Is Your Company at Risk From Environmental Spills

anne Communication, People

Regardless of the type of business you’re in, pollution events and environmental spills of hazardous materials and other regulated substances can occur at your facility or in transportation. Even in small quantities, they can turn into expensive incidents for the spill generator who is not adequately prepared to deal with them.

Companies at risk for environmental releases have turned to Spill Center, a North American leader in environmental claims management and spill support to improve their readiness to handle accidental releases. Serving clients for more than 25 years, Spill Center was started to assist clients who were forced to deal with the maze of environmental regulations.

“Environmental liability laws are written in such a way that no matter who causes a release, the party who has ‘care, custody and control’ of the material at the time of the loss is the one legally responsible to respond, contain and report the pollution event, plus remediate the site and safely and legally dispose of the contaminated soil and material,” explains Tom Moses, Spill Center president. A former U.S. EPA toxicologist, he has a law degree and certificate in hazardous materials control and emergency response.

Nearly 30,000 federal, state, provincial and local jurisdictions across North America require incident reports from spill generators. Shippers and transporters who are unprepared to handle spill emergencies quickly and comply with all reporting requirements can end up with major expenses for cleanup and disposal services, liability issues, and steep penalties for failing to file incident reports on time, Tom relates.

Reportable quantities vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and spills often involve multiple jurisdictions, confusing the issue, notes Tom. “When in doubt about whether a spill involves a reportable quantity, report it. Failure to file required reports within the required timeframe can bring stiff fines and penalties, making it unwise to try to cover up a spill,” he advises.

The Spill Center program is designed to help clients involved in accidental releases of regulated materials contain costs and limit liability after environmental spills. Clients range from large and small trucking fleets, railroads and maritime companies to chemical, environmental and insurance companies. Spill Center has also been operating in East Africa for more than three years, providing support to companies at risk for hazardous materials spills.

Headquartered in Hudson, Mass., a dedicated team of Spill Center professionals is available 365 days a year, 24/7, to assist with incident reporting, finding and managing qualified cleanup contractors and providing expert advice to spill generators to minimize their costs. Databases contain listings of nearly 3,000 cleanup contractors and the reporting regulations and contact information of more than 30,000 reporting jurisdictions.

Clients pay a nominal annual fee to cover the cost of preparation and maintenance of a customized spill contingency plan with claim-handling instructions, a security plan, plus round-the-clock access to Spill Center’s team. Beyond that, clients pay an hourly fee for the services they require after a spill – always staying in control of the services they need, Tom explains.

For more information on Spill Center Services, call Tom Moses at 978-568-1922 or email him at tmoses@spillcenter.com. Visit Spill Center’s integrated website at www.spillcenter.com for client testimonials and news about the 25-year-old company.