TUR Fee due September 1 Reply

If you filed a Toxics Use Reduction (TUR) report in 2015 for chemical use during 2014, there is a TUR fee due to the MassDEP by September 1.

Companies subject to TURA are required to pay annual toxics use fees. These are based on a formula that takes into account the number of people the company employs and the number of listed chemicals it manufactures, processes or otherwise uses in excess of applicable thresholds. A company calculates its fee using a worksheet/invoice that the facility submits along with its annual TUR report.

This worksheet/invoice serves as the company’s first notice of payment due. The fee must be paid in full by September 1 of the filing year. (http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/toxics/tur/about-tura-reporting-and-fees.html#ToxicsUseFees )

The last sheet of your facility’s TUR reporting package includes the fee calculation worksheet and serves as the invoice for the fee.  No additional notice is sent by MassDEP regarding this fee.

Print the Worksheet/Invoice page as documentation and send a copy with your check to:

MassDEP, PO Box 4062, Boston MA 02211

Payment is due by September 1, 2015. If your payment is not received by September 1, a second invoice including the $1000 late fee mandated by MGL 21I will be sent to the facility.

If you need assistance determining or submitting your TUR invoice, please contact your project manager at CAPACCIO, or Jill Vernes at jvernes@capaccio.com.

MassDEP TURA Enforcement Amnesty Program Reply

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is offering a Toxic Use Reduction Program Reporting Enforcement Amnesty from April 9, 2015 through June 30, 2016. This means that if you find that your facility should have reported under MassDEP TURA for one or more TURA chemical(s) and you self-disclose this to MassDEP, enforcement will be limited to a warning letter, a fee of one year of past owed chemical use fees for unreported chemical(s), plus $1,000 as an administrative late fee.

This enforcement amnesty program was announced via email to all TUR Planners on Friday, April 17, 2015.

To take advantage of this enforcement amnesty, please read the MassDEP’s letter to TURA planners.

For more information, please contact Linda Swift at 508.970.0033 ext. 119 or lswift@capaccio.com.

MassDEP Issues New Underground Storage Tank Rules: 310 CMR 80.00 Reply

On January 2, 2015, new underground storage tank (UST) regulations went into effect and the previous Department of Fire Services regulations at 527 CMR 9.00 were rescinded.

While many of the requirements have remained the same, several new provisions have been added. These include:

• New design, construction and installation requirements
• New general operating requirements
• New third-party inspection requirements
• New financial responsibility requirements and
• New authority for MassDEP to institute delivery prohibition orders.

Of particular interest to owners and operators of UST systems serving emergency generators is a new requirement for these systems to have leak detection. There are also new requirements that may require upgrades of systems that utilize submersible pumps and ball-float valves. In addition, any new or replacement spill buckets must now be five gallons.

It is important to note that although the new regulations are issued and enforced by MassDEP, the local fire department will still maintain jurisdiction over permits for flammable storage.

More information, including a summary of the changes and a copy of the new regulations, can be obtained at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/toxics/ust/newregs.html

CAPACCIO can help owners and operators interpret the new requirements and assist in determining if action is necessary to address the new requirements. Please contact Chris Walton, PE, BCEE, at (508) 970-0033 x139 or cwalton@capaccio.com if you would like to learn how we can help.

When to Notify the MassDEP Bureau of Waste Prevention of a Spill or Release Reply

Did you know that you may be required to notify more than one section of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) when you have a spill that requires implementation of your hazardous waste contingency plan?

Spills or releases of hazardous waste – whether inside the facility or outside to the environment – are reportable to the MassDEP Bureau of Waste Prevention at the appropriate MassDEP Regional Office when there is an imminent or actual emergency involving hazardous waste that requires the facility to activate its hazardous waste contingency plan.  This requirement is in addition to notification (if required) to the MassDEP Emergency Response Section per the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (310 CMR 30.400).

The MassDEP hazardous waste regulations require that Large Quantity Generators (LQGs) have a written hazardous waste contingency plan (310 CMR 30.341(1)(b)) that outlines what to do in the event of an emergency involving hazardous waste.  Even if a facility has to activate the hazardous waste contingency plan for something as simple as calling the Emergency Coordinator for a spill of hazardous waste inside the facility, the facility must notify the MassDEP Bureau of Waste Prevention.  The same applies if you have a bulging or leaking drum of hazardous waste that is overpacked by your emergency response team and then shipped off-site for proper disposal.

These reporting requirements are outlined in 310 CMR 30.341(b) and 310 CMR 30.521(e)(7) and apply to LQGs when there is an imminent or actual emergency involving hazardous waste which triggers the need to implement the hazardous waste contingency plan. This applies even if it does not result in a reportable release pursuant to 310 CMR 40.000 (The Massachusetts Contingency Plan requirements).

We recommend developing a methodology of who to report to and when, and including it in your hazardous waste contingency plan so that it is readily available to personnel responsible for reporting.

What to report, when, and to whom, can be confusing.  Please contact Linda Swift at 508.970.0033 extension 119 or lswift@capaccio.com with any questions you may have regarding reporting spills.