WHAT MIGHT SITE-SPECIFIC SOIL STANDARDS FOR PFOA LOOK LIKE?

  The State of New Jersey recently adopted what is currently the lowest drinking water quality criteria (maximum contaminant level or MCL) in the country for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) at 0.014 µg/l or 14 parts per trillion (ppt). This MCL is a health-based value developed by the New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute and is significantly […]

ENVIRONMENTAL TRACERS: AN UNDERUTILIZED TOOL IN ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING?

I consider myself lucky to have come to environmental consulting through a couple of academic research detours; first at Columbia University in NYC then Southern Methodist University in Dallas. During my time at Columbia I worked with the Environmental Tracer Group within the Geochemistry department a Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO).  This was a great […]

TEN INSIDER TIPS FOR REDUCING ENVIRONMENTAL RISK IN COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE TRANSACTIONS

When buying or selling commercial and industrial real estate, stakeholders often conduct a wide range of inspections and inquiries as part of their due diligence.  Legal, financial, zoning, permitting, and environmental risk are all typically considered. This article will offer tips for buyers and sellers when conducting environmental due diligence. Why Conduct Environmental Due Diligence […]

TEN INSIDER TIPS OF AN OUTSTANDING ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING FIRM

They understand their client’s business interests One of the most critical errors environmental consultants can make is immediately getting lost in the technical and regulatory details of a project without ever fully understanding the business goals of their client. Oftentimes, the client will not know what affect the details of their business, business dealings, interests, […]

12 BEST PRACTICES TO AVOID PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENTAL SHUT-DOWNS AND FINES

Since 2005, innovative technologies such as hydraulic fracturing (i.e., fracking) and directional drilling (trenchless technologies) have made it possible to access valuable hydrocarbon resources from Pennsylvania’s Marcellus and Utica shale deposits. Domestic natural gas production has increased to the point that Pennsylvania produces 19% of the total output; which ranks #2 behind only Texas (24%). […]

THE IMPACT OF EXTREME WEATHER ON HAZARDOUS MATERIAL RELEASES

Extreme weather has an out-sized impact on petrochemical industries, in part because many are located along coastal and inland waterways. One aspect of this impact is an increased frequency of spills due to natural hazards in recent decades. In the analysis of federally reported releases presented, natural hazards are the underlying cause of between 1 […]

A 7-STEP EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF EPA RECOMMENDATIONS TO REDUCE LEAD IN DRINKING WATER IN SCHOOLS

The EPA is responsible for ensuring the safety of the nation’s drinking water in public water supplies. The EPA estimates that approximately 8,000 schools and child care facilities maintain their own water supply and are regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). There are approximately 98,000 public schools and 500,000 child-care facilities not regulated […]

BSTI GETS PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PEOPLE UP AND MOVING ON ADAPTIVE EXERCISE EQUIPMENT

BSTI’s major charity contribution this year was to the IM Able Foundation. The mission of the IM ABLE Foundation is to remove obstacles that prevent people affected by disabilities from being physically active. Recently IM Able organized a competitive duathlon race in Wyomissing PA as one of their annual fund raising events. A duathlon combines running […]