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ILTA Leads Successful Fall EHSS Meeting

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ILTA hosted its next Environment, Health & Safety and Security Committee Meeting August 30-September 2 via Zoom. The EHSS meetings serve as a platform for ILTA terminal members to share with and learn from their peers as well as hear from outside experts on matters of importance to the bulk liquid storage industry.  Over the four-day event, ILTA terminal members engaged with one another on some of the most pressing issues facing the sector under the new Biden administration and the ongoing pandemic.   

Mike Santee of CITGO led off the virtual meetings on August 30. That Full Committee began with a presentation from Niall Ramsden of LASTFIRE, the leading global consortium studying fluorine-free firefighting foams, on large-scale demonstrations conducted in Europe over the summer months.  ILTA President, Kathryn Clay, then discussed ILTA’s Environment, Social, and Governance Initiative and ILTA’s newly formalized ESG principles. ILTA is currently developing an online library of industry ESG reports to help membership bolster its own ESG efforts.

The August 31 Environment Subcommittee Meeting, co-chaired by Sprague Energy’s Jay LeDuc and Keith Ocheski of Buckeye Partners, overviewed the growing environmental policy focus in many parts of the country and recent state and local legislation in Texas and Maine that targets terminal emissions. Dr. Clay also discussed EPA’s recently announced technology review of gasoline distribution regulations, ILTA’s growing efforts to better inform the agency and its coming end-of-year proposed rule on the matter.

The Health & Safety Committee, chaired by Byrne Evans of IMTT, met on September 1. Aaron Gelb of Conn Maciel Carey LLP discussed COVID-19 workplace considerations and recent OSHA regulations. ILTA Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Andrew Wright, also highlighted ILTA’s recent comments to OSHA regarding its proposed walking-working surfaces rules. The day was rounded out by a panel discussion on learned lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The final day, September 2, featured the Security Subcommittee Meeting, chaired by Jerry Jerdine of Ergon. U.S. Coast Guard Commander Nicollette Vaughn outlined new developments regarding the soon-to-be implemented TWIC reader rule. USCG Commander Brandon also presented on the newly announced Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative, a new agency effort to lead the development of cyber defense operations plans, and to execute those plans in coordination with partners from the federal interagency, private sector, and state, local, tribal, territorial (SLTT) government stakeholders.

A recording of each day’s meetings can be accessed from through your membership account here.


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