Saturday, July 30, 2016

Chemical Data Reporting For Chemical Importers Under TSCA Due By September 30, 2016

Reporting under the TSCA Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule is due by September 30, 2016. Chemical importers are regulated like chemical manufacturers under the TSCA Chemical Data Reporting Rule. Every four years, importers of chemicals are required to submit Form U disclosing chemical import quantities for chemical substances. The current reporting period is July 1 through September 30, 2016, covering calendar years 2012-2015.


Caltha LLP provides specialized expertise to importers to keep them in compliance with the various regulations that apply. Click here for more information on State and EPA regulations that apply to importers of chemical substances

Initial Liquid Special Waste Report Due To Cook County





The first Liquid Special Waste Report under the new Cook County Liquid Hazardous Waste Ordinance is due September 1, 2016 which covers the first half of calendar year 2016.


The Cook County Liquid Hazardous Waste Ordinance requires facilities in suburban Cook County to report their annual liquid hazardous waste generation and submit the corresponding fee to the Cook County Department of Environmental Control. 


Facilities will need to report:
(1)  For waste generated from January 1 – June 30, 2016, the computation form and fee is due September 1, 2016.
(2)  For waste generated from July 1 – December 31, 2016, the computation form and fee is due March 1, 2017.
(3)  For waste generated each year after 2016, the reporting period is January – December and the computation form and fee is due 90 days following the end of the reporting period (March 1).


Click here for more information on the Cook County Liquid Special Waste Reporting rule


Contact Caltha for technical assistance in determine if any wastes being generated are classified as “special wastes” under Illinois rules and if any reports are needed. Caltha can also provide assistance in preparation an submittal of Special Waste reports to Cook County

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

New Iowa Air Permitting Option - Collection of Air Permits (CAP)

The Iowa DNR is proposing to create a new air quality construction permit option called a Collection of Air Permits (CAP). Current construction permit practice is to issue one permit per emission point. The new CAP permit option will still assign a permit number to each emission point but will consolidate requirements in one permit document.


Several changes have been proposed to the CAP based on comments received during the first CAP comment period in January 2016. Additionally, the CAP was modified to be consistent with the recently updated standard permit format.


For more information on the Iowa CAP air permit program, click here.


Caltha LLP provides specialized expertise to clients nationwide in the evaluation environmental rules, developing EHS compliance procedures, and preparing cost-effective EHS management programs. For further information contact Caltha LLP at info@calthacompany.com or Caltha LLP Website

MPCA Low-Emitting Facility (LEF) General Permit and Enforcement Amnesty

The Part 70 Low-Emitting Facility (LEF) General Permit is primarily intended for businesses with high potential emissions and low actual emissions that began operating without an air permit. Although any business meeting eligibility requirement can apply, businesses that are likely to apply include autobody shops, metal fabrication facilities, cabinet shops, other businesses that coat or paint, and facilities that have engines, boilers or tanks on site. Targeted facilities may have constructed a major source under the New Source Review (NSR) program and/or constructed and operated a major source of hazardous air pollutants.


Click here for a Summary of the new MPCA Low-Emitting Facility (LEF) General Permit and Enforcement Amnesty




Caltha LLP provides specialized expertise to clients nationwide in the evaluation environmental rules, developing EHS compliance procedures, and preparing cost-effective EHS management programs. For further information contact Caltha LLP at info@calthacompany.com or Caltha LLP Website

Sunday, December 6, 2015

ISO 14001 Cosultant In Minnesota



In September 2015, the revised ISO standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) was released, designated  ISO-14001:2015. The new ISO 14001:2015 is similar in many respects to the prior ISO 14001 standard, however it does make numerous changes which will require operations that currently meet the  ISO 14001:2004 to make important changes to how their programs are planned and implemented.. Organizations are granted a three-year transition period after the revision has been published to migrate their environmental management system to the new edition of the standard. After this transition period, companies that opt for third party certification will have to seek certification to the new version of the standard. The former version, ISO 14001:2004, and any certification to it, will be out of date.


Caltha LLP provides technical support to organizations seeking ISO 14001 certification or to upgrade their existing programs to meet the new requirements. Caltha also provides technical support to organizations wanting to improve their environmental and sustainability programs by implementing portions of th ISO standard, without aspiring to gain third party certification. Contact Caltha LLP for further information.


Click here to see examples of Caltha LLP ISO 14001 related projects.


Caltha LLP provides specialized expertise to clients nationwide in the evaluation environmental rules, developing EHS compliance procedures, and preparing cost-effective EHS management programs. For further information contact Caltha LLP at info@calthacompany.com or Caltha LLP Website

Monday, November 16, 2015

Multimedia Compliance Audits, Management System Audits, EHS Audits

Brief project summaries for consulting work completed by Caltha LLP. Project summaries archived here include compliance audits, multimedia audits, regulatory program audits, including air rule audits, hazardous waste - RCRA audits, wastewater and stormwater discharge audits, TSCA audits, EHS audits, safety audits, product stewardship, product responsibility audits, energy audits, EMS audits, management system audits, audit training and others.


Click here to see a summary of projects completed by Caltha LLP related to compliance audits, multimedia audits, regulatory program audits, air rule audits, hazardous waste, RCRA audits, wastewater and stormwater discharge audits, TSCA audits, EHS audits, safety audits, product stewardship, product responsibility audits, energy audits, EMS audits, management system audits.

Caltha LLP provides specialized expertise to clients nationwide in the evaluation environmental rules, developing EHS compliance procedures, and preparing cost-effective EHS management programs. For further information contact Caltha LLP at info@calthacompany.com or Caltha LLP Website

Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule

Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule proposes an update to the hazardous waste generator regulations to make the rules easier to understand, facilitate better compliance, provide greater flexibility in how hazardous waste is managed, and close important gaps in the regulations.



Two key provisions where EPA is proposing flexibility are:
1.Allowing a hazardous waste generator to avoid increased burden of a higher generator status when generating episodic waste provided the episodic waste is properly managed and
2.Allowing a conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) to send its hazardous waste to a large quantity generator under control of the same person.



In addition to proposing key flexibilities, the rule will enhance the safety of facilities, employees, and the general public by improving hazardous waste risk communication and ensuring that emergency management requirements meet today’s needs.



EPA is also proposing a number clarifications without increasing burden including a reorganization of the hazardous waste generator regulations so that all of the generator regulations are in one place






Recent Changes to Comment Period


Caltha LLP provides specialized expertise to clients nationwide in the evaluation environmental rules, developing EHS compliance procedures, and preparing cost-effective EHS management programs. For further information contact Caltha LLP at info@calthacompany.com or Caltha LLP Website