Environmental CheckPoint March 2011

2011 Regulatory Deadlines
Make note of the dates below and do not hesitate to call SAK Environmental, LLC for assistance or an environmental compliance audit:

  • USEPA SARA Tier II filing – March 1 (this date has passed)
  • Air Source Registration Statements for Massachusetts facilities:
    • April 15 for operating permit facilities
    • May 16 for non-operating permit annual filers
    • June 1 and July 15 for triennial filers.
  • USEPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting – March 31 (deadline extension planned)
  • MADEP Greenhouse Gas Reporting – April 15
  • USEPA TRI Form R, MA TURA Form S – July 1
  • Annual above ground tank (AST) inspection – date specific to your facility

SAK Provides Technical Assistance for Renewable Energy Projects
The concept of “Brightfields,” turning closed landfills into renewable energy generators, is one gaining much interest locally and around the country.  SAK’s Mark Grady recently attended an EBC seminar on the subject, and SAK is currently providing technical assistance to two Massachusetts municipalities installing ground-mounted PV (photovoltaic) arrays for renewable energy.  As an environmental compliance specialist to The Cadmus Group , SAK reviewed and prepared documentation for applicable local, state and federal environmental permit requirements for an 800kW installation on the Huntington Avenue Landfill in Methuen and for a 112+kW system on a highway embankment along Route 44 in Carver, MA.  Additionally, SAK met with Conservation Commissions, Town and State Officials, and assisted in the preparation of bid documents in accordance with Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources standards.  This work, funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through a MA DOER grant, and is allowing cities and towns to realize sustained savings on the town’s electricity bills.   SAK will be providing on-site construction monitoring, and both systems are expected to be operational later this year.

SAK Environmental Helps Establish Regional Geothermal Professionals Association.
SAK Environmental is a Charter Member to the newly established New England Geothermal Professional Association (NEGPA) . “NEGPA fills a large void in the New England geothermal industry” says founding board member Stephen Sakakeeny,  “ by serving as a professional and technical focal point for geothermal providers, and a unified voice to government, utilities and the general public”.  The first meeting is this April. To learn more and to join NEGPA, visit www.NEGPA.org.

Renewable Meets Recycling: Creating Greener Communities through Recycling
Most of us recycle newspapers, cans and bottles at home, but the 2008 Massachusetts Green Communities Act has married solid waste recycling with renewable energy through its Class II Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) for waste-to-energy facilities.  Waste-to-energy facilities have always monitored incoming waste for compliance with MADEP’s waste ban limits, but the Class II RPS has taken waste ban compliance to a new level and SAK is assisting facilities across the state in this effort.  SAK is providing on-site Waste Ban Compliance inspections at three waste-to-energy incinerators in Massachusetts.  Acting as a third-party, independent inspector for the facilities, SAK works with the facilities compiling detailed documentation and a statistical analysis of “failed loads” (i.e. loads containing waste ban items such as excessive cardboard and paper, yard waste, whitegoods, etc.) for submittal to MADEP.  This information gives valuable information to identify where there are weaknesses in recycling efforts – a key factor in determining how to assist companies,  municipalities, and haulers in improving.   In return, the facility earns Carbon Credits to sell.

SAK staff is also active in Environmental Business Council’s (EBC) Construction & Demolition Committee and MA DEP’s Source Separation Workgroup (a sub group of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee).   These committees work towards enhancing recycling of construction and demolition debris both at construction and demolition handling/processing facilities, and at construction sites, tackling issues of site separation, and re-sale outlets for gypsum board, asphalt shingles, ceiling tiles, carpet, wood, etc.

SAK Environmental Helps Establish Regional Geothermal Professionals Association
SAK Environmental  is a Charter Member to the newly established New England Geothermal Professional Association (NEGPA) . “NEGPA fills a large void in the New England geothermal wells industry” says founding board member Stephen Sakakeeny, “ by serving as a professional and technical focal point for geothermal providers, and a unified voice to government, utilities and the general public”.  The first meeting is this April. To learn more and to join NEGPA, visit www.NEGPA.org.