Municipalities generate many of the same wastes as businesses. They need to help protect the environment by properly managing those wastes and by reducing or eliminating them where possible. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Pollution Prevention Program (NHPPP) is available to help municipal departments understand and comply with New Hampshire environmental rules and regulations and examine pollution prevention opportunities.
Common Violations Found at Municipal Departments
NHPPP has observed a variety of issues at municipal departments that can have significant detrimental impacts on the environment. These issues and the correct management procedures are given below.
Storage containers and tanks must be clearly labeled "Used Oil For Recycle" and must be closed at all times except when oil is being added to or removed from the container or tank.
Improperly connected floor drains can be remedied by one of the following options:
A.) Permanently seal the floor drain, B.) connect the floor drain to the municipal sanitary sewer in accordance with DES and local regulations, C.) connect the floor drain to a registered holding tank, or D.) obtain a groundwater discharge permit.
Emergency Response Information
Emergency numbers (emergency coordinator, police department, fire department, DES) must be posted near an easily accessible telephone, and spill kits must be located near hazardous wastes. If the facility has a spill, prevention and control countermeasure (SPCC) plan, it must also be easily accessed. We recommend appointing a safety officer, preparing a safety manual, and providing safety training for employees.