SRPEDD Partners with OTA to Host Chemical Safety Training

                            In Order to Reduce Risks of Severe Weather-Related Industrial Accidents

SRPEDD has been selected as one of seven Regional Planning Agency recipients of a grant from the Office of Technical Assistance (OTA), housed in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).  The grant money will launch the “Building Chemical Safety into Climate Change Resiliency Planning Program”.  The funding is part of a US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) grant to help first responders, businesses, and communities prevent climate change weather-related industrial accidents through emergency preparedness.

SRPEDD will receive technical assistance from OTA in identifying and implementing climate change adaptation strategies. OTA will also be available to provide Massachusetts businesses with free, non‐regulatory, and confidential assistance with reducing their use of toxic chemicals, energy and water, and compliance with relevant environmental, health and safety regulations.

SRPEDD will hold two trainings on incorporating toxics use reduction into climate change resiliency planning. The first event, to be held on October 20, 2017, at the Middleboro Town Hall, will consist of a workshop to educate community leaders and stakeholders on the use, storage and transportation of hazardous chemicals in their communities and the relevant regulatory requirements. A second session, for businesses, will be held in the spring of 2018 (details to be posted on the SRPEDD website).  SRPEDD has also launched a training survey which can be found here www.srpedd.org on the SRPEDD Home Page.  All replies will be kept confidential and will help us to develop informative training sessions.  The survey is open to be taken either pre or post workshop . . . so please take a moment to complete this brief survey.
 

For more information, contact Bill Napolitano, Environmental Program Director bnap@srpedd.org , or Don Sullivan, Economic Development Director dsullivan@srpedd.org , at SRPEDD.  For more information on the statewide program, and to learn more about OTA, contact Tiffany Skogstrom, OTA Outreach & Policy Coordinator tiffany.skogstrom@state.ma.us or (617) 626-1086, or visit www.mass.gov/eea/ota-climate .



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