Humans aren't perfect. Machinery is big. Despite our very best efforts, sometimes things spill.
King County knows that but it also knows a quick response to fuel, oil and lubricant spills will stop the problem from getting bigger and (more importantly?) more expensive.
So the county, together with DBM Contractors, is offering a one-time $10,000 grant to the organization that develops and implements the best job site spill response protocol for minor spills. There's a catch though: only schools, special districts, tribes, local governments and private nonprofits are eligible to apply.
To all you bright private company professionals, would you apply for this grant if it were open to you? Would $10,000 be enough to illicit a response or is it not enough to make it worth your while? It seems to me like people that work near, about or around machines every day could have some pretty innovative ideas about how to fix this, so why leave them out of the running? Do you agree or am I way off the mark?
And another thing, one guideline says the protocol must primarily benefit King County. Nonprofits, local governments... would this help or hinder your interest in the project? For more info on the grant, go here.
And in Pioneer Square.....
While we're on the topic of hazardous sites, I discovered a really interesting tool today called MapHazards that conveniently showed me the 150 hazardous sites around the area I work in (Pioneer Square) ranging from an old brownfield 250 feet away to leaking underground storage tanks to hazardous waste generators... before it annoyingly informed me this was just a sample and I had to pay for other reports (don't you hate that?!) See the report for my workspace here.