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Accomplishments FY 2012/2013

  • Through coordination with Public Works, stormwater inspections are now conducted by the Wastewater Supervisor and Environmental Safety Manager to meet Los Angeles County inspection frequencies of two inspections every five years.  An audit by the State and EPA Contractor indicates that enforcement of stormwater requiremetns is adequate.
  • Conducted approximately 100 inspections involving hazardous materials, hazardous wastes, extremely hazardous substances, underground tanks, and emergency release planning.
  • Completed inspection and reviews of two new Risk Management Plans for the handling of additional aqueous ammonia for air pollution control and cyanide used for plating satellite parts and equipment.  These operations were modified from original process specifications and required significant upgrades to come into compliance with current safety requirements.  Both of the plans were submitted for Public Notice with no additional comments from the public.
  • Responded to approximately 4 hazardous materials incidents.  Including releases of gasoline, bleach, and other toxic substances.
  • Participated in California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal OSHA) State-wide Refinery Task Force to develop inspection and response protocol for incidents involving refineries and chemical plants.  Once approved, Cal OSHA inspections will become more involved and require additional resources to ensure the safety of refinery workers and the public.
  • Conducted two Risk Management Plan (RMP) inspections and audits to determine the safety of hydrogen and use of sulfuric acid in the alkylation process for the production of gasoline.  In addition, reviewed seismic safety improvements throughout refinery to ensure compliance with State Accidental Release Prevention program for external events.
  • Provided HAZWOPER refresher training to approximately 45 students at the statewide CUPA Conference in Garden Grove, California.  The annual refresher is held in conjunction with the conference to allow local inspectors to meet training requirements for safety, health and environmental requirements.
  • Provided Hazardous Materials and Waste training to over 50 El Segundo business employees for compliance with State and Federal training requirements.  Information on chemical safety, emergency response and new California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) was discussed, with examples and scenarios provided.
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