By Matthew Renaud
February was ending, that once every four-year event, Leap Day was upon us. Like so many, we were planning our schedules for March, ensuring that we had the appropriate staffing in place for the upcoming rain events, reporting requirements, and other routine tasks that come through the door for our clients. Then, March came in like a lion, but not a winter storm, no, this was a storm of a different kind. When the real news of the effects that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was becoming known and the seriousness of it was finally being accepted by the multiple levels of government, our collective worlds changed seemingly overnight. What can we all do for the collective good our family, friends, neighbors, and strangers alike? Stay home, stay away, and then what about work? Am I essential? It’s human nature to feel like we should be classified as “essential.” Fortunately, some levels of the government have answered this question for us. From the environmental protection/compliance side, the Regional Water Quality Control Board for San Diego was the first to answer this question for me and what I dedicate my career to. A few days later, on March 20, 2020, the State Water Resources Control Board (Board) issued a release that clarified for all state permittees that the protection of our State’s water and environmental resources are an essential component of our collective good and that compliance matters are essential to be complied with throughout this crisis.
Industrial Permit Annual Reporting Season is Right Around the Corner…What is your Facility’s Status?
By your Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors at NV5 David Renfrew, QISP/ToR, QSD/P, CPSWQ, PMP
This may seem odd, but when I think of the Industrial General Stormwater Permit (IGP) and Compliance in the time of COVID-19, I reflect on Gabriel García Márquez’s “Love in the Time of Cholera.” Marquez states that “wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.” This makes me think about those IGP sites where the Legally Responsible Person (LRP) or Duly Authorized Representative (DAR) asks questions such as…“Why didn’t we address these best management practices (BMPs) sooner?” or “If we knew our annual sample results were high in April, why did we wait until November to start implementing additional BMPs?” or worse…“Why are we in ERA level 2 and why are we getting Notices of Violation (NOV) letters from the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) about our missing reports?”
In October 2014 Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1826, requiring businesses to recycle their organic waste (AKA Organics) on and after April 1, 2016, depending on the amount of waste they generate per week. This law also requires that on and after January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions across California implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste generated by businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units. This Bill defines Organic Waste as food waste, green waste, landscape and pruning waste, nonhazardous wood waste, and food-soiled paper waste that is mixed in with food waste. AB 1826 requires jurisdictions to provide information about their organic waste recycling program implementation in the annual report submitted to CalRecycle.
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As we continue to navigate the unprecedented events surrounding COVID-19, we have focused our attention on the health and wellbeing of our employees and their families, while continuing to deliver on the commitments that we have made to our clients. We have implemented proactive steps to mitigate the risk of exposure for our workforce and the communities we serve and to meet recommendations made by federal, state, and local jurisdictions. As a result, many of our employees are now working remotely, and we have made investments in our systems to continue delivering service and technical capabilities with minimal interruption.
Our hearts are with all the people, communities, and organizations affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Protecting your employees and visitors to your business from illness is important. NV5 understands your concerns and can help your organization mitigate the risk of exposure to this potentially dangerous pathogen. Development and implementation of cleaning protocols and appropriate Health and Safety Plans can help to defend against the transmission of not just COVID-19, but also a host of other viral and bacterial pathogens. NV5’s team of industrial hygienists have decades of experience to minimize the risk of exposure and interruption to business operations through cleaning protocols specific for your business.
Our industrial hygiene experts can help your business and community with:
All NV5 plans and protocols relating to COVID-19 are developed in accordance with protocols from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).
Should you need assistance, please contact us at Steve.Lipson@NV5.com, Cecile.Felsher@altaenviron.com or Lisa.Kay@NV5.com.
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Lisa Kay, Chief Operating Officer, NV5 Environmental Health Services, by phone at 760.497.6287
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NV5 | Alta Environmental (an NV5 Company) won a Project Merit award for their Smart Watershed network system (ALTA MS4-FSTM). This innovative technology was designed to help clients meet MS4 NPDES permit compliance requirements. The deployment of this technology increases efficiency by bridging the gap from the field to connect clients with real-time data. To read more information on this cutting-edge technology, our website has more details for your reading pleasure.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) plans to update its asbestos regulation (Rule 1403), although it is delayed indefinitely. While the much-needed revisions are stalled, recent developments have potentially far-reaching impacts to those falling within the SCAQMD jurisdiction.
The most significant development is related to the presence of asbestos in asphalt. More specifically, it is described as “asphalt street materials.” Within the SCAQMD jurisdiction, it is now a requirement to sample asphaltic street materials before disturbance. This will likely have a substantial impact on the utility sector who often service lines beneath the asphalt. The other sector which will be squarely impacted is the construction sector, especially those conducting street repairs and infrastructure upgrades.
The echoes of people singing “rain, rain, go away, come again another day” during our Thanksgiving and the winter holidays has long faded. Following the wet start to our “rainy season,” 2020 has started out exceptionally dry. Southern California tends to get a significant amount of our winter rain totals during the months of January and February. Without any major storm events expected for the remainder of February, many locations throughout Southern California will be nearing the driest combined January and February on record. As shown in the map below, the percent of average precipitation for the last 30 days shows California and the Southwest are well below average. And the following table prepared by the Los Angeles office of the National Weather Service shows the meager 2020 rainfall totals for stations throughout Southern California.
Business Licenses and Renewals and SB 205. New SIC Code Requirements Causing Headaches for CA Businesses
By your Weather-Ready Nation Ambassadors at Alta Environmental|NV5 David Renfrew, Vice President, Water Resources Director 01/24/2020
California businesses and municipalities need to be aware of Senate Bill 205 (Hertzberg). The bill was signed into law on October 2, 2019. The bill requires businesses applying for or renewing their businesses licenses to provide their Standard Industrial Classification Code (SIC), and if required, show proof of enrollment in California’s Industrial General Stormwater Permit (IGP)¹. The purpose of the bill is to capture many of the non-filer businesses who are currently operating without IGP coverage, which is a violation of the Clean Water Act, and is also an unfair business practice.