The Michigan Chapter of NASF (MINASF) hosted over 50 attendees at the Detroit office of Butzel Long for the annual MINASF Auto Show Meeting. The highlight of this year’s meeting was speaker Mike Wall from IHS Automotive. Mr. Wall gave an exciting and thorough analysis of the North American automotive industry, including sales and trends.
The MINASF annual Auto Show Meeting takes place during Industry Preview week of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Arena. It is a big draw for members and friends alike. Attendees enjoy networking with fellow and prospective members, followed by a visit to the NAIAS.
The MINASF Executive Board delivered the annual update, which included several success stories of 2015 events and a preview of events to come in 2016. Education and advocacy are the primary focuses for MINASF events. Upcoming events include (all dates to be announced soon):
- Annual Tech Meeting in Grand Rapids
- Bright Design Challenge in Detroit
- Golf Outing in Grand Rapids
- Midwest Seminar
- Lansing Summit
The MINASF wishes to gratefully acknowledge the following companies for sponsoring this year’s Auto Show Meeting:
- Haviland Products
- MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions
The united efforts of all our sponsor organizations help to support many of the informational and educational programs supporting the surface technology industry.
As a reminder to NASF members who have inquired about pending changes to federal hazardous waste rules, EPA recently issued a proposed regulation on hazardous waste generator improvements. The proposed revisions are mostly clarifications of the existing requirements for generators, such as how wastes should be labeled and the need to follow closure requirements for hazardous waste tanks, containers, central accumulation areas, or containment buildings that are no longer used at a facility. The proposal also includes some changes in nomenclature (e.g., conditionally exempt small quantity generators, CESQGs, are renamed as very small quantity generators, VSQGs) without any substantive changes to the requirements for hazardous waste generators.
A few proposed changes are new requirements, including provisions to:
- document hazardous waste determinations with test results, test methods, QA/QC and basis for determination;
- maintain records until a generator closes rather than for only three years;
- and submit generator re-notification every two years.
The comment deadline was recently extended until December 24, 2015. Based on a review of EPA’s proposal and input from the surface finishing industry regarding the potential impact of the proposed clarifications, NASF did not submit comments on the proposed clarifications.
If you have any questions or would like additional information regarding the proposed clarifications to hazardous waste generator requirements and the potential impact to surface finishing operations, please contact Jeff Hannapel with NASF at email@example.com.
Storm water permits essential to protecting Michigan’s water resources
Did you know that certain industrial facilities are required to obtain a permit to discharge storm water? Many businesses unknowingly overlook this requirement, but the industrial storm water program is absolutely essential to protecting Michigan’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands.
Michigan is nestled among the Great Lakes, and is also home to 11,000 inland lakes, 36,000 miles of rivers and streams, and 5 million acres of wetlands. These surface waters serve as sources of drinking water, havens for recreation, and habitats for Michigan’s plants and animals. Water is the reason people come to live, work and play in Michigan.
One key to protecting surface waters is ensuring that facilities with storm water runoff exposed to industrial materials or activities come under an industrial storm water permit. To receive a permit, companies need to develop and implement a plan to prevent storm water pollution. To help facility owners comply with state and federal water quality laws, the DEQ is offering an expedited permitting process.
To determine if your business is required to obtain this permit, check out our 4-page guide, or for more information go to www.michigan.gov/deqstormwater and select “Industrial Program,” or contact Melinda Steffler at 586-208-5075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New MINASF Board Members:
- President: Brian Harrick – KC Jones Plating
- Vice President: John Mulder – Master Finish Co.
- Treasurer: Mitch Marsh – Marsh Plating
- Beth Gotthelf – Butzel Long
- Jim Hankinson – KCH Services
- Gary Kriesch – Walgren
- Laurie Riegle – Armstrong/Robitaille/Riegle
- Mark Siegrist – Haviland Products