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5 SPCC tips from Abby Ferri

In a recent BLR webinar, speaker Abby Ferri, CSP, an independent safety and health consultant with expertise in SPCC compliance, discussed the ins and outs of SPCC guidance. The webinar included a brief background of SPCC regulations, EPA’s v.2.0 of the SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors, requirements for a written SPCC plan, and more. nike […]

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There’s an oil spill at your facility: What do you do?

When your facility has an oil spill you need to react quickly. Failure to report spills in a timely manner can result in expensive penalties—not to mention negative publicity. Be prepared with TRAC360’s Report a Spill mobile app. This must-have app has all the federal and state reporting information you need to avoid costly fines and stay […]

SPCC Q&A: Piping and secondary containment

This week, we’re sharing a SPCC Q&A from our companion site, Enviro.BLR.com. Question: In the SPCC regulations, does the piping associated with bulk storage containers require more than general secondary containment? Here’s the answer: The SPCC regulations do not specifically address what is required for piping associated with a bulk storage container. However, the EPA guidance for […]

De-thawed fuel tank fails, EPA fines Mass. owner

A recent oil spill shows New England how the integrity of fuel tanks can be compromised by variations in spring temperatures. A Massachusetts-based oil distributor is paying $14,500 to the Environmental Protection Agency for spilling oil from a truck tank into storms drains that connect to the then-frozen Mystic River. According to local news reports […]

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BLR covers best practices for AST management in new webinar

There’s no doubt that common issues with aboveground storage tanks, like equipment failure, can cost your company quite a bit if they violate federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations. oakley canteen sunglasses In fact, the most common leaks and spills, including tank failure, piping failure, dispensing issues, and delivery problems, can run your […]

SPCC enforcement: On the slopes [Infographic]

This infographic takes a look at recent SPCC enforcement actions at ski areas in New England. oakley whisker sunglasses Common violations include: failure to include certain information in facility diagrams; failure to maintain employee training or tank inspection records; and failure to provide appropriate secondary containment.

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How to properly inspect oil tanks

This week, we’re sharing a checklist you can use during visual inspections of oil tanks or other containers at your facility. nike air max barkley Here are 14 tips to consider during your next inspection: Visually inspect exterior. Check for external pitting and corrosion. Look for noticeable distortions, buckling, denting, or bulging. Examine bolts, rivets, […]

SPCC Plan writing tips for Tier II facilities [Video]

Are you subject to SPCC requirements? Then you know writing an SPCC Plan is no easy task. In this video, excerpted from a recent BLR® webinar, Laura Casey, a Certified Safety Professional with two decades of experience, offers tips for writing plans, including: Primary plan components, Diagram required details, and Diagram recommendations. Template not found

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In case of an oil spill, remember SWIMS

Do your workers know what to do in the event of an oil spill? oakley razrwire nbt sunglasses This week, we’re sharing an easy acronym—SWIMS—that you can use in your SPCC training to help workers remember what to do if a spill occurs at your facility. SWIMS Stop the leak. For example, shut the valve, shut off […]

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Changes coming to oil spill dispersant requirements

The EPA has proposed to revise requirements for the use of dispersants and other chemical and biological agents used in response to oil spills in U.S. waters. The proposal is in part a response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. According to the agency, approximately 1 million gallons of dispersants were used over a […]