) recently released guidance for 2011 Tier 2 reporting.  The guidance clarifies that transportation information is only required for Extremely Hazardous Substances.  http://www.mass.gov/eopss/home-sec-emerg-resp/emergency-info/haz-mat/serc/guidance-to-massachusetts-tier-ii-reporting-entities.pdf

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff in the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) program will be reviewing Tier 2 reports.  If a facility has reported oil on the Tier 2 report in an amount that exceeds the threshold required for SPCC, the EPA will be inspecting your facility to ensure that there is an SPCC Plan in place, if it’s required.

Facilities should prepare the 2011 Tier 2 report using the Tier2Submit2011 software.  The zip file should be emailed to the SERC. The SERC urges facilities to properly name their t2s or zip file.  For example, the tier 2 file for Capaccio Environmental Engineering would be labeled CapaccioEnvironmentalEngineering2011Tier2.t2s.  If the facility has multiple locations within the state, name each file name with the facility’s city.  For example, CapaccioEnvironmental-Marlborough2011Tier2.t2s

Contact your LEPC and local fire department to determine whether to submit the 2011 Tier 2 report via email or CD, or paper. As always, early reporting is encouraged.  The majority of submissions are received during the last two weeks of February.  In past years, the SERC has had issues with processing last minute submissions due to the large volume of submissions at the last minute.  CAPACCIO recommends that facilities submit before the last week of February to ensure submissions are processed on time.

Please contact Linda Swift at 508.970.0033 ext. 119 or  lswift@capaccio.com with any questions you may have regarding Tier 2 reporting.

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.