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SAK Environmental was awarded two separate contracts for long term on-site EHS staffing at two New England manufacturing facilities. But even winning new contracts can be bittersweet. Both facilities are scheduled to close with operations moving to China and Mexico. One facility manufactures industrial optical lenses through chemical deposition. The other facility manufacturers heavy equipment for the petrochemical industry. As operating budgets are streamlined, SAK is providing onsite EHS staffing to ensure employees continue to perform their work safely, and facility compliance is maintained with environmental protection regulations. “There is a headwind in these situations” says Stephen Sakakeeny, Principal at SAK. “Employee morale is waning along with production budgets so everyone at these facilities is affected from the floor to management”. SAK’s value is to provide the technical and managerial expertise while staying immune to the darkening mood of closure. The result is a facility that is safe, complies with environmental regulations, and fulfills corporate EHS performance standards. This is particularly important in the decommissioning phase when non-routine work is performed, such as rigging, dismantling, flushing, etc., on accelerated schedules by a hectic mix of employees and subcontractors.
Since 2012, SAK Environmental has been assisting Massachusetts State Agencies to expand recreational space and support energy conversion projects through its state-wide contracts. Pollution Assessment and remediation services are only a few of the services SAK has provided to the Massachusetts Department of Recreational Conservation (DRC). In Ashburnham, MA, we have been able to reuse 25 acres of woodland from private ownership to public and passive, recreation space. The efforts it took to make this land reusable included the removal of soil waste and contamination from previous unauthorized dumping, and from a private shooting range. Acquisition and protection of the land is a part of DCR’s land acquisition program to conserve valuable woodland for public enjoyment.
SAK is assisting the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM) in an energy improvement project at the North Central Correctional Institution at Gardner, MA (NCCI-Gardner). The facility’s central plant was converted from burning oil to natural gas. SAK is providing pollution assessment and remediation services for petroleum released from several former underground petroleum storage tanks used to power the plant. To keep the construction project on schedule, SAK completed a rapid assessment of subsurface conditions and an interim risk characterization which determined that remediation was sufficient for construction to continue.