hazardous waste

Chemical manufacturing company to pay fines for hazardous waste violations

“Hazardous waste violations at UCT facility in Bristol, Pa. result in $44,880 penalty

PHILADELPHIA (March 3, 2021) – Chemical manufacturer UCT will pay a $44,880 penalty to settle hazardous waste violations at its Bristol, Pennsylvania, facility, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

EPA cited the company for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal law governing the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste. RCRA is designed to protect public health and the environment and avoid long and extensive cleanups, by requiring the safe, environmentally sound storage and disposal of hazardous waste.

UCT manufactures a variety of chemical products at its facility at 2731 Bartram Road in Bristol. These include solid phase extraction products for hospitals, clinical and toxicology labs, food safety testing labs, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and environmental testing facilities; and silane/silicone products used in the glass and fiber optic industries, medical device, cosmetics, paints and coatings, adhesives and electronics industries.

According to EPA, the company violated RCRA rules including storing hazardous waste for more than 90 days without a permit, failure to properly mark hazardous waste containers, failure to keep hazardous waste containers closed, failure to make waste determinations and failure to provide annual RCRA training.

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.

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NEW UST Training Just Added: West Virginia Certification Now Available!

New training is here! You can now get certified in the state of West Virginia with our

UST Class A/B Operator Certification Program! 

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

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In this 9 module training program, you will learn critical compliance information required to perform your job as a certified UST Class A/B operator in the state of West Virginia. Module topics include:

  • 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
    • Under-dispenser containment (UDC)
    • Release detection requirements
    • Spill detection 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
  • Registration, Repairs, Temporary, and Permanent Tank Closure
    • Notification and storage tank registration requirements
    • When certified workers are necessary
    • Delivery prohibition programs
    • Closing a tank temporarily and permanently
  • 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
    • Large spills
  • Recordkeeping and Reporting
    • Importance of recordkeeping
    • Recordkeeping requirements

Plus much more!

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Stormwater violations lead to settlement for City of Pittsburgh & PWSA

Stormwater has many negative impacts causing erosion, damage, pollution and danger to wildlife. Proper knowledge of the rules and regulations, inspections and executing best management practices are important for safety and to avoid violations like these:

EPA settles with City of Pittsburgh, PWSA on stormwater violations

PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 5, 2021) – The City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) are required to adhere to a schedule of corrective actions to address stormwater inspection and enforcement violations under a consent agreement announced today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Under the agreement, the city and PWSA are required to:

  • submit an updated stormwater code for approval to the Pittsburgh city council by July 2021;
  • hire additional inspectors and enforcement staff for 2022; and
  • put management partnership procedures in place by the end of January 2022.

The violations included failure to implement inspections and enforcement procedures for construction site erosion and sediment control measures, and for post-construction stormwater management best management practices.

The agreement requires the city and PWSA to comply with a schedule of activities to ensure full compliance with these requirements by March 31, 2022 and to submit quarterly progress reports to EPA. EPA coordinated with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in developing the settlement.

Read the full article on EPA’s site here.

Check out our catalog of Stormwater courses and learn critical information to stay compliant and avoid violations.

Topics include:

  • Common sources of pollution in stormwater runoff
  • Major federal stormwater laws
  • Why sediment control is important
  • Nonpoint and point source pollution
  • Stormwater cross-connections
  • NPDES Phase I and II
  • Stormwater permitting associated with construction activities
  • Stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP)
  • Stormwater and erosion impacts associated with construction sites
  • Controlling erosion at construction sites
  • Construction site best management practices (BMPs)
  • Stormwater and erosion control inspections at construction sites
  • Penalties for non-compliance
  • Storm drain inspection and maintenance
  • Best management practices (BMPs) for storm drain cleaning
  • What to note when reporting violations
  • What stormwater management is
  • Traditional stormwater management techniques and management problems
  • The benefits of Low Impact Development (LID)
  • LID structural and non-structural best management practices (BMPs)
  • A review of the following LID practices
  • Plus much more

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Violation for Noncompliance

Risk Management Violations Lead to Settlement for Oil Company

Company settles with $344,364 penalty for violations of Risk Management Plan requirements at its petroleum refining facility. Read more from the release below:

Big West Oil, LLC resolves chemical risk management violations at North Salt Lake facility

Company corrects Clean Air Act deficiencies to reduce risk of accidental release of flammable mixtures and hydrofluoric acid

SALT LAKE CITY – (January 14, 2020) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a Clean Air Act settlement in which Big West Oil, LLC (Big West Oil) has agreed to pay a $344,364 penalty and address violations of Risk Management Plan requirements at its petroleum refining facility in North Salt Lake, Utah. The company has been cooperative in correcting all identified deficiencies and has also agreed to improve the maintenance of process equipment to reduce the possibility of an accidental release of hazardous chemicals at the facility.

“This agreement will improve the safety of those who live and work in North Salt Lake for years to come,” said EPA Region 8 Enforcement Director Suzanne Bohan. “Big West Oil has taken the necessary steps to improve the management of flammable mixtures and hydrofluoric acid at their facility and reduce the hazards of toxic chemicals to workers, the public, and the surrounding community.” 

The settlement, filed as a Consent Agreement on January 13, 2021, resulted from a 2016, EPA inspection at the Big West Oil facility that revealed several Clean Air Act Risk Management Plan violations related to the management of flammable mixtures and hydrofluoric acid; including deficiencies associated with process safety information, hazard analysis, mechanical integrity, and operating procedures.

This case is part of EPA’s National Compliance Initiative to reduce risks from chemical accidents, and it addresses compliance within an industry sector– petroleum refining – which can pose serious risks from such accidents. Following recommendations made by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board in April of 2019, EPA Region 8 is focused on ensuring compliance with the Risk Management Plan Rule at petroleum refining facilities that store and process hydrofluoric acid.

The Big West Oil facility is subject to Clean Air Act Risk Management Plan regulations because it stores and processes large quantities of flammable mixtures and hydrofluoric acid, a hazardous substance that is highly toxic, and when released to air, may cause severe injury, burns, or death. The Risk Management Plan Rule, or Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act, requires facilities holding more than 10,000 pounds of flammable mixture or 1,000 pounds of hydrofluoric acid to develop a Risk Management Plan and submit that plan to EPA.

Risk Management Plans address: the proper design and maintenance of equipment such as pipes and vessels; emergency preparedness; and the ability to minimize releases that may occur. They also provide valuable information to local fire, police, and emergency response personnel to prepare for and respond to chemical emergencies. Making these plans available to the public also fosters communication and awareness to improve accident prevention and emergency response practices at the local level.

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SPCC & FRP violations lead to big settlement for Pittsburgh-based company

Company faces big settlement with EPA and two separate states over violations of the Clean Water Act’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) and Facility Response Plan (FRP) requirements.

Koppers Inc. settles with EPA for alleged oil spill prevention violations in West Virginia, Pennsylvania

11/19/2020
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EPA Region 3 Press Office (R3press@epa.gov)

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 19, 2020) – Koppers Inc. has agreed to settle with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the state of  West Virginia and the state of Pennsylvania to resolve alleged violations of federal and state environmental laws at its facilities in Follansbee and Green Spring, West Virginia, and Clairton, Pennsylvania, EPA announced today.

A complaint filed with the settlement agreement cited violations of the Clean Water Act’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) and Facility Response Plan (FRP) requirements. The SPCC rules help facilities prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. The FRP rules require certain facilities to submit a response plan and prepare to respond to a worst-case oil discharge or threat of a discharge.  Koppers is a Pittsburgh-based company involved in carbon materials and chemicals, railroad products and services, and performance chemicals.

Under a proposed consent decree filed in the United States District Court of the Northern District of West Virginia, Koppers will pay $800,000 to the United States, $175,000 to West Virginia, and $24,500 to Pennsylvania. The proposed consent decree is subject to a 30-day public comment period.

The complaint also cited violations of the West Virginia Above Ground Storage Tank Act and its implementing regulations, which seek to protect and conserve the water resources of the state and its citizens. In addition, the complaint cited violations of the Pennsylvania Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act and its implementing regulations, which set forth tank handling and inspection requirements.

According to EPA, the most significant violations were at the Follansbee facility – notably, deficiencies in the facility’s secondary containment for spills, and inadequate structural integrity inspection and testing of aboveground tanks.

EPA cited other major SPCC violations at the Clairton and now-closed Green Spring facilities, and other violations of the FRP regulations at the Clairton and Follansbee facilities.

In addition to the penalty, the consent decree requires Koppers to conduct integrity testing of specified tanks at the Follansbee site, or take them out of service; and to comply with SPCC and FRP reporting and plan amendment requirements.

For the full article, visit EPA’s site here.

Knowing proper SPCC rules and regulations can help avoid settlements like these. Maintain your compliance by getting the training you need before violations happen. Check out our SPCC training now:

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC)

Topics covered include:

  • What a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan is
  • SPCC training requirements and goals
  • What types of oils are covered by the SPCC program
  • Spill prevention and planning requirements
  • Ways to prevent or minimize the potential for spills
  • What are secondary containment and diversionary structures
  • Operations, equipment, and processes which have a potential to cause a spill
  • Basic spill response expectations
  • How to respond to an emergency involving serious injury
  • How to response to a non-emergency spill
  • Reporting incidental shop spills
  • Reporting requirements
  • Accidental sewage discharges
  • What to do if you discover an underground storage tank (UST) leak
  • Secondary containment system drainage procedures
  • Fuel delivery and grease trap pumping best management practices (BMPs)
  • Other oil-filled process equipment

Be sure to check out all of our other training courses, too.

New Training

NEW: Washington State UST Certification Training Now Available

We’ve added more training to our UST certification catalog! We are happy to announce the addition of our UST Class C Operator Certification Training for the state of Washington!

UST Class C

This course has been reviewed and approved by the Washington State Department of Ecology and successful completion of this training will award UST Class C operator certification in the state of Washington.

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In this 5 module training program, you will learn critical compliance information required to perform your job as a certified UST Class C operator in the state of Washington. Curriculum topics include:

Introduction to Class C Operators

  • Class C operator responsibilities
  • Class C operator certification
  • Operator requirements and training records
  • plus more

UST System Components

  • The primary parts of a pump dispenser
  • Spill prevention equipment
  • Spill buckets
  • Sumps
  • Safeguard and emergency shut off devices
  • Emergency shut off switches
  • plus more

Spill and Overfill Prevention

  • Main sources of UST releases
  • What makes gasoline dangerous
  • How to be prepared for an emergency
  • Correct filling practices

Emergency Response

  • Release monitoring
  • What constitutes a suspected release
  • Common causes of spills and releases
  • What is considered an emergency
  • What to do in case of an emergency
  • plus more

Cleanup

  • Spill containment materials
  • Sorbents
  • Basic steps to follow when responding to a petroleum spill
  • Washing down spills
  • Reminder as to what to do in case of an emergency

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Lead Awareness

It’s NLPPW: Are You Up-to-Date on Your Lead Awareness?

It’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. This year, during October 25-31, NLPPW encourages individuals, organizations and governments to increase lead poisoning prevention awareness in an effort to reduce childhood exposure to lead. Lead exposure to children can be extremely harmful causing damage to the brain and nervous system, as well as slowed development.

The most common route of lead exposure in children is ingestion from chemicals and foreign bodies containing lead such as lead paint (peels, chips, paint removal) or contaminated food or water. It is important to keep yourself educated on the products you use for your safety and the safety of those around you. Did you know we offer training courses in Lead Management and Lead Awareness for this purpose? Check them out now:

Lead & Lead-Based Paint (LBP) Management 

In this 3 module training curriculum, you’ll learn:

  • What lead and lead-based paint (LBP) is
  • Modern day products that contain lead
  • Lead laws and executive orders
  • How to detect lead-based paint
  • Precautions you should take when remodeling buildings that contain LBP
  • LBP abatement activities
  • Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) activities
  • Lead’s harmful health effects on the human body (adults and children)
  • Why lead is so toxic to humans
  • Lead sources and how you could be exposured
  • Lead exposure symptoms
  • How to reduce potential health risks from exposure to lead
  • The different methods to test for lead in paint (laboratory and field testing)
  • Proper LBP waste disposal
  • Removal of structures containing LBP
  • 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

In this training course, you’ll learn:

  • What lead is and who regulates it
  • Common uses of lead
  • Why lead is used in products
  • 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

Want to spead the word on NLPPW? Visit https://www.epa.gov/lead/national-lead-poisoning-prevention-week to learn more. NLLPW logo