Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 16

enviroscene

Your Goals for 2017 for

SUSTAINABILITY
and

ENVIRONMENTAL
COMPLIANCE
Douglas Ruhlin

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ach year, I write an article describing what you should be doing in the
upcoming year and this one is no different. However, there is one big difference
from past years' articles and that's that we
have a drastically new administration arriving
on the Federal level with President Trump,
along with a new U.S. EPA administrator,
new outlook on rules and regulations, and
more. So how might that affect your concrete
company or plant moving forward and how
should you plan accordingly? Here's my take
on the situation:
1. Recognize that most environmental regulations are administered and enforced on

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the state level. This means that regardless
of who is president or U.S. EPA administrator, you will continue to have to deal
with your state agency when it comes to
things like stormwater discharge permits,
air permits, etc. While it's likely that we
won't see many (or any) significant new
environmental regulations being generated
on the federal level, we also likely won't be
seeing existing regulations administered
and enforced on the state level easing off
or going away.
2. More now than ever, make sure you're in
compliance with your NPDES permit.
The pressure has turned up on NPDES
compliance across the entire country,
enforced by state and local government
agencies (along with some U.S. EPA effort)
and from third-party groups (more about
this in a bit). This continues to be the primary regulatory concern for the concrete
industry and that trend will continue in
the coming year. Get in compliance with
your NPDES permit, completely!
3. Get in compliance - with everything.
When it comes to environmental regulations, you can't pick and choose, any more
than you can decide which traffic laws

you're going to obey and which you aren't.
Being halfway in compliance doesn't cut
it anymore and government and thirdparty groups are getting smarter and more
organized; at the same time they are losing
patience with those out of compliance. In
2017, more so than ever, make sure you're
in compliance and doing everything you're
supposed to be doing. Sure, it's a pain,
but consider it a cost of doing business,
unfortunately.
4. If you're not sure if you're in compliance
- find out. Make 2017 the year you can
finally sleep easy at night knowing you
don't have to fear a visit at your plant
from a regulator. If you aren't capable of
figuring this out on your own (and not
many concrete producers are, any more
than they're capable of figuring out where
they stand relative to taxes and so hire an
accountant), then seek qualified outside
help. In 2017, get yourself a comprehensive
environmental audit.
5. Understand that your biggest concern
probably isn't the U.S. EPA or your state or
local inspector, but organized, motivated
third-party groups. To them, anything less
than full compliance is unacceptable, and



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017

From the President’s Desk
Corporate Suite Column
Enviroscene Column
Strong and Efficient: Insulating Concrete Forms for Multifamily Residential Construction
Cut the Cost of Workers’ Compensation Insurance in the Concrete Industry
Engineering: Specifications for Concrete Construction
Predicting the Potential for Plastic Shrinkage Cracks
2017 Product Preview
Index of Advertisers
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - belly1
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - belly2
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - cover1
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - cover2
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 3
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 4
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 5
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 6
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 7
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 8
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 9
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 10
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - From the President’s Desk
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 12
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - Corporate Suite Column
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 14
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 15
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - Enviroscene Column
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 17
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - Strong and Efficient: Insulating Concrete Forms for Multifamily Residential Construction
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 19
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 20
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 21
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 22
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 23
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 24
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 25
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 26
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 27
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 28
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 29
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 30
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - Cut the Cost of Workers’ Compensation Insurance in the Concrete Industry
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 32
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 33
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 34
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 35
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 36
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - Engineering: Specifications for Concrete Construction
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 38
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 39
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 40
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - Predicting the Potential for Plastic Shrinkage Cracks
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 42
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 43
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 44
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 45
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 2017 Product Preview
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 47
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 48
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 49
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 50
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 51
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 52
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - 53
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - cover3
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - cover4
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - divider1
Concrete inFocus - Spring 2017 - divider2
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