EPA’s most enforced SPCC-related regulations

Which regulations related to the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule are most likely to be enforced? oakley dartboard sunglasses Check out the 5 most frequently cited and enforced regulations as reported in EPA’s expedited settlements during 2012 and 2013. #1. No inspection records were available for review (18 violations) 112.7(e) Conduct inspections […]

What is the real cost of SPCC violations? (Infographic)

A review of 70 expedited Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) enforcement settlements the EPA reached over a 15 month period with owners/operators (O/O) of bulk storage facilities and onshore oil production facilities shows that noncompliance with 40 CFR 112.7(e)—“no inspection records were available for review”—was the most frequently named violation, with 18 facilities cited. […]

A look back: 5 must read SPCC articles from 2014

As 2014 wraps up, we are taking a look back at the most popular TRAC360 Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) posts of the year. Interested in chemical management? Read this recap. Top 5 SPCC articles of 2014: 9 insider tips for a successful SPCC inspection SPCC Q&A with EPA’s Mark Howard 16 common SPCC Plan violations […]

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What happens during an SPCC inspection?

In a recent BLR webinar, Mark Howard outlined the basic process of a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) inspection at your facility conducted by the EPA. Howard is EPA’s SPCC Technical Team Leader and national project manager for the SPCC Inspector’s Training Program. oakley sunglasses com Howard outlined the process of an EPA facility […]

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Security and storage tanks: Are you concerned? (Poll)

Lately, we’ve been hearing that security is a growing concern for storage tank owners. For example, when tanks are in a remote location, trespassers are becoming a problem. We want to know if this is impacting your facility: Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool. Have more to say? Leave […]

SPCC Q&A: What constitutes a technical change?

This week, we’re sharing a recent SPCC Q&A from our companion site, Question: Does changing the frequency of inspections from weekly to monthly for facilities that receive infrequent fuel deliveries (1/year or less) constitute a technical change that requires a PE? nike air max 1 Here’s the answer: Decreasing the frequency of inspection from weekly […]

Is ethanol damaging your tanks?

At the first annual New England UST and Shop-Fabricated Storage Tank Conference in Worcester, Massachusetts, sponsored by the National Institute for Storage Tank Management (NISTM), Marshall Mott-Smith had a clear message: Putting alternative fuels in storage tanks is risky business, but because biofuels are here to stay, storage tank owners and operators need to create […]

Storage tank risk management: An SPCC plan is your best defense

Last week, NISTM held its 1st annual 2014 New England US & Shop-Fabricated Storage Tank Conference in Worcester, Massachusetts. new balance 420 Dan Felton, Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer for Environmental Compliance Services, Inc., led a morning session about effective storage tank risk management. In his presentation, Felton stressed the importance of having […]

Fracking and chemicals: Beware of NORMs

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Alaskan distributor beefs up secondary containment after $200,000 EPA fine

Delta Western, a large distributor of petroleum products in Alaska, will pay more than $200,000 to settle allegations that it violated federal oil spill prevention laws at one of its facilities, according to an EPA news release published yesterday. oakley riddle sunglasses The facility is located in Dillingham, Alaska, on the banks of the Nushagak […]