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Agata Bugala has Joined EEC Environmental as Staff Engineer in our Water and Wastewater Group

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Agata Bugala is a staff engineer at EEC Environmental, water and wastewater group. She is interested in improving water quality in the environment through the development and implementation of green infrastructure and novel treatment technologies. She currently serves as a new director on the SARBS executive team and she is an active member of the WEF YP Committee. She is active in the water community and was on the organizing committee for the 2020 WEF/AWWA YP Summit in Anaheim, CA, President of the New York Water Environment Association City College of New York Student Chapter, and winner of the Fifth Annual EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge.

Agata is looking forward to keep growing as a young engineer, to promote diversity and inclusion in the field of environmental engineering, and to serve the SARBS community.

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What Can the COVID-19 Virus Tell Us About Environmental Pollution?

The spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, around the world wreaks havoc on economies and populations. However, with a reduction of human activity around the globe, one area that’s benefitting from the new normal is the environment.

With most of the world’s populations facing extended lockdowns and governments enforcing social-distancing guidelines, the natural environment is thriving. Social media posts about wildlife roaming around city centers show that our effect on the environment remains concerning.

Profound and Lasting Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Researchers around the world agree that the COVID-19 pandemic will have lasting effects on human industry. While many people view the virus as an invisible enemy, responses from national governments are equal to wartime controls and mandates on populations. While there have been positive environmental impacts from the coronavirus response, researchers warn that the benefits shouldn’t be overestimated.

The Costs of the COVID-19 Response

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been visible positive impacts on the environment. Although media outlets report improvements in air quality and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, the effects are only temporary according to researchers. At the same time, studies indicate that secondary pollutants like ground-level ozone have increased in some regions.

Nitrogen dioxide have decreased in the US, China, and Western Europe by as much as 60% during the pandemic. According to atmospheric scientists, these levels are unprecedented since they started monitoring air quality using satellites in the 1990s. While most of the environment is healing during the pandemic, researchers did find one concerning increase in pollution.

Surface Ozone Pollution at Ground-Level

One pollutant that has increased according to studies was surface-level ozone. This happens when there’s a drop in nitrogen dioxide pollution in major industrial centers around the world. Surface-level ozone is a secondary pollutant that forms when sunlight and high temperatures catalyze and create chemical reactions in the lower atmosphere.

Although researchers found an increase in these pollutants around the world, the decrease in nitrogen dioxide over major population centers remains promising. Considering this unintended experiment’s data can help researchers to develop strategies and methods that can improve atmospheric conditions in the future.

EEC Environmental and Pollution Control in the Future

Once the pandemic subsides and the world returns to normal, there will still be environments that require remediation and pollution control. EEC Environmental has a team of experts that can help public and private entities to understand the scope of these problems and develop innovative solutions to remediate environments.

The industrial revolution led to large-scale changes in our environment. What the COVID-19 pandemic shows is that taking any effort to reduce environmental pollution and remaining committed to the environment’s wellbeing remains a noble pursuit.

To find out how EEC Environmental can help your organization remediate a site or if you need to design a pollution prevention program, reach out to one of our experts today.

Environmental Technical Assistance Opportunity

Three Maryland food processing facilities to receive free assistance

The Maryland Department of the Environment has contracted with EEC Environmental to provide environmental opportunity assessments and technical assistance to three food or beverage manufacturing/processing facilities in Maryland.  EEC Environmental, a nationally recognized environmental consulting firm, will work directly with three selected facilities to identify opportunities and solutions for improving energy and water use efficiency, reducing chemical usage, hazardous and non-hazardous waste reduction, wastewater reduction and process optimization.  The purpose of these visits is not to advise on environmental compliance issues, but rather to identify voluntary actions that will reduce environmental impacts and reduce costs for the facility.

The participating organizations will be asked to provide facility access and information

to the EEC Environmental consultants and in exchange will receive the following services free of charge: 

  • A facility-wide audit to identify opportunities that increase the efficiency of resource use, reduce waste and related environmental impacts and save money.
  • A written report identifying opportunities related to energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, recycling, composting, procurement, transportation, and cleaning.
  • Assistance in prioritizing these opportunities based on return-on-investment, payback period, environmental impact, feasibility, and owner/management priorities, and an outline of next steps for implementation.

Interested companies should contact the following individuals as soon as possible, but no later than June 1, 2020 in order to take advantage of this valuable program.

Contact:

Tina Bickerstaff, EEC Environmental
Tbickerstaff@eecenvironmental.com
410-279-7252

Laura Armstrong, Maryland Department of the Environment
Laura.Armstrong@maryland.gov
410-537-4119

EEC Presented at the 22nd Annual CUPA Conference February 3-6, 2020

EEC presented at the 22nd Annual California Unified Program Annual Training Conference (CUPA) February 3-6, 2020 in Burlingame, California. EEC’s Emily Vavricka presented on the emerging contaminant PFAS, focusing on PFAS sampling procedures, analytical methods, and current regulatory updates.


The California CUPA Forum is a non-profit 501(c)(6) statewide association that works with the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the California Office of Emergency Services, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, the State Water Resources Control Board and Cal EPA to update and continuously improve the Unified Program for the agencies, businesses and the communities that are served. For the past 21 years, the California CUPA Forum Board has invited both government entities and industries to attend and receive the same training at the annual training conference.

EEC is a nationally recognized leader in the field of soil, soil vapor, and groundwater assessment, remediation, due diligence, and compliance through “Out of the Box” unique technical solutions blended with industry proven strategies.


For more information on the 22nd Annual California CUPA Training Conference, please click here.

EEC exhibited at the 28th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite, CA to Feature PFAS

EEC Environmental (EEC) exhibited at the 28th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite at the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, October 17-20, 2019.

The Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite® is nationally recognized as the largest and most prestigious gathering in California of leaders in environmental, land use, and natural resources law.

EEC featured our expertise in tackling Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) which pose a serious human health risk leading to stringent action levels in California and throughout the US. 

EEC provides a broad spectrum of litigation support ranging from scientific investigations to expert testimony in state and federal courts. EEC’s ability to provide a reliable scientific basis for overcoming or minimizing contentious issues includes experience in matters related to contamination of soil, soil vapor, and groundwater; geologic and hydrogeological issues; industrial wastewater; historical document research and PRP Identification; CERCLA cost allocation; and insurance cost recovery.

Click the following link at https://calawyers.org/section/environmental-law/yosemite/ for more information.

Tina Bickerstaff joins EEC to head up east coast operations

EEC Environmental is pleased to welcome Ms. Tina Bickerstaff, CPG, PG to its Mid-Atlantic Team of environmental professionals. Tina joins EEC with more than 29 years of professional experience as its East Coast Regional Branch Manager. She is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) with national and state registrations and has held responsibility for the coordination, management and completion of all aspects of site investigations, remediation, environmental compliance programs, and regulatory negotiations. Tina is a Subject Matter Expert for due diligence Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), RCRA Corrective Action, and has extensive experience in coastal plain, karst, and bedrock geology.

As a Sr. Managing Geologist at EEC, Tina will draw upon her extensive experience in leading multi-disciplinary project teams at complex, dynamic industrial and commercial properties to provide high quality solutions to EEC’s valued clients.

Joseph Jenkins of EEC Presented for WEF on the Implementation of FOG Control Programs May 30

EEC presented in a webcast hosted by the Water Environment Federation (WEF).  EEC’s Joseph Jenkins shared his expertise about the proper implementation of plumbing code requirements to prevent blockage of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) that can be accumulated in sewer lines. The abstract for the presentation can be found here.

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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.

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