DATE:  Oct. 24,  2001     NO: 01-85

CONTACT: Lillian Prevette PHONE: (907) 465-6005

Department of Labor and Workforce Development

News Release

LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS 
PERMANENT VARIANCE TO ENERGY RECOVERY SERVICES, INC.

In accordance with AS 18.60.077, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development has granted a permanent variance from safety and health standards prescribed in 29 CFR 1910.106 (b)(4)(iv)(g) to Energy Recovery Services, Inc. 

Energy Recovery Services requested a permanent variance that would allow them to retain the inlet fill pipe located inside their building at 2020 Viking Drive, Anchorage, Alaska, rather than relocate the inlet fill pipe outside the building. This building was specifically designed for oil recovery, with provision for potential spill containment, a vapor exhaust system, and liquid and weather protection. Public notice was given and there were no responses from the public or employees at the plant. A variance review visit, including employee interviews, determined that the conditions set forth in the interim ex parte order were being met.

The department granted the permanent variance because it is satisfied that Energy Recovery Servicesí proposed alternative will ensure worker protection that is at least as safe and healthful as that required by the standard.

A copy of the Grant of Permanent Variance is available upon request from the Division of Labor Standards and Safety, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, P. O. Box 111149, Juneau, AK 99811-1149, or by calling Lillian Prevette in Juneau at (907) 465-6005.

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