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"EPA training requirements focus on workplace activities designed to eliminate the release of pollutants and wastes into the environment, both on-site and off-site. EPA is generally more concerned with compliance with environmental standards than with the training process used by the regulated entity to achieve compliance. Yesterday we gave you a breakdown of the federal training requirements for air regulations. Here are more."
"EPA training requirements focus on workplace activities designed to eliminate the release of pollutants and wastes into the environment, both on-site and off-site. EPA is generally more concerned with compliance with environmental standards than with the training process used by the regulated entity to achieve compliance. Here's a breakdown of the federal training requirements for air regulations."
"Under a recent settlement with EPA, a Newport, Rhode Island, yacht repair facility will have to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from paints and thinners used at its facility."
"Yesterday we gave you a great training checklist for you mold remediation workers based on the National Institute of Environmental Health and Sciences Guidelines for the Protection and Training of Workers Engaged in Maintenance and Remediation Work Associated with Mold (NIEHS Guidelines). Much like mold maintenance workers, mold remediation workers should follow these guidelines for PPE."
"Remediation workers who handle mold problems should be trained and protected from mold exposure. The National Institute of Environmental Health and Sciences (NIEHS), in conjunction with a number of other organizations, published Guidelines for the Protection and Training of Workers Engaged in Maintenance and Remediation Work Associated with Mold (NIEHS Guidelines). The Guidelines are experience-based recommendations for protecting and training mold hazard assessors, mold remediation workers, and workers exposed to mold during maintenance of building systems."
All air quality permits contain numerous terms and conditions to ensure that facilities operate within regulations, but how does one know if the facility is operating within the terms and conditions of the permit? For facilities with major source operating permits, otherwise known as Title V operating permits, compliance with the permit is documented by the annual compliance certification."
What is a compliance certification?
Every source with Title V operating permit must document the facility’s compliance status with respect to each applicable requirement for the previous year by submitting a compliance certification document or form. The compliance certification must:
"If a state inspector finds that your facility is in violation of the Clean Air Act (CAA), must the state then report that violation to the EPA, along with any enforcement action the state takes and subsequent actions you undertake to return to compliance?"
"Yesterday we told you about a company that will pay $225,000 in fines for RMP violations—some of these violations include the General Duty Clause, which requires regulated facilities to identify hazards that may result from the release of extremely hazardous substances.<"
The U.S. EPA recently revised the PM-2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) by reducing the annual primary standard from 15 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) to 12 µg/m3, retaining 24-hour primary standard at 35 µg/m3, and retaining the secondary standards. The standards have been set at a level that EPA has determined will adequately protect human health, and EPA anticipates that states will be required to meet these particulate matter standards by 2020, but how do we get from here to there?"
"EPA recently announced that a major oil and gas production company will pay $34,000 to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at a California oil field."
The violations were identified and self-disclosed by the company and occurred in late 2011, when the company constructed three steam generators at the oil field without first obtaining a permit for greenhouse gas emissions under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting program.
EPA granted authority to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to issue PSD permits to sources within its jurisdiction. Companies can now obtain all necessary air permits from the local air agency. The company will obtain the necessary PSD permit for the steam generators from the District. While the PSD program has been in place for decades, permitting requirements for greenhouse gases became applicable in 2011.