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FY06 Accomplishments

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.

Click to enlarge image.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 These partnerships resulted in approximately 2,800 pounds of unused or outdated chemicals being properly removed from the schools.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
54.6% 70.4% 43%

Compliance Assistance

Program # & Type of Event # of Attendees
TRI 12 workshops 421
EPCRA 13 workshops 862
CAMEO 16 sessions 534
One Plan 2 workshops 50
Exercises 11 1363
School Chemical Management Partnerships 5 -
TOTAL 58 3230

Self Disclosures

Program # of Facilities
EPCRA - 313 26
EPCRA – Tier II & 313 29
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Program Inspections/ Field Audits APOs CAFOs
EPCRA Tier II (312) 57 1 APO 2 CAFOs
$27,973 penalties
$5,000 compliance activities
EPCRA - 313 23 ------- 2 CAFOs
$38,690 penalties
$13,000 compliance activities
$205,484 SEPs
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
10 ESAs
$80,013 penalties
$1.55 million compliance activities
$219,461 SEPs**
TOTAL 113 5 APOs
10 ESAs
10 ESAs
$146,676 penalties
$1.56 million compliance activities
$219,461 SEPs

* 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.

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