2. File All Your Paperwork on Time
Organizations cannot simply share information about their environmental programs whenever they feel like it. If your business generates hazardous waste, you’re subject to a number of federal and state rules and regulations, each with particular timing requirements. You’ll need to file permits with the EPA and your state regulatory authority by certain deadlines. Don’t wait until the last minute—there are multiple, work-intensive steps in obtaining a permit.
If your organization experiences a spill, chemical release, or other environmental violation, you’ll need to file timely reporting paperwork for that, too.
3. Follow Overfill Protection Rules
Storing waste underground? Be aware of your overfill prevention requirements. According to the EPA, any underground storage tank filled with more than 25 gallons of product at one time must be equipped with one or more tools—alarms, float restrictors, and positive shut-off valves are the most common. Note that different rules apply based on when the tank was installed. For more information, click here.
4. Create an SPCC Plan
If you use, drill, gather, process, refine, distribute, or store oil at any of your facilities, your business faces yet another EPA obligation. Federal spill prevention, control, and countermeasure rules require certain organizations to prepare SPCC plans, which detail what a facility will do in the event of a spill. To determine if these rules apply to your business—and for a regulatory overview, reference materials, FAQs, and additional resources, click here.
Your business is subject to many operational, regulatory, and compliance risks. This checklist itemizes some of the documents, training, and procedures that are required by many state and federal agencies. Can you check all the boxes?