Risk Management - Environmental Division
Management - Environmental Division was established in 1992 by Maricopa
County, as an owner/operator of regulated property, in response to the
ever-evolving environmental regulatory arena, and to comply with governmental
accounting standards for addressing a governmental entity's financial
exposure to environmental liability.
The Environmental Division of Risk Management conducts remedial investigations
and takes action to minimize County environmental liability as determined
by law, regulation, statute, and/or court order. The Division provides
leadership in the area of pollution prevention and environmental management,
and has developed a proactive assessment and action process that mitigates
environmental liabilities, saving the County in the cost of remedial action
and regulatory penalties.
fiscal year the Division:
- Continued to cooperate
with ADEQ in conducting site characterization of groundwater contamination
at the Cave Creek Landfill.
- Continued to work
on Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SPPPs) for 15 County properties.
Worked with departments to make corrections to storm water issues identified
- Continued to participate
with the Hassayampa Steering Committee in working towards the remediation
of the Hassayampa Superfund Site.
- Completed Phase
I and additional environmental assessments for (2) facilities. Completed
in-house assessments for industrial hygiene, indoor air quality and
mold (32), asbestos (61), lead paint (33) and conducted abatement oversight
at (28) additional facilities.
- Created and provided
on-line spill prevention training for use by departments with Spill
Prevention, Control and Countermeasures Permits.
- Assisted Air Quality
with creation and preparation of an Air Quality Waste Stream Plan for
the Voluntary Vehicle Repair Program.
- Assisted Solid
Waste with the evaluation of (10) closed landfills for compliance with
new Greenhouse Gas regulations.
- Assisted Parks
and Recreation, Facilities Management, Superior Courts, Real Estate,
MCSO, MCDOT, Juvenile Probation, Flood Control, Legal Defender, Environmental
Services, Animal Control, MCAO, Assessor, Agricultural Exchange, WIC,
Solid Waste, Air Quality and the Library District in preparing Requests
for Proposals for environmental studies, and conducting indoor air quality
review, asbestos and lead paint surveys, and air permit reviews.
- Continued to work
with APS to allow continued access to County property to conduct USEPA
mandated sampling to characterize contamination from APS facility.
- Continued to provide
sound environmental compliance information to requesting departments.
The Division recognizes that
environmental risks are capable of being managed through risk control
and prevention measures. These measures include separation of hazardous
materials, effective pollution prevention and loss control techniques,
redundant controls and safety mechanisms, double and triple containment
of tanks and flow tubes, emergency response plans, and effective training
of employees. The Division will continue to seek to implement these measures.
Environmental Division Activities:
internal environmental and technical consulting services to other
County departments, including Phase I, limited Phase II assessments,
and technical review of environmental issues identify and remedy potential
liabilities for regulation compliance.
refinement of the environmental report database and project cost spreadsheets.
of monies from former insurance carriers, state assurance trusts,
and liability settlement trusts.
citizens with information regarding compliance and providing assistance
in contacting the appropriate Federal, State, and/or Local agency.
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updated:27 Mar, 2012, jld