Compliance

Compliance

In a world of ever changing rules and regulations, it is increasingly difficult to stay in compliance with environmental regulations. Sierra Piedmont understands that corporate environmental managers and facility managers wear many hats, making it harder than ever to stay on top of compliance-related issues. This understanding has enabled Sierra Piedmont to build trusted partnerships with our clients, allowing us to shoulder as much of that burden as possible, while also empowering our clients with best management practices moving forward.

Environmental compliance is satisfied through many avenues but primarily through facility permits, plans, and audits. Sierra Piedmont is your compliance partner, starting with awareness, taking you through training and implementation, resulting in full compliance with all regulations. In addition, Sierra Piedmont can keep you updated on new or changing regulations as they come on board, which we do through a Quarterly Compliance Update that outlines regulations specific to your site in quick and easy bullet points.

Resources

Industrial Manufacturer – AST Closure

9 Ways To Avoid A Release

Keeping Regulators Happy

Distribution Center – Sanitary Sewer Compliance

Quarterly Compliance Updates Cutsheet

Audits

Environmental compliance audits are a great way to determine where you stand in your effort to be in compliance. Evaluation of the facility’s current environmental compliance status in high-risk areas is imperative.

In addition to the facility’s current environmental compliance status, the facility’s internal systems/processes must support a long-term effort to ensure environmental compliance. Key aspects of a successful environmental management system include:

  • Periodic internal environmental auditing
  • Corrective action tracking and implementation
  • Training

Sierra Piedmont works with your facility to conduct research and a pre-visit questionnaire and will then schedule a site visit for a convenient time in order to reduce any disruption to the day-to-day activities.

At the conclusion of the project, you will receive environmental compliance status, including findings and observations, assessment of existing systems and processes, and a detailed summary of environmental compliance findings and observations. Sierra Piedmont will then take immediate action to help you to determine the best, most cost-effective way to address compliance issues.

Plans & Permits

Plans

Sierra Piedmont can provide you with several types of plans, including:

Spill Prevention Plan

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans (SPCC) proactively prepare you to prevent an improper release or discharge of oil and give you crucial knowledge of what to do if one should occur. Sierra Piedmont has completed hundreds of SPCC plans at trucking maintenance garages, distribution centers, bulk fuel terminals and food and beverage facilities.

Facility Response Plan

Facilities that could reasonably be expected to cause “substantial harm” to the environment by discharging oil into or on navigable waters are required to prepare and submit Facility Response Plans (FRPs). The Oil Pollution Prevention regulation includes two methods by which a facility may be identified as posing substantial harm:

  • Through a self-selection process; or
  • By a determination of the EPA Regional Administrator.

Oil Spill Contingency Plan

An Oil Spill Contingency Plan (OSCP) is used in place of sized secondary containment to meet the requirements of the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) rule. The OSCP sets forth the steps that an SPCC-regulated facility will take to monitor and respond to releases of oil. As with secondary containment, the purpose of an OSCP is to help the regulated facility prevent oil from entering navigable waters through storm sewers, paved surfaces and even sanitary sewers.

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan

Primarily related to industrial and construction activity, a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) may be required to control the mobilization of industrial pollutants by stormwater runoff or construction activities that result in disturbance of one or more acres of land. The EPA developed the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program under the Clean Water Act to regulate stormwater discharge sources.

Training

We can train you on all stormwater and spill prevention topics onsite and will then provide you with all of the training documents you will need going forward.

Permitting

Sierra Piedmont provides all types of environmental permitting assistance and will be happy to discuss your unique situation in detail.