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Industrial General Permitting

Most new construction, development and upgrade projects require some sort of industrial general permitting assessment.  Sometimes abbreviated as IGP, this permit puts regulations in place for how stormwater is discharged from industrial sites. Facilities Subject to Regulations Not all facilities are subject to regulations regarding stormwater discharge, or need an industrial general permit. However, some of the types of facilities that are usually subject to these regulations include: Hazardous waste managementLandfillsManufacturingMiningRecyclingSewage

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What Is Bioremediation?

What Does Bioremediation Technology Entail? Bioremediation is the method of cleaning up groundwater, soil, and subsurface contaminations using biological organisms. Bioremediation specialists treat pollutants, such as oil, pesticides, solvents and various petroleum products, through mimicking and stimulating nature’s biodegradation processes. In nature, microbes such as yeast, bacteria and fungi feed on contaminants and release water, CO2, ethene and other harmless gases as byproducts. Bioremediation specialists employ this organic occurrence to

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Soil and Groundwater Remediation System Design

As available land for construction and redevelopment in large urban environments becomes more and more scarce, the once terrifying idea of redeveloping an environmentally impacted site has now become a tremendous opportunity to make a significant return on investment. As savvy investors realize these opportunities, soil and groundwater remediation is something many developers and investors face on a daily basis. The good news is that we have entered an era

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TSCA and the Pollution Prevention Act Compliance

Understanding an Environmental Site Assessment

An ESA, short for Environmental Site Assessment, is an evaluation of a property for the purposes of identifying any existing or potential environmental issues. ESAs are ordered during the due diligence period of the sale of a property by lenders and purchasers to avoid contamination liabilities. ESAs are completed for commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential properties as well as undeveloped land. The Phase I ESA is also completed to support

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Stormwater Management Plans

Stormwater Management Planning Steps Stormwater management plans are required for most new commercial and residential developments, provide long-term plans for rainwater harnessing, modernization of antique water management systems and reinvigoration of communities through updated waterways and green spaces. Effective management of stormwater prevents flooding and contamination of water (more…)

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Wastewater Treatment Basics

Wastewater Treatment Basics Wastewater is generated after human and commercial consumption of water. The domestic use produces wastewater, also called sewage, from showers, sinks, various household cleaning appliances and flush toilets. Industrial and agriculture wastewater comes from water usage for various processes and washing and cleaning of products. Wastewater is directed to a wastewater treatment plant for removing pollutants before it can be released into (more…)

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Implementing LID and Green Infrastructure BMPs

Implementing LID and Green Infrastructure Best Management Practices

Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. Whatever doesn’t get soaked into the ground and filtered back into the natural water cycle floods and carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants from the urban landscape into nearby water bodies. Higher flows as a result of heavy rains can also cause erosion and flooding in urban streams that damage habitat, property, and infrastructure. One can

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Wastewater Treatment Compliance

Wastewater Treatment Compliance and Meeting Regulatory Requirements

The treatment of wastewater is essential to ensuring public health and clean water. The process involves converting the wastewater into an effluent, or an outflowing of water to a receiving body of water, which can be directly reused or returned to the water cycle with minimal impact on the environment. However, before treated wastewater can be discharged to the water cycle, it must comply with local, state, and federal regulations.

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Industrial laundry washing machines in dry cleaner's workshop, PERC

Reducing PERC Contamination in Laundry and Dry Cleaning

Perchloroethylene or Tetrachloroethene (PCE, PERC) has been used as an effective dry cleaning solvent in dry cleaning facilities for a number of years. Today, it is the most commonly used solvent. However, PERC can pose health hazards if exposure is not adequately controlled. So, how can one reduce PERC contamination and workplace exposure in dry cleaning and industrial laundry facilities? Sources of PERC Contamination and Exposure Employees in dry cleaners can

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Regulatory Closure, Compliance & Negotiation for Litigation, EPA

EPA Compliance Requirements for Real Estate Construction and Property Development

Environmental and land use regulations can, frequently, become overwhelming. Understanding and complying with these regulations take away from time-sensitive projects, and unwanted fines ranging into the tens of millions of dollars for larger commercial or retail property can be more than daunting. So what are some of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance requirements for real estate construction and property development? Clean Water Act (CWA) Permit Coverage If

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What Is GIS And How Is It Used?

Hundreds of thousands of organizations are using GIS to solve problems. But what is GIS, and how is it being used? GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, is a technological field that incorporates geographical features with tabular data for one to map, analyze, and assess real-world problems. According to Esri, the company that builds and manages ArcGIS, “a geographic information system (GIS) is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing things

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Stormwater Pollution Prevention

What Is Stormwater Management and Why Is It Important?

Stormwater management is the effort to reduce runoff of rainwater or melted snow into streets, lawns and other sites and the improvement of water quality, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). When stormwater is absorbed into the soil, it is filtered and ultimately replenishes aquifers or flows into streams and rivers. However, when heavy rainwater hits, ground saturated by water creates excess moisture that runs across the

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OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Found Safety Violations (Infographic)

When it comes to compliance, you can learn a lot by reviewing the safety requirements that OSHA most frequently finds to be in violation. This enables you to review your own operations for similar compliance issues and implement corrective action before OSHA comes calling. View the Infographic below to learn more about OSHA's top 10 most frequently found safety violations.  Infographic created by EEC Environmental; Information was taken from OSHA. 1

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Why Do In-Situ Remediation Projects Fail?

In-Situ remediation refers to the cleanup of contamination in-place without the costly removal/ex-situ treatment of the soil and/or groundwater. In-situ remediation is often a logical choice for remediating a site due to the inherent cost savings; however, in some cases in-situ remediation is ineffective. (more…)

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Industrial laundry washing machines in dry cleaner's workshop, PERC

EEC Provides Dry Cleaner Remediation Solutions

Dry Cleaner contamination has become a significant liability for many individuals and retail shopping center owners. The remediation of chlorinated solvents, specifically tetrachloroethene (PCE), from dry cleaning operations can place an extreme financial burden on a company as it can impact not only the existing dry cleaner location but it can also have ramifications for adjacent suites and shopping centers as a whole. (more…)

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EEC Helps Clients Recover Millions in Environmental Investigation and Remediation Costs from Old Insurance Policies

Insurance Cost Recovery - Are you staring at a costly site remediation or Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) allocation? Did these releases start before 1985? Did you have a comprehensive general liability (CGL) insurance policy at the time or did you purchase or acquire a property that was contaminated by others, in which the prior owner may have had a CGL policy? (more…)

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ABA SEER 46th Annual Spring Conference

EEC exhibited at the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, or  ABA SEER, 46th Annual Spring Conference in Los Angeles, California, in March. EEC’s extensive litigation support and expert witness experience include: (more…)

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So You Want to Build a Safety Culture?

Imagine you get a call from your operations manager the Saturday evening of Labor Day weekend. Sue is calling to tell you that Joe, a hardworking employee with 15 years of experience fell 21 feet and is in the hospital. Joe’s lucky—he’s going to make it. There was an issue with the fall protection gear, and Sue is investigating. This is the third time this year employees have encountered fall

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EEC Environmental Welcomes Senior Project Geologist

EEC Environmental (EEC) is proud to announce and welcome Senior Project Geologist, Jeff Hensel, PG. Mr. Hensel’s responsibilities include technical oversight of site investigation and remediation projects, client development, staff mentorship, as well as general management responsibilities. Mr. Hensel comes to EEC with more than 29 years of site investigation and remediation experience with a proven track record of technical project execution; project, liability and contractor management; project safety; governmental

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