TCP was all over the news this summer as information emerged regarding groundwater contamination in Central California following the December 2016 award of $22M to the City of Clovis in a lawsuit against Shell and Dow over TCP contamination in the city’s drinking water wells. On July 18th, the State of California Water Resources Control Board held a meeting to consider adopting proposed regulations for 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP) or a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL). An MCL establishes a legal threshold limit on the amount of a substance that is allowed in public water systems under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The result of the meeting was the establishment of an MCL at a value of 5 parts per trillion (0.005 micrograms per liter [µg/L]) which will become effective October 1, 2017. Compliance monitoring is set to begin in January of 2018.
It’s that time of year again, your Annual Report for the Construction General Storm Water Discharge Permit (CGP) is due on September 1. Hopefully this deadline didn’t sneak up on you. As the Legally Responsible Person (LRP), you are responsible for the validity of the information contained in that Annual Report. Typically, the project Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) will answer the questions in Storm Water Multiple Application Report Tracking System (SMARTS) and send you, the LRP or the Approved Signatory (AS), an email notification to log-in and certify the Annual Report. When that Annual Report is certified, the LRP/AS is doing so under the penalty of perjury that the information contained therein is accurate and reflective of the project for the previous reporting year (July 1 through June 30). Did you review that Report?
In 2002, Senate Bill 1158 came into effect adding Section 25201.16 to California Health and Safety Code, Division 20, Article 9. The bill intended to mitigate regulatory requirements for managing hazardous waste aerosol cans. Fifteen years later, confusion still exists among hazardous waste generators about aerosol can waste management. When deciding how to manage waste aerosol cans, it is important to understand your options and the requirements associated with each option.
Sacramento Court Eliminates Former Drinking Water Limit for the Toxin Made Infamous in Erin Brockovich Film
On May 31, 2017 the Superior Court of Sacramento County issued a judgement invalidating a formerly established maximum containment level (MCL) in drinking water for the metal hexavalent chromium also known as hex-chrome or chrom-6. The primary reason for finding the MCL invalid was that the California Department of Public Health (originally responsible for managing drinking water programs before the State Water Resources Control Board [SWRCB] took over) failed to properly consider the economic feasibility of complying with the MCL… meaning the agency failed to consider how realistic the price of any projects or efforts to comply with the MCL would be for the public.
Are Preproduction Plastic Pellets Part of Your Process? What You Need to Know About Regulatory Compliance
For facilities handling preproduction plastic materials, extra measures must be taken to ensure regulatory compliance. Preproduction plastic resin pellets, powders, dust, or flakes usually less than five millimeters in size, otherwise known as “nurdles”, are melted together to produce bags, containers, toys, and other plastic products we use daily. Nurdles are easily mobilized by storm water, adding to the pollution issue within California waters. There are many environmental issues that arise due to the small size and chemical durability of these materials. Nurdles can scatter easily throughout waterways and become trapped in vegetation and sediment, making remediation efforts difficult and costly. Nurdles have been shown to never fully break down into organic compounds and assimilate into the environment, and instead degrade into smaller and smaller pieces. Animals, including fish, birds, turtles, marine mammals, invertebrates, and plankton have all been shown to mistakenly eat nurdles, leading to death. Nurdles have been shown to attract and accumulate potentially hazardous compounds that can achieve toxic levels when in the environment.
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Alta Environmental is pleased to announce that Kevin Villarama has joined Alta as a Staff Engineer. Kevin brings a broad background of experience to Alta, having worked with municipal, industrial, commercial, and educational clients on land development projects and regulatory compliance issues such as storm water quality reporting, Best Management Practices (BMP) design/Low Impact Development (LID) implementation, and civil engineering design. He is a Registered Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California with more than 10 years of experience in the civil engineering field. Kevin received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and entered the stormwater management field prior to graduation, working as a project engineer on equestrian centers, subdivision developments, commercial re-developments, in-fill developments, industrial warehouses, mid-size hotels, and elementary school rehabilitation projects.