Pictured: Port Tampa Bay President/CEO Paul Anderson welcomes attendees of “Partnering for Compliance” workshop, held today at the port’s headquarters. (Photos by A. Fobes)
TAMPA, Fla.— Port Tampa Bay, with its co-sponsor Florida Department of Environmental Protection, was pleased to host today’s half-day workshop “Partnering for Compliance,” a forum which brought together environmental first responders, environmental managers, practitioners and compliance managers from several companies, several of which operate at or near Port Tampa Bay.
Opening remarks made by Port President/CEO Paul Anderson provided an overview of the immensity of port operations and the port’s commitment to safety and environmental stewardship, as well as the strong partnerships the port must nurture, community-wide. Phil Steadham, the port’s environmental affairs director, thanked attendees for participating in the day’s presentations and discussions, and he thanked the contributing sponsors, which included Florida DEP, HSW Engineering Inc. and Trademark Metals Recycling, LLC.
Presenters on a variety of topics from environmental hazards, incidents and hazardous materials handling, included Timyn Rice, FDEP Southwest District, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Response; Michael McDaniel, manager of the Storage Tank Compliance Program, EPCHC; Erin Di Bacco, environmental manager, FDEP Southwest District; Gerry Javier, representing the Waste Management Division of EPCHC; Steven Kelly, environmental consultant, FDEP Southwest District; Tom Walsh, representing Cargill Salt; and Brenda Anderson, environmental manager with Trademark Metals Recycling, LLC.
An open forum following the presentations hit on topics as diverse as regulatory issues, storm water compliance, storage tank compliance, and emergency response to spills, both landside and waterside. All of the issues are very relevant to the State of Florida and its 20 million residents.
“Environmental stewardship and the many projects in which the port engages are key components of what we do at Port Tampa Bay. From our Eastport mitigation project to our partnership with Audubon Florida to protect nesting birds on our dredge disposal islands, to this informational forum, we shall continue to take a leadership role in the environmental integrity of Tampa Bay and its unique habitats,” Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said.
About Port Tampa Bay
Port Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port and the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. The port was recently voted “Simply the Best” for world-class customer service in a Logistics Management Magazine reader poll. For more information, visit www.portTB.com.