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IRWIN Regulatory Summary: for recent newsletter click here: 2017-April Regulatory News

Federal

  1. Public Comment Period for Review of Existing Federal Regulations
    • Comments being accepted until May 15, 2017
  2. Regulatory Actions under TSCA
    • Chemicals include TCE, Methylene Chloride, NMP, Formaldehyde, Nano Scale Materials
  3. Proposed Inventory Notification under TSCA
  4. Proposed Listing of n-Propyl Bromide as a Hazardous Air Pollutant
    • Comments being accepted until June 8, 2017
  5. Amendments to Risk Management Program Regulation
    • Proposed delay of effective date until February 2019
    • Comments being accepted on proposed delay until May 19, 2017
  6. New OSHA Standard for Occupational Exposure to Beryllium
  7. Addition of Subsurface Intrusion to CERCLA Hazard Ranking System

Massachusetts

  1. Updated Enforcement Policy for Self Reporting under TURA
  2. Greenhouse Gas and Air Source Registration Reporting Deadlines Extended for 2016
    • Greenhouse gas reports due December 15, 2017
    • Air source registration deadlines TBD
  3. Introduction of ePLACE Portal for Online Permitting and Licensing
  4. Proposed Rules for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  5. Electrical Code – Adoption of NEC 2017
  6. Amendments to Groundwater Discharge Permitting Regulations

Rhode Island

  1. Amendments to Air Regulations

Massachusetts and New Hampshire

NPDES General Permits for Construction Discharges and Remediation Discharges

  1. Notices of Intent for existing remediation discharges due July 7, 2017
  2. Notices of Intent for existing construction discharges due May 17, 2017

    New Hampshire

    1. Changes to Air Toxics Modeling Regulations
    2. Proposed Regulatory Changes for Hazardous Waste Management

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Patent granted for: Rapid Perchlorate Destruction in Soil and Groundwater Through Bioaugmentation

IRWIN, together with its co-inventor, has proven that perchlorate contamination can be successfully treated using a new patented process. By adding a registered strain of facultative bacteria, nutrients and appropriate buffering IRWIN showed that even high levels of perchlorate can be rapidly reduced in situ in soil and groundwater.Perchlorate, a propellant used in flares, rockets and fireworks, is a contaminant at more than 400 sites across the United States. To date, in-situ biological treatment of perchlorate has been attempted with anaerobic species using various carbon substrates with limited success.Irwin Engineers Perchlorate Treatment Case Study

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2016 was another successful Toxic Use Reduction Filing  year

Andy Irwin, PE, LSP, TURP, CPEA is certified for TUR Plans and Resource Conservation Plans. He is a BEAC Certified Professional Environmental Auditor ISO14000 Plus. He is a former President, Treasurer and Board Member of the Toxics Use Reduction Planners Association

The TURA program is intended to facilitate and encourage pollution prevention opportunities by evaluating operations and identifying feasible options for reducing the use of toxics. Facility personnel, along with a certified TUR Planner, work to identify TUR options and evaluate them for their technical and economic feasibility.  In many cases, we have found that implementing various TUR opportunities not only reduced the amount of toxics used, but also reduced costs and improved efficiency for our clients.Read more

Project Examples:

  • We worked with one facility that eliminated their use of VOCs, allowing them to turn their emission control catalytic oxidizer off and save over $120,000 a year.
  • We identified an option for a processing facility to recover a rare earth metal from a toxic waste stream, eliminating disposal costs of $150,000 a year, and instead generating additional revenue from the recovered material.
  • As an alternative to a TUR filing this year, we completed a Resource Conservation (RC) Plan for a facility wishing to reduce energy costs. The audit resulted in recommendations that yield annual energy savings of 13.6% with a financial payback time of just over one year.
  • We reduced the amount of planning required for a facility by incorporating TUR into their Environmental Management System. This integration helps reduce the time required to fulfill regulatory obligations and raises awareness of TUR chemical use as significant environmental aspects of the operation.

We serve a wide range of industries including:

  • Chemical Manufacturers and Blenders
  • Food and Beverage Preparation
  • Commercial and Industrial Launderers
  • Printers and Ink Manufacturers
  • Semiconductor Manufacturers
  • Glass Processors
  • Fiberglass Manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
  • Polymer Membrane Manufacturers
  • Electric Utilities
  • Electrical Equipment Manufacturers
  • Paper and Cardboard Manufacturers
  • Foundries
  • Metal Platers

For more information visit,

IRWIN Engineers Pollution Prevention & Toxic Use Reduction

IRWIN Engineers Auditing

Massachusetts DEP TURA Program Overview

 

IRWIN Engineers, Inc.
33 W. Central St.
Natick, MA 01760
508-653-8007
info@irwinengineers.com

 

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