Maine Department of Environmental Protection Proposes the Regulation of PFOS in Children’s Products

Two years ago St.Germain Collins wrote about “emerging” contaminants known collectively as PFAS, a family of complex compounds primarily consisting of Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Since then there’s been a flurry of activity in Maine, with the latest being the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s proposed regulation of PFOS in childrens products.
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PFAS Regulations

In 2017 we wrote about “emerging” contaminants known as PFAS. Since then, Maine Governor Janet Mills established a task force, and there have been numerous news articles about these “forever chemicals” right here in Maine. We’ll continue to share with you how this issue may impact environmental due diligence, remediation and environmental health and safety
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Sentry EHS Is Getting an Upgrade

Sentry EHS is getting an upgrade. We have been working behind the scenes to bring you the following improvements: Attachment Icons: In Sentry List View, an icon now appears if there is a document uploaded to that task. Tank Field: The tank field has been updated to include state and federal inspection dates, allowing tank compliance
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Proposed Rule Change Affects Definition of WOTUS

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corp of Engineers (ACE) recently proposed changes to redefine the definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).  This definition has applicability for SPCC plans, SWPPPS, FRPs and site development regulations. You may find the following summary helpful in determining the impact of this proposed rule:
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Chapter 101 Maine DEP

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proposing changes to Chapter 101: Visible Emissions Regulation. Chapter 101 regulates opacity limits for fuel burning equipment, process, and fugitive emission sources. Currently, a certain number of opacity limit exceedances are allowed for these sources over a specified time average within a certain period of time. For
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Maine Stormwater and Site Law Permit Certification Reminder

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently sent out a five-year certification reminder to those who have a DEP Stormwater or Site Law permit issued on or after 2006. This may affect more than just those who currently have these permits. If you are planning to purchase a property with existing development, you should
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EPA’s New e-Manifest System

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is implementing its new nation-wide e-Manifest system beginning June 30, 2018.  With the promise of adding significant streamlining to the tracking of hazardous waste shipments, EPA has been working with states for several years to make this a reality. The use of the e-Manifest system is voluntary for now. 
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U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Shipping Hazardous Materials Training

Shipping Hazardous Materials -Training St.Germain Collins is offering a one-day training session for anyone whose job responsibilities include offering and/or receiving shipments of hazardous materials, to satisfy the U.S. DOT requirements set forth in 49 CFR 172.704(a). This training is required at least once every three years. The next one is March 15, 2018 in
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Waste Training

Maine Hazardous & Universal Waste Training for Large & Small Quantity Generators This 8-hour course is like no other. Register today. At St.Germain Collins you’ll learn practical ways to apply Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s regulations to your facility operations. The focus will be on: requirements for labeling, inspecting, packaging and storage of hazardous waste;
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