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ASTM’s Proposed Revisions to the E1527 Standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments: What You Need to Know

By: Amy Trautman, Scientist The current ASTM standard (ASTM E1527-13) for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) was implemented in 2013. ASTM updates the standard every eight years; therefore, the 2021 revision is on the horizon. The revision process is extensive and includes input from numerous task groups and stakeholders. EHS Support has been following

PFAS Relative Risk Model: A Traditional Assessment Framework Explains PFAS Uncertainties

AN ALTERNATE APPROACH TO SUPPORT PFAS RISK DECISION-MAKING Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have created additional complexity in assessing risk in raw materials, finished products, and potable water. Unknowns associated with the complex toxicity, fate and transport, regulation, and risk decision-making related to PFAS create a foundation of unnecessarily conservative assumptions in the development of

USEPA’s 2021 Multi-Sector General Permit Updates – What it Means for the Primary Metals Sector

On January 15, 2021, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) issued the 2021 Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for industrial stormwater discharges. The MSGP became effective on March 1, 2021. Background: The USEPA established National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements for industrial stormwater discharges in 1990; the agency first issued the MSGP for

ESG for Private Equity – A Lens for Finding and Developing Hidden Value

By: Bob Pickert, Senior Compliance Specialist Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) is a lens through which private equity companies can identify and develop hidden value. This article explores ESG and considers some tools to simplify and manage the ESG journey through the merger & acquisition (M&A) process of acquisition strategy and planning, due diligence,

A Data-Driven Decision Model in a Climate of Changing PFAS Regulation

By: Ceil Mancini, Senior Scientist Regulatory uncertainties surrounding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has made decision-making associated with mergers, acquisitions, and other business ventures more complex. If PFAS are present, the cost/benefit of the transaction could be negatively impacted. On the other hand, ‘waiting it out’ could take years, resulting in profitable but missed business

ASTM’s Proposed Revisions to the E1527 Standard for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments: What You Need to Know

By: Amy Trautman, Scientist The current ASTM standard (ASTM E1527-13) for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) was implemented in 2013. ASTM updates the standard every eight years; therefore, the 2021 revision is on the horizon. The revision process is extensive and includes input from numerous task groups and stakeholders. EHS Support has been following

EHS Support Named a ‘2021 Best Firm to Work For’

EHS Support is pleased to announce that we have been named to the list of 2021 Best Firms to Work For by the Zweig Group. The program honors outstanding workplaces in the AEC industry (i.e., architecture, engineering, environmental, planning, and construction). The honorees are chosen based on management and staff perspectives on the company’s culture,

EHS Support Launches Major Fluoride Fate and Transport Research Initiative

As part of EHS Support’s ongoing involvement with the aluminum, chemical, pharmaceutical, and smelting industries, we have initiated a major study of the controls on fate and transport of fluoride in surface water, soil, and groundwater. The study will evaluate the breadth of existing information on fluoride mobility in the environment and identify where data

NJDEP Adopts Major Revisions to Remediation Standards

On May 17, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) adopted the proposed rules and amendments to the N.J.A.C. 7:26D Remediation Standards originally published on April 6, 2020. NJDEP reassessed each constituent using updated toxicity factors, exposure assumptions, and chemical and physical factors. As a result, there are multiple changes in the remediation

PFAS Are Everywhere…Including the Proposed American Jobs Plan

We often say that “PFAS are everywhere…”; we can now finish the sentence with “…even in the proposed American Jobs Plan.” The proposed Plan, shared by the White House on March 31, 2021, includes an eight-year, $2 trillion investment to modernize and improve U.S. infrastructure, generate jobs and economic growth, and promote American national security

TCE Biodegradation: It’s Not Just For Anaerobes Anymore.

Finally, A Simple Way to Measure TCE Aerobic Degradation Rates in Groundwater (and you may already have the data). By: Will Harms, Senior Bioremediation Engineer Commonly used as an industrial solvent, trichloroethene (also known as trichloroethylene or TCE) has been shown to break down rapidly in air and surface water but much more slowly in