Facility operators advised to minimize chemical releases during hazardous weather
Posted June 1, 2016
As hurricane season approaches, EPA issued a Hazardous Weather Release Prevention and Reporting alert to remind facility operators of certain regulations that require minimization of chemical releases during process shutdown operations. It was designed by the agency to increase awareness among facility operators about their obligation to operate facilities safely and report chemical releases in a timely manner.
Specifically, the alert states operational release minimization requirements and clarifies reporting requirements, including exemptions. Unlike some natural disasters, the onset of a hurricane is predictable and allows for early preparations to lessen its effect on a facility. Before hurricane force winds and associated storm surge flooding damage industrial processes, the alert recommends that operators take preventive action by safely shutting down processes, or otherwise operate safely under emergency procedures.
The alert and requirements are available on the EPA website.
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