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