Many developers incur unnecessary costs by parsing out site investigation services. Two of the most common sets of services ─ Environmental Remediation Services and Geotechnical Services ─ can often be combined to save developers resources, time, and money.
Today, businesses face strict environmental regulations from a complex web of federal, state and local government bodies. As such, you must ensure that you are optimally supported by your environmental remediation services provider. Having the right provider is critical to quickly and cost-efficiently completing your developmental projects and maximizing revenue and profit margins. To greatly improve your odds of hiring the right environmental remediation services company, evaluate the following seven criteria:
I recently had the opportunity to attend the annual meeting of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (“ASTSWMO”). ASTSWMO, to those unfamiliar with the organization, was established in 1974 to enhance and promote effective state and territorial environmental programs. The annual meeting afforded me a great opportunity to hear and see the perspectives from regulators and industry experts on current issues affecting the use and operation of underground storage tanks (“USTs”). While these issues are not necessarily new, hearing about firsthand experiences truly helps to put things into perspective. Two sessions in particular did just that for me.
What are the Requirements for Storage Tank Records?
There are an estimated half million underground storage tanks (USTs) in the US today, with most utilized to store petroleum, petroleum derivatives, or other potentially hazardous substances. Owners of storage tanks are subject to strict controls on adding, moving, and shutting down storage tanks. There are also records required for regular inspections, reporting of leak detection, testing processes, and more.
What is an Emergency Response Plan?
News reports have been devoted to far too many instances of emergency response requirements in recent months. Stories abound related to more types of emergencies than we would care to think about:
Topics: Health & Safety
What is a Storage Tank Compliance Program?
Companies that utilize underground storage tanks (USTs) are subject to regulations by local, state, and especially federal regulations and controls. Requirements for prevention and detection of leakage from such containment tanks are intended to prevent ground and water contamination by hazardous chemicals and petroleum-based products.
August and September are typically the busiest months of the Atlantic Hurricane Season. With the season at its peak, it is a good time to remember that businesses should be constantly planning for natural disasters of all kinds. Businesses should be considering potential damage from severe storms, earthquakes, flooding, or tornadoes. Each of these has the ability to not only disrupt businesses, but even put those who are not prepared out of business permanently.
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has long been the primary law that specifies how industry must manage chemicals and other toxic substances. President Obama has now signed into law revisions that form the first comprehensive changes to TSCA in 40 years. Now that the changes are law, it becomes the responsibility of industries to understand and comply with the new legislation.
If you think you are covered under the Massachusetts Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund, you may want to think again.
Before leasing commercial or industrial property for a new business operation, prospective lessees should consider environmental due diligence to be just as important as if they were buying the real estate concerned. One of the most prudent measures that a potential lessee can take is to have a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)performed to identify any actual or potential environmental contamination.
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