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Aboveground Storage Tank Inspections in Massachusetts

November 8, 2017

“Following the Great Molasses Flood in Boston’s North End on January 15, 1919, Massachusetts began regulating aboveground storage tanks (AST’s) greater than 10,000 gallons storing any fluid other than water. The molasses flood killed 21 people and injured 150 more. Many claim you can still smell the molasses in the North End on hot summer days.” – MA Department of Fire Services Website (http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/dfs/osfm/fire-prev/aboveground-storage-tanks.html)

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Topics: Regulations, Tanks


Crystalline Silica Rule: What You Need to Know

August 9, 2017

New Rule:

Effective June 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finalized the Crystalline Silica Rule for General Industry, Maritime and Construction. The final rule establishes new exposure limits and action levels, as well as specifies requirements for worker exposure assessments, exposure controls, medical surveillance, respiratory protection, hazard communication, and recordkeeping. Any in

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Topics: Regulations


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


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


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


Feds Rewrite the Toxic Substances Control Act

July 19, 2016

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.

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Topics: Regulations


Why it Makes Sense to Conduct a Phase I ESA Before Leasing Commercial Property

May 9, 2016

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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Topics: Banking, Commercial Real Estate, Regulations


Secondary Containment and UST Environmental Compliance

May 5, 2016

As of April 11, 2016, new or replacement underground storage tanks (USTs) must have secondary containment in order to be compliant with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. If UST operators who have had new tanks and pipes installed in the last few years have followed best practices, their installations probably meet with the EPA’s new standards of UST environmental compliance. It is important to be aware, however, that simply having secondary containment is hardly an assurance that releases or leaks will be contained.

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Topics: Regulations, Tanks


4 Steps to Prevent Pollution with Compliant Stormwater Plans

April 29, 2016

Operators of industrial facilities must prepare and manage stormwater plans to comply with the conditions for holding a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permit.

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Topics: Stormwater, Regulations


Why Vapor Encroachment Screening Should be Included in Environmental Site Assessments

April 18, 2016

Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) help to safeguard commercial/industrial real estate buyers against liability for cleaning up hazardous environmental contaminants. While these assessments, such as the Phase I ESA, tend to focus on the presence or likely presence of any hazardous substances or petroleum products in, on, or at a property, buyers should be aware of the risks of future vapor encroachment from nearby properties.

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


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