Webinar for EP: ASTM E1527 Phase I Standard

Edrnet has a great webinar to prepare you for the implications of the new ASTM E1527 Phase I standards to be released in 2013.

If you are an Environmental Professional, Lender, Insurer, Attorney or a buy or seller … the new government guidelines will probably effect you.

Watch this seminar and do not be caught off guard.

As an executive summary, the key revisions are expected to be:
1. Vapor intrusion is considered the same as Groundwater Contamination
2. Cleared properties could be re-opened if VI is a possibility
3. New and Revised definitons for Recognized Environmental Condition (REC), Historical REC (HREC), Controlled REC (CREC) and de minimis

 

There is no direct link to this seminar, but you’ll easily find it listed at http://www.edrnet.com/events–resources/web-seminars-current because it is a recent seminar – April 23, 2013.

 

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You will need to register for BrightTalk to watch the seminar.

https://www.brighttalk.com/mybrighttalk/subscription-feed

Credits: http://www.edrnet.com/events–resources/web-seminars-current

 

State DOT pays $30K for alleged UST violations

 

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A $30,000 penalty will be paid by a State Department of Transportation (DOT) to settle alleged violations of underground storage tank regulations.   Ten facilities operated by the State’s Division of Highways Department are involved in the settlement.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on on March 21, that DOT has will also make statewide improvements of its UST monitoring as part of the settlement. The DOT was not complying with federal and state safeguards designed to prevent, detect and control leaks of petroleum and other hazardous substances.

According to the EPA, the “DOT failed to perform and/or document required release detection activities at 17 USTs used to store diesel fuel and used oil at Division of Highway facilities … ”

Moreover, DOT agreed to improve release detection activities at 43 underground fuel tank facilities statewide, including  upgrading monitoring systems.  According to the EPA, leaking tanks are a major source of soil and groundwork contamination.  Throughout America. USTs store millions of gallons of petroleum products and hazardous substances.

The the EPA Regulations designs for regulations for USTs  to reduce the risk of underground leaks.  The regulations require prompt detection and resolution of leaks  to minimize environmental harm and to avoid the cost of major cleanups.

Information courtesy of:

EPA

Photo: Public Domain and does not represent any party referenced in the article.

EPA Solicits Public Input on Vapor Intrusion – deadline May 24, 2013

U.S. EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) issued draft final guidance documents on vapor intrusion. The public has until May 24, 2013 to provide input.

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As background, April 16, 2013, USEPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response released two draft vapor intrusion guidance documents for public comments.

  • General guidance for all compounds
  • Petroleum hydrocarbons released from underground storage tanks

The documents can be accessed at:  http://www.epa.gov/oswer/vaporintrusion.

Public comments are submitted at:  http://www.regulations.gov; docket number: EPA-HQ-RCRA-2002-0033-007.

Vapor intrusion describes the migration of volatile chemicals from contaminated groundwater or soil into the atmosphere, and is a particular concern if vapors enter an overlying building.

 

Lougheed Engineering Top Indianapolis Consulting Firm

Lougheed Engineering is nominated as a 2013 Top Indianapolis Consulting firm by The Indianapolis Award Program.  Lougheed Engineering has consistently been recognized as a leader in the industry in Indianapolis since 2007.

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The program describes itself as “The Indianapolis Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Indianapolis area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.”

Pictures and graphics courtesy of The Indianapolis Award Program.  Reference here.

Underground Water Sampling

These images feature our underground water sampling services.  Click on the image for a larger view.

 

City of Fort Wayne to inventory and assess brownfields

City looks to inventory and assess brownfields

By Bob Caylor of The News-Sentinel
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 – 7:09 pm

“For the next couple of weeks, the city of Fort Wayne wants to find out about brownfield sites that might have potential for redevelopment.

Through Feb. 7, the city is accepting “site survey forms” requesting that the city evaluate a site. Brownfield sites are abandoned, idled or underused industrial and commercial sites where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by the real, potential or perceived presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

To qualify, a site must:

  • Be located in Fort Wayne
  • Meet the definition of a brownfield
  • Not be owned now by the polluter of the site or be destined for an end use by the polluter

The city began more focused efforts to redevelop brownfields 15 years ago. Since then, city officials say, notable successes include Parkview Field and Harrison Square downtown and the housing, assisted-living center and YMCA that occupy the site of a 1997 tire fire on the near-south side of town. The city of Fort Wayne continues pursuing projects with private investors to redevelop such properties as part of its economic-development efforts.

In this case, the foray into finding and studying brownfields is aided by a pool of funding. Last year, the city received two grants – each for $200,000 – from the EPA to assess brownfields. One grant is devoted to sites potentially contaminated by petroleum. The other will evaluate sites that may be contaminated by hazardous materials.

“This type of recycling of land can revitalize neighborhoods,” said Aliza Tourkow, a redevelopment specialist and grants coordinator for the city, told about 50 people who attended an informational meeting on the grants Tuesday at Parkview Field.

TO FIND OUT MORE

To find out more about the grants, the effort to expand the city’s brownfields listings or about brownfields development in general, go to www.fwbrownfield.org.”

Link to article:

http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120124/NEWS/120129716/1012/LOCAL

For reprints please contact the News-Sentinel:

FortWayne.com
c/o Fort Wayne Newspapers
600 West Main Street,
P.O. Box 100 Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: 1-800-444-3303

UST – Underground Storage Tank Removal Video

Here are two videos showing underground tank removal.

Fort Wayne Recycling Brownfields Kickoff on Jan 24 at Parkview Field

 

Celebrate 15 Years of Recycling Brownfields! Community Forum to be Held at Parkview Field

Brownfield Redevelopment Kick-offFort Wayne, Ind. – The City of Fort Wayne’s Redevelopment Department invites you to a community forum to discuss new brownfield grant funding, and to celebrate 15 years of brownfield recycling.

At 4:00pm on Tuesday, January 24th, Parkview Field will host the Redevelopment Department’s community brownfield forum.  This forum will discuss details about the $400,000 EPA Brownfield Assessment Grants awarded to the City in late 2011.  There will be refreshments and you will find out:

  • How the grants can be utilized;
  • What type of sites will be eligible for grant assistance;
  • Who to contact if you are interested in redeveloping brownfield impacted areas;
  • How you can keep up-to-date on brownfield events/project status;
  • How to suggest sites as potential brownfields.

City staff and the brownfield consultants will be available after the meeting to answer questions.  Community input and questions are encouraged.

To register for this event, go to the City’s Brownfield website homepage at http://www.cityoffortwayne.org/redevelopment-home/133-brownfields-.html and select the “Register” link under the “Events” section to RSVP for this community forum.  Alternatively, you may call 427-1127 to confirm your attendance.

 

Project Photos added to Facebook

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We’ve uploaded project photos to our Facebook page.  Our current clients can follow project milestones and prospective clients can view our success stories.

Below is a link to our Facebook page.  Or just click on the image.

http://www.facebook.com/LougheedEngineering

Please take a moment to “like” our new page.

Press Release – Consultants Selected

For Immediate Release
November 30, 2011

City of Fort WayneNews Release

Contact: Greg Leatherman, City of Fort Wayne
Executive Director, Redevelopment Commission – 260.427.2102

Aliza Tourkow, City of Fort Wayne
Grant Administrator/Redevelopment Specialist – 260.427.2792

 

Consultants Selected to Conduct Work on $400k EPA Grants

Fort Wayne, Ind. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency selected the City of Fort Wayne as a recipient of two Brownfield Assessment Grants. One grant addresses sites potentially impacted by petroleum and the other grant will evaluate sites that may be contaminated by hazardous substances. Each grant is in the amount of $200,000.

The City is pleased to announce the award of the environmental consulting contracts to two local firms, SES Environmental and the team of Lougheed/Mundell & Associates,” said Greg Leatherman, Executive Director of the Redevelopment Commission. “The most important aspect of these grants is that it allows the City to continue its efforts to redevelop and recycle underutilized sites that have been hampered by real or perceived environmental issues.”

SES Environmental, based in Fort Wayne, was chosen to conduct the inventory and site assessments for petroleum-related properties. This environmental consulting firm worked with the City on the 2007-2010 EPA Brownfields Petroleum Assessment Grant. The newly awarded 2011-2014 EPA Brownfields Petroleum Assessment Grant will allow SES Environmental to expand the brownfield investigations they started under the prior grant. Historically, SES Environmental has been instrumental in the assessment and clean-up of many brownfield sites around the City of Fort Wayne, including the Bowser Tire site.

The team of Lougheed/Mundell & Associates will evaluate sites with perceived hazardous substance issues. Lougheed & Associates are based in Fort Wayne, while Mundell & Associates are based in Indianapolis. This is the first time the City has been awarded the Hazardous Substances Assessment Grant.

According to Aliza Tourkow, Grants Administrator, Both consulting teams, SES Environmental and Lougheed/Mundell & Associates, have strong credentials concerning environmental studies and implementing EPA grants. Collaboratively, they provide a local presence with well-rounded environmental assessment abilities.”

A public meeting will be held in January 2012 to explain the details of the grant and to solicit feedback from community members about potential sites of interest. Community members may register for the City’s Brownfields E-Newsletter to receive details about the public meeting and other brownfields-related information. Please visit the City’s website at http://www.cityoffortwayne.org/redevelopment-home/133-brownfields-.html and select the “Subscribe” link to be included in this community dialogue.

Press release in PDF – click here