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Compliance and Technical Assistance
Do you need help understanding what environmental regulations apply to your company? Do you need help ensuring compliance for your business? Do you want to be kept current on new environmental rulemakings and featured topics about environmental regulation? Whether you are a small business or a large corporation, the Compliance and Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) is your one-stop shop for environmental regulatory compliance needs.
Staff with experience in all environmental regulatory programs are ready to provide confidential technical compliance assistance on a wide array of environmental topics. CTAP is a non-regulatory program, and all assistance is provided in a confidential manner, and for free.
Upcoming Compliance Due Dates
- August 28:
- Quarterly Non-Compliance Report due for those delegated water Pretreatment Programs allowed to submit in August (otherwise due in July).
- September 15:
- Third quarter payment due for NPDES Annual Bill, if paying in quarterly installments.
- Underground Storage Tank (UST) fee of third payment due if paying the fee in four installments.
- October 15:
- Solid Waste Quarterly Reports due.
- Solid Waste Management Fee Return has been combined with the Solid Waste disposal fee and is due quarterly (January 15, April 15, July 15, October 15). Forms will be mailed to applicable parties per the reporting schedule.
- October 28:
- Quarterly Non-Compliance Report due for delegated water Pretreatment Programs (unless otherwise permitted to submit report in November).
- October 30:
- Air Quarterly Deviation and Compliance Monitoring Report due for July through September. Check your permit to determine if you are on a quarterly or semi-annual reporting schedule.
- Quarterly Air Permit reports (e.g., usage reports) due for July through September.
- November 15:
- Underground Storage Tank (UST) fee of fourth or last payment due if paying the fee in four installments.
- November 28:
- Quarterly Non-Compliance Report due for those delegated water Pretreatment Programs allowed to submit in November (otherwise due in October).
- December 15:
- Fourth quarter payment due for NPDES Annual Bill, if paying in quarterly installments.
- December 31:
- Organic Pollutant Monitoring Report due for delegated water Pretreatment Programs.
Additional Compliance Information:
Vapor Degreasing Process Uses Trichloroethylene (TCE) Replacement to Eliminate Hazardous Waste
Electro-Spec Inc. (Franklin, Indiana) had been using a trichloroethylene (TCE) solvent, one of these hazardous materials, in its Tiyoda vacuum vapor degreasing unit for years. When the solvent came up on the EPA list, environmental health and safety director Ben McKnight led a research project to find an alternative to this hazardous chemical. As members of an environmental stewardship program and members of a program sponsored by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Partners for Pollution Prevention, Electro-Spec needed to live up to its drive for environmental excellence, and therefore minimize or eliminate hazardous waste. The Production Machining magazine has a full article in the May 2019 issue detailing how good chemistry has helped this vapor degreasing process become greener.
Annual Compliance Certifications
In Indiana, regulated entities with Part 70 (Title 5) or federally enforceable state operating permits (FESOP) issued by IDEM’s Office of Air Quality (OAQ) are required to certify compliance through the submittal of Annual Compliance Certifications (ACC).
ACC submittal dates:
- FESOP and Part 70 (Title 5) - for Clark, Elkhart, Floyd, Lake, Marion, Porter, St. Joseph, and Vanderburgh Counties, the ACC - due no later than April 15
- FESOP and Part 70 (Title 5) - for all other counties - due no later than July 1
Much of the required information for the ACC comes from the permitted source’s quarterly deviation and compliance monitoring reports, permit conditions, inspection reports, and internal review practices. OAQ’s air inspectors are required to review all of the 1,100 plus certifications that are received or should have been received, and they must request resubmittals if errors are found within the reports. Continue reading to find out about common ACC errors and tips for reducing them.