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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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SAK Receives EPA Approval for QAPP

Pollution Assessment & Remediation

Jun 19, 2013

SAK Environmental received approval for a Massachusetts Brownfields Generic Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) by US EPA Region 1. This Generic QAPP was developed in accordance with US EPA guidance documents to provide a framework to Brownfield assessments and cleanup within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The purpose of the QAPP is to establish Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for sampling...

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SAK Environmental Celebrates 10 Years In Business!

Other Category

Jun 19, 2013

SAK Environmental celebrates 10 years of business success! Starting as a small one person office to annual revenue over $1M, SAK Environmental has grown over the past ten years. One thing that has not changed however is how we do business; our very first customer continues to do business with us today.  Repeat and referral business are what...

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Inspections to Expand at Solid Waste Management Facilities

Pollution Assessment & Remediation

Jun 17, 2013

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) recently released a final Solid Waste Master Plan through 2020 for the state, themed with putting Massachusetts on a “zero waste” path. The Plan includes a goal of reducing waste by 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.  A major component to achieving this goal is expansion of third party, independent...

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Regulatory Reporting Deadlines are Here!

Permitting & Compliance

May 08, 2013

Massachusetts Air Source Registrations and Emissions Statements (April to July) MassDEP requires submittal of Air Source Registration/Emission Statements annually for some sources and triennially (every three years) for others. MassDEP has implemented on-line source registration filings and has staggered filing deadlines as follows – Annual filers – Operating Permit facilities must file by April 15, 2013; Non-Operating Permit facilities must...

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Partnering with Groundwork Lawrence at Earth Day 2013!

Sustainable Development

Apr 29, 2013

SAK Environmental Volunteers at Earth Day 2013 SAK Environmental’s team of volunteers assisted volunteers from Groundwork Lawrence and Comcast by planting trees, spreading mulch and cleaning up Campagnone Common in Lawrence on Earth Day 2013!  Excited to support Groundwork Lawrence in their Earth Day initiative, a team of environmental engineers & scientists set to work early Saturday...

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