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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 . . .

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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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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) . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

Cost-Conscious Environmental Compli...

Written by Philip Thomas, Senior Scientist, in BBJ Group's California Office On a daily basis, business executives experience the pressure of needing to maintain high . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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, . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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” . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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, . . .

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.  . . .

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), . . .

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 . . .

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. . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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) . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

BBJ Rocks 2018 Oklahoma Brownfields...

Written by Andrew Dorn, P.E., a Senior Engineer with BBJ Group  Yee haw, what a conference. I don’t think I’ve ever learned so much in such a short amount of time. Tim . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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. . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

Welcome to RCRA e-Manifest!

Written by Andy Bajorat, CHMM, Principal at BBJ Group.  As required by the Hazardous Waste Electronic Manifest Act (October 2012), EPA established a national system for . . .

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 . . .

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: . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 & . . .

EPA TO ENDURE WITH CHANGING PRIORIT...

Written by Cori Jaskiewicz, Environmental Engineer, who works for BBJ Group’s Compliance Practice in our Grand Rapids, MI office. "Change is the only constant in life,” . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

New Developments on Regulation of G...

Written by Jim Mitchell, Senior Risk Consultant for BBJ Group  Clean Water Act and Groundwater The federal Clean Water Act (CWA) regulates and requires permits for . . .

OSHA is in a High Enforcement Phase

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen, who works in BBJ Group's Compliance Practice The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) goes through alternating cycles 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, . . .

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 . . .

Enforcement for New OSHA Respirable...

Written by Andrew Bajorat, CHMM, Principal at BBJ Group  As presented previously in our blog, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is establishing . . .

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 . . .

New Developments on Regulation of G...

Written by Jim Mitchell, Senior Risk Consultant for BBJ Group  Clean Water Act and Groundwater Discharge Part One of this blog entry discussed three recent decisions by . . .

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