Many thanks to all of our clients! And for our clients that are utilizing our Environmental Compliance Assurance Program, thank you for your trust in our expertise. We are committed to keeping you in compliance 24/7.
August Mack Environmental has had a very successful 2012. Part of that success has been the continued growth in the Compliance Assurance Program (eCAP). This program has been implemented at a number of new facilities throughout the year. Many of these facilities did not have the dedicated in-house expertise to handle the various environmental obligations. eCAP has been the answer to solving this shortfall. If you want to learn more about the program, call Mike Ogburn at 317-916-3111.
Over the past 12 years, over 100 facilities have utilized eCAP to outsource their environmental compliance or to supplement their program. The facility still retains the ultimate responsibility and decisions but our program can minimize a high percentage of the many tasks that need to get completed and/or reviewed.
To learn more about August Mack Environmental's compliance program, contact Mike Ogburn in our corporate office at 317.916.3111.
Knowing what to expect should assist in determining the current compliance status with any applicable environmental policy. This is generally accomplished by conducting a baseline compliance audit. The audit involves evaluating the various applicable environmental regulations (CAA, CWA, RCRA, SARA, CERCLA, and EPCRA) as previously mentioned. The goal of the audit is to evaluate compliance and deficiencies with respect to permitting, reporting, monitoring, record keeping, and limitations...Read More »
This law was enacted to address the problems of hazardous waste found at inactive or abandoned sites or those resulting from spills requiring emergency response. CERCLA was amended by the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorizations Act (SARA) of 1986 with the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act (EPCRA) enacted as Title III.
Common violations include:
· Chemicals are stored onsite above threshold.
· No or inadequate...Read More »
The regulation of land-based waste management activity is achieved primarily through the Federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
Common violations under RCRA include:
· Not evaluating wastes to find out if they are hazardous.
· Containers of hazardous waste open or in poor condition.
· Failure to test and maintain emergency equipment as necessary.
· Not labeling used oil containers and fill pipes.
· Failure to inspect hazardous waste container...Read More »
The Clean Water Act (CWA) is the primary federal statute regulating the protection of the nation's waters.
Common violations under the CWA include:
· No or inadequate Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).
· Failure to obtain a permit for applicable discharges.
· Failure to know about local treatment plant sewer use regulations and possible prohibited discharges for indirect dischargers.
· No or inadequate secondary containment of storage tanks.
· Improper disposal down...Read More »
Clean Air Act:
Through the enforcement of the Clean Air Act (CAA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks to protect and enhance the quality of the nation’s air to promote public health and the environment.
Common violations under the CAA include:
· Installing/operating equipment without permits.
· Not keeping records required by permits.
· Discharging air contaminants (pollutants) in excess of permit limits.
· Not maintaining pollution control equipment.
A facility’s Environmental Manager is tasked with ensuring compliance with the ever-changing rules and restrictions of today’s environmental policies. If this is a new role it is easy to get overwhelmed and not know where to begin. Over the next week or so we will feature a series which will highlight some of the common violations found in these areas:
- Clean Air Act
- Clean Water Act
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act
- Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act
During the last 11 years, August Mack’s eCAP® program (Compliance Assurance Program) has expanded and grown from a regional initiative to a national program that has served more than 100 facilities. The genesis of the program began in 1999 and the natural evolution has seen the eCAP program morph into a fully functional sustainable Environmental Management System (EMS), currently approved as a Supplemental Environmental Program (SEP). Applying a tad of revisionist history we might be inclined to...Read More »
Do have an on-site technical expert in environmental air regulations? Do you need help with File Organization? Would you like a dedicated web page that contains ALL of your required permits, monitoring logs, training records, report submittals, permit modifications, and deviation reports required to demonstrate compliance? Would you like a trusted company to provide these services at a fixed monthly cost? If you’re looking for guaranteed results from an experienced Ohio environmental consulting...Read More »
Visit http://www.ecapsolution.com/ for information about eCAP services,...
A large company was found in violation of the Clean Air Act earlier this year. They had to pay over $5 million in penalties and are planning on spending over $700 million to improve their facility to help resolve their violations. This is a good reminder to other companies to make sure they are following Clean Air Act rules. If you need assistance maintaining compliance with the Clean Air Act or other environmental regulations, contact August Mack at 317.916.8000.
Would you be prepared if a regulatory inspector stopped by for a surprise visit? It might be a shocking experience! Using an Environmental Management System (EMS), like August Mack's eCAP program, makes what could be a stressful situation into a worry-free event. EMSs organize a company's environmental porgrams in a planned and documented manner and helps keep a company in environmental compliance. To find out more about eCAP, visit www.ecapsolution.com/ or call August Mack at 317.916.8000.Read More »