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Do concrete plants need to do TRI Reporting?

by Doug

Learn when concrete plants need to conduct TRI Reporting.

The issue of TRI Reporting, or Toxic Release Inventory Reporting, or Form R Reporting, or whatever you want to call it, is becoming a very, very serious issue for the concrete industry.

It's become so serious that we've been getting a lot of concrete producers asking us about TRI reporting at concrete plants, and I'll say the same thing I always say to them. If you run a concrete operation, whether it's ready mix or precast concrete, you need to look into TRI Reporting ASAP.

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Topics: TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance, Precast Concrete, Concrete Plant Environmental Regulations, Concrete Plants, Ready Mixed Concrete

What is TRI Reporting Training?

by Doug

Toxic Release Inventory Reporting is no joke. For many, it can be a long, laborious process, filled with huge margins for errors. Many of our clients and customers, even after doing the reporting for several years, find training helps them do what they have to do to stay in compliance. We discuss what TRI Reporting Training can entail and why facilities with years of reporting experience can still benefit from training.

When it comes to Toxic Release Inventory Reporting, we find that many people, even if they've been reporting for a few years, can still struggle with understanding what's really necessary, how it works, and the correct way to conduct reporting. Many people simply want to know what Toxic Release Inventory Reporting is, or if they're doing it correctly.

And it's great to hear! So many organizations across the U.S. have been ignoring it for a while, and the EPA is realizing it, and starting to crack skulls. It's great to know people out there are realizing they have to get their reporting done correctly and on time, because if they don't, they could be in big trouble.

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Topics: TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance

10 things you could be doing wrong in with TRI Reporting

by Doug

Now that the SARA Tier II Reporting March 1st deadline has passed, it’s time to turn our attention to the upcoming TRI Reporting deadline of July 1st. If you don’t recall, Toxic Release Inventory Reporting, is required at any facility that exceeds the reporting thresholds (usually 25,000 pounds) of certain listed toxic chemicals during the past year that were processed, manufactured or otherwise used at that facility.

Whether you have done TRI Reporting or not in the past, here are 10 things you might do wrong this year.

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Topics: TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance

What you MUST KNOW about TRI Reporting at YOUR Concrete Plant

by Doug

Here's what you need to know about TRI Reporting at YOUR concrete plant.

This last year has been a pretty harsh one in terms of TRI Reporting at concrete plants. The USEPA, in part of a multi-year effort, is cracking down on industrial facilities all over the United States, especially those that they think should be conducting TRI Reporting. One industry that's getting hit hard (relatively speaking) is the concrete industry. Precast concrete plants, ready mixed plants, brick, block, and other concrete plants are all under the gun when it comes to TRI Reporting.

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Topics: TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance, Precast Concrete, Concrete Plant Environmental Regulations, Concrete Plants, Ready Mixed Concrete

5 Hot Environmental and Sustainability Topics for 2013

by Doug

As I gaze into the crystal ball for the year 2013, I believe that there are multiple environmental and sustainability issues that will come to the forefront for the construction materials industries during the New Year. But here's five that I think that might really make a difference to you and your operation during 2013.

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Topics: Sustainability, TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, Sustainability Reporting, Sustainable Certifications

TRI Reporting at Concrete Plants - A Looming Threat!

by Doug

TRI Reporting at concrete plants is becoming a issue to the ready mix and precast concrete industries.

We've been actively involved with the concrete industry for well over 20 years, and in the last few years, TRI Reporting is becoming a bigger and bigger issue.

Did you see the recent news bulletin from the USEPA about a concrete producer who was fined a considerable amount for failing to conduct required Toxic Release Inventory Reporting at their facility? If not, long story short is they should have been doing reporting, got in trouble, and got smacked with a considerable fine.

Simply put, they didn't report on the processing of certain toxic chemicals at their concrete plant. Toxic chemicals?! At a concrete plant?! You heard right folks. This isn't a special producer, or a wildly different type of facility. There are several common products and materials present at every concrete plant which may trigger the need to conduct reporting.

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Topics: TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance

Precast concrete plant environmental regulations the same as others?

by Doug

Environmental regulations can differ wildly from facility to facility, from industry to industry, and from state to state. Here we'll address how regulations impacting ready mix concrete and precast concrete plants are both similar and different in ways.

We've worked with the concrete industry in the United States extensively over these last 20+ years. Needless to say, we have our finger on the pulse of the industry, and know what kind of things are impacting folks running small, single operations, to nation-wide organizations.

We got a lot of concrete producers turning to us to ask us about things related to environmental compliance, and wondering if the regulations at their ready mix operation are similar, the same, or different, than the ones impacting their precast operation.

The answer? They kind of are!

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Topics: SPCC Plans, TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, Tier II Reporting

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