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Written by Carla Bachunas and Leslie Nicholas who work for BBJ Group Although there are multiple sources of information and guidance from health organizations and in the . . .

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Written by Andy Bajorat, CHMM who works in BBJ Group's Chicago office Owners, buyers and sellers of industrial properties are all subject to potentially catastrophic . . .

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Biomass Conversion Technologies

Written by John Baker, Principal, Corporate Consultant for BBJ Group There are many different types of biomass that include crop wastes, forestry residues, purpose-grown . . .

Title V Air Permits: Everything You...

Written by Corinne Jaskiewicz, compliance expert, who works for BBJ Group in our Grand Rapids, MI office. Ever walk down the street and know one of your neighbors is . . .

COVID-19 Best Practices for Manufac...

Essential Businesses With Manufacturing- Adding COVID-19 Practices Into Your Health & Safety Culture   Written by Carla Bachunas, CHMM and Leslie Nicholas who work for . . .

The ASTM E1527 Phase I Environmenta...

Written by Leslie Nicholas, Senior Consultant  at BBJ Group As many of you have heard, it’s time for an update to the ASTM International (ASTM) E 1527-13, Standard . . .

Property Management During COVID-19...

Written by Anna Avila, Abigail Huber and Lyndsey Howard who work in BBJ Group's Minneapolis office You have braved the grocery store and added the phrase ‘social . . .

Insights into Common Due Diligence ...

Industrial Oils: SPCC and Used Oil Management Written by Conor Horton, Project Manager, who works in BBJ Group's Real Estate and Transaction Support Practice Continuing . . .

PFAS in Biosolids

Written by Andy Bajorat, CHMM, who works in BBJ Group's Chicago Office Recently, there have been a number of news stories about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances . . .

PFAS the Forever Chemical

Written by Audrey LaRoche, Project Manager in BBJ Group's Remediation and Site Restoration Practice On April 9, 2019, BBJ Group hosted a webinar on Whose per- and . . .

Historic NEPA Law Faces Change

Written by Sarah Langeliers. P.E., Senior Engineer who leads BBJ Group's EHS Regulatory Compliance Practice Last Thursday the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) . . .

The Marcellus Shale: An Uncertain F...

Written by Richard Garlitz,P.E., Senior Engineer, who leads the BBJ Group office in Pittsburgh, PA The Marcellus Shale is a Middle Devonian-aged sedimentary formation . . .

Understanding the Changes to the Mi...

Written by Anna Avila, who works in BBJ Group's Minnesota Office In the state of Minnesota, the new year signals that it is time to make sure that all facilities that . . .

Meaningful Sustainability Reporting...

Written by Leslie Nicholas and Richard Garlitz, P.E. ‘Tis the season – for getting your end-of-year ducks in a row and thinking about what the next year will bring. For . . .

Emerging Contaminants PFAS and 1,4-...

Written by Ravi Pathare and Leslie Nicholas who work in BBJ Group's Compliance Practice Emerging contaminants, an increasingly focused-on topic in the field of . . .

US Regional Carbon Cap and Trade Gr...

Written by Richard Garlitz, P.E., Senior Engineer, who leads BBJ Group's Pittsburgh Office With international and national carbon reduction initiatives stalled under the . . .

Insights into Common Due Diligence ...

EPCRA, Tier II, and Form R Written by James Malaney, Project Manager, who works in BBJ Group's Minneapolis Office When completing a mergers and acquisitions (M&A) . . .

Understand and Love Your Vapor Miti...

Written by  John Tanaka,P.E., Senior Engineer and BBJ Group's Remediation Practice leader OK, only the nerdiest engineer can love a vapor mitigation system, but the . . .

TOP 5 PROBLEMS WITH BROWNFIELD DEVE...

Written by John Tanaka,P.E., Senior Engineer who leads BBJ Group's Remediation Practice. Anyone involved with real estate transactions or property development knows the . . .

Current Minnesota Pollution Control...

Written by Lyndsey Howard, P.E., who leads BBJ Group's Minneapolis Office The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has established a strategic plan that identifies . . .

COVID-19 Risk Tolerance and your PL...

Written by Mark Quarles, P.G. and Conor Horton who work for BBJ Group As EHS professionals, we are accustomed to identifying and quantifying environmental risks for . . .

FCC Facilitates Wireless Infrastruc...

Written by Tarek Aboueid, Project Manager in BBJ Group's Minneapolis Office According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the United States is in the midst . . .

Are Fluorotelomers the Next Wave of...

Written by Andy Bajorat, CHMM, BBJ Group's Chief Operating Officer  As the science surrounding the extensive family of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) . . .

How Good is Your Process Safety Man...

Written by Joseph Gentile, Senior Industrial Hygienist at BBJ Group Could a fatal accident happen at your facility? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration . . .

Rebuilding the Minneapolis and St. ...

Written by Tarek Abouied, who works in BBJ Group's Minnesota office For Riot-Damaged Twin Cities Businesses, Rebuilding Will Begin There are two main business districts . . .

4 KEY BUSINESS CASES FOR ENVIRONMEN...

Written by Amber Cicotte, CHMM, Senior Scientist, who leads the EHS Compliance Practice for BBJ Group in our Chicago, IL office. Frequently, plant managers or facility . . .

PFAS Added to Toxic Release Invento...

Written by Jen Connelly, who works in BBJ Group's Chicago Office Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) made environmental headlines in 2019, and it appears that . . .

Utica Shale - The Marcellus and Mor...

  Written by Tyler Paulina, Staff Scientist, who works in BBJ Group's Pittsburgh Office To a general audience, the Marcellus Shale is widely known as the sole . . .

Legacy Sites and Hidden Liability

Written by Conor Horton, a geologist working in BBJ Group's Real Estate and Transaction Support Practice Environmental due diligence during the acquisition of a . . .

We’re on the Road to Reopening … fr...

Written by James Malaney and Leslie Nicholas  who work for BBJ Group   “These are unprecedented times.” How many times have you heard that in the past six weeks – . . .

Leachate and Industrial Wastewater ...

Written by John Baker, Principal, Corporate Consultant for BBJ Group  Landfill leachate is created by rainfall percolating through the waste mass, which releases soluble . . .

Real Estate Investing: Environmenta...

Written by  Conor Horton  who works in BBJ Group's Chicago office As the COVID-19 pandemic headlines our daily newsfeeds and impacts day-to-day business operations, . . .

Using CCDDs for Uncontaminated Soil...

Written by Amber Winter,  Project Manager and Telecommunications Practice Lead In Illinois, clean construction and demolition debris (CCDD) facilities allow certain . . .

Coal Ash Disposal – Stakeholders Be...

Written by Mark Quarles, P.G., Senior Consultant, CCR Expert in BBJ Group's Nashville office Multiple stakeholders are currently involved in how coal combustion . . .

A Contaminated Day in Your Neighbor...

Written by John Tanaka, P.E., Remediation and Site Restoration Practice Lead  “It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood, A beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be . . .

Cleaning Up the Mess of Soil Landfi...

Written by James Malaney and Nick Dufficy, soil experts, who work for BBJ Group in our Minneapolis, MN office Property redevelopment is inherently complicated. It’s . . .

The Maui Case – Clean Water Act Imp...

Written by Mark Quarles, P.G. and Madeline Demo who work for BBJ Group By now, you may have heard about the “Maui Case.” No, we’re not talking about a COVID-related case . . .

5 Steps to A Successful Air Permit ...

Written by Sarah Langeliers, Senior Engineer in BBJ Group's EHS Regulatory Compliance Practice If you are building a facility or adding new equipment to an existing . . .

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)...

Written by Carla Bachunas and Leslie Nicholas who work for BBJ Group Although there are multiple sources of information and guidance from health organizations and in the . . .

Who Pays for Environmental Remediat...

Written by Katherine Vanzytveld, Staff Scientist II who works in BBJ Group's Grand Rapids, MI office Who Pays for Environmental Remediation in Michigan? Environmental . . .

MANAGING ENVIRONMENTAL RISK WHEN IN...

Written by Leslie Nicholas, Project Manager, works for BBJ Group in our Chicago, IL office. What is risk? Risk is generally considered a probability of loss or a . . .

EPA’s Enforcement Discretion Policy...

Written by Leslie Nicholas and Madeline Demo who work in BBJ Group's Chicago office On March 26, 2020, USEPA issued a policy memorandum detailing a temporary, . . .

Common Mistakes Made During Environ...

Written by Kevin McCartney, P.G., Principal, who leads BBJ Group's Real Estate and Transaction Support Practice  The Letter of Intent is signed. The clock is ticking. . . .

Meaningful Sustainability Reporting...

Written by Sarah Oswald and Amber Cicotte, CHMM When preparing for the sustainability reporting process, begin by determining what components are needed within the . . .

Insights into Common Due Diligence ...

Written by Madison Witkowski and Conor Horton, who work in BBJ Group’s Chicago office Continuing with our four-part mini-series on Common Due Diligence Compliance . . .

Health and Safety Perspective: Mana...

Written by Carla Bachunas, CHMM who works in BBJ Group's Atlanta office By now, we have all endured several weeks of various “Stay at Home” Orders issued by state and . . .

Designing a COVID Response Plan to ...

Written by Madeline Demo and Rose Guardino who work in BBJ Group's Chicago office COVID-19 presents a new and challenging dynamic for managing a business, and planning . . .

How New Jersey’s Recently Proposed ...

Written by Nick Dufficy, who works in BBJ Group's Minneapolis office On April 1, 2019, New Jersey became the first state in the US to propose drinking water standards . . .

Remediation Cost Estimates: What’s ...

Written by John Tanaka,P.E., Senior Engineer who leads BBJ Group's Remediation Practice. Client:                   “I need a cost estimate today to remediate the site. . . .

EPA Adopts Final Rule Addressing 11...

Written by Sarah Langeliers, P.E., Senior Engineer at BBJ Group On August 23, 2019, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took final action on 11 ”Moderate” . . .

Wetlands: What they are and why the...

Written by Lauren Matthews, who works in BBJ Group's Pittsburgh Office Are you planning to purchase a piece of real estate for development? Federal and state governments . . .

Meaningful Sustainability Reporting...

Written by Madeline Demo and Amber Cicotte, CHMM who work in BBJ Group's Chicago office In Part One of this series, we discussed the various global standards driving . . .

The PFAS Problem at Minnesota Compo...

Written by Anna Avila, who works in BBJ Group's Minnesota office Many of us are trying to be more sustainable and “Go Green”. From individual households, to large . . .

Is Your Environmental Consultant Fo...

Written by Andrew Dorn, P.E., a Senior Engineer with BBJ Group. Tucked neatly in Appendix X3 of ASTM E1527-13, Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: . . .

Organizing Your Firm’s EHS Function...

Written by Andrew Bajorat, CHMM, Principal at BBJ Group  Traditionally, environmental, health and safety (EHS) functions have been viewed by firms as a necessary cost, . . .

USEPA's COVID Enforcement Policy is...

Written by Anna Avila, who works in BBJ Group's Minnesota office The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted virtually every industry sector around the world. Industrial . . .

TPH Risk Evaluation at Petroleum-Co...

Written by Mike Capito who works in BBJ Group's Pittsburgh Office Petroleum hydrocarbons are unique in environmental assessment and management because their complex . . .

EPA Issues New Post-Closure Long-Te...

Written by Jim Mitchell, Senior Risk Consultant for BBJ Group   As discussed here previously on August 13, 2018, EPA recently released a policy memo approving the use of . . .

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY LEA...

Written by Amber Cicotte, CHMM, Senior Scientist, who leads BBJ Group's EHS Compliance Practice Lessons from the 2017 Safety Leadership Conference and EHS & . . .

Important Considerations for In-Bui...

Written by Conor Horton, who works in BBJ Group's Real Estate and Transaction Support Practice When purchasing real estate, whether it be multifamily residential, . . .

Managing Soil Vapors in Minnesota: ...

Written by James Malaney and Nick Dufficy, who lead vapor intrusion investigation and mitigation projects for BBJ Group's Minneapolis office What is Soil Vapor . . .

EPA Issues New Post-Closure Long-Te...

Written by  Jim Mitchell, Senior Risk Consultant for BBJ Group   EPA’s Office of Site Remediation Enforcement recently published a policy memo on Advanced Monitoring . . .

Is a RCRA Site Right for Your Next ...

Written by Andrew Dorn, P.E., a Senior Engineer with BBJ Group.  I want to talk to you about a common problem faced by developers today.  It’s called . . .

Audit Fatigue: How Often Should Man...

Written by Amber Cicotte, CHMM, Senior Scientist, who leads BBJ Group's EHS Compliance Practice  Evaluating the Purpose of EHS Compliance Audits Environmental compliance . . .

What is a State Historic Preservati...

Written by Tarek Aboueid, who works in BBJ Group's Minneapolis Office More than a quarter century after enactment of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), . . .

Minnesota First to Say “Goodbye” to...

Written by James Malaney, Project Manager in BBJ Group's Minnesota office Trichloroethene, or TCE, is a chemical solvent that has historically been widely used by the . . .

The Environmental Due Diligence Con...

Written by Kevin McCartney, PG, Principal, who leads the Real Estate and Transaction Support Practice for BBJ Group in our Chicago, IL office. Most buyers of commercial . . .

New York Adopts Landmark Drinking W...

Written by Tyler Paulina, who works in BBJ Group's Pittsburgh office 1, 4-Dioxane, an “emerging contaminant” resulting from decades-old industrial activities, is part of . . .

An Overview of the IDOT Phase I Tra...

Written by Ravi Pathare, Staff Scientist, who works in BBJ Group's Real Estate and Transaction Support The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) Phase I Training . . .

Wisconsin DNR Claims Authority to R...

Written by Andy Bajorat, CHMM, Principal at BBJ Group. In February 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), stated that the its Remediation and . . .

When Groundwater Mixes: Commingled ...

Written by Kelli Hicks, Project Manager, who works for BBJ Group's Compliance Practice in our Chicago, IL office. In April 2017, the much-anticipated “Commingled Plume . . .

UST Regulation Changes on the Horiz...

Written by Richard Garlitz,P.E., Senior Engineer, who leads the BBJ Group office in Pittsburgh, PA The Pennsylvania Legislature Considers Changes to the . . .

Weed and the Workplace

Written by Amber Cicotte, CHMM, BBJ Group's EHS Regulatory Compliance Practice Lead On June 25, the state of Illinois passed legislation to decriminalize marijuana.  . . .

Illinois EPA Announces New Complian...

Written by Andrew Dorn, P.E., a Senior Engineer with BBJ Group. During a recent presentation by Ted Dragovich, P.E., the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) . . .

Crying Over Spilled Milk: The Lates...

Written by Kelli Hicks, Project Manager in BBJ Group's Columbus Office From deer in Michigan to dairy cows in New Mexico, the wave of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) . . .

Understanding California's Environm...

Written by Phil Thomas, who works in BBJ Group's California Office Ahhh, California. The land of sandy surf boards,..'round-the-clock Pilates classes and In-N-Out . . .

PFAS as Emergent Chemicals - What I...

Written by Andrew Bajorat, CHMM, Principal at BBJ Group What are perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)? In 2016, the USEPA issued a drinking water health advisory for . . .

Remediation Cost Estimates During I...

Written by John Tanaka, P.E., Senior Engineer and Remediation Practice Lead at BBJ Group Real estate transactions that identify Recognized Environmental Conditions . . .

Superfund Site Closures Ramping Up

 Written by Jim Mitchell, Senior Risk Consultant for BBJ Group The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that closures of Superfund sites on the . . .

Revealed: OSHA’s Top 10 Violations ...

Written by Cynthia Stowell, Staff Scientist, who works in BBJ Group's EHS Compliance Practice The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has made . . .

FCC AMENDMENTS SIMPLIFY SMALL CELL ...

Written by Amber Winter, BBJ Group's Telecommunication Sector Leader. With the anticipation of 5G wireless service looming on the horizon and the persistent demand for . . .

Don’t Eat the Deer—Elevated PFAS Le...

Written by Audrey LaRoche, who work's in BBJ Group's Grand Rapids, Michigan office It seems like something straight out of a horror movie, or Animal Planet’s version of . . .

EHS REGULATORY REPORTING DEADLINES:...

Written by Corinne Jaskiewicz, compliance expert, who works for BBJ Group in our Grand Rapids, MI office. It’s never too early to start planning for annual compliance . . .

Buying a Business Can Have Environm...

Written by Leslie Nicholas and Madeline Demo of BBJ Group's Real Estate Practice Area When buying an operating a business, it’s important to consider the current status . . .

PFAS: New Kids on the Block

Written by Ravi Pathare, who works in BBJ Group's Remediation and Site Restoration Practice In the early 1940s, the American Chemical Society (ACS) awarded the American . . .

What to Expect When You’re Expectin...

Written by Richard Garlitz,P.E., Senior Engineer, who leads BBJ Group's Pittsburgh office If you’ve ever been greeted at the door of your facility with the smiling face . . .

Community Engagement: Optional or N...

Written by Amber Cicotte, CHMM, Senior Scientist, who leads BBJ Group's EHS Compliance Practice  Why Community Engagement Matters Recently in my neighborhood, a shiny . . .

3 Myths About Environmental Due Dil...

Written by James Malaney, who leads vapor intrusion investigation and mitigation projects for BBJ Group's Minneapolis office Environmental due diligence completed in . . .

A Look Behind the Curtain: How GIS ...

Written by Crawford White, Ph.D, Project Manager at BBJ Group Context is everything. One of the first things any aspiring field scientist will learn is that a photograph . . .

ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE AUDITS EVO...

Written by Amber Cicotte, CHMM, Senior Scientist, who leads the EHS Compliance Practice for BBJ Group in our Chicago, IL office. The world continues to evolve toward a . . .

EHS Decision-Making in Uncertain Ti...

Written by Jim Mitchell, Senior Risk Consultant for BBJ Group - Syracuse, NY  The internet likes nothing better than a scary meme, and “regime change brings regulatory . . .

Cost-Conscious Environmental Compli...

Written by Philip Thomas, Senior Scientist, in BBJ Group's California Office A powerful business case can always be made for a company providing substantial funding to . . .

Skinning the Environmental Liabilit...

Written by Andy Bajorat, CHMM who works in BBJ Group's Chicago office Owners, buyers and sellers of industrial properties are all subject to potentially catastrophic . . .

Happy Birthday Superfund - Part 1

Written by John Tanaka,P.E.,  Senior Engineer and Remediation & Site Restoration Practice Lead for BBJ Group When the Superfund program turns 40 next year, few are . . .

Cultural Differences: How EHS Adapt...

Written by Audrey LaRoche, who work's in BBJ's Remediation and Site Restoration Practice  Identifying Cultures Open-mindedness is a key aspect in the integration of . . .

Key Takeaways from Trump’s EPA 2018...

Written by Andrew Bajorat, CHMM, Principal at BBJ Group  The U.S. EPA recently released its four-year strategic plan, and consistent with previous statements, . . .

Regional Planning Authority Advocat...

Written by Sarah Walwema, who works in BBJ Group's Chicago office The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is the comprehensive regional planning authority . . .

Buying a Business Can Have Environm...

  Written by Leslie Nicholas, Senior Scientist who works for BBJ Group's Real Estate and Transaction Support Practice Area You’ve identified the target you want to . . .

Contaminated Land: Big problems hit...

Written by Tim Bradburne, P.G., Principal at BBJ Group There are more than 126,000[1] contaminated sites in the U.S. You see them coming a mile away, particularly . . .

Solving the Superfund Puzzle

Written by Jim Mitchell, Senior Risk Consultant for BBJ Group For decades, Superfund sites – properties listed on the National Priorities List (NPL) – have been anathema . . .

Happy Birthday Superfund - Part 2

Written by John Tanaka,P.E., Senior Engineer and Remediation & Site Restoration Practice Lead for BBJ Group In Part 1 of this blog, a summary of Superfund . . .

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