Quick Guide to Compliance
A hazardous waste tank assessment is required by local Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) to certify the acceptable conditions of hazardous waste storage containers, secondary containment, and ancillary equipment based on the requirements in 22 CCR §66265.190-200. This flyer is intended to assist large quantity generators of hazardous waste on how to achieve and/or remain in compliance with the hazardous waste tank requirements.
Climate change resilience in a changing environment
By Michelle Hallack, PhD, Water Resources Engineer
The recent multi-year drought (2011-2016) impacted groundwater availability and water supply. In 2015 alone up to 1.8 billion U.S. dollars in losses was reported. As a result, California is actively seeking alternative water resources and aggressively promoting water conservation. Numerous agencies, organizations and companies have implemented sustainable approaches including storm water capturing and use in urban areas as an alternative. In addition, coping with drought under climate change conditions is challenging and groundwater is becoming the most prevailing reserve. While, climate change is an urgent global issue, regional and local impacts threaten the success and longevity of planning and management actions, that trigger a broad range of effects to water resources resulting in increasing runoff, pollutant loads, more frequent multi-year/seasonal droughts and pressure on existing systems in the San Diego Region.
Donald Trump's initiative to reduce fuel efficiency standards will have unintended consequences of putting a greater burden on industries in order for California to reach its emission goals. As mobile sources - vehicles - contribute less to these goals, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will be forced to crack down on stationary sources. We need a new strategy that will continue to support our health and economy with this new federal initiative.
Earlier this month at the Annual California Stormwater Quality Association Conference, where industry experts come together to share the latest in technology, projects, and regulatory trends, the Alta team moderated sessions, presented, participated in panel discussions, and presented posters.
Implications of TMDLs and What You Should Be Doing Now
By your Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors at Alta Environmental
David Renfrew, QISP/ToR, QSD/P, CPSWQ, PMP
California’s rainy season is upon us and there is a dark cloud on the horizon. Unfortunately, it is not in the realm of rain at this point. The dark cloud being referred to here is the pending Industrial General Permit Amendment that will likely be adopted on November 6, 2018.
Radon has been found in every county in California. Public awareness of Radon in California appears to be lagging behind the rest of the country. This is possibly due to the misconception that you need to live back east or your building needs to have a basement to develop radon air quality problems. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers in the United States and urges all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon. Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. According to EPA estimates, exposure to radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year, more than drunk driving, household falls, drowning, or home fires. The greater the amount of radon and the longer the exposure, the greater the risk of developing lung cancer.
It is time for the Annual California Stormwater Quality Association Conference where industry experts come together to share the latest in technology, projects, and regulatory trends. Alta experts will be presenting, moderating and attending. We hope to see you October 15-17 in Riverside.
We are looking forward to an interesting and insightful conference. Hope to see you there! For more information visit www.CASQA.org.