EPA Compliance Services

For over 25 years, KPA has specialized in environmental compliance services across the country for auto, truck, and equipment dealers, as well as manufacturers and automotive service companies. Working at your facility, your local KPA engineer identifies potential environmental risk and non-compliance and helps you determine the necessary actions to meet EPA requirements and avoid citations and potential legal action.

KPA’s Environmental & Safety Compliance Program offers:

  • Onsite environmental audits with online reporting: Quarterly, biannually, or annually
  • Environmental/EPA program development, licensing and permitting
  • Pollution prevention and waste reduction
  • Air Quality
  • Tank management
  • Onsite and online environmental training
  • On-call availability, particularly during an EPA inspection
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Onsite Environmental Audits

The EPA offers several major incentives for companies to voluntarily comply with federal environmental laws and regulations, and KPA can help you to take advantage of these by conducting an environmental audit of your facility, which includes discovery, disclosure, correction, and prevention of EPA, health, and other environmental violations. Our engineers have extensive training in identifying regulatory violations, high-risk practices, and environmental concerns.  They can also conduct Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs).

How it works

A KPA engineer spends about 90 minutes visiting all areas of your facility and checking its compliance status with respect to OSHA, EPA, DOT, and other regulations. This can be done quarterly, biannually, or annually. The engineer documents each issue with a written description, photo, and regulatory reference, and then prioritizes the issue and assigns it to a manager for resolution. Each issue is then discussed at a Safety Committee Meeting and becomes your responsibility to track and manage.

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Environmental Program Development and EPA Licensing and Permitting

The EPA develops local, regional, and national priorities to focus on significant environmental risks and noncompliance patterns. While it’s your responsibility to make sure your facility complies with them, KPA can review and revise your existing programs or write new custom programs to help ensure your compliance, plus obtain permits and licenses for a variety of compliance issues/regulations.

KPA also understands that written plans, licenses, and permits are only half the equation; the other half is implementation. Our written work integrates seamlessly into your management practices to help ensure a high-productivity environment. You’ll always find your written environmental documentation organized in KPA’s signature yellow box, as well as in the myKPAonline system. That way, if an EPA inspector visits your facility, you’ll know exactly where to find your compliance records.

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Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Program

The EPA requires all facilities with the capacity to store 1,320+ gallons of petroleum products to prepare and implement an SPCC plan. KPA has been providing customized, Professional Engineer-stamped and -certified SPCC plans to clients for over 25 years to ensure their facilities meet or exceed regulations and best industry practices. If your facility isn't complying, you expose your business to enforcement action and liability claims. KPA can quickly eliminate this risk from your business.

  • Inspection of your facility for compliance with SPCC requirements
  • Summary of required actions and suggestions for compliance
  • Employee training on mandated use, management, and storage of oil
  • Development of required recordkeeping
  • Program certification
  • Completion of required EPA documentation

Air Quality and Permitting

KPA can assist your facility with day-to-day air emissions tracking, permitting, and overall site compliance, as well as local Air Quality Management District (AQMD) assistance and state level regulatory assistance. Our training, inspections, and expertise includes:

  • Federal Operating Permit (FOP) applications
  • National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) 6H
  • New Source Review (NSR) applications
  • Permit By Rule (PBR) applications
  • Title V applications
  • Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Tracking 

Hazardous Materials Management Business Plans (HMMBP)

The State of California requires facilities to submit a Hazardous Materials Management Plan (HMMP) their local CUPA agency for the handling and release of hazardous materials. KPA annually creates more of these “business plans” for California vehicle facilities than any other company. They include:

  • Written Hazardous Materials Management Plan
  • Updated hazardous materials inventory (annually)
  • Site map with location of hazardous materials
  • Emergency response and contingency plan
  • Draft Release Response Plan, including emergency notification and recall listings
  • Employee training, including mandated annual refresher training
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Onsite and Online Environmental Training

KPA offers access to automotive-specific environmental training that is based on real-world stories and examples and designed to help employees improve compliance and their performance on the job. It can be delivered face-to-face by KPA engineers or accessed online from any computer with Internet access.

Environmental training topics include:

  • Fire Prevention & Emergency Response
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Industrial Waste Water
  • Lead Abatement
  • Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure (SPCC)
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention
  • Underground Storage Tanks
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Pollution Prevention and Waste Reduction

Are you sure your waste is properly classified? This matters for two reasons: First, you’re responsible for that waste until it disappears from the planet, so you want to make you’re your employees are disposing of it properly. Second, you could be paying more for waste hauling than you need to. Any waste that’s not properly classified may get hauled away as hazardous waste, the most expensive waste classification to dispose of.

KPA can help you reduce your waste, both to decrease your cradle-to-grave liability for it and to minimize your waste hauling costs. Because our engineers work with more than 4,000 clients across the country, they know where you can gain the most benefit by reducing your waste and what steps you need to take to improve EPA compliance.

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Tank Management

Do you have underground storage tanks and/or above-ground storage tanks? What would you do if one of them leaked? In 1998, the EPA established guidelines for existing tank installations. If you’re not compliant with those regulations -- or don’t even know what they are – KPA can help. We can develop a specific release response plan, train your employees on it, and assist with permitting and reporting requirements.

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