Big kudos go out to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, a loyal client of our ECATTS’ government division since 2007!
November 30th’s intense 7.0-magnitude earthquake north of Anchorage left buildings and roads in a devastating shamble. In a matter of days, Alaska DOT had made managed to make major road repairs leaving people in awe of their quick response and recovery.
Before and after photos show the damage and repair to an off-ramp connecting International Airport Road and Minnesota Drive in Anchorage. This work was completed in less than four days and reopened for use.
The DOT’s work is not complete though. The majority of work will continue and be redone in the summer to ensure long-term sustainability says a Department spokesperson.
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Connecticut UST Class A/B Certification Program training has recently been added to our online course catalog.
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
Facility and training record requirements
Underground Storage Tanks
What tanks qualify as USTs
Common construction materials
Product compatibility and requirements
Spill and Overfill Prevention
Correct filling practices
Spill prevention equipment and requirements
Overfill protection devices
Automatic tank gauging (ATG) systems and regulatory requirements
ATG monthly leak tests
Inventory control and common problems
Groundwater monitoring requirements
Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR) and SIR reporting
Release detection requirements
Corrosion protection requirements
Cathodic protection, testing and recordkeeping
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
Closing a tank temporarily and permanently
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
Plus much more.
Reduce your risk of noncompliance.
Get your Connecticut UST Class A/B Certification today.
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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.
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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
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:
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.
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.
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.
But there is still so much more to learn beyond the basics.
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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
Click here for more info from the EPA on this settlement.
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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?
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.
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.
Click to learn more from the EPA, find out ways to get involved and spread the word.
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