Posts Tagged ‘Minnesota’

Soil, Groundwater and Soil Vapor Investigation of Minneapolis Printing Operation

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Phase II Investigation
Client:
National Bank Chain
Location(s):
Minnesota

Key Elements: Phase 2 Environmental Assessment, Soil sampling, Groundwater sampling, Subslab soil vapor testing

Overview: Caltha LLP was retained by this national bank chain to conduct a Phase 2 investigation of a property. A Phase 1 ESA had identified potential issues with the historical use of the site for a commercial printing operation. Caltha conducted soil borings and collected soil and groundwater samples at the site. Work also included testing for the potential for soil vapor encroachment into the building. Caltha field staff collected subslab soil vapor samples. The results showed no evidence that spills or leaks of hazardous chemicals had occurred at the site in the past.

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Phase 1 Environmental Review For Leased Building

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Environmental Review Prior To Leasing Property
Client:
California Medical Device Company
Location(s):
Minnesota

Key Elements: Phase 1 Environmental Assessment

Overview: Caltha LLP was retained by this California-based medical device manufacturer to conduct an environmental review of a building they intended to lease for their new manufacturing operations. The building had prior industrial tenants and the review was to document the property condition prior to occupying the space. The assessment also provided further comfort that the prior industrial use of the building had not created hazardous conditions which could affect use of the site.

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Environmental Assessment In Rochester, Minnesota

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Environmental Site Assessment For Commercial Building
Client:
Medical Supply Company
Location(s):
Rochester, Minnesota

Key Elements: Phase I environmental, Hazardous Material, Site storage inspection

Overview: Caltha LLP was retained by this medical equipment supplier company to conduct a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA). The property was an existing commercial building with existing chemical supply companies as tenants. The review included evaluation of existing chemical storage and handling practices to assess risks of chemical spills.

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Compliance Review For New Equipment And Processes Moved To Minnesota

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Process Equipment Review
Client:
Specialty Medical Device Manufacturer
Location(s):
Minnesota

Key Elements: New process equipment regulatory review

Overview: Caltha was contracted to conduct an evaluation of environmental compliance requirements for equipment and operations recently acquired by the client. The equipment was planned to be moved to their Minnesota facility and the task was intended to identify any environmental permits or requirements necessary to move and operate this equipment and process operations at the new location. The review included impacts on wastewater discharge, air emissions, tank storage, hazardous material storage and waste generation.

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Saint Paul Property Assessment To Meet SBA Environmental Review Policy

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment To Meet SBA Environmental Policy
Client:
National Bank
Location(s):
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Key Elements: Phase 1 Environmental inspection, SBA Environmental Policy, SBA Reliance Letter

Overview: Caltha LLP was retained by this national bank to conduct a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment for this industrial property located in Saint Paul. The assessment had to meet the requirements of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) loan guarantee program. A Phase I report was issued to the Lender and a standard SBA Reliance Letter was issued to the SBA. The Phase 1 report was reviewed and approved by SBA.

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SBA Lender Phase I Environmental Assessment And Reliance Letter

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Phase 1 ESA To Meet SBA Environmental Review Requirements
Client:
National Bank
Location(s):
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Key Elements: Phase 1 ESA, SBA Environmental Policy, SBA Reliance Letter

Overview: Caltha LLP was retained by this national bank to conduct a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment to meet the requirements of the US Small Business Administration (SBA) loan guarantee program. A Phase I report was issued to the Lender and a standard SBA Reliance Letter was issued to the SBA. The Phase 1 report was reviewed and approved by SBA.

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Review of Regulatory Requirements For Storage Of Hazardous Materials

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Hazardous Material Storage Rview
Client:
Specialty Plastics Manufacturer
Location(s):
Minnesota

Key Elements: Haz Mat regulatory review, Site storage inspection

Overview: Caltha LLP was retained by the specialty plastics manufacturer to conduct a review of Federal, State, County and City requirements related to planned on-site storage of several new hazardous materials. Once complete, Caltha staff conducted a pre-start-up on-site review on storage and handling practices and waste management.

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Storm Water Permitting, SWPPP and Training For Residential Development

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Construction Permitting, SWPPP & Training
Client:
National Home Builder
Location(s):
Minnesota

Key Elements: Stormwater permitting, SWPPP, Inspection training

Overview: Caltha LLP was retained by a national home builder/developer to provide technical services required for a 49-ac single family home development. Caltha staff prepared the project stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP), erosion control plan, and then completed the permit application materials. Once permitted, Caltha staff provided SWPPP training to all site inspectors and subcontractors.

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State Roll Out Of Solvent Wipe Exemption Rule – Update March 2017

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

In July 2013, US EPA published a final rule which exempted launderable (reusable) and some disposable wipes containing solvent (“Solvent-Contaminated Wipes” or SCW) from regulation as solid wastes and as hazardous waste. Solvent wipes are very common waste streams generated by a broad range of industrial, commercial, service and institutional sector facilities. This rule streamlined management of this waste stream and allowed these materials to be stored, transported* and cleaned/disposed of outside of the hazardous waste rules that would otherwise apply. This provides a benefit to both facilities that generate these wipes and companies that handle them.

* Although the rule exempts transporters from hazardous waste rules, Federal and State DOT HazMat rules still apply.

Click here for more information on the Federal Solvent Contaminated Wipe Rule.

Although the Federal rule became effective on January 31, 2014, in majority of States the Federal exemption does not apply until State Rules were revised to include this exemption. In many cases, States had operated for many years under policies or guidance which functionally excluded these wipes from regulation as hazardous waste until a Federal Rule was finalized. With the publication of the Federal Rule in 2013, States needed to update State rules to reflect this exemption, if they wanted to allow generators to take advantage of it. Because this rule change was less stringent than existing hazardous waste rules, States were not required to accept the Federal exemption and could require generators to handle these wipes as hazardous waste.

State Rule Update – March 2017

As of March 2017, 61% of State agencies have updated State rules to exempt solvent wipes, with most using Federal language or Federal language with very minor edits. One State (Rhode Island) implemented a rule that exempted reusable wipes only.

States Where Policy or Guidance Applies

As of March 2017, almost 1/3 of States have not revised State rules to reflect the SCW exemption and are still operating under policies or guidance documents written 10 to 15 years ago.

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Kentucky
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin

In most cases, this policy or guidance is similar to the Federal Rule, but typically less specific and less stringent. Currently, many of these States are still planning to update State rules in the near future and are allowing generators to follow the Federal rule.

States Without Policy or Guidance

As of March 2017, three States have not revised State rules and had not established a policy in the past to exempt these wipes from hazardous waste rules:

  • Nevada
  • Maine
  • Hawaii
 Maine and Hawaii both anticipate having a rule revision in 2017.

States With State-Specific Rules

Two States, California and Minnesota, have rules (California) or policies (Minnesota) that are significantly different than the Federal Rule and do not plan to revise them. In California, the Reusable Soiled Textile Rule excludes all hazardous waste (not just solvent) on a wider range of textiles (not just wipes). In Minnesota, guidance exempts some wipes (“sorbents”) but wipes containing certain listed solvents (“toxic solvents”) remain hazardous waste and also must be included in the monthly calculation of the generator size.

Plant Management Environmental Awareness Training Module For Manufacturer

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Environmental Awareness / Sustainability Training Module For Facility Management
Client:
Grain Processing & Food Manufacturing Corporation 
Location(s):
Minnesota, North Dakota

Key Elements: Regulatory training, Sustainability, Permit compliance, Employee training, Webinar

Overview: Caltha LLP was retained by this grain processing and food manufacturing corporation to prepare and present a training module that provides corporate and facility managers with basic compliance training to assist them in managing EH&S compliance activities at multiple facilities. The training was developed to be specific to the corporation’s facilities and products and included:

  • Company’s commitment to sustainability / Sustainability policy
  • Background on environmental regulations and key issues at company’s locations
  • Overview of company’s key procedures

Training was created as a recorded live webinar which can be replayed as needed.

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