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Moving Forward with E-Manifests
On February 7, 2014, the US EPA established rules for the e-manifest system. According to the EPA the Final Rule will authorize the use of electronic hazardous waste manifests that will become available when EPA establishes a new electronic hazardous waste manifest system (e-Manifest). The modification will provide waste handlers with the option to complete, sign, transmit, and store manifest information electronically. States that currently receive and collect paper manifest copies will receive copies of manifest data electronically from the system. Although the EPA has an effective rule date starting August 6, 2014, the use of the e-manifest will not be permissible until the EPA has finalized the IT system which is still not complete.
Hurricane Season is Here:
A reminder for emergency preparedness
Predicting weather patterns and weather warning systems have improved dramatically over the last decades allowing us to better prepare for natural disasters. If your facility is subject to CAA (Section 112(r )(1)), a statutory and regulatory program designed to prevent chemical accidents and releases through a program of preparedness, response and prevention, a Risk Management Plan (RMP) must be implemented.
Part of the RMP is an emergency response program that spells out emergency health care, employee training measures and procedures for informing the public and response agencies should an accident occur. Even if not required by law to have emergency preparedness all owners and operators of facilities which have hazardous materials on site should implement emergency response procedures which include potential natural disasters such as hurricanes. Such programs can save lives, protect the environment and save businesses.
Contact PWGC for assistance in preparing an emergency response plan.
EPA’s UST Final Regulations
Have Been Pushed Back to the Fall
The EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks has proposed changes to the 1988 federal UST regulations in October 2011 and planned the final regulations to come out this summer 2014. The EPA is now expects to finalize regulations this fall 2014. According to the EPA the compliance cost for the proposed rule is in excess of $200 million national wide. The EPA states the regulations would lead to an annual avoided remediation cost of $300 million to $750 million.
When finalized, this rule will be the first major revision since 1988 and will include changes to operator training, secondary containment, operations & maintenance, deferrals, internal lining, flow restrictors on vent lines, notification, compatibility, vapor & groundwater monitoring, and interstitial monitoring results.
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