Tag Archives: CUPA

Successful Designated Operator Program – Contact us to Request a Presentation

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, featured in the “O&A” Oil &Automotive Marketing News – for presenting “Contracted Designated Operator – Managing a Successful Program” at the 2013 Pacific Oil Conference in Los Angeles California September 3-5. Here are images from the article:

Newspaper Cover Image

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, featured in the "O&A" Oil &Automotive Marketing News - for presenting "Contracted Designated Operator - Managing a Successful Program" at the 2013 Pacific Oil Conference in Los Angeles California September 3-5.

Article Title

54th Annual Pacific Oil Conference Heading for L.A. Live

Article Title Page - Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, featured in the "O&A" Oil &Automotive Marketing News - for presenting "Contracted Designated Operator - Managing a Successful Program" at the 2013 Pacific Oil Conference in Los Angeles California September 3-5.

 

 

Tim featured in the article

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, featured in the O&A Marketing News

Tim’s Title Slide

Contracted Designated Operator – Managing a Successful Program

Contracted Designated Operator - Managing a Successful Program by Tim Ericsen, COO Tait Environmental Services

Example Slide from the Presentation

Common Errors and Omissions

Example Slide - Common Errors - Expired Designated Operator Certification

 
Example Slide Common Errors portion of the presentation: Expired Designated Operator Certification

To request this presentation at your event, contact Tim Ericsen. For any questions about our DUSTO program and the similar Operator Inspections TAIT performs throughout the US, contact us today! TAIT is pleased to serve you in either capacity, and we do much more.

CERS - Electronic Reporting to CalEPA

Need Help with CERS Submissions?

Need Help with CERS Submissions?

You aren’t alone.

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) has indicated that the mandatory electronic submittals of Hazardous Materials Business Plans (HMBP)s and Underground Storage Tanks (UST)s information is significantly behind it’s scheduled implementation this year.

CERS - Electronic Reporting to CalEPA

CERS – Electronic Reporting to CalEPA

Excerpts from the September 2013 Cal/EPA Unified Program Newsletter include:

  • According to the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), if you haven’t already done so, now is the time to complete your facility’s electronic reporting for Hazardous Materials Business Plans and underground storage tank (UST) information.  The California Environmental Reporting System (CERS), a statewide web-based system to support California Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs) and Participating Agencies (PAs) in electronically collecting and reporting various hazardous materials-related data, was mandated by the California Health and Safety Code and legislation (AB 2286).  Starting in 2013, all businesses that have facilities regulated by a CUPA under the Unified Program must now submit Unified Program-related information such as hazardous materials business plans, chemical inventories, site maps, underground and aboveground tank data, and hazardous waste related data electronically to CERS instead of on paper forms.
  • The first year of electronic reporting is rapidly drawing to a close.  Cal/EPA reports that as of September 1, 2013, only one-third of the state’s regulated facilities have used CERS, the state’s on-line electronic reporting portal, to report or verify at least some Business Plan information.  Statutory mandates and state policy require ALL regulated facilities statewide to report business plan information or underground storage tank information electronically during 2013.
  • Only 4 months remain in 2013 and nearly two-thirds of the state’s regulated facilities are not current in CERS.  Businesses that have regulated facilities will need to take action during the next four months to complete their 2013 electronic reporting, as Cal/EPA indicates that the Unified Program Agencies (UPAs) will be stepping up their enforcement efforts to ensure that facilities are in compliance.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE REPORTING TO CERS, WE CAN HELP.

To contact CalEPA directly, you can email them your questions, comments, and concerns.

TAIT is experienced in assisting businesses with their electronic reporting through CERS. Please contact TAIT if you need assistance with electronic reporting in CERS.  TAIT has uploaded data and plans for more than 100 facilities for our existing clients.

 

See TAIT at PEI / NACS – Atlanta, Oct 12-15

Come see TAIT  in booth #4552 at the PEI 2014 CONVENTION OCTOBER 12th – 15th, 2013

The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) has held its Fall Meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 1995 and the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) has held its annual meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 2002. In 2012, the NACS Show attracted more than 24,000 industry professionals from 65 countries — all seeking or offering the newest innovations, education and conversations about today’s important industry trends and issues.

As convenience and fuel retailing’s premier industry event, the NACS Show offers unmatched opportunities for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from one another — all in an environment rich with new ideas and new partnerships.

TAIT enjoys participating in the shows and looks forward to them each year. One funny thing from last year was that my suit matched the carpet. No, really. I’ll add the picture below. Come visit us in Booth #4552!

Melanie matched the Carpet

Usually Melanie stands out in her Bright Red suit…

Public Comments due May 9th for Proposed Title 27 Regulations

Notice of 15-Day Public Notice and Comment Period for Modifications to Text of Proposed Title 27 Regulations

Cal/EPA Unified Program has submitted the Title 27 Rulemaking package to OAL for review. The 15-Day Public Notice of the Modified Text and the modified text of the regulations (shown in double strikeout and double underline) are attached below.

If you have any questions, please contact Farida Islam at fislam@calepa.ca.gov in case of any question.

Title 27_2012_reg change_strikeout_underline 4 22 13 This document will show the modified text, but is not being copied here as it is 95 pages.

Title 27 NOTICE OF MODIFIED TEXT This is the announcement, and the text is copied below.

CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

April 24, 2013

NOTICE OF MODIFICATIONS TO TEXT OF PROPOSED TITLE 27 REGULATIONS

Pursuant to the requirements of Government Code section 11346.8 (c), and section 44 of Title 1 of the California Code of Regulations, the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Unified Program is providing notice of changes made to the proposed Title 27 regulations, which were not part of the original public comment period or the regulatory hearing held on April 19, 2013. Section 15186.1 has been recently added to the proposed Title 27 regulations. This addition is in accordance with the policy memo titled “Cal/EPA Unified Program Policy Memo for Lead Acid Battery Inventory Reporting (UP-11-03),” which was issued to all stakeholders on April 28th, 2011.

If you have any comments regarding the proposed changes, the Cal/EPA Unified Program will accept written comments between April 24 and May 9, 2013. All written comments, including those sent by mail, facsimile, or e-mail must be submitted to the Agency no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 9, 2013, and addressed to:

Farida Islam, Environmental Scientist
Cal/EPA Unified Program
1001 I street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 322-5615
E-mail Address:
 
fislam@calepa.ca.gov

All written comments received by May 9, 2013 that pertain to the indicated changes will be reviewed and responded by the Agency’s staff as part of the compilation of the rulemaking file. Please limit your comments to the proposed modifications to the text.

Tait Offers California Area Plans

Tait Environmental Services has extensive experience in the preparation of Hazardous Materials Area Plans (Area Plans) to meet the needs of individual CUPAs to respond to and minimize the impacts from a release or threatened release of hazardous materials  in their jurisdictions.

The November 15, 2012 late application deadline is quickly approaching to apply for grants to pay for an Area Plan in your City/County. Learn about the State of California’s Area Plan for HazMat Emergencies Program. Tait has more experience than just about anyone in California on this. Email Paul McCarter now to discuss preparing your Area Plan, or you can call him at 714-560-8612.

Area Plans consist of emergency response procedures, pre-emergency planning, notification and coordination, training, public safety and information, supplies and equipment, critique and follow up, and more. Area Plans utilize information from other related plans which deal with hazardous materials emergency response at the federal, state, regional, and local levels. They will integrate business plan information, HazMat incident response procedures manuals, public notification procedures and much, much more. A great deal of effort is expended in preparing a plan specific to your local area – both collecting new data about the Hazardous Materials being transported through your area – and pouring over existing procedures and collected data, to create an Area Plan that will allow you to implement it in the event of hazardous materials incident in your jurisdiction. The Area Plan will identify local, state, and federal responsibilities during incidents involving the release or threatened release of hazardous substances.

Area Plans are authorized under California Code of Regulation, Title 19, Division 2, Section 2720-2728.  Read the California Code of Regulations about Area Plans, and let us know if you have any questions. Kern County’s Area Plan is an example of one that Tait created.

Area Plans must be revised and updated on a continuous 3-year cycle. When was the last time your Area Plan was reviewed? Call us today and let’s start the process!

Here is a recommendation letter for Tait’s Area Plans:

Click here to get a list of Area Plan consultants from the CalEMA website

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you going to the CUPA Conference? February 4-7, 2013, Tait will be on site to meet with the agencies, businesses and communities we serve.  Save the date and come see us at the conference! Contact us and we will schedule meeting time with you in advance.

Join Tait at the 2013 CUPA Conference

Join Tait at the 2013 CUPA Conference this February