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Special Waste Report Due To Cook County, Illinois By March 1, 2017

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

The second Liquid Special Waste Report under the new Cook County Liquid Hazardous Waste Ordinance is due March 1, 2017 which covers the second half of calendar year 2016.

The Cook County Liquid Hazardous Waste Ordinance requires facilities in suburban Cook County to report their annual liquid hazardous waste generation and submit the corresponding fee to the Cook County Department of Environmental Control. The ordinance is designated pursuant to Section 5/3.475 of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act to ensure that these wastes are handled as “special waste” and are containerized and transported off-site under manifest according to federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations. Facilities will need to report:

(1) For waste generated from January 1 – June 30, 2016, the computation form and fee were due September 1, 2016.

(2) For waste generated from July 1 – December 31, 2016, the computation form and fee is due March 1, 2017.

(3) For waste generated each year after 2016, the reporting period is January – December and the computation form and fee is due 90 days following the end of the reporting period (March 1).

Contact Caltha for technical assistance in determine if any wastes being generated are classified as “special wastes” under Illinois rules and if any reports are needed. Caltha can also provide assistance in preparation an submittal of Special Waste reports to Cook County.

Special Waste Reports Due To Cook County, Illinois By September 1, 2016

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

The first Liquid Special Waste Report under the new Cook County Liquid Hazardous Waste Ordinance is due September 1, 2016 which covers the first half of calendar year 2016.

The Cook County Liquid Hazardous Waste Ordinance requires facilities in suburban Cook County to report their annual liquid hazardous waste generation and submit the corresponding fee to the Cook County Department of Environmental Control.  The ordinance is designated pursuant to Section 5/3.475 of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act to ensure that these wastes are handled as “special waste” and are containerized and transported off-site under manifest according to federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) regulations.  Facilities will need to report:

(1)  For waste generated from January 1 – June 30, 2016, the computation form and fee is due September 1, 2016.

(2)  For waste generated from July 1 – December 31, 2016, the computation form and fee is due March 1, 2017.

(3)  For waste generated each year after 2016, the reporting period is January – December and the computation form and fee is due 90 days following the end of the reporting period (March 1).

Contact Caltha for technical assistance in determine if any wastes being generated are classified as “special wastes” under Illinois rules and if any reports are needed. Caltha can also provide assistance in preparation an submittal of Special Waste reports to Cook County

Updated Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan Public Comment Meetings

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

The Great Lakes Interagency Task Force has scheduled meetings for the public to provide input to a planned update of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan.

The updated Action Plan would direct Great Lakes restoration for fiscal years 2015-2019. The public may comment directly to the federal agencies and to the Great Lakes Advisory Board (GLAB), a panel of experts established to provide recommendations to the federal agencies. Comments may be given at any of the following scheduled meetings:

•May 21-22 – Great Lakes Advisory Board Inaugural Meeting & Public Comment to GLAB
•May 23 – Webinar
•May 28 – Buffalo, New York.
•May 30 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
•June 3 – Webinar
•June 5 – Cleveland, Ohio.

In February 2010, the Task Force released the GLRI Action Plan for FY2010-2014. The Action Plan identified goals, objectives, measurable ecological targets, and specific actions to help rehabilitate the Great Lakes. The Action Plan targets investments to reduce toxic contamination, rehabilitate fish and wildlife habitat, improve nearshore health, reduce nutrients and other land-based pollution, prevent invasive species, and promote accountability, education, and collaboration.

Illinois Small Container Exemption Approved For Certain Painting Operations

Friday, April 19th, 2013

EPA has approved a revision to the Illinois State Implementation plan (SIP) submitted by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) on November 14, 2011. The revision amended Illinois Administrative Code by adding a “small container exemption” for pleasure craft surface coating operations in the Chicago and Metro-East St. Louis 8-hour ozone nonattainment areas. EPA concluded that these exemptions were consistent with EPA volatile organic compound (VOC) reasonably available control technology (RACT) policy.

As background, in 2010 and 2011 Illinois promulgated rules on VOC RACT emission limitations for coating operations. During that rulemaking, the American Coatings Association (ACA) commented to Illinois EPA that many VOC coating regulations include a small container exemption not to exceed a liter or a quart. The ACA stated that the basis for these exemptions is to allow for small repairs and touch ups to existing coatings at the end of the painting line to avoid having to completely recoat the product, thus resulting in lower VOC emissions overall from pleasure craft coating operations.

EPA found the exemption was consistent with Illinois RACT rules for similar coating operations, including can, coil, vinyl, metal furniture, and magnet wire coatings. EPA agreed with Illinois EPA and ACA that the exemption may reduce VOC emissions by encouraging repairs and touch ups, as opposed to performing complete re-coats.

ISO 14001 Pre-Registration Training – Gap Analysis Training For Equipment Manufacturer

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: ISO 14001 Pre-Registration Training – Gap Analysis Training
Client: Multinational Equipment Manufacturer
Location(s): North Carolina, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota

Key Elements: ISO 14001 Overview Training; EMS Development and Implementation Training

Overview: Caltha provided training to corporate and facility representatives to kick-off an initiative to become ISO 14001 registered at multiple manufacturing locations. The purpose was to train facility staff be enable them to conduct a Gap Analysis and development their EMS with minimal external assistance. Content of the training included:
Overview of ISO 14001 Standard
• Detailed training on all ISO 14001 Clauses:
Required elements
-Examples of how other similar companies conform with requirement
-Discussion of organization’s current systems or procedures that could be used to meet requirement
Gap analysis process to be used at each location
• Schedule and Process for EMS development and implementation
• ISO 14001 registration process

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Summary of the Occurrence of Herbicide in Surface Water To Support Comments On USDA Draft Environmental Assessment

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Summary of the Occurrence of Herbicide in Surface Water To Support Comments On USDA Draft Environmental Assessment
Client: Agricultural Chemical Manufacturer
Location(s): California, Illinois, Texas, Minnesota

Key Elements: Acquisition and review of state water quality monitoring data; statistical analysis of the occurrence and concentrations of herbicide in surface water, preparation and submittal of public comments to Department of Agriculture Draft Environmental Assessment

Overview: Caltha was contracted by this multinational agricultural chemical company to prepare a review and analysis of the occurrence of a specific common use herbicide, 2,4-D, in waters of the United States. Caltha first reviewed and summarized nationwide data in the US EPA STORET database and U.S Geological Survey (USGS) National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program database. Caltha staff then contacted State agencies which implemented long-term Statewide water quality monitoring programs, including California, Texas, Illinois and Minnesota. All data were then compiled to provide a summary of 2,4-D concentrations in surface waters dating from the 1970s through 2012.

Caltha then conducted a review of federal and state regulatory standards for 2,4-D in surface waters, including:
• Federal Water Quality Criteria
• State Water Quality Standards
• Federal Safe Drinking Water Act Maximum Contaminant Level
• Office of Pesticide Program Aquatic Life Benchmarks

Finally, Caltha conducted an analysis of the exceedance of applicable regulatory standards based on the comprehensive analysis of reported herbicide concentrations. All analyses were summarized in a report which was submitted to the US Department of Agriculture through its public comment process for a Draft Environmental Assessment document.

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Phase I ESA For Retail Chain In Illinois and Minnesota

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Pre-Acquisition Due Diligence Assessment
Client: National Retail Chain
Location(s): Illinois, Minnesota

Key Elements: Phase 1 ESA

Overview: This project was performed for an Illinois-based drug store chain. Work was to perform environmental due diligence for three store locations they intended to acquire, and comprised of a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment, performed in accordance with ASTM 1527-05. The Phase 1 ESA determined that a historical leaking underground storage tank (LUST), which had been discovered during redevelopment of the property for the current retail use had never been closed. Although active remediation of the property had ceased several years prior, the redeveloper had failed to prepare the final submittals required by the State of Illinois to close out the LUST. The current property owner was required to produce evidence of LUST closure prior to sale of the property.

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Temporary Corporate HSE Staffing – Site Remediation Oversight

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Corporate HSE Staffing-Site Remediation Oversight
Client: Multi-national Chemical Company
Location(s): California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ontario, Canada, Michigan, Kentucky, Arizona

Key Elements: Environmental Health & Safety Staffing, Site remediation

Overview: This chemical company contracted with Caltha to provide temporary staffing in its corporate HSE Department for the position that oversaw numerous site remediation projects being conducted across the US and Canada. Due to staff turnover the position needed to be filled quickly to assure that process on projects continued, on-site contractors had questions and issues addressed, and that required agency submittals were reviewed, approved and submitted on time. Caltha provided a highly experienced HSE professional to fill the position until the corporation could hire a permanent replacement. Caltha staff were then able to provide transitional support.

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Logistics Industrial Storm Water Permitting & Compliance

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Industrial Storm Water Permitting & Compliance
Client: International Retailer
Location(s): California, Washington, Utah, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, Kansas, Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, South Carolina, Colorado, Nevada, New Jersey, Connecticut, Missouri

Key Elements: SWPPP preparation, Stormwater monitoring, Compliance plan, Permit application

Overview: Caltha LLP has provided consulting services to this international retailer at multiple logistics and warehousing locations to comply with individual State industrial stormwater rules. Services included preparing facility stormwater pollution prevention plans, preparation of State or EPA application forms (Notice of Intent), preparation of site-specific inspection checklists to comply with individual State inspection requirements, preparation of site-specific stormwater monitoring and benchmark monitoring plans to meet State requirements applicable to this industrial sector. Caltha then provided ad hoc technical support to facilities to address questions during roll-out of the compliance programs.

For more information on Caltha LLP SWPPP services, go to the Environmental Health & Safety Plan | Spill Plan Information Request Form.

Industrial Storm Water Permitting & Compliance

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Industrial Storm Water Permitting & Compliance
Client: National manufacturer
Location(s): California, Utah, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, Kansas, Virginia, Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee

Key Elements: SWPPP, Stormwater monitoring, Compliance plan, Permit application

Overview: Caltha LLP has provided consulting services to this manufacturing at multiple locations to comply with individual State industrial stormwater rules. Services included preparing facility stormwater pollution prevention plans, preparation of State or EPA application forms (Notice of Intent), preparation of site-specific inspection checklists to comply with individual State inspection requirements, preparation of site-specific stormwater monitoring and benchmark monitoring plans to meet State requirements applicable to this industrial sector. Caltha then provided ad hoc technical support to facilities to address questions during roll-out of the compliance programs.

For more information on Caltha LLP SWPPP services, go to the Environmental Health & Safety Plan | Spill Plan Information Request Form.