Ecology Offers Grants to Upgrade Oil Spill Response Equipment

In an effort to help emergency responders buy oil spill response equipment, the Washington Department of Ecology is offering $777,000 in grants to public agencies and tribal governments starting Oct. 1. The grant program will help first responders purchase oil spill, hazardous materials response, and firefighting equipment they could not otherwise afford. To apply for a grant, attend a workshop, or learn more about the program, visit the website at

Spokane: Burn ban lifted within city limits

The city of Spokane Fire Department said it has lifted a burn-ban restriction within the city limits that had been put in place on July 29. Burning still might be restricted temporarily at times by the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency due to increased fine particle levels and air stagnation.

Ecology’s New Poster Helps Minimize Confusion About Environmental Reporting Requirements

This poster highlights the most common reports required from Ecology, and is illustrated to help businesses understand what to report, why they must report, and when reports are due. You can order free copies from us or you can print your own. If your facility has several reports to submit, this poster is for you!

GHS Final Deadline (June 1, 2016)

The three year implementation period for OSHA’s Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) is coming to an end on June 1, 2016. What does this mean? It means that all employees potentially exposed to hazardous chemicals should be trained under the new GHS standard, old MSDS must be replaced by the new SDS, and new labels should be instituted by manufacturers and distributors. Check out this summary article.

WA GHG Reporting Program: Reporting Deadline Reminder

This is a reminder that the deadlines to submit 2015 emissions year GHG reports to Ecology are:

  • Facilities that report to both Washington and EPA: March 31, 2016
  • Facilities that only report to Washington:  October 31, 2016
  • Transportation fuel suppliers: October 31, 2016

Please let us know if you have questions or would like assistance.

OSHA’s Silica Rule – Status Update

OSHA’s fall 2015 semiannual regulatory agenda projects that the final rule for occupational exposure to crystalline silica, which has been in development for more than 15 years, will be completed in February 2016. The agency’s proposed rule, which was published in September 2013, would set a new permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica of 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air calculated as an eight-hour time-weighted average (TWA), down from about 100 micrograms for general industry and 250 micrograms for construction and shipyards. OSHA received more than 1,700 comments on the proposed rule and heard testimony from more than 200 stakeholders during public hearings on the proposal. The agency is currently reviewing and considering the evidence in the rulemaking record.  See for more information.

Holiday Schedule

Spring Environmental will be CLOSED on Friday December 25 for Christmas Day and Friday January 1 for New Year’s Day. December 21 through 24, and December 28 through 31 we will have limited staffing but we will be open our normal business hours of 8 am to 5 pm.

Spring Environmental Seeks Engineering Talent

Spring Environmental prides itself on providing proactive technical services to our clients while supporting our employees’ professional goals.  We have been serving the Pacific Northwest since 1997 and have an opportunity to welcome at least one additional engineer to our team.  We are posting for both an Associate EH&S Engineer and a Senior EH&S Engineer depending on applicants’ current skills.  See for more information on the position and application requirements.  Initial screening will commence May 4, 2015.

City Recognizes Businesses for Excellent Wastewater Management

The City of Spokane today is recognizing businesses that have excelled in the management of wastewater generated as part of their processes.

“We want to recognize these businesses for being good stewards of the environment and helping the City operate its wastewater treatment system efficiently,” says Rick Romero, the City’s Utilities Division Director.  “We appreciate all the work that has been invested in these efforts.”

The recognized businesses achieved 100 percent compliance with requirements in their industrial wastewater discharge permits for 2014. Businesses are required to have such permits either because they produce a large volume of wastewater or because they discharge pollutants that can disrupt wastewater treatment processes.

The outstanding organizations include:

  • Alsco-Steiner Corp./American Linen Division
  • Dash Connector Technology, Inc.
  • EZ Loader Boat Trailers, Inc.
  • Fairchild Air Force Base
  • Global Metal Technologies, LLC
  • Spokane Metal Finishing
  • Triumph Composite Systems

The City processes about 34 million gallons of wastewater daily.  The City actively works with businesses to prevent harmful or damaging substances from being discharged into the sewer system, everything from restaurant grease that can clog pipes to used solvents.

Marlene Feist, Utilities Communications Manager, (509) 625-6505