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Environmental Solutions

Environmental issues in your facility can be opportunities to save money. The UT Center for Industrial Services helps companies develop short- and long-term strategies for environmental and economic sustainability. 

We offer on-site assessments, practical training and tips on regulatory compliance in order to avoid civil fines and penalties. Specific services include environmental regulatory compliance assessments, Form R reporting training, solid and hazardous waste reduction assessments, ISO 14000/environmental management system development and environmental regulatory training.

Here is how we can help:

Hazardous Waste Reduction Assistance: 

Identifying simple process changes or material substitutions often leads to a significant reduction in hazardous waste, moving your company from a large quantity generator to a small quantity or conditionally exempt generator…a time- and money-saving change.


EPCRA Tier II Workshop:

Any Tennessee business or industry that stores and processes chemicals that pose a community safety hazard where the business is located has a legal reporting requirement. To help you determine if you are required to file a Tier II report pursuant to the Emergency Planning Community Right-to-Know Act, you are required to know the answer to three fundamental questions:

  • Does your business store extremely hazardous chemicals on site?
  • Did your business store an OSHA hazardous substance on site?
  • Do these chemicals exceed a maximum inventory amount (which varies based on the chemical and its hazards) in the past year?
The electronic filing deadline is March 1 for each year. Filing Tier II reports accurately and on-time to your state emergency response commission, local emergency planning commission, and local fire department can help first responders respond to emergencies safely.

If you need to understand more about this requirement and need help in completing the report, we have a workshop that can help you:
Have questions? Contact our expert, Lynn Reed

EPCRA Form R Reporting:

Manufacturers with certain listed toxic chemicals at their facilities may be required to complete and file a “Toxic Chemical Release Inventory Report”, also known as “Form R”, to help the federal government understand and quantify releases that occur from manufacturing and government facilities. The Form R report requirement is part of SARA Title III (Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986) - Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act. 

Completing a Form R report can help manufacturers reduce costs and liabilities associated with accidental chemical releases and may help identify any potential chemical recovery opportunities. 

The Center for Industrial Services offers a Form R training program on May 25, 2017. This class is a good refresher and is a good training program for those who need help with current rule requirements and filing an accurate report. This report helps important federal and local government responder organizations respond quickly to spills. 

Manufacturers with certain listed toxic chemicals with usage thresholds of 10,000 to 25,000 pounds at their facilities may be required to complete the “Form R” before the July 1 filing deadline. Contact Lynn Reed at: Lynn.Reed@Tennessee.edu to determine if this class can help you.

If you cannot attend in Nashville, you may attend online. To register for the class, please go to: https://cis.tennessee.edu/train/Pages/default.aspx​ or contact Felicia Roberts at: Felicia.Roberts@Tennesse.edu.

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​Have questions? Contact our expert, Lynn Reed

Attend Online

UT CIS offers the popular Form R class​ in an interactive online format. This allows people to attend the class while avoiding the time and costs of traveling. No special software is required to attend online. Online attendees must register for the online class on the UT CIS website in order to receive connection information.​ 

Solid Waste Audits and Beneficial Use Research on Industrial Waste Materials:
CIS conducts audits to determine the present recyclability of wastes. Research on waste materials also may identify beneficial uses and reduce your disposal costs. Markets for “common” industrial waste materials, e.g., pallets, cardboard, are found in our Recycling Markets Directory.

ISO 14000/Environmental Management Systems Development:
CIS provides EMS training, implementation, auditing, and preparation for registration. Included are excellent reference materials to help personnel understand what an EMS is, its benefits, and the steps necessary to create a successful and compliant system.

Lean and Green:
CIS has experienced teams who apply lean analyses to manufacturing operations and identify potential environmental cost-saving opportunities: reduction in use of toxic and/or hazardous materials, reduction in raw materials, reduction in water use, energy conservation, and reduction of solid and hazardous waste generation. Cost-sharing by the US EPA is also available on some projects.​​​​​