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Posted on September 30, 2016 at 11:34 AM by ADASTRA


September 30, 2016

Effective as of August 14th, 2016 the State of Texas has renewed the General Stormwater Permit (TPDES General Permit No. TXR50000) for all classified industries issued on July 13, 2016. This includes industries anywhere from Asphalt Paving Mixtures Blocks to Textile and Housing, and Logistics operations. Essential changes to the permit include but not limited to; changes to the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code and sector formatting, changes to benchmark sampling and values and clarified permit language in several sections.

The MSGP (Multi Sector General Permit) authorizes the discharge of stormwater from authorized industrial activities into surface water. Facilities may also be excluded from permit requirements and apply for a No Exposure Certification if they are able to prove that industrial materials and/or activities is protected from precipitation and runoff. The General Permit can be viewed in more detail in PDF format here

The permit continues to map out in depth measures for Best Management Practices, Erosion and Sedimentation Control measures, Spill Prevention and Employee Training and implementation as well as corresponding industry information. 

December 14, 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) are publishing a final rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The new rule revises the existing administrative definition of “waters of the United States” consistent with the CWA, legal rulings, the agencies’ expertise and experience, and science concerning the interconnectedness of tributaries, wetlands, and other waters and effects of these connections on the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of downstream waters. Waters that are “jurisdictional” are subject to the multiple regulatory requirements of the CWA. Non-jurisdictional waters are not subject to those requirements.  The rule becomes effective on August 28, 2015.

December 11, 2015

Today we will focus on the lender liability in the EPA's AAI statute and the ASTM E 1527-13 standard.  As reported in an EPA Fact Sheet, CERCLA, BROWNFIELDS, and LENDER LIABILITY:

Banks that hold mortgages on property as secured lenders are exempt from CERCLA liability, if certain criteria are met. CERCLA Section 101(20) contains a secured creditor exemption that eliminates owner/operator liability for lenders who hold ownership in a CERCLA facility primarily to protect their security interest in that facility, provided they do not “participate in the management of the facility.” Generally, “participation in the management” may apply if a bank exercises decision-making control over a property’s environmental compliance, or exercises control at a level similar to that enjoyed by a manager of the facility or property. “Participation in management” does not include actions such as property inspections, requiring a response action to be taken to address contamination, providing financial advice, or renegotiating or restructuring the terms of the security interest. In addition, the secured creditor exemption provides that simply foreclosing on a property does not result in liability for a bank, provided the bank takes “reasonable steps” to divest itself of the property “at the earliest practicable, commercially reasonable time, on commercially reasonable terms.” Generally, a bank may maintain business activities and close down operations at a property, so long as the property is listed for sale shortly after the foreclosure date, or at the earliest practicable, commercially reasonable time. 

Merry Christmas!  

October 15, 2015

Just completed four Phase I ESAs in both the US and Mexico.

4Q15 forcast is favorable.

New Vapor Encroachment rules!

"The cumulative impact of the EPA guidance is to require the generation of more data, which means more sampling and analysis, more frequent and stringent remediation, and potentially higher remediation costs.”

Know the facts and don't assume.


Audit Piping Services- ADASTRA


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Posted on August 27, 2018 at 9:00 PM by ADASTRA


New Vapor Encroachment rules!

“The cumulative impact of the EPA guidance is to require the generation of more data, which means more sampling and analysis, more frequent and stringent remediation, and potentially higher remediation costs.”

Know the facts and don't assume.


Audit Piping Services- ADASTRA


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