Patricia A. Mason, P.E.


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 […]


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 […]


Celebrate EMS Week!

Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

MAY 21-27, 2017 is the 43rd Annual National EMS Week, and earlier this month was Public Service recognition week. Next month is National Safety Month. I have great admiration for public servants, especially those Emergency Medical Service crews and other first responders who put themselves at risk to serve others. Thank you to those who […]


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 […]


Changes in Kentucky SARA Title III Emergency Plans

Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

If you aren’t already aware, be on the lookout for changes in Kentucky’s emergency response plans. Tab Q-7 plans are being transitioned to EHS Facility Emergency Response Plans. There is also a form “Facility Annual Certification Letter (FACL)” which will be due annually March 1, beginning in 2018. A DRAFT guidance for facilities DRAFT Emergency […]


Changes in Kentucky SARA Title III Emergency Plans

Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

EPCRA serves a critical role to get facility hazardous material storage information to the community and emergency responders. In the past, emergency plans required by Section 302 have been called Tab Q-7 Plans because they were compiled into Annex Q-7 of the county plan. Changes are being made to transition the plans to a slightly […]


Environmental Reporting Overload

Patricia A. Mason, P.E.

It’s safe to say that I am in reporting overload. I feel like an accountant the week before April 15th. This is due to the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know (EPCRA) Tier II reports due March 1 and emergency plans, air permit compliance reports (Annual and Semi-Annual Monitoring Reports due March 1 for Jefferson County), […]