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Environmental Compliance Bootcamp


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Learn the ins and outs of environmental laws and regulations during this interactive 5-day course. Instructors review the background of each environmental law/regulation, delve into the specifics, provide expert insights into how the laws and regulations may apply to your facility, and teach practical compliance strategies. Working examples of permits and reporting requirements are provided in some cases. The course covers all major environmental laws and regulations such as the Clean Air Act (CAA). There is also a section on PCBs, asbestos, lead, storage tanks, environmental auditing, inspections, and management strategies. If you are new to managing and reporting on environmental compliance issues, this is the course for you. If you are a seasoned veteran in the world of EH&S, this is an excellent refresher course to meet annual training needs.


Who Should Attend this course?
  • Those new to managing and reporting on environmental compliance issues
  • Those who need a refresher course to meet annual training requirements
what will i learn in this course?
  • Gain insights into the major environmental laws and regulations
  • Learn practical compliance strategies to enhance your company's bottom line
  • Sort through complex laws and regulations
  • Learn about lesser-known laws concerning PCBs, asbestos, lead, etc.
  • Share compliance experiences with other EH&S personnel from different industries and agencies
  • IHMM – 2.5 CMPs; NESHTA – 40 CE hours; NEHA – 32.5 CE hours; 3.1 CEUs, 3.1 COCs, 5.01 CMs, ABIH approval #10-249
Duration: 5 days

Dates & Locations

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Day 1: 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • The Basics of Environmental Law and Compliance
  • Introduction
    • Enforcement trends
    • Market forces
    • Compliance incentives
    • Public concerns
    • Similarities and differences among laws
    • Common components: reporting, recordkeeping, permits, training, sampling requirements, etc.
    • Command-and-control vs. market-based incentives
  • Making Sense of the Federal Register
    • Finding what you need
    • Staying on top of ever-changing requirements
  • The Clean Air Act
    • Operating permit program
    • Air toxic program
    • Emissions limitations
    • Enforcement
    • Review newly regulated air emission sources
    • Modifying or reconstructing facilities
    • Routine repair, replacement, and maintenance
    • Controlling accidental releases
    • Phase-out of CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons)
  • What You Should Know About Superfund
    • Brief synopsis of Superfund and its components
    • Reporting requirements
    • How to avoid becoming involved in this program
Day 2: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • RCRA: What the Law Requires
    • Cradle-to-grave waste management
    • Definition of solid and hazardous waste
    • Notification requirements
    • Hazardous waste manifests
  • Identifying Your Hazardous Wastes
    • Discarded material
    • When a waste is a solid waste
    • When a solid waste is a hazardous waste
    • Understanding the hazardous waste lists
    • Defining a hazardous waste by its characteristics: ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity
  • RCRA: What It Means in Day-to-Day Operations
    • Container storage requirements
    • Accumulating wastes
    • Obtaining an EPA ID number
    • Large vs. small quantity generators
    • Reporting and recordkeeping
    • Personnel training
    • Labeling and manifesting
    • Reportable quantities
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Requirements and Pollution Prevention
    • Reporting and notification requirements
    • Inventory reporting
    • Toxic Chemicals Release Reporting (Form R)
    • Role of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs)
    • Overview of the pollution prevention strategy from a national perspective
    • Learn the basics of the Waste Minimization National Act
    • Why it is important to start minimizing waste now, before you are forced to
Day 3: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • The Clean Water Act: What the Law Requires
    • Permit process
    • Water quality-based effluent limits
    • Technology-based effluent limits
    • Point and nonpoint sources
    • The pretreatment program
  • The Clean Water Act: What It Means in Day-to-Day Operations
    • Discharge monitoring reports
    • Review an actual water quality permit
  • Stormwater Discharges and Permits
    • Permits
    • Monitoring storm events
  • Spill Prevention and Release Reporting
    • Spill prevention control and countermeasure plans
    • Responding to discharges and spills
    • Spill notification
Day 4: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Managing PCBs
    • Conducting a PCB inventory
    • Registration requirements
    • Labeling and recordkeeping
    • Annual reporting obligations
    • Storage and disposal
    • Cleanup requirements
  • Managing Asbestos
    • Hazard assessment and ranking
    • Asbestos identification and surveys
    • Asbestos program manager responsibility
    • Work practices
  • Managing Lead
    • Inspecting and monitoring for lead hazards
    • Personal and respiratory protection equipment
    • Documentation and recordkeeping
    • Employee training
  • Hazardous Materials Transportation
    • Placarding and safety requirements
    • Department of Transportation regulations
    • The manifest system
  • Underground Storage Tanks
    • Mandated cleanup of leaks
    • Tank management obligations
    • Monitoring, testing, and reporting
Day 5: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Environmental Audits and Inspections
    • Setting up an internal audit program
    • Do’s and don'ts of audits
    • Communicating the results and fixing the problems
    • The essentials of documentation and recordkeeping
    • What you should or shouldn’t do during an inspection
    • Who should meet with the inspector
  • Environmental Training Requirements: An Integrated Approach
    • How to plan an effective program
    • Current trends
    • Key elements in conducting a needs analysis billing


Stacy Foret, CPEA - Principal-in-Charge

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