Is Your Facility Exempt From The Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines Rule?

Josh Shkrab Environmental Regulations 3 Comments

The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) regulations were finalized on Friday, August 20, 2010.  The rule is designed to regulate unconventional and conventional air toxics emitted from stationary engines that include formaldehyde, acrolein, acetaldehyde, methanol, carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and particulate matter (PM), which are …

Poor Air Quality Puts Chilean Miners at Risk

Heather Cummings Air Quality 2 Comments

The world breathed a deep sigh of relief last week when the thirty-three Chilean miners were rescued after sixty-nine days below ground.  While the rescue mission went off without a hitch, the Chilean miners have a long road of recovery ahead. Tom N. Petersen, President of Environmental and Engineering Solutions Inc., discussed the possible health implications of the poor air …

Tier II Chemical Inventory Reports

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If we haven’t scheduled your Tier II reporting by now, what are you waiting for? Chemical Inventory reporting is about to be in full swing for this year (March 1st deadline.) Facilities covered by the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requirements must submit an Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Form to the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), …

Does Your EOC Plan Have Room for Improvement?

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This post regarding EES Healthy Environment topics is the third post in our series on the implementation, maintenance and continued improvement of the Joint Commission Environment of Care (EOC) standard. This series began in our August 2007 post that kicked off the Environment of Care development process by suggesting the use of a Master Plan. Our second article in the …

10 Elements for Improving Environmental Performance and Compliance

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On September 12, EES hosted a breakfast seminar on the U.S. EPA’s environmental compliance Audit Policy as it applies to hospitals and universities. This well received seminar featured a presentation from Samantha Beers, the EPA Region 3 Director of the Office of Enforcement, Compliance and Environmental Justice. Those who attended the seminar will receive copies of the presentations. If you …

Do You Have A Master Plan? Environment of Care Master Plan

Tom Petersen Environmental Regulations, Healthcare Environments, Our Services 2 Comments

Environment of Care Master Plan The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) requires that hospitals develop and implement a performance improvement framework for their environment of care function. This framework should include the management process and systems that affect the key Environment of Care (EC) elements. The EC Master Plan is an established mechanism for reviewing existing systems and processes and providing …

Katrina Raises Questions on Chemical Risk Management

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By Peter S. Puglionesi, P.E., DEE  – an EES Associate (for Peter’s bio click here) Emergency planners around the country are re-assessing their ability to cope with a major disaster. News media have gone beyond wind and water damage to spotlight chemical release effects and major chemical disaster risk. A September 18th Philadelphia Inquirer article reprised the overlapping “worst-case” impact …

How Does The Drought Emergency Affect You?

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We all know much of the northeastern United States is in a severe drought condition, but how much do we know about the impact of the drought emergencies and water restrictions that have been imposed in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania? Each state environmental agency has a web page dedicated to the drought that contains a wealth of information …