Category: Maintenance and Operations

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Are You Prepared for Industrial Stormwater Monitoring?

Several states now have looming deadlines for discharge monitoring reports (DMRs), making it a good time of year to evaluate your industrial facility’s stormwater monitoring practices. Improper monitoring—or just plain forgetting to monitor—can lead to a number of costly violations for facilities operating under industrial stormwater permits, so it pays to make sure you’re doing […]

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Do You Know What’s in Your Facilities Vending Machines?

Many facilities have vending machines in place to help employees get through their day, or, to keep customers sated while they move from store to store. Some vending machines, however, serve a much more nefarious purpose. Like the 3 non-permitted machines in the town of Brookhaven, New York (located on Long Island) that were found […]

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Safely Backing Up a Tractor-Trailer

Tractor-trailer operators are highly trained and among the most skilled drivers on the road. But the challenges of the work, such as tight deadlines, fatigue, the need to drive in bad weather, among others, can lead to bad judgment, accidents, injury, and death. On top of these everyday hazards, the actions after arriving at a […]

Policy and Compliance

EPA Shifting to Focus on Compliance Assistance

Susan Bodine, the EPA’s assistant administrator for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), has released a new memo suggesting that the Agency will continue to revamp its enforcement activities by emphasizing its engagement with compliance assistance.

Coal-Fired Power Plant at Dusk, Germany

Power Plants Look to Dry Cooling

Using ambient air to cool and condense steam at electric power plants is a costly alternative to water cooling, however, energy companies are gradually adopting dry cooling according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Dry cooling or hybrid cooling—a combination of air and water—occurs in 3% of all U.S. thermoelectric generating capacity, says the […]

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Risk Management and Spill Prevention Violations Round Out Enforcement Penalties in August

While this last batch of environmental enforcement penalties doesn’t contain any blockbuster million-dollar fines or penalties, they still highlight the ongoing need for regulatory adherence! These four recent compliance slip-ups ranging from risk management violations to spill prevention mishaps, with one costing a business $500,000, not including the $200,000 it will cost them to install […]