TENNESSEE STORM WATER PERMIT ANNUAL REPORTS DUE It is the end of the first quarter and if you operate an industrial facility in the state of Tennessee, you should know what that means. In order to remain in compliance with the State of Tennessee Storm Water General Permit, you must submit your Annual Storm Water Monitoring Report to the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC). Also, you should have obtained visual storm water samples for your first quarter before the ... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Mar 29
UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD SPCC VIOLATIONS Last month, the EPA reached a settlement with Union Pacific Railroad Company over violations of the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act. Union Pacific operations at 20 rail yards in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming violated EPA regulations for Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) and Facility Response Plans. Allegations included oil & coal spills as well as inadequate SPCC plans and/or inadequate SPCC plan implementation. The settl... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Mar 21
CORDOVA MIDDLE SCHOOL Last week, Tioga Environmental Consultants provided indoor air quality sampling and analysis at Cordova Middle School. There had been some concern about the possibility of mold and mildew at the school after a water leak occurred in January. One of the middle school teachers recently died and concern understandably grew. Tioga's air sampling indicated that there was no unusual fungal activity in the area and no reason for concern. The analysis by Tioga was mentio... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Mar 16
One of the biggest culprits of storm water pollution is litter. Trash that is laying on the ground eventually makes its way to a storm drain inlet, ditch, pipe or creek. All of this garbage makes its way downstream and into the Mississippi River. The Memphis City Beautiful Commission has worked since 1930 to beautify Memphis and one of their goals is to prevent litter in our city. The Commission has set up a 24 hour hotline program designed to help folks "Take Pride in Memphis." ... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Mar 7
GREEN TEAMS By now, you have probably seen the Go Green stamps that were issued last year by the United States Postal Service (USPS). The stamps feature a variety of suggestions for small, individual actions that can add up and have a positive impact on our environment. We recommend them! And as it turns out, it's not just lip service with the USPS. The USPS has been working to reduce energy, water, consumables, and petroleum fuel usage. In 2011, these measures saved more th... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Mar 2