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What is a Superfund Site?

Following widely-publicized discovery of extensive toxic waste dumps such as Love Canal in the 1970s, Congress created the Superfund by enacting the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA). The name Superfund refers both to the program itself and to the fund established to pay for cleaning up hazardous waste sites. This… Read More

Waste Management Best Practices For Facilities

Let’s face it: waste management and disposal regulations can lead to a mine field of confusion. Determining whether wastes you generate are hazardous, knowing what regulations apply to your facility, and being prepared to manage your wastes can help you avoid potentially costly regulatory violations and fines. There are different categories of wastes, and you… Read More

How To Maximize Environmental Data Collection Efforts With An EDMS

In our fast-paced digital world remediation project success depends on effective environmental data management.  For site managers, environmental consultants, field crews, and clients alike, success hinges on thorough and accurate environmental data collection at the outset of the project. An environmental database management system (EDMS) can ensure every project gets off to the right start. It can… Read More

NYC Community Right-To-Know Filing: Sara Title III Requirements

To help ensure employee, public and environmental safety, NYC Community Right-To-Know Filing and SARA Title III requires that certain commercial, industrial and even public facilities fulfill these obligations: Annual Inventory. Your facility must file an annual Tier II or Facility Inventory Form (FIF) if you: Maintain on-site during the year 10,000 pounds or more of any EPA-designated… Read More

NYC Community Right-To-Know Filing Instructions

Filing a NYC Community Right-to-Know annual report is the same under both Federal and City law. For multiple facilities, you must file a separate report for each location. The Facility Inventory Form (FIF) requires you to provide the following Community Right-to-Know information: Owner/ operator name and contact information. Emergency contacts, including a 24/7 phone number. This is… Read More

OSHA Inspection Process: What To Expect?

The OSHA inspection process strikes fear into the hearts of business owners and managers. But if you know what to expect there’s no reason to cower. The OSHA inspection process reflects five priorities, in this decreasing order of severity: Imminent danger. OSHA can do a “wall-to-wall” inspection in this instance, and they can shut down your facility. Catastrophes… Read More

Community Right-to-Know vs Hazardous Communication

The details of Community Right-to-Know (RTK) and Hazardous Communication (HAZCOM) both affect how your facility functions. HAZCOM is one of OSHA’s most important compliance requirements. Its education, training, chemical labeling and safety programs are all designed to increase workers knowledge and understanding, to protect them from exposure to potentially dangerous substances. HAZCOM compliance includes creating and maintaining… Read More

Environmental Database Management System: Do You Need One?

If you’re in the business of dealing with environmental concerns, you’re working with a stunning amount of data. And whether you’re responsible for determining if remediation is needed or using site investigation results to make property management or legal decisions, your success depends on accurate, thorough data analysis. Using an environmental database management system(EDMS) can provide… Read More