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Certified Connecticut UST Training Now Available

Big News!

Connecticut UST Class A/B Certification Program training has recently been added to our online course catalog.

Connecticut UST Training

This course has been reviewed and approved by the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) and successful completion of this training will award UST Class A/B operator certification in the state of Connecticut.

This 9 module program covers important Underground Storage Tank information such as:

  • UST Operator Training Requirements
    • State requirements
    • Operator responsibilities
    • Facility and training record requirements
  • Underground Storage Tanks
    • What tanks qualify as USTs
    • Common construction materials
    • Product compatibility and requirements
    • Tank venting
    • Secondary Containment
    • Sumps
  • Spill and Overfill Prevention
    • Correct filling practices
    • Spill prevention equipment and requirements
    • Overfill protection devices
    • Prevention requirements
  • Release Detection
    • Automatic tank gauging (ATG) systems and regulatory requirements
    • ATG monthly leak tests
    • Inventory control and common problems
    • Monitoring devices
    • Groundwater monitoring requirements
    • Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR) and SIR reporting
    • Release detection requirements
    • Walkthrough inspections
  • Corrosion Control
    • Corrosion protection requirements
    • Cathodic protection, testing and recordkeeping
    • Interior lining
  • UST Financial Requirements
    • Demonstrating financial responsibility
    • UST financial responsibility categories
    • Required dollar amount of financial responsibility
    • Required scope of coverage
    • General recordkeeping/reporting requirements
    • When coverage is no longer necessary
  • Temporary and Permanent Tank Closure
    • Tank registration
    • Closing a tank temporarily and permanently
    • Closure records
  • Emergency Response
    • UST release response
    • Identifying and responding to suspected releases
    • Short and long-term actions
    • Spill containment materials
    • Steps to follow when responding to a petroleum spill
    • Spills reaching water
  • Recordkeeping and Reporting
    • Importance of recordkeeping
    • Recordkeeping requirements

Plus much more.

Reduce your risk of noncompliance.

Get your Connecticut UST Class A/B Certification today.

Sentencing for Explo Systems execs in Louisiana Explosive Waste Disposal Case

Major case sentencing is in for Explo Systems executives. Interesting read about the dangers of noncompliance and what it can do to you, your business and the environment:

EPA and Law Enforcement Partners Announce Sentencing in Louisiana Explosive Waste Disposal Case

“DALLAS – (Nov. 30, 2018) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined law enforcement partners from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana, the Department of Defense, the U. S. Army, the Department of Transportation, the FBI, and the Louisiana State Police in announcing the sentencing of five defendants for their role in a case involving Explo Systems, Inc., a private company involved in the demilitarization of military munitions. Explo Systems’ mismanagement of military munitions resulted in a large detonation at a storage facility in Camp Minden, Louisiana, on October 15, 2012. The explosion damaged buildings in a four-mile radius, derailed 11 rail cars, and was felt up to thirty-five miles away. In addition, an investigation revealed that Explo Systems had illegally disposed of hazardous waste resulting in over $38 million dollars of cleanup costs to tax payers. 

“Through their reckless mismanagement of waste explosives, the defendants put the safety of an entire town at risk,” said EPA Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Assistant Administrator Susan Bodine. “Today’s sentencing should send a clear message that EPA and our law enforcement partners will hold corporate officials responsible for violating laws designed to protect our communities and the environment.”

Explo Systems, Inc. is an explosives demilitarization and recycling company, which operated several facilities at Camp Minden, Louisiana, leased from the Louisiana Military Department (LMD). The U.S. Army awarded Explo Systems a contract on March 24, 2010 to dispose of 450,000 155mm artillery propelling charges designated as M119A2 for $2,902,500. The Army and Explo Systems officials later amended the contract on March 6, 2012 to dispose of 1,350,000 M6 propellant charges for $8,617,500. The contract required Explo Systems to properly store and dispose of the demilitarized propellant, which is a solid, granular, explosive material. The contract also required Explo Systems to document the sale of the demilitarized propellant by completing an End User Certificate (EUC). On the EUC, the purchaser of the demilitarized propellant certified the purchase and compliance with applicable federal laws, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. 

The defendants, all employed by Explo Systems, conspired from January 2010 to November 2012 to defraud the United States by submitting false EUCs to the U.S. Army Joint Munitions Center (JMC). Instead of selling the explosive material as indicated by the false EUCs, the hazardous waste was disposed of in unpermitted facilities, including public landfills, and improperly stored, which resulted in a large explosion and the evacuation of the Town of Doyline. Explo Systems illegally disposed of approximately forty-seven truckloads of reactive hazardous waste containing explosives to public landfills across Louisiana and Arkansas. Not only did officials at Explo Systems defraud the government about the disposal of the explosive material but they also moved and improperly stored propellant to hide the improper storage from government officials. Lower-level employees were instructed to hide and conceal improperly stored demilitarized propellant and reactive hazardous waste from government officials during inspections. The total costs paid by the taxpayers to ensure the proper destruction and remediation of the propellant and hazardous waste which EXPLO illegally stored on site exceeded $38 million.

For their role in a criminal conspiracy that led to the October 2012 explosion at Camp Minden, United States District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote presided over hearings and sentenced these five Explo Systems defendants: Co-owner David Alan Smith of Winchester, Kentucky; Vice President of Operations William Terry Wright of Bossier City, Louisiana; Director of Support Technology Charles Ferris Callihan, of Shreveport, Louisiana; Demilitarization Program Manager Kenneth Wayne Lampkin of Haughton, Louisiana; and Traffic and Inventory Control Manager Lionel Wayne Koons of Haughton, Louisiana. 

Through the diligent work of EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division and their state and federal law enforcement partners, including the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command – Major Procurement Fraud Unit (USACID-MPFU), the U.S. Department of Transportation – Office of Inspector General, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality – Criminal Investigations Section, and Troopers from the Louisiana State Police Emergency Services Unit, the defendants were held accountable for their actions which endangered communities, defrauded tax payers, and resulted in multi-million dollar hazardous waste cleanup sites across Louisiana and Arkansas.

For more information on today’s sentencing please see the press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana: https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdla/pr/explo-officials-sentenced-roles-conspiracy-led-illegal-dumping-munitions-and-explosion”

Spotlight on Environmental Justice

Training Spotlight: Environmental Justice (EJ) Awareness

“Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” – epa.gov

The Environmental Justice movement continues to grow as communities strive for equality with environmental protection. Businesses and industries share the responsibilities in strengthening their participation in EJ, “green business” development, and sustainability. Is your business trained to understand the importance of the Environmental Justice movement as well as their participation efforts? If not, now is the time. And Envicomply can help with our Environmental Justice Awareness course.

This training serves as an introduction to Environmental Justice (EJ) and takes a look at the origins of the Environmental Justice movement, Federal actions to address EJ, how Environmental Justice is currently being addressed at the state and national level, and examples of environmental injustices globally and in the U.S.

Plus, you’ll also learn important basics like:

  • What is environmental justice, and why is it important
  • How environmental justice started
  • What are environmental justice communities and what are the dangers they face
  • How to include environmental justice principles in your daily life

Additional course media included:

Environmental Justice (EJ) Awareness Training

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November 15 is America Recycles Day

Today is America Recycles Day! You probably already know how to recycle common goods like paper, plastics, aluminum and glass, but what about batteries, used motor oil, tires, light bulbs and household hazardous waste items?

If you are already an avid recycler, great! That’s the first step. Next step is to ensure you are doing it correctly. Here are a few tips on how to keep up the good work with the ‘not so easy’ items:

Used Oil:

Never dump your used motor oil down the drain. Used oil is a hazardous waste that, even in small amounts, can contaminate our waterways and result in the pollution of our drinking water sources. Old motor oil can be refined, reconditioned or reprocessed to become usable again, so recycle it! The best places to recycle used motor oil and filters are your local service stations and auto shops.

E-Waste & HHW:

E-waste is the category for electronics and batteries, which require special handling with disposal. E-waste can be filled with toxic chemicals like mercury and lead that, if not handled properly, can leak into the environment.

Leftover household products like paints, cleaners and pesticides can contain corrosive, ignitable and toxic ingredients that should never be poured onto the ground or thrown out with regular trash. These household hazardous waste (HHW) products also require special care when disposing of them.

Did you know that many cities and counties will collect single-use batteries and household hazardous waste during their collection events? To see if you live in an area that participates in these cleanups, visit your city and county website. You can also look for in-store recycling bins to dispose of batteries.

Tires:

Discarded tires may carry disease-carrying pests or worse, tire piles can catch on fire. Most garages are required to accept and recycle your used tires when you have new ones installed. Some communities will hold collection events for used tires, so be sure to check yours.

Light Bulbs: 

Because Compact Flourescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) contain mercury, EPA recommends recycling options for CFLs and fluorescent bulbs. Find your local collection agency to drop off broken or used CFLs or visit a hardware supply store to see if they offer in-store recycling.

Recycling

But there is still so much more to learn beyond the basics.

Check out our Recycling Awareness training as today’s featured course:

Recycling Awareness

Here are some helpful resources to learn more about America Recycles Day and to search and locate recycling services and solutions near you:

https://www.epa.gov/recycle/america-recycles-day-2018

https://search.earth911.com

Violation Notice

Company Settles with Penalties for Violating the Federal Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is wrapping up, but the efforts to promote awareness and safety shouldn’t. The dangers of lead exposure and lead poisoning, particularly in children, continue. A window and glass installation company faces penalties for violating the federal Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule:

“Firm settles violations with U.S. EPA, provides equipment to Maricopa County clinics to identify children exposed to lead

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with True View Windows & Glass Block, Inc. for violations of the federal Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. The agreement requires True View, which operates in Arizona and Colorado, to pay a $15,060 penalty and spend $14,940 on blood lead analyzers and test kits for six Maricopa County, Ariz. health clinics.

“Exposure to lead-based paint is one of the most common ways children develop lead poisoning,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “This settlement will support local clinics in identifying and assisting children with elevated levels of lead in their blood and help prevent future exposure to lead-based paint.”

An EPA inspection found True View, a window and glass installer, performed work in Phoenix without required EPA certification. The company also failed to comply with resident notification requirements, post signs communicating the risks of lead-containing dust, or maintain records of lead-safe work practices.

Reducing childhood lead exposure and addressing associated health impacts is a top priority for EPA. Each year, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week increases public awareness and serves as a reminder that children are uniquely vulnerable to the potential health effects of lead exposure. Lead exposure can cause a range of adverse health effects and is particularly dangerous for young children because their nervous systems are still developing. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-based paint, but it is still present in millions of older homes, sometimes under layers of new paint.

Know the facts and dangers of lead exposure. It’s important to keep yourself safe and keep your company free from dangerous and costly violations. Stay knowledgeable with our Lead Awareness and Lead & Lead-Based Paint (LBP) Management courses:

Lead & Lead-Based Paint (LBP) Management:  3 module training

Topics covered include:

  • Modern day products that contain lead
  • Lead laws and executive orders
  • How to detect lead-based paint & methods to test for lead in paint
  • Precautions you should take when remodeling buildings that contain LBP
  • LBP abatement activities and strategies
  • Overview of proper LBP cleanup methods, steps for removing LBP & proper waste disposal
  • Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) activities
  • Lead’s harmful health effects on the human body (adults and children)
  • Lead exposure symptoms
  • How to reduce potential health risks from exposure to lead
  • Certifications to conduct work with LBP
  • How to become certified to perform LBP renovations
  • Proper procedures for safely removing LBP
  • States authorized to administer the LBP program
  • The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • TSCA notification exceptions
  • The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and LBP
  • OSHA and LBP
  • Plus more

Lead Awareness

Topics covered include:

  • What lead is and who regulates it
  • Common uses of lead
  • Routes of lead exposure
  • Symptoms of lead poisoning
  • Levels of lead poisoning
  • Lead dangers for children and adults
  • Preventative measures to avoid lead poisoning
  • Plus more

Click here for more info from the EPA on this settlement.

Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

It’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week #NLPPW2018

This National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week marks a week of recognition and awareness, October 21-27, with the theme being Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children…”

What can you do to stay safe and raise awareness?

  1. Get the Facts: Lead poisoning is 100% preventable! So, educate yourself and others. Learn about lead, lead-based paint and the dangers of lead exposure before it’s too late. Get involved with your local activities or events. And spread the word. Knowledge is key to keeping yourself and your loved ones safe.
  2. Do your Tests: Test your home for lead with a certified professional and consult your health care provider for advice on blood tests to test your children for any lead exposure.

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Click to learn more from the EPA, find out ways to get involved and spread the word.

Hazardous Waste

Top 10 Hazardous Waste Violations You Should Know

Do you know the Top 10 Hazardous Waste Violations? If not, you should. Businesses can be quick to dismiss the importance of proper waste disposal, but human health and the environment depend on it. Violating RCRA regulations puts you at risk. Knowing what you can do to avoid violations can help keep you and your business safe.

Top 10 Violations:

  1. Improper Labeling:  There are many ways for these violations to occur: improper information, lack of labels on tanks and containers, missing DOT placards, or wrong waste determination.
  2. Improper Determination:  This is the failure to correctly identify hazardous wastes and their properties.
  3. Incorrect Disposal:  The improper disposal, whether purposefully or mistakenly, into drainage systems, dumpsters, general trash, or sewer.
  4. Inadequate Hazardous Waste Manifest:  The failure to track hazardous waste with the appropriate paperwork when shipped off site. Manifest records must be on file and available upon request.
  5. Improper Management of Expired Hazardous Waste:  The improper tracking and disposal of expired chemicals. More common for laboratories, hospitals, and universities.
  6. Lack of Contingency Plan:  Should an unplanned release happen, lack of a Contingency Plan can lead to human health and environmental hazards. Failure to develop and notify the proper authorities is a violation of hazardous waste laws.
  7. Inadequate Employee Training:  Improper or lack of training in hazardous waste management can be extremely dangerous. No knowledge of safety, correct or precautionary procedures can create hazardous conditions for those involved.
  8. Open Containers:  One of the most common violations on this list. Containers of hazardous waste must be closed and latched at all times, except when adding or removing waste.
  9. Improper Management of Mercury:  Improper disposal of mercury waste and mercury-containing products is toxic and expensive to clean up.
  10. Infrequent Inspections:  Weekly inspections of hazardous waste container storage areas are required.

So, how do you avoid hazardous waste violations like the ones listed above? Knowledge is key. Understanding the rules and regulations pertaining to hazardous waste and its management can help you implement the necessary procedures to work safely and maintain compliance.

Remember, we offer the training you need to stay in compliance

and avoid violations and fines.

Check them out now. 

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California company to pay for hazardous waste violations

Hazardous waste violations lead to hefty settlement for Inglewood, California company.

“U.S. EPA Settlement with Inglewood, Calif. facility Requires Safer Management of Hazardous Waste 
Company will purchase equipment for Los Angeles County first responders

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a settlement with Rho-Chem, LLC, a solvent recycling and storage facility in Inglewood, Calif., for federal hazardous waste violations. Under the agreement, Rho-Chem will take specific steps to better track and more safely manage hazardous wastes at its Inglewood facility.  Rho-Chem will also purchase more than $353,000 in emergency response equipment for the Los Angeles County Fire Department and pay a $120,527 penalty.

“Improper management of hazardous waste can lead to fires, explosions or unplanned release of hazards into the environment,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker. “We are pleased that through this settlement, our local first responders are able to receive additional equipment necessary to protect the community.”

Rho-Chem is a fuel blending, solvent recycling and re-packaging distribution and storage facility. EPA’s September 2015 inspection found that Rho-Chem was in violation of federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. RCRA rules require the safe management of hazardous waste to protect public health and the environment and to prevent costly and extensive cleanups.

The company’s violations included:

  • Failure to make a hazardous waste determination for certain solid waste generated;
  • Failure to maintain and inspect secondary containment areas to prevent leaks and spills;
  • Failure to regularly inspect its hazardous waste operations area to detect discharges;
  • Failure to inspect and properly maintain its closed ventilation monitoring systems;
  • Failure to properly manage ignitable hazardous waste in certain areas of the facility;
  • Failure to maintain adequate operating records; and
  • Failure to obtain the proper permit to store and treat hazardous waste for longer than 90 days.

In addition to the penalty, Rho-Chem is required to complete a supplemental environmental project to purchase and provide at least $352,992 worth of emergency response instruments, and communication and computing equipment to the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Homeland Security/Hazardous Materials Response Section. This equipment will improve the department’s ability to identify and monitor chemicals and other hazardous materials in the field such as toxic and combustible gases, volatile organic compounds, radiation, and meteorological factors.

The settlement also requires Rho-Chem to implement an electronic system that will more accurately document the amounts and types of hazardous waste received, treated, stored, or scheduled for off-site disposal. The company will complete an audit of hazardous air emissions at its facility and provide its audit report to EPA, along with a schedule of corrective actions. As part of its renewal application for its hazardous waste permit, the company will submit a revised Waste Analysis Plan that outlines procedures for accurately determining the appropriate treatment standard for hazardous waste and debris and a revised Closure Plan to close certain units at its facility.”

Do you know the rules and regulations that can avoid violations like these? With our library of hazardous waste training, you can learn crucial topics like the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), hazardous waste determinations, HAZMAT federal laws, proper management, reporting and recordkeeping, preparing and responding to emergencies, and the differences between hazardous materials, hazardous substances, and hazardous waste.

Visit our hazardous waste training now.

Did you know?

Did you know that Envicomply is an approved vendor of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division (EPD) for our Underground Storage Tank Class A/B Operator training? We can even be linked to directly from their site!

Successfully completing this training will award a certificate which grants UST Class A/B operator certification in the state of Georgia. Check out full training details now.

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Hurricane Preparedness

Are You Hurricane Ready?

With Hurricane Florence quickly approaching the Southeastern states, it’s important to prepare yourself in the event of a disaster. This means having your emergency kits packed, planning an evacuation route if necessary, and knowing what to do in its aftermath. We’ve assembled a checklist of helpful Hurricane Preparedness Tips for you:

Pack a kit of basic supplies:

Remember to include at least a 3 day water supply per person and for pets, too.

  • Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food – at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable food & a manual can opener
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Baby items (if applicable) – food, diapers, formula, wipes, medications if needed, extra clothing
  • Pet supplies (if applicable) – food, medications if needed, cage, leash, collar, tags, medical records
  • Flashlight & extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Cash
  • Phone numbers and medical contacts
  • Paper products – toilet paper, cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Prescription & non-prescription medications
  • Glasses and contact lense solution
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Extra clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper to disinfect water
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Toiletries & personal hygiene items

Evacuations:

If you need to evacuate, make an action plan in advance. If you have any pets, make sure to find hotels that will accept them beforehand.

After the storm:

In the aftermath of a hurricane, remember these important safety rules:

  • Do NOT run a generator indoors – Carbon monoxide emissions are deadly.
  • Do NOT use a charcoal or gas grill indoors – Carbon monoxide and fire risks are too great.
  • Do NOT walk in flooded waters – Limit contact with flood water. Alligators, snakes, downed power lines and sewage could be in the water.
  • Do NOT forget about your pets – They are part of your family.

Be ready before disaster strikes. Stay safe out there.