New Spill Center Blog Helps Companies Control HAZMAT Costs

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Spill Center helps companies assess risk exposure and potential costs for various spill contingencies with new informative blog.

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

Costs associated with an environmental spill of hazardous materials, diesel fuel or other regulated materials can mount up fast unless the release is contained quickly and prevented from entering a waterway. Fines and penalties can add to the cost if the spill is not reported to the authorities within the time specified.

Spill Center, a North American leader in spill support and environmental claims management, estimates that about 88% of all spills that the company handles for clients involve diesel from punctured truck fuel tanks. The average amount released is 104 gallons. The average cost to clean it up nationwide can top $15,000, related Tom Moses, president and founder of Spill Center.

“We control costs for clients by identifying the right cleanup contractor and getting that crew on scene as quickly as possible,” said Moses, a former U.S. EPA toxicologist who holds a law degree and a certificate in Hazardous Materials Control and Emergency Response. Spill Center maintains a database of more than 3,000 cleanup contractors who are qualified to handle hazmat, he added.

“We also have another database with current reporting information and contacts for nearly 30,000 local, state, provincial and federal regulatory agencies throughout North America,” he continued. “And we know who requires reports – written and by telephone – so our clients avoid fines and penalties for non-compliance with the regulations. We also control costs by knowing the ins and outs of efficiently managing the cleanup and transportation and disposal of contaminated soil and wastes,” noted Moses.

A recent Spill Center blog topic addresses spill-related costs in “How Much is a Spill Going to Cost Us,” which posted at Spill Center’s blog at It discusses factors that affect the cost of an environmental spill and how spill generators can minimize that cost and limit any potential liability associated with the release. The blog addresses:

  • Fines and penalties for failure to report spills.
  • How can I project what my spill cleanup costs will be?
  • How can Spill Center improve my spill preparedness and save me money?

Other blog topics focus on working with contractors, invoice auditing and dealing with emergency responders seeking reimbursement. Moses also discusses Spill Center’s support program for clients in the transportation, chemical and insurance industries, among others. In addition, he hosts a monthly podcast in which he talks about topics related to environmental spills and ways companies can contain their spill-related costs and limit their liability. The podcasts can be found at

Spill Center has been assisting clients involved in environmental spills and other pollution events for nearly 24 years, offering expertise in environmental regulatory compliance, claims management and emergency spill response management, as well as documentation and claims resolution, negotiation and settlement.

For more information about Spill Center’s program of services, contact Tom Moses, Spill Center, 22 Kane Industrial Dr., Hudson MA 01749. Tel. 978-568-1922 x222. Email: tmoses(at)spillcenter(dot)net

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