Insights from My Recent ISO 14001 Training

Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

My first experience with environmental management systems (EMS) was in the mid-1990s working with an international paint manufacturer to address waste solvents, out of specification oil-based products, and mis-tinted paints at their many retail facilities. At that time, environmental considerations were just a part of a Quality Management System under the ISO 9001 standard. A […]

Beryllium Final Rule 101

Sarah Carty, ASP

OSHA has released a final rule to address worker exposure to beryllium. It is used in specialty alloys and beryllium oxide ceramics and composites. It can be found in consumer electronics and satellite communication modules. It is also contained in certain slags, such as coal and copper slags, which can be used in abrasive blasting. Employees who […]

WOTUS Rule to Be Rescinded or Revised

William Shane, P.E.

The Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) was published in the Federal Register on June 29, 2015 and became effective on August 28, 2015.  According to the EPA, the rule was developed “to respond to an urgent need to improve and simplify the process for identifying waters that are and are not protected […]

Facility Seeks Modification for Emissions of Toxic Air

Stewart W. McCollam, P.E.

A Louisville facility is seeking a modification to the Environmental Acceptability Goals (EAGs) of the Strategic Toxic Air Reduction (STAR) program administered by the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (District). The District has opened a public comment period from March 11, 2017 through April 10, 2017 and scheduled a public hearing in the Board […]

Review of EPA fuel efficiency standards

Kyle Hagen, P.E.

On March 15, 2017, the President, EPA Administrator, Department of Transportation Secretary and other officials announced that EPA will review the fuel efficiency standards that were established in 2012 for light duty cars and truck with model years 2017-2025.  The current requirement is to increase fuel economy to the equivalent of 54.5 miles/gallon for light-duty […]