California ARB Regulations Impacting Aboveground Storage Tanks (AST), Gasoline & SCAQMD Rule 461(e)(7)(D) for both AST & UST, January 2015

CALIFORNIA ARB REGULATIONS IMPACTING ABOVEGROUND GASOLINE TANKS

California Air Resources Board (CARB), a division of Cal-EPA, is the regulatory body that controls emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere in the state of California.  CARB rules regarding gasoline AST upgrades such as Enhanced Vapor Recovery (EVR) Standing Loss Control (SLC) can be found at:  http://www.arb.ca.gov/vapor/cp-206.pdf.  APCD’s that require SLC and Phase I EVR are as follows: San Joaquin Valley (SJVAPCD), Sacramento Metro (SMAQMD), Ventura County (VCAPCD), San Diego (SDAPCD), BAAQMD and SCAQMD.  Check with your District for upgrades and related application that maybe necessary.

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California Employers Face Great Liability Under AB1897, November 2014

Background:  Many dealerships use a subcontractor on premises to wash automobiles and for other operations.  Current law regulates the terms and conditions of employment and establishes specified obligations of employer and employees.  Dealers can control the liability by having the subcontractor work under a written contract that indemnifies the dealership and also, provide the dealership with General Liability (GL) & Auto Insurance (dealer as additional insured) and Workers’ Compensation (WC) Insurance (with waiver of subrogation and dual employer endorsement).  Dealers must maintain arm’s length distance with contractor operations so as to avoid active supervision.  Also, liability accrues when the equipment provided by the dealership to the subcontractor, such as forklift or a ladder, is involved in an accident resulting in an injury to the contractor employee.

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