Patricia A. Mason, P.E.


Stormwater Update in Kentucky

Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

Here’s a quick stormwater update: Rains on Friday and over the weekend may trigger a required precipitation-based inspection. Check your rain gage and permit. The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) has recently reissued the General Stormwater Permit KYR00 under the KPDES (Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) program. The effective date is August 1, 2018. The […]


Required Inspections Following Significant Storm Events

Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

It’s a very busy week for environmental professionals.  Thus, I thought I would put out a reminder about the 2 year, 24-hour storm event stormwater inspections which will be required at some facilities in Louisville this week.  If your facility has coverage under the Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges […]


CHANGES IN 2017 TIER 2 REPORTING

Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

EPA has updated the Tier2 Submit 2017 Software webpage with the latest software.  The most significant change in the Tier2 Submit 2017 software aligns the physical hazards and health hazards with the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) following adoption of the United Nations Global Harmonization System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).  The change […]


EPA and USACE take a step in the WOTUS saga

Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

There was a new development in the WOTUS saga last week.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers (USACE) have proposed a new rule which would add an applicability date to delay the 2015 Clean Water Rule which redefined WOTUS.  The rule proposed last week would provide certainty […]


EPA Settlement with Retailer over Hazardous Waste Regulations

Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

It’s easy for businesses to become complacent about hazardous materials and hazardous waste management, especially when hazardous chemicals are not their primary business.  Some managers are lulled into thinking that hazardous material regulations and hazardous waste regulations really don’t apply to them since they deal with small quantities and are not in the chemicals industry.  […]


Small Distillers Environmental Permitting Guide

Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

I was excited to attend the Sustainable Spirits Summit 2017 this month.  Copper and Kings was a great venue for the event and did a great job hosting.  Multiple sessions were coordinated and presented by the Kentucky Distiller’s Association and the Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance.  During the event I was inspired to fill what […]


Small Distillers Environmental Permit Guide

Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

Kentucky has seen vast growth in the bourbon business including small distilleries or “craft distilleries.”  Such facilities perform industrial operations on a very small to small scale.  Despite the small scale, several environmental regulations may apply depending upon the activities performed and the quantities of materials processed and stored at the facility.  This presents compliance […]


MSECA meeting on IDEM Programs & Policies

Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

I was really pleased to attend The Midwestern States Environmental Consultants Association (MSECA) meeting last week on IDEM Programs and Policies. There was a great lineup of IDEM management speakers, and many relevant topics were discussed. Managers from the Offices of Air, Water, and Land Quality spoke about priorities and challenges. One overriding theme was […]


Kentucky DWM Updating CESQGs Records

Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management (DWM) is updating records for Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQGs). Notices to registered CESQGs were sent June 22, 2017. The notice requires that registrants update Form DEP 7037 Kentucky Notification of Hazardous Waste Activity Form or submit Form 7086 Request to be Removed from Hazardous Waste Handler List […]


KYR00 Expires: KDOW Solicit Applications

Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

Facilities with current coverage under KYR00, the general permit for discharge of stormwater runoff associated with industrial activities, received a confusing email this week from the Division of Water. The email was intended for facilities with coverage under an individual stormwater permit, but was erroneously sent to all permittees. Permittees with coverage under general stormwater […]