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8 Actions To Take if You Believe You Have a Sinkhole

February 1, 2017

There are definite steps you can take to ensure the safety of yourself and others if you believe a sinkhole may exist on your property. This post details the eight specific actions you should take.

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Defining Sinkholes and Their Causes

January 25, 2017

To help you understand the basics of a sinkhole, we have put together this brief blog post to define exactly what sinkholes are, what causes them, and the ways in which you can determine if you have one.

Sinkholes Defined

Simply put, a sinkhole is a hole in the ground created by erosion and water drainage. A sinkhole can be formed as the result of natural processes or triggered by human activities.

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3 Criteria for Evaluating Environmental Site Assessments

January 9, 2017

When acquiring a site for development, a potentially costly risk is having to clean up hazardous waste and/or remediate environmental dangers within the site’s boundaries. That is why you must have a professional environmental services company perform an environmental site assessment (ESA) prior to acquiring the site in question to minimize your risk.

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Topics: Banking, Commercial Real Estate, Environmental Due Diligence, Regulations, Brownfields


How to Select the Right Environmental Testing Services Provider

December 29, 2016

When hiring an environmental services provider, it is critical that you control several factors to keep costs down and arrive at results as fast as possible, without sacrificing quality. Four factors are critical to selecting the right provider to cost-efficiently succeed at a high-quality environmental site assessment (ESA). They include the following: 

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Topics: Commercial Real Estate


Benefits of Combining Environmental Remediation and Geotechnical Services

December 14, 2016

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.

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7 Criteria for Choosing an Environmental Remediation Services Company

December 8, 2016

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:

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Operating Underground Storage Tanks: Reminder

November 9, 2016

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.

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Topics: Regulations, Tanks


Records Retention for Storage Tank Owners

September 21, 2016

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.

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Topics: Tanks


Creating and Implementing Effective Emergency Response Plans

September 16, 2016

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:

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Topics: Health & Safety


Benefits of a Comprehensive Storage Tank Compliance Program

August 16, 2016

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.

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Topics: Regulations, Tanks


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Welcome to our postings on the environment and regulatory impact.  We strive to keep you informed with the latest changes in regulations and with lessons learned from our time in the field


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