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  • Published On: February 3, 2021

    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 […]

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  • Published On: December 11, 2020

    As a seasoned asbestos inspector, this must be the number one misconception that most of my clients have about whether or not they need an asbestos survey. For some reason the conversation always ends up going a little something like this: Client: “Yeah business is really good and we are […]

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  • Published On: November 19, 2020

    At the time of writing this article, Joe Biden is projected to be the 46th President of the United States of America. On January 20, 2021 he will take the oath of office and begin his presidency. How will a Biden-Harris administration govern? Will this be a return to Obama […]

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  • Published On: November 19, 2020

    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, […]

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  • Published On: October 30, 2020

    The time has come for Ohio to join the list of states that have incorporated the federal Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser (BFPP) defense to CERCLA liability. In 1980, Congress enacted the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund.  This law provided broad federal authority to […]

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  • Published On: October 29, 2020

    In order to understand concerns associated with historical oil/gas exploration and production, it is important to understand the actual processes undertaken during the exploration and production of oil/gas.  Oil and gas drilling in the U.S. began in Pennsylvania in 1859, and 1893 in Texas. This early type of drilling was […]

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  • Published On: October 21, 2020

    Proper management of hazardous chemicals is often overlooked by team members using a chemical, with management assuming proper information of hazards was communicated.  Agency requirements for handling storing and reporting are an additional complication because it is not always known which agency requirements apply.  Environmental requirements depend on the regulating […]

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  • Published On: October 19, 2020

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) finalized its revisions to emissions calculations methods used for organic liquid storage tanks found in AP-42 Chapter 7, Section 7.1 in November 2019. These methods were developed by the American Petroleum Institute (API) for fixed and floating roof tanks. The revisions addressed […]

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  • Published On: October 19, 2020

    The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) developed the standard for domestic industrial chemical management and evaluating chemicals in production, import, use, and disposal.  In 2016, TSCA was revised in the Chemical Safety (Lautenberg) Act to incorporate key changes to the CDR reporting on Form U and the fundamental shifts in […]

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  • Published On: September 30, 2020

    Historically, the use of Institutional Controls (ICs) was associated with large, complex sites involved in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cleanup programs, such as Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Corrective Action and Superfund.  The ICs were commonly used in conjunction with removal actions, soil and groundwater remediation, and risk […]

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  • Published On: September 15, 2020

    What do non-stick coated pans, waterproof fabrics, oil-resistant food packaging, stain-resistant materials, and fire-fighting foam all have in common?  They all potentially contain fluorinated compounds, and more specifically, are made with a suite of specialty chemicals called Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOAs).   PFOs and PFOAs both are fluorinated […]

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  • Published On: August 13, 2020

    August Mack was retained to develop an environmental due diligence program for a national developer of renewable energy at multiple sites in the state of New York. In most multi-site portfolios, all sites are bundled under the same contract, allowing the client to realize cost-savings by combining multiple site inspections […]

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