Spill Center Podcast Series: Environmental Spill Emergencies

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The Spill Center podcast series will allow corporations and transportation professionals to stay on top of the latest spill regulations and response plans

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Spill Center is a nationwide, 24-hour emergency resource dedicated to reducing environmental liability for companies that become spill generators.

Spill Center, a North American leader in environmental spill support dedicated to reducing costs and liability for companies that become spill generators, has launched a new series of Internet podcasts on topics related to releases of hazardous materials and other pollution events requiring cleanup and reporting.

Each podcast focuses on a different aspect of spill preparedness and offers advice on how to effectively manage spills to contain costs and limit potential third-party liability claims related to releases. The free podcasts are conducted by Spill Center President Tom Moses, a former U.S. EPA toxicologist who holds a law degree and certificate of hazardous materials control and emergency response.

Considered a leading authority on environmental regulations and compliance issues in the hazardous materials transportation industry, Moses founded Spill Center in 1990 on the premise that no company will ever have enough spills to get good at managing them efficiently and cost-effectively.

He observed that Spill Center compliance associates deal with environmental releases every day on behalf of clients, routinely completing US DOT Incident Report Forms as part of the company’s program of spill-related services for clients. Spill Center files more than 300 reports each month – more incident reports for clients than any other organization in the country, he noted.

By managing spills in jurisdictions throughout the country, the company has learned what works and what saves money. Highly efficient systems have been developed for spill response, documentation and reporting as well as nationwide cleanup contractor referrals and disposal resources, said Moses.

“Clients rely on Spill Center to provide expertise in spill management and regulatory matters to avoid fines and penalties for non-compliance with local, state, provincial and federal environmental reporting rules and minimize cleanup costs and potential liability,” Moses added.

Controlling Spill Costs

In the first Spill Center podcast, Moses discussed controlling costs associated with cleanup, starting with an explanation of strict liability arising from environmental spills. He defined it as legal responsibility without regard to fault.

“It doesn’t matter if it was an accident and you didn’t mean to have a spill, if there is a spill, you are responsible as long as you had care, custody or control of the material spilled,” he related. “Regardless of who was at fault for the release, strict liability makes the spill generator responsible for paying damages associated with it.”

In the podcast, which is posted online along with other recent podcasts in the series, Moses discussed damages associated with spills, which include:

  • Costs related to response, reporting, remediation and waste disposal
  • Property damage and bodily injury arising from the spill
  • Fines and penalties for failing to comply with reporting regulations
  • Reimbursement of emergency services

Listen to that and other Spill Center podcasts at spillcenter.podomatic.com, where you can also “Become a Follower” of Spill Center’s podcasts to get updated when new installments come out. Previous Spill Center Podcasts that can be accessed:

  • Drafting Your Spill Contingency Plan
  • Avoiding Improper Cleanup Charges
  • Responding to Demands for Reimbursement

The podcasts can also be accessed on mobile devices (See instructions for Apple and Android devices below.)

Spill Center Services

Moses describes Spill Center as a North American-wide, 24-hour emergency resource dedicated to reducing costs and environmental liability for companies that become spill generators. With a single call or visit to the Spill Center website, http://www.spillcenter.com, spill generators can tap into Spill Center’s expertise at finding qualified cleanup contractors, completing required regulatory reporting and thoroughly documenting spill events, he said.

Spill Center provides immediate spill management and required documentation, comprehensive regulatory expertise, clean-up contractor referral, invoice auditing and a proven method designed to place the spill generator in a legally defensible position – all in a low-cost way that is proven to control costs and limit liability, Moses related.

“As the leading and most trusted environmental claims management company in North America, Spill Center helps fixed-facilities, shippers, transporters, chemical companies and insurers to control costs and limit liability arising from accidental releases of hazardous materials, diesel fuel and other regulated substances,” he continued.

The company’s expertise in spill management and environmental claims handling has helped hundreds of clients in the transportation, chemical and insurance industries, noted Moses. “They count on Spill Center to help get past spill incidents and avoid fines and penalties for non-compliance with reporting regulations.”

For more information on Spill Center’s program of services, visit the company website at http://www.spillcenter.com or call Tom at Spill Center headquarters in Hudson, Mass. at 978-568-1922. Email him at tmoses(at)spillcenter(dot)com.

Podcasts on Mobile Devices: Instructions for accessing the Spill Center Podcast on mobile devices are available here.

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