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  • Published On: January 30, 2024

    Chlorinated solvents like tetrachloroethene (PCE) and trichloroethene (TCE) are man-made chemicals typically used in industrial applications, such as metal de-greasing or dry cleaning. When introduced to the environment through historical or current activities (e.g., waste management practices, manufacturing processes, spills, etc.), chlorinated solvents can lead to persistent contamination of soil […]

  • Published On: January 30, 2024

    The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) guides August Mack through the Tier II reporting season at the beginning of each new year. EPCRA was passed by Congress in 1986 in response to environmental concerns about the storage and handling of toxic chemicals. President Reagan signed EPCRA into law, […]

  • Published On: October 31, 2023

    Before you begin operating a new source of air pollution in Pennsylvania, you may need an air permit.  This permit is a regulatory document that is legally enforceable at both federal and State levels.  It covers all sources of air pollution, process equipment and air cleaning devices at a facility.  […]

  • Published On: October 20, 2023

    In today’s business landscape, sustainability has become a buzzword that pervades discussions at corporate and executive levels across diverse industries. While some might dismiss it as just another passing trend, sustainability is undeniably gaining rapid traction and reshaping supply chains and internal operations across several industries. “So, what is sustainability?” […]

  • Published On: October 13, 2023

    Environmental remediation approaches can vary widely for different projects.  Based on several factors (potential contaminants, exposure pathways, lithology at the Site, neighboring properties, project stakeholder risk tolerances, timing goals, etc.), there are numerous remediation alternatives to explore.  Does the Site require active remediation such as excavation and off-Site disposal or […]

  • Published On: July 14, 2023

    Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) are performed in order to identify any known or potential environmental issues that may have impacted or have the potential to impact the property. These assessments consist of a research-based investigation involving an inspection to observe current property operations, historical research of past uses, […]

  • Published On: July 14, 2023

    When completing remediation projects for contaminated sites, there are many factors that come into play. The type of contaminants and the corresponding concentrations, site characteristics, implementation feasibility, timeframe, overall goal of remediation, and cost all contribute to design of a remedy. Site-specific characteristics that are also taken into consideration include […]

  • Published On: July 14, 2023

    The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) was recently revised and published in November of 2021 as ASTM E1527-21.  The reason for the revisions is that all ASTM standards have an 8-year shelf life.  Once you approach the shelf life of […]

  • Published On: July 10, 2023

    When considering the maintenance of your car, do you wait until it’s on fire before taking it to the shop? Of course not! We are taught from a young age that we need to check the oil and tire pressure in order to keep the car in good condition. Monitoring […]

  • Published On: April 21, 2023

    PFAS or “per-and polyfluoryoalkyl substances” are a class of compounds (several thousand) that contain a chain of carbon and fluorine in their structure.   PFAS have been used globally for over 60 years, and are still being used because of their many useful properties – they are chemically inert; resistant to […]

  • Published On: April 21, 2023

    Process Safety Management (PSM) and Risk Management Planning (RMP) programs are made up of fourteen elements.  Some of the elements are very complex and require a lot of labor to compile and manage while some of the other elements can refer to other regulatory programs.  A complex labor-intensive element would […]

  • Published On: April 21, 2023

    Integrated Contingency Plans (ICPs), also known as the National Response Team’s One Plan, are becoming an increasingly popular approach for companies seeking to streamline their required written environmental documents. The goal of an ICP is to consolidate multiple regulations into a single, comprehensive document that outlines how a company will […]

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