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Important Reminders for Pennsylvania Small Businesses: March 1st, 2024 Deadline for Environmental Compliance Reports

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As we embark on the new year, small businesses in Pennsylvania are faced with a myriad of tasks to ensure smooth operations and growth. Amidst these responsibilities, it’s crucial not to overlook certain administrative duties, especially if your business is subject to environmental regulations. With the March 1st, 2024 deadline approaching, this news post serves as a friendly reminder for small businesses to submit their Air Emission Reports, State-Only Operating Permit annual reports, and Hazardous Waste Biennial Reports.  Let’s dive into why these reports matter and find ways to make the process easier with some helpful assistance.

Air Emission Statement (AES) Reports

Small businesses that are considered synthetic minors of air pollutant emissions must submit annual Air Emission Statement Reports, a requirement that helps regulatory agencies monitor and manage air quality standards. Timely submission by March 1st is vital for compliance and good operating practices. For assistance in navigating this process, consider reaching out to the Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP).

State-Only Operating Permit Annual Reports

If your business holds a State-Only Operating Permit issued by the Pennsylvania DEP Bureau of Air Quality, annual reports are due by March 1st, 2024. These reports detail your facility’s compliance with permit conditions and are instrumental in demonstrating environmental compliance. To make this process more manageable, don’t hesitate to contact EMAP for guidance and support.

Hazardous Waste Biennial Reports

Small businesses who generate hazardous waste over certain thresholds must submit the Hazardous Waste Biennial Reports every two years. These reports provide a comprehensive overview of waste generation and management practices. Submitting by March 1st, 2024 not only fulfills regulatory requirements but also helps maintain good operating practices and ensures environmental compliance. For additional assistance, EMAP is available to answer your queries.

Avoiding Costs of Noncompliance: A Small Business Imperative

Timely submission of these reports is not just about compliance; it’s about avoiding the costs associated with noncompliance. Penalties, fines, and legal repercussions can be significant deterrents to a business’s growth. By prioritizing compliance, small businesses can safeguard their financial interests and reputation.

EMAP Assistance: Navigating the Regulatory Landscape

Small businesses can benefit from the expertise and guidance provided by the Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP). This free and confidential technical assistance program offers valuable assistance in understanding and fulfilling environmental reporting obligations. By reaching out to EMAP, small businesses can enhance their compliance efforts and navigate the regulatory landscape with confidence.

Proactive Measures for Pennsylvania Small Businesses

As March 1st, 2024 approaches, Pennsylvania small businesses are encouraged to prioritize the submission of Air Emission Reports, State-Only Operating Permit annual reports, and Hazardous Waste Biennial Reports. By emphasizing good operating practices and seeking assistance from EMAP, small businesses not only meet regulatory obligations but also mitigate the risks and costs associated with noncompliance. Stay proactive, engage with available resources, and demonstrate your commitment to responsible and compliant business practices.

Jeremy Hancher is the EMAP Program Manager located at the Widener University SBDC.  He holds over 15 years of experience in environmental compliance, environmental policy, and program management.  He is proud to be the team lead of the award-winning EMAP program which provides free and confidential environmental assistance to the Pennsylvania small business community in fulfillment of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act and Section 507 of the federal Clean Air Act.
In 2015, Jeremy was part of the team effort when EMAP was recognized by US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for Outstanding Accomplishments by a State Small Business Environmental Assistance Provider in Providing Technical Environmental Assistance to the Small Business Community. Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate from the Wharton School.