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eLine – EHS News for Vehicle Maintenance & Refueling (Sample Issue– April 2013)

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ISSUE 32                                                                                                   APRIL 2013 EDITION

eLine News

Automotive Environmental and Safety Engineering (AESE) is rolling out eLine—a monthly environmental, health and safety (EHS) news service for vehicle maintenance operations (.formerly EnviroLine (1991-2006) This issue is #32. This is a complimentary issue and can be forwarded on to anyone.  Subscription details below. Subscribe here: http://j.mp/12ivOUp

Now for the top eLine stories for April . . .

FEATURED BELOW: Ryder’s Nancy Tellam and Penske’s Michael Costanzo, both EHS Mgrs, offer tips on EHS management in vehicle maintenance. They discuss best practices that include monthly and annual audits, designating and training EHS coordinators at each facility. Applying most restrictive state rule at all locations may be a good option in mult-istate operations.

FEATURED BELOW: EPA fines Oregon School District for illegal discharge of wastewater to onsite disposal well (dry well) at school bus maintenance facility.

FEATURED BELOW: Hertz Rental Car announced it launched a nationwide scrap tire recycling program for their retail outlets.  (eLine has also learned Bridgestone/Firestone will roll out their scrap tire recycling program this year for their chains of stores according to their website.)

eLine News Feeds

EPA to issue rules on “rags and wipes” that will affect vehicle maintenance facilities. More . . .

EPA to regulate vehicle maintenance & storage yards as industrial sources of storm-water pollution. http://ow.ly/hV97B 

Air bag defects inflate auto safety recalls http://usat.ly/Z45I5Q 

R-40 refrigerant found in contaminated R-134A cylinders. R-40 is extremely toxic, flammable and highly reactive when exposed to aluminum — commonly used in a/c systems — to form a third, highly volatile compound known as trimethyl aluminum that is explosive upon contact with air.  More . . .

California Air Resources Board (CARB) unveils plans for several new trucking rules: expanding idling enforcement and limits on N0x and GHG emissions. More . . .

OSHA issues hazard alert on diesel exhaust, diesel particulate matter http://bit.ly/12LZMzj 

The California Construction Trucking Association has filed a notice of appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. It's the latest in a two-year legal battle against the California Air Resource Board's heavy-duty, on-road truck and bus regulations. The CARB diesel engine regulation will force the replacement of most diesel-powered commercial motor vehicles that don't meet 2010 US EPA standards in order to operate in the state. http://aol.it/VeCgGQ 

Penske Truck Leasing & Penske Logistics profiled as EPA SmartWay Transport partners: http://ow.ly/hu3Sw 

Natural Gas Vehicle Institute (NGVi) is offering CNG fueling station design and operations training seminars on April 23 and 24. More . . .

Fleet Owner magazine reports that re-refined oil gets Detroit (a division of Daimler Trucks) engine approval for Safety-Kleen’s recycled and re-refined EcoPower10W-30 CJ-4/… http://ow.ly/2uPBf7 

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OSHAs new HazCom rules on the new gloabally harmonized safety data sheets (SDSs) and labeling will apply to vehicle maintenance facilities. Training deadline for shop managers, technicians and other employees is December 1, 2013. SEE AESEs easy training module for your use at anytime.

Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) offers training and certification to lift inspectors emphasizing automotive lift operator safety. Bob O’Gorman says 600 inspectors have been trained nationwide. Now you can get a local inspector for your lifts. Learn more . . .

A report in Automotive News states vehicles will cost about $2600 more than in 2011 under EPA CAFÉ and stricter emissions limits.

Gasoline refueling- Stage II vapor recovery systems. Motorists accustomed to filling up at gas pumps with vapor-collecting attachments on the nozzles could be in for a change. Those nozzles belong to Stage II vapor recovery systems which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled no longer cost effectively cut air pollution. And states are increasingly allowing them to be decommissioned. EPA estimates eliminating Stage II systems will save gas stations $3,000 each year. Regulations require facilities to decommission their entire existing Stage II system by following the applicable steps listed in the Petroleum Equipment Institute's Recommended Practices for Installation and Testing of Vapor Recovery Systems at Vehicle-Fueling Sites, PE/RP300-09, Section 14, Decommissioning Stage II Vapor Recovery Piping. More . . .

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Until next month,

David M. Augenstein, MSc, PEng

Publisher

Automotive Environmental and Safety Engineering

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About the Publisher

David has 40 years in the environmental, health and safety field with 20 years specializing in vehicle maintenance and refueling operations. He has a BS in chemical engineering, an MS in industrial environmental controls and a state-licensed professional engineer. Previously employed by Firestone and Marathon Oil retail operations, he has developed environmental programs for Toyota, GM and other major companies. David is the creator of AESE Online. He and his wife reside near Canton, Ohio.

Case Study: Environmental Compliance

Excerpted from Fleet Owner–FULL ARTICLE: Better Shops Part 1–Management tools and techniques that advance vehicle care: http://j.mp/10wnWd5

As a necessary evil to avoid regulatory fines, liability suits and public-image disasters, compliance with environmental rules must be followed by managers as requiring nothing less than a “best practice” approach at all maintenance shops. And it is not enough to get into compliance; efforts must also be made to continuously stay on top of any new or changed environmental reg, be it promulgated at the federal, state or local level.

“Operations personnel should informally observe and enforce environmental and safety compliance issues on a daily basis,” says Mike Costanza, director of environmental services for Penske Truck Leasing. “Managers and supervisors should observe site conditions and their employees’ work practices during the course of daily activities, and should be reinforcing best management practices.

Checklist

“More formal documented compliance audits would normally be conducted monthly using a checklist designed to focus on key compliance issues (e.g., waste storage practices, storage tank compliance and spill management) relevant for a particular facility,” he continues.

“Finally, an annual comprehensive compliance audit should be conducted to identify program areas that may need to be modified,” Costanza points out. “In addition, periodic third-party reviews (e.g., consultants and college outreach) of compliance programs may also be helpful to gain an outside perspective and to identify innovative best practices.”

According to Nanci Tellam, group director of environmental services & sustainability for Ryder System Inc., the best environmental-management programs will “incorporate some type of ongoing and routine review to monitor and ensure compliance exceptions are identified as soon as possible.

“This would include environmental checklist reviews for high-risk areas such as waste storage, employee training, and fuel system inspections,” she continues. “With this operational oversight integrated into routine shop employee responsibilities, management audits can be conducted annually to validate controls are working and exceptions are being corrected.”

Tellam also advises that “it is absolutely critical that a shop-designated and responsible point of contact, such as an environmental coordinator, be identified at the operational level. Ryder has designated environmental coordinators for every operating facility.”

Penske’s Costanza contends that “ultimately someone at the facility will need to be responsible for implementing compliance programs and ensuring that policies and procedures are being followed on a day-to-day basis.

“Depending on the size of the facility, that person may be dedicated solely to compliance, wear several different hats, or have responsibility for multiple facilities,” he advises. “It also depends on the services being provided; facilities dispensing fuel and generating waste materials will need to have someone with an in-depth knowledge of regulations.”

Staying Local

“It is always important to have a local component to any compliance program,” Costanza continues. “Someone has to take responsibility for the day-to-day activities that cannot be monitored from a corporate office.” At multi-shop operations, it may be necessary for compliance programs to be handled at the corporate level, especially for multi-state operations where programs need to be modified to meet state-specific requirements, Costanza notes.

“If you have only a few shops, a ‘customized’ approach may work without difficulty,” states Ryder’s Tellam. “However, if your business has locations in numerous states, counties and cities, it can be a challenge, and it may work better to take the most restrictive rules and apply them across all your operations.”

Above excerpted from Fleet Owner– SEE these 7 case studies for optimizing shop productivity at less cost: http://j.mp/10wnWd5

EPA orders Lapwai School District maintenance shop to cleanup threat to nearby drinking water wells

Release Date: 01/22/2013
Contact Information: Wally Moon, EPA/Seattle, 206-553-6323, moon.wally@epa.gov Mark MacIntyre, EPA/Seattle, 206-553-7302, macintyre.mark@epa.gov

(Seattle – January 22, 2013) The Lapwai School District in Lapwai, ID, must clean up an inactive dry well contaminated with solvents (TCE & PCE) to protect nearby public drinking water wells. The cleanup will be conducted under a legal order issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The drywell lies under an asphalt parking lot at the Lapwai School District (District) bus maintenance facility (204 District Road in Lapwai), which is separated from the Lapwai Elementary School by a fence. Two drinking water wells are located about 150 feet northwest of the drywell.

The latest sampling results available for the well nearest the drywell (2010) did not show contamination, but the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) has recently taken more samples as a precaution. The sample results should be available by the end of the month.

A routine EPA inspection discovered facility drains emptying into the nearby drywell. The District stopped using the drywell shortly thereafter. Since then, EPA, BIA and the Nez Perce Tribe have been working together to evaluate the contamination.

The drywell cleanup project will begin the first week of February. Cleanup will include removing contaminated soil and drywell sludge followed by confirmatory sampling. The cleanup will be led by a contractor hired by the Lapwai School District with EPA and the Nez Perce Tribe providing monitoring and oversight. The project is expected to take approximately one week.

BIA will continue to monitor the public drinking water wells regularly for contamination in accordance with Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.

Hertz to Launch First Nationwide Tire Recycling Program by a Car Rental Company

According to PRNewswire, the Hertz Corporation and Liberty Tire Recycling launched the first nationwide tire recycling program in the U.S. car rental industry.

Liberty Tire Recycling is the largest tire recycling company in North America and converts used tires into rubber feedstock and other materials that can be used for a wide variety of eco-friendly products and services. Hertz will leverage Liberty’s nationwide service to collect its used tires, more than 160,000 annually, which will be transformed into a range of products for playgrounds, public parks, highways and other applications.

“Hertz leads in sustainability throughout our operations, products and services. Today, we take the next step forward and launch the first zero landfill waste tire program in the industry,” said Mark Frissora, Chairman and CEO of Hertz.

“Through our partnership with Liberty Tire Recycling, we are implementing the first national tire recycling program and again set the pace for our sector.”

Liberty provides recycled rubber feedstock which produces a range of products including:

  • Landscaping & Home Garden: Liberty converts tires into unique rubber mulch that is non-allergenic and harmless to plants, pets and children. Rubber mulch resists washing away during heavy rains, and will not sustain mold, fungus growth or insect infestation. Plus, consumers save money because colorfast rubber mulch lasts much longer than wood mulch.
  • Flooring & Playground Markets: Kid-friendly mats and playground safety surfacing made from recycled tire rubber keep little falls fun and flexible, not hard and hurtful.
  • Faster Train Speeds on Greener Rails: The finely powdered crumb rubber is the key ingredient in new composite crossties, the greenest solution for railroad tracks. Composite ties replace toxic preservative-filled hardwood ties with a solution that lasts longer and allows for heavier loads, faster train speeds and more safety.
  • Rubberized Asphalt: Highways modified with recycled tire rubber are now being constructed that ride quieter, last longer, and use significantly less paving material than traditional asphalt. Up to 8,000 tires are used in each lane mile of pavement. Because some applications of rubber asphalt are thinner than traditional conventional asphalt methods, less paving material is used.

This partnership adds to Hertz’s commitment to sustainability, which is demonstrated by a wide variety of its practices and services. Hertz offers a collection of alternative fuel and high MPG vehicles – from electric vehicles (EVs) to clean diesel – in its Green Traveler Collection lineup. Additionally, Hertz’s car sharing service, Hertz On Demand, offers exciting EV options, including the Nissan LEAF, Chevy Volt and Mitsubishi iMiev. Recently, Hertz also expanded its electric car rental program through a pilot initiative with Plugless Power, which allows EVs to charge without being plugged into an outlet.

Photo Credit: Dwight Burdette/WikiMedia Commons

Source: PR Newswire

California Trucking Groups Continue Legal Battle Against CARB, EPA

January 22, 2013

The California Construction Trucking Association has filed a Notice of Appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in its nearly two-year-long legal case against the California Air Resources Board's heavy-duty, on-road truck and bus regulation.

The CARB diesel engine regulation will ultimately force the replacement of most diesel powered commercial motor vehicles that do not meet 2010 EPA emissions standards in order to operate in the state of California.

The CCTA originally filed its litigation against CARB's diesel engine regulation in March 2011, arguing that the state regulation is pre-empted by the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act, which prohibits states from enacting any law, rule, or regulation affecting the price, routes, or services of motor carriers.

The Natural Resources Defense Council intervened by presenting a legal theory that CARB's regulation was not actually a state regulation, but effectively a federal regulation when the EPA approved the California State Implementation Plan in 2012 containing the challenged truck and bus regulation – a year after litigation began.

In December 2012, the U.S. District Court issued a decision that the EPA was an “indispensable party” to the litigation resulting from EPA approval of the SIP and that the court no longer retained jurisdiction. No decision was made on the merits of CCTA's original legal argument. The CCTA will appeal this decision.

Additionally, the CCTA will file a Petition for Review with the Ninth Circuit challenging EPA's approval of the SIP since the Clean Air Act prohibits EPA from approving a SIP in conflict with other federal law. CCTA believes the approval is in conflict with the FAAAA and commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Separately, the CCTA is being represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation in another action challenging the process used by the EPA in approving CARB's off-road diesel engine rules.

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