Pollution is a silent killer that knows no boundaries.
Pollution originating in the air, on the land, and in the water has an impact on every living thing.
The problem was obvious to the general public and forced the government to respond by creating The Clean Water Act in 1972.
In 1990 a more detailed policy called the Pollution Prevention Act was were enacted.
The P2 Act required facilities to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.
This legislation also made it illegal to discharge any pollutant from a point source into navigable waters without a permit.
It is important to understand that pollution control covers actual release and potential release of pollution to the environment.
As part of the permitting process, facilities must develop Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) and identify Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will help reduce or eliminate discharges into waterways.
The steps taken to ensure that the pollution prevention plan works efficiently can be considered Best Management Practices or BMP's.
These practices include: 1)Maintenance procedures 2)Documented plans that are designed to effectively reduce or prevent discharge of pollutants into receiving waters.
3)Establishing treatment procedures for waste streams BMPs can include products or devices that prohibit discharge.
The BMP can also include a comprehensive company policy that will ensure that all employees are trained to follow good housekeeping procedures Other examples of BMPs include: *Establishing treatment procedures for waste streams *Plans and devices to prevent leaks and spills A number of products that help companies manage pollution and comply with the requirements for implementing BMPs are available commercially.
1)Drainblocker® Drain Plug.
This re-usable, polyurethane drain plug forms a tight seal over smooth surfaces preventing contaminants from entering drains.
It is an excellent resource to have on hand at fueling and loading docks, near process drains, or anywhere leaks and spills could pose a hazard to open storm drains.
2) Two-drum Roll Top Hardcover Pallet is an excellent choice for outdoor container storage.
It is large enough to accommodate two 55-gallon drums with funnels or pumps in place.
A rolling cover keeps contents dry and weather-tight.
The unit is lockable to prevent tampering, and its 66-gallon sump also helps you comply with EPA's containment regulations.
3)Universal Oil Drip Mat with non-penetrable backing will keep the facility compliant and reduce maintenance costs.
4)The Abzorb Oil Mat(TM) under fleet vehicles as an inexpensive, way to implement a storm water pollution prevention plan in a (BMP) plan.
The Abzorb Oil Mat(TM) can play a rolein any P2 plan because the mat soaks up vehicle leaks and prevents runoff.
This product can also be used in walkways around equipment or on office carpet walkways to cut down on cleaning costs by preventing tracking of spills through the facility.
The Best Management Practice Plan can help companies avoid violations.
Training of employees in the proper use of products and equipment designed to curtail pollution can insulate a company from costly penalties.