Enforcement and Assistance in New England
Emergency Planning & Preparedness 2006
The EPCRA Team partnered with 10 LEPCs and five State Emergency Planning Committees (SERCs) in planning and conducting exercises during FY06. During this period, the Region helped design, implement or monitor 11 exercises in Braintree, Somerville, and Boston/Cambridge, Mass.; Manchester, N.H.; Middlebury and Waterbury, Vt.; West Haven and Wallingford, Conn.; East Greenwich, Newport and Providence, R.I.; and, Augusta, Maine. These tabletop and full-scale exercises ranged from dealing with chemical releases and natural disasters to public health threats.
The EPCRA Team also conducted 43 TRI/EPCRA, Tier II/RMP and CAMEO workshops across the Region. These workshops resulted in 68 companies reporting violations of EPCRA. Self disclosure of violations can provide the companies with penalty relief. The total value of the self disclosures in deferred penalties is $3.2 million. In addition to the self disclosures, several voluntary revisions were submitted under Tier II and TRI. Electronic submissions to TRI increased from 54.6% to 70.4%. In both programs, the electronic submission of EPCRA data is of higher quality and more easily utilized by responders.
In FY06, the Region entered into partnerships with schools in Saugus, Amesbury, Lawrence and Revere, Mass. and Hampton Academy in Hampton, N.H. to develop a "pharmacy approach" to chemical management. The "pharmacy" is a centralized location where all laboratory chemicals at a school are properly stored, secured, inventoried and controlled. These partnerships resulted in approximately 2,800 pounds of unused or outdated chemicals being properly removed from the schools. The pharmacy management approach allows schools to purchase and use fewer chemicals, to be trained in chemical safety, and enables school officials to increase their working relationship with their local emergency planning officials. These partnerships also allow the Region to participate in personal development training days for science teachers and explain federal hazardous waste management and other requirements, chemical safety and student/teacher safety contracts.
The Team has been working with the Waltham, Mass. to develop a chemical management program for their schools. In addition, the Team is working with Waltham’s Director of Public Works to develop and implement a comprehensive Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan for its 30-acre Municipal Center and City Yard complex. The City will also be addressing RCRA and SPCC issues as part of this effort and expects to undertake a capital improvement project worth between $1.6 million to $2 million to upgrade and make improvements to the complex.
TRI Reporting via the Internet
|% of NE Facilities TRI Reporting 2004||% of NE Facilities TRI Reporting 2005||National TRI Goal 2005|
|Program||# & Type of Event||# of Attendees|
|One Plan||2 workshops||50|
|School Chemical Management Partnerships||5||-|
|Program||# of Facilities|
|EPCRA - 313||26|
|EPCRA – Tier II & 313||29|
|TOTAL SELF DISCLOSURES||62|
|TOTAL DEFERRED PENALTIES||$3.2 million|
|Program||Inspections/ Field Audits||APOs||CAFOs|
|EPCRA Tier II (312)||57||1 APO||2 CAFOs
$5,000 compliance activities
|EPCRA - 313||23||-------||2 CAFOs
$13,000 compliance activities
|EPCRA 304/ CERCLA 103 (release reporting)||-------||3 APOs $132,660||-------|
|RMP||4 chemical accident investigations||-------||-------|
|RMP||29||1 APO 10 ESAs $45,013||2 CAFOs
$1.55 million compliance activities
|TOTAL||113|| 5 APOs
| 6 CAFOs
$1.56 million compliance activities
* Results of audits: Numerous safety deficiencies were identified. Types of facility changes resulting from audits: Many facilities upgraded safety systems and improved hazardous identification as well as operation and maintenance programs.
** This includes the $205,484 SEP listed for CERCLA 103/EPCRA 304 CAFOs.