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Fluctuating customer demand can complicate air permitting processes and inspections in manufacturing plants; here’s how one company tackled the challenges.

August 8, 2017

MasterMold, LLC makes component parts for manufacturers of recreational vehicles, utility equipment, and agricultural equipment who use the components in their end products. Because of the wide variety of industries and customers it serves, MasterMold must be poised to respond to its customers’ growth by increasing production levels on demand.

There is a solution.

Executive Vice President Jon Butts manages environmental compliance at three production facilities. “Environmental management is just one of the many hats I wear,” says Butts. MasterMold has multiple environmental needs. Permitting is high on Butts’ list, and so is passing routine inspections.

To help MasterMold meet its environmental compliance needs, the SCS Engineers team assessed the company’s air permitting needs with an eye toward future increases in customer demand. The team helped turn around a permit application quickly so MasterMold could continue to meet its customers’ production expectations without interruption and remain compliant with environmental rules and regulations. Butts stated:

Then SCS Engineers helped me collect and organize data for emission calculations in one place. They created an easy-to-use tool that my staff updates monthly so we’re prepared for an on-site inspection anytime. I can demonstrate compliance, pass inspections quickly, and get back to focusing on my customers.

Butts got the opportunity to test the new tool during the company’s latest inspections. MasterMold has undergone routine inspections by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Both agencies checked the company’s compliance status with its air permit at its largest plants. “I had everything organized right at my fingertips,” Butts says. “I was ready for the inspections. I now know exactly where all of our emissions come from and exactly how they change over time.”

The excellent results of MasterMold’s latest inspections say it all and SCS is grateful for the chance to help businesses with complex environmental challenges.

Thanks to the tool SCS Engineers helped me build, MasterMold passed its latest inspections in just a few hours with no citations. I’m confident I will pass on-site inspections and gain and grow inspectors’ trust in MasterMold’s business practices. Now I’m in a position to influence the process, take proactive steps, and partner with my inspector instead of responding reactively.

—Jon Butts, Executive Vice President, MasterMold, LLC | Johnson Creek, WI

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:03 am
Tag Archives: manufacturing environmental compliance

SCS Advice from the Field: EPCRA Tier II Hazardous Chemical Reporting – Avoiding Common Mistakes

February 20, 2017

Understanding and correcting typical Tier II deficiencies may help companies with hazardous chemical reporting obligations avoid the recently increased penalties.

 

On March 1, each year facilities that use hazardous chemicals in specific quantities must file an EPCRA Tier II report identifying the chemicals with the State Emergency Response Commission, the Local Emergency Planning Committee, and the local fire department.

Easy to avoid mistakes and omissions in Tier II filings may lead to civil penalties of as much as $54.8K per day. Most cited violations involve just a few common chemicals such as ammonia, sulfuric acid inside equipment, and an EHS that is a component of mixtures. These are often overlooked or thought to be exempt from reporting because the threshold for reporting may be low.

Rather than risk non-compliance, ask the professionals at SCS Engineers about common chemical thresholds, voluntary self-disclosure, and EPA’s audit policies.

Read our most recent EPCRA Technical Bulletin, or contact us at service@scsengineers.com.

Posted by Diane Samuels at 3:00 am
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New SCS Technical Bulletin Posted: Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act Unraveled

February 14, 2017

SCS periodically prepares technical bulletins to highlight items of interest to our clients and friends. These are published on our website. This SCS Technical Bulletin addresses the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). The purpose of specific sections are consolidated and explained by SCS professionals; specifically:

  • Section 302  Emergency Response Plans
  • Section 304  Emergency Notifications
  • Sections 311-312  Information to Planning and Response Agencies
  • Section 313  Tracking the Management of Toxic Chemicals

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If you have any questions regarding this technical bulletin, feel free to contact your local SCS Engineers representative, email us at service@scsengineers.com, or contact our professionals listed on the Technical Bulletin.

Posted by Diane Samuels at 3:00 am
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Get Ahead of the 2017 Environmental Compliance Reporting Requirements

December 13, 2016

Is your manufacturing or industrial business ready for the 2017 environmental reporting season?

Don’t let the deadlines sneak up on you.

 

SCS Engineers provides a free guide to the most common environmental reports due at the federal and state levels. Each guide includes an overview of the reporting due along with the date each state requires submission.

When SCS says free, we mean it. No need to submit your company name, no endless email trail will follow; these are free guides to download and share with others from the compliance experts – SCS Engineers.

Click to download or share each state guide:

If your state is not listed, contact the nearest SCS office to speak with a compliance professional in your area and in your business sector; SCS is nationwide.

If you have questions or need help sorting out details such as which reports apply to your business or step-by-step support on how to prepare your reports in the states listed above, contact our regional professionals.

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