September 2012 Newsletter

SAK obtains DBE certification in New York – SAK is poised to provide environmental support for transportation projects, such as the upcoming $5.2 billion Tappan Zee Bridge reconstruction project. In addition, SAK is a certified WOSB and pursuing Federal projects in the New England and New York regions.

SAK provides Green Training for Lawrence Workers
As part of the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board’s Job Training grant, SAK Environmental is providing environmental training sessions to local unemployed workers for the Training in Sustainability program. Steve Sakakeeny, a seasoned licensed site professional (LSP), is providing three training sessions to small groups of future environmental technicians and laborers on Underground Storage Tank Awareness. His sessions cover an overview of USTs compliance regulations, environmental monitoring and sampling,  employment opportunities relating to storage tank removal and remediation, and a field trip to a former gasoline station where USTs had been removed.

Soil Pre-characterization and NPDES Permitting for Utility Extension, Cambridge to Boston, MA:
Working with the USEPA to relieve heat load currently discharged to the Charles River, Veolia Energy is installing a new 7,000-foot long steam pipe from Cambridge to Boston which will also serve to increase heating/cooling capacity in the City of Boston. SAK is providing pre-construction environmental support to manage and mitigate impacts from excavation in potentially contaminated urban fill. SAK’s work includes soil and groundwater pre-characterization, NPDES Remediation General Permit (RGP) and Construction General Permit (CGP) applications, Excavated Materials Management Plan and Utility Release Abatement Measure (URAM) submittals to comply with the MCP. SAK’s work will continue through the construction phase with onsite environmental monitoring and support for materials disposal.

Opening of Norwood Theater: Permit for geothermal discharge approved by EPA, Theater will bring new life to downtown Norwood.
The 85-year old, Norwood Theater reopened in August after a year of renovations. Working as a subcontractor to Tribeca Builders, SAK Environmental provided the environmental permits for discharge associated with the theater’s new geothermal system. The renovation included the installation of four 1,500 deep standing column wells. The system was designed to bleed excess water from the system during peak periods. On-site discharge of the bleed water was not possible due to space limitations and high groundwater table. Discharge to a nearby surface water body via the municipal storm drain was identified as a viable option. SAK prepared the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Noncontact Cooling Water General Permit (NCCWP) application and worked closely with the system designers and USEPA Region 1 on conditions of compliance.

Maureen Sakakeeny Appointed to North Andover School Building Committee
Maureen Sakakeeny was recently appointed to the School Building Committee in North Andover by Town Moderator Mark DiSalvo.   The Committee’s mission is to lead the design, bidding and construction of school building projects, and has the fiduciary responsibility to comply with state law and School Building Assistance Bureau regulations.  Maureen is looking forward to lending her engineering and construction management expertise to upcoming school building construction and renovation projects.