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Hazardous Waste and School Laboratories - 10/14/2010

An article by Craig Gorczuca, CHMM, titled, "Hazardous Waste and School Laboratories:  Relevant EPA Regulations Offer 'Flexibility'" appeared in the October 2010 edition of the Commerce Magazine.

Chemical management is one of many issues facing schools today.  From preschool all the way through university affiliated teaching hospitals, a wide variety of chemicals are being stored and used.  In response to chronic mismanagement and prolonged storage issues, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently adopted new regulations concerning hazardous waste in educational institutions.  These regulations provide allowances and flexibility to eligible academic entities in dealing with their unwanted and/or hazardous material.  Under this new law, the waste determination decision will be shifted to RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) trained personnel. 

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Availability of Grant Money for Replacing PERC Systems - 7/22/2010

An article by Elizabeth Davis, Director, Site Assessment - Remedial Investigatory Services, titled, "Availability of Grant Money for Replacing PERC Systems" appeared in the July 2010 edition of the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal.

As owner or operator of a dry cleaning business you may be eligible for a grant to replace your PERC-based dry cleaning equipment.  The NJDEP established a $5 million fund for replacing certain dry cleaning systems.  The grant’s objective is to target machines that use the chemical perchloroethylene (PERC) in the dry cleaning process for replacement or upgrades to dramatically reduce the amount of the toxic chemical emitted into the air.  Landlords should encourage their dry cleaner tenants to take advantage of this program to avoid future compliance problems for themselves and their tenant.

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New Remedial Action Permits and How They Impact Commercial Transactions in New Jersey - 7/21/2010

An article by Daniele Cervino, Esq., Senior Vice President and General Counsel, titled, "New Remedial Action Permits and How They Impact Commercial Transactions in New Jersey" appeared in the July 2010 edition of the Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal.

New Jersey’s Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) P.L. 2009, Chapter 60 (May 7, 2009) established a remedial action permit program for institutional and engineering controls associated with site remediation projects where the most stringent cleanup standards could not be met.  This program started in January 2010 and is in the transitional stage.  The full program will be in place by May 2012.  This evolving New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) program seeks to create more Responsible Party accountability for the long term stewardship of these controls through the threat of permit compliance and enforcement.  In addition, new requirements for financial assurance of engineering controls will need to be budgeted into long-term site management plans.

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Mold and the Re-use of Demolition Materials - 5/3/2010

An article by Kimberly Hicks, Assistant Project Manager, titled "Mold and the Re-use of Demolition Materials" appeared in the April 2010 edition of Modern Contractor Solutions magazine.

The presence of mold during construction, occupancy or demolition of a building can have significant effects on a project’s cost, timing, and public perception.  While mold plays an important role in the ecosystem, exposure to too much or the wrong type of mold can have serious health effects. 

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Putting a Lid on Environmental Cleanup Costs: A 2010 Perspective - 4/28/2010

An article by Chris W. Richter, Technical Director, SECUR-IT® Program  titled "Putting a Lid on Environmental Cleanup Costs:  A 2010 Perspective" was published in the April 23, 2010 edition of Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal.

The pivotal issue in a real estate transaction or on-going remediation program is often estimating the total environmental cleanup cost.  Even during these challenging economic times, and the status of the insurance and financial industries, several options exist to better predict, quantify, and cap, remedial costs.

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New Jersey’s LSRP Program: An Environmental Consultant’s Perspective - 3/11/2010

An article by Robert P. Blauvelt, Senior Vice President titled "New Jersey’s LSRP Program:  An Environmental Consultant’s Perspective" was published in the March 2010 edition of The American Bar Association's Environmental Transactions and Brownfields Committee Newsletter.

Mr. Blauvelt responds to a December 2009 article that summarized a number of critical business and legal concerns associated with implementation of New Jersey’s recently enacted Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program. 

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The Benefits of Voluntary Disclosure - 2/11/2010

An article by Margaret Halasnik, Director – Compliance Services  titled "The Benefits of Voluntary Disclosure" was published in the December 2009 edition of Brownfield Renewal.

The EPA is currently testing a number of tailored incentives that apply to New Owners of regulated companies who identify, voluntarily disclose, and promptly correct environmental violations.  The incentives include reduction or elimination of fines and potential criminal prosecution and recognition of new owners who perform internal audits and disclose under the Audit Policy.

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Keeping Brownfield Site Cleanups 'Green' - 2/3/2010

An article by Robert P. Blauvelt, Senior Vice President  titled "Keeping Site Cleanups 'Green'" was published in the February 2010 edition of Commerce Magazine.

When designing and implementing a remedial program to address soil and ground water contamination at a Brownfields site, it is becoming increasingly important to evaluate more broadly the impacts planned cleanup procedures may have to local residents as well as the surrounding environment.

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AAI Compliant Regulatory Database Searches - 2/1/2010

David Fullmer, Environmental Scientist, and Robert P. Blauvelt,Senior Vice President have published an article titled "AAI Compliant Regulatory Database Searches:  Some Are More Equal Than Others" iin the Volume 14, Article 13, 2009 edition of the Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy.

The paper is an assessment of All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) Compliant Regulatory Database Searches used by the environmental industry.  The paper was presented at the Fall 2009 Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy at the University of Massachusetts.

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Proposed PERC Ban Tabled Until 2026 - 12/15/2009

An article by Liz Davis, Director, Site Assessment and Remedial Investigation Services titled "Proposed PERC Ban Tabled Until 2026" was published in the December 2009 edition of Commerce Magazine.

Landlord’s who may have been hoping for a boost from the NJDEP in their efforts to convince their dry cleaning tenants to switch from perchloroethylene (PERC) to alternative less toxic cleaning technologies, recently received a set back.

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