We’re Presenting At
LSP Training for Geothermal Development at
Contaminated Sites, May 5 & 7, 2015
PCBs in Buildings May Be the New Asbestos. What’s your responsibility?
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are a synthetic organic group of compounds added to countless products to improve their performance. Like asbestos this miracle compound poses a health hazard and may require removal.
For buildings, PCBs were added to caulking, adhesives, asphalt roofing, insulating coatings, tarpaper and plastizers to improve their pliability and service life. Buildings constructed or renovated before the early 1980s are at risk of containing such material.
The problem with PCBs is that the USEPA considers them a health hazard, particularly when disturbed by renovation or demolition, and requires special disposal. Material having PCB concentrations equal to, or greater than, 50 parts per million (ppm) are regulated under the USEPA Toxic Substance Control Act of 1979 and the material must be abated and disposed of at licensed facilities, which is costly. Unlike asbestos regulations, which require material testing prior to disturbing it, there is no requirement to test for PCBs. The risk remains however, where unknowingly disturbing PCB contaminated material can put building occupants, workers, and neighbors at risk primarily through inhalation of PCB contaminated dust. Additionally, there is the risk of disposing of C&D waste having regulated levels of PCBs to an unauthorized facility. Project Owners are torn between balancing risk, social responsibility, and cost. To learn more, contact Stephen Sakakeeny at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Can Clean Soil Now Be Dirty?
Environmental regulators have created a new category of soil called “Impacted Soil” to more consistently manage soils that have contamination below notification thresholds but above background levels. Regulators have long wrestled with the problem of enforcing anti-degradation rules for soil that does not trigger management under a state’s waste site cleanup program with the creation of “Impacted Soil” as the solution. In essence, mildly contaminated soil not subject to notification thresholds cannot be reused at a location having lesser pollutant levels for it would degrade the receiving location. Guidance documents are available in some states that provide a technical approach to demonstrate that degradation will not occur through sampling and statistical analysis. Alternatively, receiving facilities are coming online permitted to accept such soils for land reclamation projects (i.e. quarry filling). Either way, soils that were once considered “clean” are now not, and costly to manage. Contact Stephen Dowaliby for assistance at email@example.com.
National Grid Sponsors SAK Environmental in First of Its Kind Small Business Mentoring Program
SAK Environmental was selected as one of six firms to participate in a Roger Williams University professional development program designed to help small businesses of diverse ownership.
In a first of its kind program between National Grid and CVS Health Corp., each organization sponsored three firms to participate in the university’s “CEO Master Series,” a customized program through the Roger Williams University (RWU) Professional Education Center that focuses on teaching supply-chain management professionals from a variety of businesses, the small-business skills essential for success. National Grid selected SAK Environmental.
Stephen Sakakeeny, Principal at SAK, participated in the program on behalf of the firm and says “we are thrilled to have been chosen by National Grid for this landmark program which complements our longstanding service to the utility market sector. We also appreciate National Grid’s and CVS Health’s leadership in the effort to diversify and strengthen their supply chain.”
We Offer Free, On-Site Presentations on Relevant Topics
SAK Environmental offers a variety of free, short-educational programs to help our clients in industry; A/E, construction, and government better understand energy & environmental challenges in their work. It’s another way SAK brings value to its clients. Those of most interest include:
- How to manage environmental risk in light of new due diligence standards for vapor intrusion and state waste site cleanup rules,
- Factors to successful geothermal systems,
- Environmental Management 101 for the AEC project manager, and
- The challenge of contaminated soils management in construction.
These are short, convenient sessions that can be conducted over lunch, as part of your company’s education program, or to supplement a staff meeting. CEUs credit certificates are provided.