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

Construction Support and Institutional

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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National Grid Sponsors SAK Environmental in First of Its Kind Small Business Mentoring Program

Other Category

Feb 09, 2015

National Grid Sponsors SAK Environmental in First of Its Kind Small Business Mentoring Program
Stephen Sakakeeeny Far Left 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...

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How Can Clean Soil Now Be Dirty?

Pollution Assessment & Remediation

Feb 09, 2015

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...

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S. Peter Volpe Award 2014

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May 29, 2014

S. Peter Volpe Award 2014
Maureen & Stephen Sakakeeny, principals, were recognized by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Boston Post as the recipients of the prestigious 2014 S. Peter Volpe Award.  This annual achievement award honors a SAME member whose support and loyalty to the SAME Boston Post has been without fail.  It signifies all that the SAME Boston Post and...

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

Construction Support

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

Construction Support

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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Proposed Asbestos Rules Aim to Clarify and Close Loop Holes

Pollution Assessment & Remediation

Apr 30, 2014

In November 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) proposed changes to their air pollution control rules governing asbestos.  Significant changes include the explicit requirement for building owners/operators to inspect for asbestos prior to demolition, renovation or other disturbance.  An expanded definition of “friable” material incorporates material that is crumbled, shattered, pulverized or reduced to powder...

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MA Hazardous Material Process Filing Deadline

Permitting & Compliance

Apr 03, 2014

Massachusetts’ own version of process safety management, 527 CMR 33, continues with first year implementation filing deadlines for manufacturing operations that “involves or produces a hazardous material”.  Five (5) permit categories have been established with Category 5 users involving or processing the greatest quantity of hazardous materials and Category 1 the least (i.e. vessels equal to...

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Globally Harmonized System adopted by OSHA

Other Category

Apr 03, 2014

The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is an international approach to hazard communication, providing agreed criteria for classification of chemical hazards, and a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets (SDS).  OSHA has modified the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to adopt the GHS and as such employers that are currently subject to HazCom rules must comply with GHS...

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Changes to Massachusetts Solid Waste Rules

Pollution Assessment & Remediation

Apr 03, 2014

In February 2014, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) promulgated significant amendments to the Department’s solid waste regulations 310 CMR 19.000 that include the addition of commercial organic waste as a “waste ban” material, and lowering of thresholds to existing banned materials such as paper, plastic, glass, and metal.  Commercial organic material means food material...

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