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MassDEP Issues Draft Interim Reclamation Soils Policy

Jun 23, 2015

MassDEP Issues Draft Interim Reclamation Soils Policy
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) took another step in establishing a framework to ensure the suitability of soil reused as fill in large-scale fill projects in Massachusetts by issuing a draft Interim Policy on the Re-Use of Soil for Large Reclamation Projects. The draft policy, which MassDEP issued on May 27, 2015, outlines the Department’s proposed interim...

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PCBs in Buildings May Be the New Asbestos. What’s your responsibility?

Feb 16, 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...

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Why Is It So Difficult to Dispose of Contaminated Soils in Massachusetts?

May 28, 2014

Why Is It So Difficult to Dispose of Contaminated Soils in Massachusetts?
Soils management and disposal has been a constant headache during construction projects all over Massachusetts. This always leads to the question of: Why? In order to answer this question, it is worth looking at these issues from the landfill’s point of view. There are several competing factors that landfill operators face in order to operate their business. The availability...

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On the Horizon: MassDEP’s New Approach to Soil Management

May 28, 2014

On the Horizon: MassDEP’s New Approach to Soil Management
Construction soils management continues to be an important discussion topic among contractors, consultants, and even the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). With the limited amount of disposal locations in Massachusetts, finding proper locations for soils has become a significant issue during many construction projects. In order to resolve some of these issues, MassDEP issued a “Similar Soils Policy&rdquo...

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