March 3 is World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day 2017 is focused on encouraging youth around the world to rally together to address ongoing major threats to wildlife. This includes habitat change, over-exploitation or illicit trafficking.

“Governments, law makers, enforcement officers, customs officials and park rangers across every region are scaling up their efforts to protect wildlife. It is also up to every citizen, young and old, to protect wildlife and their habitats. We all have a role to play.” 

Participating in events and getting involved are great opportunities to help raise awareness and take action in order to be part of the solution.

Events near you and around the world: http://wildlifeday.org/content/events

EPA cites oil company for spill prevention and control violations

EPA cites Longview, WA, Oil company for spill prevention and control violations.The settlement agreement includes both fines and installation of an upgraded spill detection system.

“(Seattle) February 2, 2017 – EPA has settled with Wilson Oil Inc., (doing business as Wilcox & Flegel Oil Co.) for alleged Clean Water Act spill prevention violations at its Longview Terminal facility in Longview, Washington.

EPA determined after a 2015 inspection that the company had failed to implement an adequate Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan and lacked adequate secondary containment for large oil storage tanks in one of the Terminal’s tank farms. Since the inspection, the company constructed new secondary containment for that tank farm and upgraded their SPCC plan.

As part of the settlement, the Company will pay a $44,069 civil penalty and will implement a Supplemental Environmental Project worth approximately $125,000.”

Don’t wait for a violation to take action. Get the training you need now to maintain compliance and keep yourself, your company and the environment safe.

ECATTS offers both SPCC training, as well as training in Environmental Laws and Liability, which includes the Clean Water Act and Pollution Prevention Act. Check out all of our available environmental and safety training courses for Contractors at: https://training.ecatts.com/ppCatalogAll.

RCRA turns 40

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) turns 40 this year, with the original law signed on October 21, 1976. That’s 40 years of working to protect the health of communities by promoting resource conservation and implementing safe waste management practices to ensure a cleaner environment for future generations.

Staying aware of these issues is important for everyone. Did you know about our ECATTS’ RCRA Annual Refresher Courses? We offer multiple awareness courses focusing on RCRA’s important issues such as HAZMAT Regulations, Environmental Laws & Liability, Hazardous Properties, Hazardous Waste, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and Standards Applicable to Generators.

For more information on these courses, check out our full training catalog and visit our website now.

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EPA Reports on Incorporating Environmental Justice into all Regulatory Efforts

 

New news from the EPA on Environmental Justice:

“Today marks an important moment in environmental justice history. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first-ever Technical Guidance for Assessing Environmental Justice in Regulatory Analysis (EJ Technical Guidance).  This guidance represents a significant step towards ensuring the impacts of EPA regulations on vulnerable populations are understood and considered in the decision-making process.

The EJ Technical Guidance improves our ability to perform some of the most important work we do. Better integrating environmental justice in EPA’s core regulatory function is essential to ensure that all Americans, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or income level, have access to clean water, clean air, and healthy communities. Technical guidance, reinforced by the meaningful involvement of the public and key stakeholders, helps to ensure that all communities are protected from pollution as the result of EPA rules.”

Did you know that ECATTS offers our own general overview training course specific to Environmental Justice? This course serves as an introduction to Environmental Justice (EJ) and takes a look at the origins of the Environmental Justice movement, Federal actions to address EJ and policies that have already been put into action.

Check out our complete Environmental Training catalog now at http://ecatts.com/websitePDFs/CourseCatalog.pdf.

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You can view the full article from EPA’s blog, at https://blog.epa.gov/blog/2016/06/ej-technical-guidance/.