Hudson, MA (PRWEB) August 29, 2014
Environmental spills of hazardous materials, diesel fuel and other regulated substances require a fast response to minimize damage to the environment and limit cleanup costs and potential liability claims. Spill Center, a North American leader in spill support and environmental claims management, is hosting a series of Internet podcasts focusing on spills and other pollution events.
The latest in the series relates to spill reporting and the spill generator’s duty to report an environmental release to the appropriate government agencies within the allowable time-frame. Spill Center President Tom Moses addresses the possible consequences of “Failing to Report Spills” in this podcast.
Spill generators are required to make incident reports to the agency or agencies with jurisdiction over the spill site to avoid a citation for non-compliance with environmental regulations, Moses relates. “Knowing who you owe reports to after a spill is critical to good spill preparedness,” he notes.
“Spills at a facility or on the road as the result of a transportation accident are subject to a maze of environmental regulations. Businesses that are unprepared to handle spill emergencies and make all required reports leave themselves open to major expenses,” Moses observes. “And insurance companies do not cover fines and penalties for failing to report on time,” he emphasizes.
“Spills often involve multiple jurisdictions, each with separate reporting requirements,” he continues. “A spill in one of the five boroughs of New York City requires reports to county, state and federal authorities, plus the New York City DEP. Failure to make the city report can cost $25,000 per day, with each day being a separate violation.”
He notes that a reportable-quantity release must be reported as a matter of law. Immediate telephone notification is required in some cases along with a written report. “When in doubt whether a spill involves a reportable quantity, it is best to report it. Compliance is the best policy,” observes Tom.
Listen to the podcast at spillcenter.podomatic.com, where you can also “Become a Follower” of Spill Center’s podcasts to get updated when new installments come out. At the site, users can also listen to previous Spill Center Podcasts on the following subjects:
Spill Center is a nationwide, 24-hour emergency resource dedicated to reducing 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.
As the leading and most trusted environmental claims management company in North America, Spill Center helps fixed-facilities, shippers, transporters, chemical companies and insurers control costs and limit liability arising from accidental releases of hazardous materials, diesel fuel and other regulated substances.
The company’s expertise in spill management and environmental claims handling has helped hundreds of clients in the transportation, chemical and insurance industries. 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 Spill Center headquarters in Hudson, Mass. at 978-568-1922.
Instructions for accessing the Spill Center Podcast on mobile devices are as follows:
Apple iTunes – If you don’t already have Apple iTunes, download the latest version here.
Open iTunes and select “Subscribe to Podcast” from the “Advanced” menu. Type or paste ‘itpc://cdissler.podOmatic.com/rss2.xml’ in the “URL” field. Click “OK”, and the download begins immediately.
Android Devices – Download a podcast manager (We recommend ‘BeyondPod.’ Downloaded from the Google Play Store (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.beyondpod.unlockkey) From the BeyondPod home screen, click “Add Feed” button at the bottom left corner. Next, click “Import feeds” in the top right corner and select “Enter Feed Address.” When prompted, enter http://spillcenter.podomatic.com/rss2.xml in the feed URL and select save. Spill Center podcasts will automatically update with new material when it is available.