City of Yonkers

Posted on July 30, 2015

Client: City of Yonkers

Major Components

  • Multimedia Environmental Compliance Programs
  • Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans
  • Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) Upgrades and Overhaul of Tank Systems
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Hazardous Waste Program

Project Description

IntroductionVertical fuel tanks

Dvirka and Bartilucci Consulting Engineers (D&B) has been retained by the City of Yonkers (COY) to provide engineering services and technical support for Multimedia Environmental Compliance Programs. D&B has provided and currently provides support for the following programs:

• Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans as required under the Clean Water Act 40 CFR Part 112
• Petroleum Bulk Storage
• Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Hazardous Waste Management Program

The work undertaken by D&B for COY is described below, by program.

Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan

The firm was retained by the City of Yonkers to prepare Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plans for facilities located throughout the City of Yonkers. These facilities included the following:

• City Hall
• Fire Engine No. 8
• Murray Skating Rink
• Sewer Department
• Street Maintenance
• Service Center
• Animal Shelter
• 1,500-Gallon Mobile Emergency Generator

As part of this major assignment, the firm conducted detailed engineering inspections of each of these facilities to create an inventory and capacity of both above and underground petroleum storage tanks at each facility. Specific activities that were conducted included: site inspections to evaluate the adequacy of the secondary containment systems and identify the location of all petroleum tanks; and evaluation of potential spill direction, rate and total quantity of oil which could be discharged from the facility as a result of each major type of failure. Following the information review and facility inspection, the firm prepared an SPCC Plan for each of the facilities. Preparation of the SPCC Plan involved incorporating applicable provisions of 40 CFR Part 112 into the SPCC Plan. The elements of the typical SPCC included:

• Introduction
• General Site Information
• Facility Description
• Spill History
• Potential Spill Prediction and Control
• Facility Drainage
• Bulk Storage Tanks
• Transfer Operations
• Tank Truck Loading and Unloading
• Inspections and Record Keeping
• Security
• Personnel Training
• Oil Spill Contingency Plan
• Administrative Controls

Each of the SPCC plans were stamped and certified by a licensed Professional Engineer.

Once the plans were prepared, it was presented to the respective facility for implementation. The firm assisted each facility with the required personnel training to ensure that the plan and all of its respective procedures and policies were properly implemented to ensure compliance with SPCC regulations.

Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) Upgrades and Overhaul of Tank Systems6,000 Gallon Diesel Above Ground Storage tank, encased in contrete

The firm was retained by the City of Yonkers to provide Technical Specifications for Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) Tanks Repair, Modifications and Additions. The specification included bringing the identified PBS tanks into compliance with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and Westchester County Department of Health (WCDOH) regulations. Activities for this project included:

• Replacement of Gasboy single and dual fuel dispensers, complete with containment.
• Inspection of manholes, cleaning and/or replacement of manhole frames and catchment basins in fill islands.
• Inspection/replacement of drop tubes.
• Testing and inspection of piping, and repair/replacement.
• Testing of level alarms and leaks detectors, recording serial numbers and recommending repair/replacement as appropriate.
• Color coding of fill connections in accordance with regulations.
• Preparation and installation of metal placards for USTs.
• Modification of “Inform” system at the Service Center to allow communication with all three police precincts and three fire stations.
• Replacement of the battery-operated Matrix level indicators in lubrication distribution tanks with a hard-wired system.Above ground storage tank
• Installation and/or modification to the Veeder-Root Monitoring System.
• Installation of remote fill ports and level gauges.
• Modification of the PBS certificate.

In addition, the firm provided oversight associated with the project to ensure the installation/ modification of the equipment was conducted in accordance with the federal, state, county and local regulations.

D&B also provided annual SPCC training to all staff responsible for the spill management at each facility.

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Hazardous Waste Program

The firm was retained by the City of Yonkers to develop and implement a hazardous waste program for the City of Yonkers.

As part of this assignment, the firm conducted detailed facility inspections for over 70 of the City of Yonkers facilities that generated solid and/ or hazardous waste that included: the Department of Public Works, Parks Department, Police Department and Fire Department facilities.Environmental & Inventory Managment System (Veeder-Root TLS-350R brand)

After the completion of the facility inspections, Hazardous Waste Summary Tables were generated that presented a detailed description of each activity presently conducted at the each of the facilities that generate solid and/ or hazardous waste; quantity of solid and/ or hazardous wastes generated from each activity; and waste determination of the material generated on-site. Based on the findings of the site inspection, the generator status of each facility was determined (Conditionally
Exempt Small Quantity Generator [CESQG], a Small Quantity Generator [SQG] or a Large Quantity Generator [LQG]).

In addition, the firm generated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) required for compliance with RCRA regulations and the appropriate generator status for each facility. The SOPs prepared include:Diesel Fuel Dispenser

• Compliance with architectural and industrial maintenance coatings
• Compliance with fuel composition and use – sulfur limitations
• Emergency planning and spill notification under 40 CFR Part 355
• Hazardous waste determination
• On-site accumulation of hazardous waste prior to shipment
• On-site storage of hazardous waste prior to shipment
• Completing a hazardous waste manifest for a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator
• Utilizing a permitted hazardous waste transporter or TSDF
• Hazardous waste management program personnel training
• Hazardous waste record keeping requirements
• Managing universal waste streams for recycling
• Handling and storage of used electronics
• Compliance with the refrigerant recycling rule
• Fuel oil delivery
• Oil spill reporting
• Used oil management
• Compliance with united state environmental protection agency regulations governing asbestos
• Managing fluorescent and other mercury-containing bulbs for recycling as universal waste and/or hazardous waste

The firm has also provided Hazardous Waste Awareness Training to all COY employees who manage or generate waste streams that may be regulated under RCRA regulations.

The firm has also assisted COY with the preparation and implementation of a Supplemental Environmental Program (SEP) as requested by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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