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  • Published On: April 29, 2024

    The OSHA Top 10 is a list of the most cited violations in a given fiscal year (October 1 – September 30). Inspectors are on high alert for these violations and are likely to issue citations for them. OSHA violations begin at $16,131 per violation per day. If that violation […]

  • Published On: April 18, 2024

    Pennsylvania’s Land Recycling Program, Act 2, serves as a beacon of hope in the state’s endeavor to revitalize blighted and contaminated properties, commonly known as brownfields. This legislative framework offers a streamlined pathway for the cleanup and redevelopment of these sites, aiming to transform them into valuable assets for communities […]

  • Published On: April 18, 2024

    ESG Sustainability, a broad concept, is better understood when applied to topics within the parameters of Environmental, Social, and Governance, or ESG. ESG topics, although wide in variety, offer specific, measurable topics on which organizations can focus. For example, ESG topics can range from quantification of energy and emissions resulting […]

  • 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 […]

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