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  • Published On: October 18, 2021

    Flammables and compressed gases are two hazardous materials commonly found in nearly any facility.  From heavy industry, light industry and warehouses and nearly any facility resembling one of the three described.  Over the course of 30 years of experience best practices have changed as technology advanced. For example, a gasoline […]

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  • Published On: October 18, 2021

    Dust, fumes, and other airborne hazards are ubiquitous among some industries. Following regulations that control airborne hazards can seem daunting especially in industries where dust and airborne chemicals are a virtually unavoidable result of their processes. Fortunately, industrial hygiene (IH) sampling (sometimes referred to as occupational hygiene sampling) is an […]

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  • Published On: August 9, 2021

    Closure is generally defined as the point of the project where no additional investigation or remediation activities are required and the regulatory agency has provided a letter to that effect.  It is the point in the project that all responsible parties want to achieve, and in most cases, must achieve, preferably […]

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  • Published On: June 25, 2021

    A regulatory environmental compliance site inspection and evaluation can be one of the most stressful events for environmental managers. The EPA’s “Clean Air Act Stationary Source Compliance Monitoring Strategy” suggests a full compliance evaluation by the state or regional office at least once every two years for New Source Performance […]

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  • Published On: April 15, 2021

    Two agency notifications may be required for Small Quantity Generators (SQG’s) and Very Small Quantity Generators (VSQG’s).  VSQG’s were formerly known as Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQG’s).   The 2016 Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule requires SQG’s to re-notify the US EPA or state agency concerning their hazardous waste activities.  […]

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  • Published On: April 15, 2021

    First thing is first – what even is a PPC Plan?  The Commonwealth has tried to make our lives easier by trying to consolidate the State and Federal spill and emergency response regulations such as Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) or Hazardous Waste Contingency Plans into one plan.  The consolidated […]

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  • Published On: April 15, 2021

    Properly maintaining environmental, health and safety (EH&S) records is critical to demonstrating compliance. The challenges to maintaining these records is complicated enough due to the number of different regulations that require some form of documentation without the issues related to changes at the corporate, facility and personnel levels.  Since 1998, […]

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  • Published On: April 15, 2021

    For Industries in Maryland, the time has come for your current General Stormwater Permit (12-SW) to be replaced by a new General Stormwater Permit (20-SW).  According to the Maryland Department of the Environment, this permit is applicable to over 1,000 industrial facilities in Maryland.  Once the final draft of the […]

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  • Published On: April 15, 2021

    Environmental due diligence, it’s not just a game of alphabet soup. From ESA, TSA, ASTM, AAI, REC, CERCLA, RCRA, UST, VAP, BFPP, COC, BUSTR, SBA to VI, the acronyms are plentiful. Should you conduct an ASTM/AAI Phase I, or a TSA, or maybe go through the VAP? Do you have […]

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  • Published On: February 11, 2021

    Environmental sampling approaches and technology have come a long way over the last 30-years.  These improvements have led to an increase in quality of the data and the overall confidence of the results.  Despite the improvements in sampling equipment, technology, and analysis, “bad data” is still collected, processed, and reported.  […]

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  • Published On: February 11, 2021

    A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is the de facto Environmental Due Diligence standard (ASTM E1527-13) for most commercial property transactions in the United States. The Phase I is used to identify the presence or likely presence of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) hazardous substances or petroleum […]

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  • Published On: February 11, 2021

    Proper management of hazardous chemicals is often overlooked by team members while management assumes proper information on the hazards was communicated.  Facilities must pay attention to managing hazardous chemicals and management must afford the necessary resources.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specific requirements for handling Hazardous Materials […]

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