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Metal Finishing Guidance Manual Seminar Series

Organization(s) Narragansett Bay Commission
Project Description In recent years the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, particularly Region I, has developed many initiatives designed to reinvent environmental regulatory approaches. Programs have been put in place and great effort is being made to establish partnerships between industry and government with both working toward the same goal of developing common sense and cost effective ways of obtaining a clean environment without hampering economic growth. The Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) was involved with three such programs: Metal Finishing 2000, CLEAN-P2 Regulatory Relief, and NBC's Metal Finishing Guidance Manual Seminar Series.

In December of 1996, the Surface Finishing Industry Council (SFIC) published the "Metal Finishing Guidance Manual" as part of the National Common Sense Initiative (CSI). Written by the Eastern Research Group with assistance by GZA Geo-Environmental, Inc., this extensive document contains detailed information on pollution prevention, environmental compliance, and safety procedures specifically for the metal finishing industry. The manual consists of the following sections and topics:

- Air Emissions - Wastewater discharges - Storm-water Discharges and Oil Spill Prevention - Hazardous Waste - Underground Storage Tanks - Toxic chemical Reporting - Emergency Planning and Notification - Toxic Substance Control - Pollution Prevention - Environmental Management Systems - Environmental Accounting - Superfund and Contaminated Property Management Recognizing the value and importance of this environmental compliance guide, the NBC applied for and was awarded a $35,000 EPA grant to develop and present a series of seminars utilizing this manual. These seminars were held at convenient locations within Rhode Island and were typically two to three hours in duration.

The schedule of seminars was as follows:

- Wednesday, January 13, 1999: Introduction & Hazardous Waste Management - Thursday, February 25, 1999: Emergency Planning Notification Tier I & II - Thursday, May 13, 1999: Toxic Chemical Reporting Form R EPRCA 313 - Wednesday, June 23, 1999: Wastewater Discharges - Thursday, September 16, 1999: USTs and Oil Spill Prevention - Thursday, January 13, 2000: Hazardous Waste Reporting

Project Contact
Name James McCaughey
Phone 401-222-6680 ext. 352
Project Keywords
Processes Surface Finishing
Industrial Sectors Metal Finishing and Electroplating
Activity Keywords New publication, Training/workshops
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 10 No 2, Summer 2000 [PDF]


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