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On the Road to Greater Compliance

Facilities across many industry sectors are turning to mobile technology software designed for PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) handheld devices to meet various environmental compliance demonstration requirements. This article discusses the capabilities of mobile technology in this regard and describes several situations in which facilities fulfilled regulatory requirements by utilizing software designed for handheld devices.

This article originally appeared in the 04/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

Setting Up a Digital Control Center

When considering entities that manage hazardous waste generated at a large number of generating sites, most people think of billion-dollar national or multinational corporations, with factories and facilities distributed over a wide area.

This article originally appeared in the 04/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

A Cure for Healthy Computing

Did you ever notice that advertisements for environmental, health and safety (EH&S) software products sound like commercials for pain relief?

This article originally appeared in the 04/01/2007 issue of Environmental Protection.

ESA Rules: Explored and Explained

The following is the second of a two-part series that analyzes new Phase 1 ESA requirements and their impact on consultants and their clients. The first part, ESA Rules: Plain English Version (Part 1) was published in the October 2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

This article originally appeared in the 11/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

A Sensitive Electronic Nose

A new type of electronic nose, based on ultra-fast gas chromatography, can perform analytical measurements of volatile organic vapors in near real-time with part-per-trillion sensitivity.

This article originally appeared in the 11/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

ESA Rules: Plain English Version (Part 1)

The following is the first of a two-part series that analyzes new Phase 1 ESA requirements and their impact on consultants and their clients. The second part is scheduled to be published in the November/December 2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

This article originally appeared in the 10/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Oxidants on the Job

The need for removal and destruction of contaminants of concern (COC), like petroleum hydrocarbons and chlorinated organics, in soil and groundwater has led to the development of a wide range of technologies for both in ground (in-situ) and above ground (ex-situ) treatment of these contaminants.

This article originally appeared in the 06/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Speeding Up Meth Lab Remediation

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez has called it "a unique and deadly threat to our nation -- which destroys lives far beyond those of just the addicts and the users."

This article originally appeared in the 05/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.



Weathering the Storm

Aug. 25, 2005: Hurricane Katrina, the 11th named tropical storm, fourth hurricane, and first Category 5 hurricane of the season, makes landfall north of Miami, Fla., killing dozens. Four days later, the slightly weakened system touches down on the Central Gulf Coast of Louisiana.

This article originally appeared in the 05/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

The New Iron-fisted Approach to Mercury

The California Department of Toxic Substances (DTSC) began enforcing Universal Waste management rules for all waste generators effective Feb. 9, 2006. All businesses and households are now required to properly dispose of batteries and mercury-containing lamps and devices at a certified recycling facility.

This article originally appeared in the 04/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

XRF Marks the Spot

This case study describes the use of portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) instrumentation in site characterization and corrective remediation for heavy metals and other contaminants, a process that allowed the environmental engineers to accelerate remediation efforts as the client prepared to invest in the redevelopment opportunities of a commercial 26-acre site in Massachusetts.

This article originally appeared in the 03/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

Moving From P2 to P4

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce or prevent pollution at its source, before it's generated.

This article originally appeared in the 09/01/2005 issue of Environmental Protection.

ASTs: Above and Beyond

The other day a person preparing to make a presentation on small aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) asked me for a "sexy spin" on fuel tanks. I wasn't sure if I should be amused or upset. Fuel tanks are designed to hold fuel. That's it.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2005 issue of Environmental Protection.

The Bottom Line Approach

"Location, location, location." How often have we heard that mantra from developers describing successful projects? Locations balancing access to their target market and proximity to resources of labor, transportation, or public utilities enhance the financial return on investment.

This article originally appeared in the 06/01/2005 issue of Environmental Protection.

X-treme Monitoring in the Field

X-ray fluorescence (XRF) instrumentation has become an essential as a tool for expediting and improving site characterization for inorganic contaminants and corrective remediation. On site, it is useful for determining contamination boundaries, monitoring remediation efforts, pre-screening clearance samples of soil and sediment, and eliminating potential downtime from off-site lab testing.

This article originally appeared in the 05/01/2005 issue of Environmental Protection.

Mastering Mold Problems

Unlike asbestos and lead, the permissible levels of mold are neither clearly defined nor strictly regulated. There are no definitive guidelines for what constitutes a mold-contaminated building, or for that matter, how to treat it.

This article originally appeared in the 05/01/2005 issue of Environmental Protection.

The ABCs of AAI

As most environmental professionals who perform or review Phase I environmental site assessments (Phase I ESAs) probably know by now, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) upcoming all appropriate inquiries (AAI) regulations will have a significant impact on how Phase I ESAs are conducted.

This article originally appeared in the 05/01/2005 issue of Environmental Protection.

Fortifying the Last Line of Defense

What factors should you consider when faced with the dual hazards of chemical exposure and flash fire? The simple answer is barrier -- both chemical and thermal barrier. However, as much as we wish that personal protective equipment (PPE) selection could be a simple process, this one word '"barrier'" encompasses a number of both chemical-protective and flash-fire-protective properties that need to be considered during the protective clothing selection process.

This article originally appeared in the 04/01/2005 issue of Environmental Protection.

AAI Update

On January 11, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act ("SBLR&BRA" or "Brownfields Amendments"). The act amends the innocent landowner defense against liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), which is also known as Superfund, and extends liability protection to new categories of landowner, i.e. the "bona fide prospective purchaser" and "contiguous property" owner.

This article originally appeared in the 03/01/2005 issue of Environmental Protection.

Just Around the Corner

Despite at least a perceived drop in enforcement, there continue to be developments in regulation and litigation involving solid and hazardous waste. As many predicted, the Bush administration has not been particularly active on the environmental front. Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports an increase in the amount of civil penalties recovered in the last fiscal year, the fine print reveals that this "increase" is the result of a relatively few number of larger cases.

This article originally appeared in the 01/01/2005 issue of Environmental Protection.

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