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Small A/C and Refrigeration Businesses Can Learn About Environmental Compliance in DPNR Workshop

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Small businesses on St. Thomas will have an opportunity to learn more about best management practices and environmental compliance in an upcoming workshop.

A workshop will be held to educate Air Condition & Refrigeration business owners and managers on Best Management Practices and Environmental Compliance Assistance of the Federal and Local Environmental Regulations 40 CFR Part 82 Subpart F Section 608 and 609 that govern their industry, according to Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) Commissioner Dawn Henry. The workshop is being sponsored by the V.I. Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, Division of Environmental Protection in DPNR.

The St. Thomas/ St. John workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at EJ’s Training Institute, #39 Subbase (located upstairs of KFC in Subbase on the 2nd Floor). The Workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and there is no fee for your attendance.

“I strongly encourage small businesses that are concerned about compliance rules to come out and get pertinent information at these workshops,” Henry said. “Compliance is always cheaper than enforcement.”

Small businesses, usually with less than 100 employees and emission of less than 50 tons per year per pollutant or 75 tons per year of combined pollutants must adhere to mandates of the Federal Clean Air Act of 1990.  All businesses have 180 days to correct any discrepancies discovered at their facility during an On-site Assessment.

When Congress passed the Clean Air Act, it also required states and territories to create educational programs to give environmental assistance to small businesses. These programs are funded by the federal government. The benefits of the program also keep owners up-to-date on new regulations and requirements that could affect their businesses, reduce emissions and waste, and save money.

For more information on the VI Small Business Environmental Assistance Program workshop and about the program call Jasmine Blyden, Territorial Program Coordinator at (340) 774-3320 on St. Thomas.

Please respond on or before April 9, 2018 to indicate if you or a representative from your business will be attending this Workshop.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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