Illinois General NPDES Permit Update, What Does This Mean For You?

Grace Miller - Environmental Scientist, VET Environmental Engineering, LLC

We are writing to inform you that the new IL General NPDES Industrial Storm Water Permit (ILR00) was recently passed by the IEPA and went into effect on April 5, 2017. Permittees have been given 180 days from this date to comply with new permit requirements. There are significant changes in this permit from the previous version. Changes include new inspections, new storm water sampling requirements, and regular SWPPP (Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan) updates based on sampling results. Facilities will now be required to submit storm water samples to a lab for analysis.

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When Your Rack Brings All the Boys to the Yard: OSHA and Racking Compliance.

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Grace Miller – Environmental Scientist, VET Environmental Engineering, LLC

We’ve seen some pretty impressive racks at the auto recycling facilities we visit. We’ve seen big racks, small racks, calendars of racks, and even racks you can put whole cars on! The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also likes to look at racks, but scant legal legislation exists specifically dedicated to racking, a problem that can make it hard to apply practical safety standards to this aspect of your business. Fear not! We looked into it.      

What does OSHA specifically require for racking compliance?

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May is American Wetlands Month

May is American Wetlands Month 

Will Shealy, Intern, VET Environmental Engineering, LLC

Grace Miller, Environmental Scientist, VET Environmental Engineering, LLC

 

As May comes to a close, we’d like to recognize it as the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) designated American Wetlands Month. When people think of wetlands they typically associate them with the hanging moss, steamy mangroves, and exotic animals found in the Florida Everglades or Louisiana Bayou. In reality, wetlands are found across every region and climate in America, even cold and dry areas. So what makes a wetland a wetland? Wetlands have three defining characteristics: hydric soils, hydrophytic plants, and hydrology (water or evidence of water). All three must be present for an area to be considered a ‘wetland’.

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And the Winner Is........

Veldman's Auto Parts 

VET's feature of the week is Veldman's Auto Parts.  The team at Veldman's earned the Indiana Clean Yard GOLD Award this year.  This is a huge accomplishment for them and we are so proud!  

What is the Indiana Clean Yard Award?  

The first step to become an Indiana Clean Yard is for the owner or operator to conduct a self-audit of the facility using the Auto Salvage Recyclers Workbook, and fix any issues found. Then, the owner or operator can submit the Auto Salvage Recyclers Certification Program Environmental Self-Audit Checklist and Certification Statement (both available on the IDEM Forms page). IDEM will then review the forms and schedule a site visit to verify that your facility follows environmental regulations, has necessary licenses and approvals, and has an effective recycling program. If IDEM finds no issues during the review and site visit, they will present you with the Indiana Clean Yard Award.

What is the Indiana Clean Yard Gold Award?  

Indiana Clean Yard - Gold Level is a higher level of recognition for auto salvage recyclers that meet the criteria to be an Indiana Clean Yard, and make a greater commitment to environmental protection. This is achieved by using Best Management Practices (BMPs) and having a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). IDEM will use a checklist to evaluate the BMPs when you apply for Indiana Clean Yard Gold Level. An IDEM representative will contact to you to schedule a visit and review any BMPs you have put in place. IDEM will also evaluate your SWPPP. A score of 75% or better on the BMP checklist and a complete SWPPP will qualify you for Gold Level Status. 

Below you will find some images of why Veldman's was awarded the Indiana Clean Yard Gold Award and why they brought home INCARES PLATINUM in 2016.

  1. Veldman's quarters their tires and stacks them tread up. This prevents the tires from accumulating water and reduces mosquito breeding ground. 
  2. Veldman's uses IBC totes cut in half and covered as battery storage containers. By cutting the IBC totes in half and using lids it prevents contact with water and prevents over-stacking of more than 3 batteries high.
  3. An outstanding example of fluid containment!  Here Veldman's has put their fluid containment container into a secondary steel vault.  This will allow any spills or failures to be collected by the secondary containment. Veldman's also put a metal roof over the containment area which helps keep any precipitation from collecting. Lastly, the fluid containment area is located on an impervious surface.  This is a creative and practical solution!  

Well done Veldman's!  This is a fantastic honor and you have all worked very hard to make your yard one of the best in Indiana.  Your attention to detail on your yard is top notch.  We are proud of all of your hard work!

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Proposed Changes to the Illinois General NPDES Permit - What Does This Mean For You?

ATRI News - November/December 2016

On October 31, 2016, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) issued a public notice regarding proposed updates to the general industrial National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for Illinois.  These updates were made because storm water regulations in Illinois have become antiquated since their original implementation.  Proposed updates are comparable to standards in other states.  

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FEATURE: Client of the Week

CalCar Quarry

This week's featured facility is Calcar Quarry in Paoli, IN.  These guys have been taking compliance to the next level.  They built a new shop this year and have been making some impressive additions to ensure their compliance. 

They have installed a compressed air tank storage area with multiple stalls, each for different types of compressed air with appropriate chains (and the chains were fastened!!!).  Next, they have created a centralized safety station for first aid supplies, an emergency eye wash station, eye and ear protection, and a fire extinguisher.  Lastly and most impressively, they have installed a metal railing and had the load limit determined above their offices.  This area houses all of their controls for the mechanical systems.  They installed permanent stairs and a chain to block off this area.

Great improvements Calcar!  We are thoroughly impressed!! 

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The VET Review - 2016 IL Green CAR Medalists Awarded!

ATRI News - September/October 2016

We would like to congratulate all of our Illinois Green Certified Automotive Recycler (CAR) Medalists.  VET presented awards at the Illinois Convention and Tradeshow in Springfield, Illinois, and we are proud to say that we have 26 IL Green CAR-certified facilities for 2016 with an additional three pending! The facilities listed below as “PENDING” are working toward initial certification and earning their medals by the end of the year.  Our medalists and new membership should all be very proud of the commitments they have made – this ain’t an easy process folks, and each facility listed below has taken significant steps toward environmental and safety compliance, improving their business, and gaining peace of mind.  Congratulations!

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