Understanding Complex Environmental Compliance Regulations

Both federal and state environmental laws are increasingly complex, causing greater reporting requirements coupled with aggressive enforcement. Our environmental compliance management staff handles many of these regulations for companies, saving them time and money.

Move beyond regulatory compliance to environmental excellence by working with the OECS team. Many companies have an Environmental Management System Program (EMSP) to deal with the various ISO type requirements such as certification, recertification, and required audits. We can help you develop an EMSP to incorporate the “Green Issues” the ISO 14001 standard addresses, but without going through the ISO 14001. A growing number of clients are looking at vendors that demonstrate a “green” program is in place – we can help make that happen.

Partner with a certified environmental compliance auditor who can determine how well your company is doing with existing programs, and what can be done to improve.

Hazardous Waste

If your company disposes of a “listed chemical” or a waste with hazardous waste characteristics, you need to comply with the hazardous waste rules. Our environmental compliance staff assists with Hazardous Waste Rules compliance. Consider a hazardous waste audit to determine if your company is in compliance.

SARA

SARA is an acronym for The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act.

SARA 302/304: SARA 302 outlines requirements if an Extremely Hazardous Substance (EHS) at a facility is in a quantity greater than or equal to the established Threshold Planning Quantity (TPQ). An example is ammonia. Any facility that stores any EHS in amounts greater than the TPQ for any one day must file SARA 302/304 reports with several agencies. An extensive Emergency Response Plan (SARA 304) is required on how your company will respond to a chemical release.

SARA 311/312 –The purpose of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) is to let the state and the local emergency planning commission know you have significant amounts of hazardous materials stored at your site. OECS environmental compliance professionals provide onsite evaluation for reporting.

SARA 313 – The Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Forms “R” or “A” are data oriented and time consuming reports. These require an onsite evaluation of listed materials that indicates how much was used and where it went. It is likely you will need a Pollution Prevention Plan (another regulatory requirement). Our workplace safety staff provides onsite TRI reviews, calculations, and periodic regulatory filing.

Storm Water (SWPPP)

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Regulations require a company to control Storm Water contact discharges to minimize water runoff pollution entering our waterways. Regulated parties must develop storm water pollution prevention plans using engineering and best practices.

OECS’s professional environmental compliance systems help with Storm Water Site Permits. We develop written programs, conduct employee training, establish inspection requirements, and assist in the annual reporting and periodic re-permitting.

SPCC

The Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure regulations (SPCC) require facilities using oil products to establish an SPCC plan when it could reasonably be expected to discharge oil in harmful quantities into or upon navigable waters. In addition, the SPCC plan may require certification by a professional engineer, periodic facility inspections, and training. Many industries need to comply with the SPCC regulations.

OECS assists in SPCC onsite evaluations and provides SPCC certification assistance, programs, and employee training.

NESHAP

NESHAP The National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants regulations are also known as NESHAP. This is an EPA emissions standard that identifies listed chemicals that are considered Hazardous Air Pollutants, such as Trichloroethylene used in a vapor degreaser.

OECS’s experienced environmental compliance staff can provide the required periodic reporting and annual training.

Air Permitting

Air-Permitting requires a company having an emission source (e.g, a paint spray booth) to track emit VOCs and HAPs. OECS can assist companies in complying with the Air Permit Regulations such as Options A, B, C, and D. We evaluate the “potential to emit”, develop compliance programs with periodic training, and provide periodic compliance reporting. We are involved in Title V permit issues as well.

Tank Registration

Tank-Registration. OECS environmental staff assists in compliance with the Above Ground Storage Tank regulations, facility diagrams, diking, reporting requirements, and tank registration.

Compliance Audits

Env-Compliance-Audit. We assess your environmental compliance systems to determine if all requirements of regulatory agencies are being met.