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SPCC Deadline Looming: ABS Consulting Course Will Help You Prepare

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasures (SPCC) deadline to November 10, 2010. SPCC plans apply to oil stored in aboveground tanks, and this is the final deadline for compliance. To help you prepare for the compliance deadline, ABS Consulting is offering its SPCC Plans Made Easy course on Thursday and Friday, June 3-4, at the ABS Institute in Houston, Texas.

This course will help you design an effective SPCC plan, be able to report releases in a timely manner, and learn to use your spill plan to prevent releases. SPCC Plans Made Easy discusses the process to evaluate your existing plan for compliance with major changes to the SPCC program, including a change in compliance dates. The course also provides practical approaches to compliance and provides feedback on your plan from SPCC experts.

Compliance Required

After multiple extensions since its 2002 amendments were published, the EPA set the deadline for all covered facilities to implement a compliant and updated oil SPCC plan. The SPCC rule most commonly applies to any facility with aboveground oil storage of 1,320 gallons where it is reasonable to believe a discharge could reach navigable U.S. waters. Under the rule, storage includes tanks, containers, drums, and mobile or portable totes. Learn more about the EPA SPCC rule.

All SPCC plans must be upgraded for compliance with August 2002 standards. Although the deadline has been extended, the EPA now requires total compliance at the time amended plans are developed or you may face severe penalties. In addition, all upgrades to your facility must be completed and the SPCC plan must be fully implemented by the deadline.

Course Instructor

Joyce Rizzo, President of JD2 Environmental, Inc., has more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of environmental engineering and management. Rizzo has co-authored two books on underground and aboveground storage tanks. She is a co-founder of the Leak Detection Technology Association and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

For more information on this course, contact Customer Service at 1-800-769-1199 or email Darryl Brown.

ABS Teams with ASNE and BMT Technology for Ice Class for Government Vessels Course

ABS has teamed with the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) and BMT Technology to offer Ice Class for Government Vessels on May 25-26, 2010, at ASNE Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. This course is intended to provide participants with an enhanced knowledge of the state-of-the-art low temperature environment technologies, design assessment procedures, regulatory requirements, and other aspects to be considered for government vessels operating under ice conditions.

For more information on the course or to register, visit http://www.absacademy.org.

CSB Issues Safety Bulletin: Seven Key Lessons to Prevent Worker Deaths During Hot Work in and Around Tanks

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has identified over 60 fatalities since 1990 due to explosions and fires from hot work activities on tanks. Hot work is defined as "work involving burning, welding, or a similar operation that is capable of initiating fires or explosions." Hot work also includes other activities with the potential to create a source of ignition such as cutting, brazing, grinding, and soldering. Workers are potentially at risk not only in the oil and gas industry, where flammables are handled regularly, but also in many other sectors within general industry, such as food production, paper, and wastewater treatment.

This bulletin summarizes 11 accidents – 9 of which the agency has investigated – to highlight 7 key lessons that were found to be applicable to all or most of the incidents, especially the need for effective hazard assessment and proper monitoring of potentially flammable air concentrations in work areas.

For more information, view bulletin.


Environmental Compliance Bootcamp
April 26-30, 2010 - Hilton Garden Inn - Colorado Springs, CO
May 10-14, 2010 - Royal Sonesta Hotel - New Orleans, LA
June 14-18, 2010 - Holiday Inn Oceanfront - Hilton Head, SC

This granddaddy of environmental bootcamp courses helps both those new to the environmental field and those who need a refresher learn about the major environmental laws and regulations, including Clean Air, Clean Water, RCRA, Superfund, EPCRA, PCBs, asbestos, underground and aboveground storage tanks, storm water, and spill prevention, as well as giving insight into environmental audits and inspections.

Hazard and Accident Analysis
June 8-11, 2010 - ABS offices - Arlington, VA

Learn techniques for qualitatively identifying and assessing the hazards associated with process systems. Your organization can use the various methods (e.g., what-if, checklist, fault tree) to conduct the rigorous hazard identification, hazard analyses, and accident analyses required for Department of Energy authorization basis documents.


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