Air Quality improves in the U.S.

A recent release from the EPA states that Air Quality continues to improve in the U.S. with the combined emissions of six key pollutants dropping by 73% in the last 46 years:

  • “Lead (3-month average) ↓99 percent
  • Carbon monoxide (8-hour) ↓ 77 percent
  • Sulfur dioxide (1-hour) ↓ 85 percent
  • Nitrogen dioxide (annual) ↓ 56 percent
  • Ground-level ozone (8-hour) ↓ 22 percent
  • Coarse Particulate Matter (24-hour) ↓ 39 percent and Fine Particulate Matter        (24-hour) ↓ 44 percent”

This significant progress to our air quality highlights the importance of the Clean Air Act and how education is essential to maintain a healthy environment.

ECATTS offers targeted environmental curriculum training and individual modules in Air/ Emissions, General Environmental Compliance and much more. Check out what ECATTS training can do for you now at: https://training.ecatts.com/ppCatalogAll?stateName=Select+a+state&state=

To view EPA’s full article, visit: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/air-quality-continues-improve-while-us-economy-continues-grow

EPA Releases New Tool for Stormwater Climate Change

EPA Releases New Tool for Stormwater Climate Change

As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan “Virtual Climate Resilience Toolkit”, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of the Climate Adjustment Tool for EPA’s Stormwater Management Model. This downloadable, online simulation model allows engineers and planners to evaluate the performance of water infrastructures while considering future climate changes.

“The new tool will enable users to add climate projections based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s climate change scenarios to existing simulations to determine the quality of water traveling through traditional infrastructure – a system of gutters, storm drains, pipes, channels, collection tanks and storage devices. The tool also has the ability to model the performance of green infrastructure practices, including permeable pavement, rain gardens, and green roofs. Engineers and planners are able to accurately represent any combination of traditional and green infrastructure practices within an area to determine their effectiveness in managing stormwater and combined sewer overflows in their community.

Stormwater runoff is a major environmental problem resulting in flooding, erosion, and contaminated waters.  Every year billions of gallons of raw sewage, trash, household chemicals, fertilizers, and urban runoff flow into our streams, rivers and lakes. Polluted stormwater runoff can adversely affect plants, animals, and people.”

If you or your company are in need of Stormwater Environmental Training, visit us ecatts.com for more information on our training courses. We offer training models ranging from general awareness to comprehensive overview and erosion and sediment control.

Quotes cited from the EPA’s News Release on the Stormwater Management Model and Climate Adjustment Tool. For more information on the tool, visit: http://www2.epa.gov/water-research/storm-water-management-model-swmm

Sustainability is a popular topic these days. What is it and how does it affect us?

The EPA states that “sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment.  Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.

Sustainability is important to making sure that we have and will continue to have, the water, materials, and resources to protect human health and our environment.”

Are you doing your part to maintain a sustainable environment? Education is key to making smart choices that affect you and your surroundings. ECATTS offers awareness training in sustainability such as: Sustainable Environmental Management, General Awareness, Foundation for Establishing a Sustainable Organization, Sustainability Implementation, and Sustainability Leaders.

To learn more about these training courses, visit our online catalogue now. Or, go to our website at ecatts.com for more information.

Training Spotlight on EMS

Did you know we offer 12 different training courses in EMS? If you’re looking for Environmental Management System (EMS) training, check out our wide variety of courses. All are available online and at your convenience:

  • Environmental Management System (EMS)
  • Environmental Management System (EMS) Practitioner
  • Environmental Management System (EMS) Practitioner: Introduction
  • Environmental Management System (EMS) Practitioner: Environmental Policy, EMS Scope and the Cross Functional Team
  • Environmental Management System (EMS) Practitioner: Identifying Aspects
  • Environmental Management System (EMS) Practitioner: Scoring Environmental Impacts
  • Environmental Management System (EMS) Practitioner: Environmental Objectives and Targets
  • Environmental Management System (EMS) Practitioner: Environmental Management Plans
  • Environmental Management System (EMS) Practitioner: Monitoring and Measurement
  • Environmental Management System (EMS) Practitioner: EMS Assessment
  • Environmental Management System (EMS) Practitioner: Records Management
  • Environmental Management System (EMS) Practitioner: Management Review and Maintaining Your EMS

Visit our online training catalogue to view the descriptions now, or for more information visit ecatts.com.

Spotlight on EPCRA Training

According to the EPA, “Authorized by Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), the Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) was enacted by Congress as the national legislation on community safety. This law is designed to help local communities protect public health, safety, and the environment from chemical hazards.”

ECATTS offers an introductory training course in EPCRA to meet your compliance needs:

  • EMERGENCY PLANNING AND COMMUNITY RIGHTTOKNOW ACT (EPCRA) – This course serves as an introduction to EPCRA. Targeting personnel working in areas that have TRI reporting or EPCRA compliance tracking responsibilities, this training covers provisions of EPCRA, state and local committees, emergency planning, hazardous chemical reporting requirements, toxic chemical release inventory, and non–compliance penalties.

To view our full list of available training, visit our online catalogue now. Or for more information, visit our website at ecatts.com.

Spotlight on CEMAS Training

Are you in need of CEMAS training? You’re in luck!

ECATTS/ ESOHTN offers a comprehensive training series dedicated to the many components of the Civil Engineering Material Acquisition System (CEMAS):

CIVIL ENGINEERING MATERIAL ACQUISITION SYSTEM (CEMAS)

This is an in-depth training series consisting of 39 courses that provide an overview of how to use CEMAS. Targeting new and existing CEMAS users, this training covers user rights, fund cites and organization codes, variables, how to add a noun, new noun maintenance, material requisitions, award purchase order, receive item, assign holding area, material complete notification, CPPG purchase, store maintenance main store, store maintenance forward stores, store maintenance store reorder, material issue, non CEMAS GPC purchase, material returns, on hand material transfer, non material GPC purchase, Bill of Material (BOM) close-out, GPC reconciliation, material distribution, prime vendor interface, Standard Base Supply System (SBSS) interface, funds flow and monitoring, inventory adjustments, work flow, transaction history file, monthly management summary, material acquisition workload, END of Session (EOS) processing, and end of session products.

Additional CEMAS courses include:

  • Introduction
  • User Rights
  • Fund Cites and Organization Codes
  • Variables
  • How to Add a Noun
  • New Noun Maintenance
  • Material Requisitions, Part I
  • Material Requisitions, Part II
  • Award Purchase Order
  • Receive Item
  • Assign Holding Area
  • Material Complete Notification
  • GPC Purchase, Part I
  • GPC Purchase, Part II
  • Store Maintenance Main Store
  • Store Maintenance Forward Store
  • Store Maintenance Store Reorder
  • Material Issue
  • Non-CEMAS GPC Purchase
  • Material Returns
  • On-hand Material Transfer
  • Bill of Material (BOM) Close-out
  • GPC Reconciliation
  • Material Distribution
  • DLA-Prime Vendor Interface, Part I
  • DLA-Prime Vendor Interface, Part II
  • SBSS-Standard Base Supply System Interface
  • Funds Flow and Monitoring
  • Inventory Adjustments, Part I
  • Inventory Adjustments, Part II
  • Work Flow
  • Transaction History File
  • Monthly Management Summary
  • Material Acquisition Workload, Part I
  • Material Acquisition Workload, Part II
  • End of Session (EOS) Processing, Part I
  • End of Session (EOS) Processing, Part II
  • End of Session (EOS) Products

To learn more about these courses, visit our online training catalogue now.

Spotlight on Pollution Control and Prevention

Pollution control and prevention are important topics for the environment these days.

That’s why we offer two environmental awareness courses with training specializing in Pollution Control and Pollution Prevention (P2). These courses are available in a variety of versions and languages, giving you a convenient way to get the training you or your company needs.

POLLUTION CONTROL: This awareness course educates on the forms of pollution that must be controlled, such as noise pollution, thermal pollution, light pollution, dust pollution, and odor control.

POLLUTION PREVENTION (P2): This is a brief awareness course that touches on pollution prevention, such as source reduction, purchasing wisely and some typical P2 projects. This training is targeted at personnel and contractors whose products or services could potentially be modified to minimize the use of hazardous materials and the generation of hazardous waste. Methods discussed include using the least toxic raw materials, using less raw materials, upgrading equipment, and product redesign.

Pollution control continues to make headlines with company violations, penalties and compliance agreements. See article below for an article on a recent violation:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2012

Hess Corporation to Install $45 Million In Pollution Controls and Pay $850,000 Penalty to Resolve Clean Air Act Violations at New Jersey Refinery

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Hess Corporation has agreed to pay an $850,000 civil penalty and spend more than $45 million in new pollution controls to resolve Clean Air Act violations at its Port Reading, N.J., refinery. Once fully implemented, the controls required by the settlement are estimated to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) by 181 tons per year and result in additional reductions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). High concentrations of NOx and VOCs, key pollutants emitted from refineries, can have adverse impacts on human health, including contributing to childhood asthma, and are significant contributors to smog.

“EPA is committed to protecting communities by reducing air pollution from the largest sources,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “This settlement will reduce harmful emissions that impact air quality, protecting the residents of Port Reading and New Jersey.”

“This settlement is the 31st such agreement with petroleum refineries across the nation. Hess joins a growing list of corporations who have entered into comprehensive and innovative agreements with the United States that will result in cleaner, healthier air for communities across the nation,” said Ignacia S. Moreno, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice. “For example, this agreement will improve air quality for New Jersey residents by requiring Hess to install advanced pollution control and monitoring technology and adopt more stringent emissions limits.”  

The settlement requires new and upgraded pollution controls, more stringent emission limits, and aggressive monitoring, leak-detection and repair practices to reduce emissions from refinery equipment and processing units.

The government’s complaint, filed on April 19, 2012, alleged that the company made modifications to its refinery that increased emissions without first obtaining pre-construction permits and installing required pollution control equipment. The Clean Air Act requires major sources of air pollution to obtain such permits before making changes that would result in a significant emissions increase of any pollutant.

The state of New Jersey actively participated in the settlement with Hess and will receive half of the civil penalty.

The settlement with Hess is the 31st under an EPA initiative to improve compliance among petroleum refiners and to reduce significant amounts of air pollution from refineries nationwide through comprehensive, company-wide enforcement settlements. The first of these settlements was reached in 2000. With today’s settlement, 108 refineries operating in 32 states and territories – more than 90 percent of the total refining capacity in the United States – are under judicially enforceable agreements to significantly reduce emissions of pollutants. As a result of the settlement agreements, refiners have agreed to invest more than $6 billion in new pollution controls designed to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and other pollutants by over 360,000 tons per year.

The consent decree, lodged in the District of New Jersey, is subject to a 30-day public comment period and court approval.

More information on the Hess settlement: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/cases/civil/caa/hesscorp.html

Remember, awareness is key for compliance. Make sure you and your company stay up-to-date on your environmental training. Check out our complete list of training options in our online training catalogue now.

Spotlight on Recycling

In the spirit of Earth Month, today’s spotlight training course is Recycling! ECATTS/ ESOHTN offers a high-level awareness training course focused on this specific topic.

This training is a general overview of the recycling basics. Topics include “what” recycling and green procurement is and the types of materials that can be recycled. This course has also been translated into multiple languages for your convenience.

For more information on any of our courses, visit our online training catalogue or our website at ecatts.com.