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  • Z. Heine
    Well or Cistern with Railroad Timbers - REC?1
    Topic posted Yesterday by Z. HeineMember in Discussions > Environmental Due Diligence public
    Title:
    Well or Cistern with Railroad Timbers - REC?
    Content:

    Ran across this  (attached photo) at a commercial site, which was clearly formerly a single family home.  It is filled in with debris, primarily railroad ties, but you cannot see more than a couple feet in.  Cannot determine if it is a well or cistern, but the best guess it that groundwater is likely between 10-12', so a well seems plausible.  Aerials are not clear, but may have been a farm prior to 1950.  Area was developed in the 1950s.  I am going to call this a REC, due to the likelihood of the RR ties leaching and impacting groundwater.  The RR ties have evidence of significant deterioration and based on location and age I think it may be a well.  Any thoughts or experiences on a similar situation?

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  • You're Fired!
    Waste Disposal Ponds in Lakewood, NJ1
    Topic posted August 21, 2015 by You're Fired!Super Contributor in Discussions > Environmental Due Diligence public
    Title:
    Waste Disposal Ponds in Lakewood, NJ
    Content:

    OMG, what a great story, such a happy, perfect ending ... and my name is Donald Trump. LOL. 

    The first page of the attached pdf is a USGS map of the sewage disposal plant very near the subject site. The second page is an aerial photo of the same plant and disposal sumps. The third and fourth pages are the waste disposal sumps that were not accurately identified.

    I'm sorry little buddy, you're fired! 

     

  • Jsaqs
    RECs, HRECs, and VECs4
    Topic posted August 21, 2015 by JsaqsMember in Discussions > Environmental Due Diligence public
    Title:
    RECs, HRECs, and VECs
    Content:

    I'm assisting in the completion of a Phase 1 ESA and would like someone to weigh in on my current thoughts about a LUST site that is within a half mile of our TP (approximately 1,750 ft). 

    A little background: The UST contained diesel and leak discovery was in 1988. Thereafter it was designated that No Further Action was required and the incident was closed. The report bears no indication of any AULs being placed on the site. Really no other notes are contained in the report indicating amount spilled, type of remediation, etc.

    Soils in the area are mostly Class D and moderately well drained. Depth to groundwater is approximately 20 to 30 feet. Groundwater flow direction in the area is highly variable. 

    The only known preferential pathway in the area is a natural gas pipe that is approximately 1000ft NW of the LUST. This NG pipe runs another 1000 ft to the NE where it straightens out in a northerly fashion. At this point it runs parallel with the west side of the TP, offset by about 200 ft or so.  I've attached a very simple drawing to illustrate all of this (gotta love paint).

    My thoughts: The not so cautious side of me says that this release probably would not have been an REC in relation to the property at the time of release, therefore it can't be an HREC now. The cautious side of me worries about the high degree of variability in the groundwater flow direction and how that could assist a contaminant plume in growing in such a way as to contaminate the TP, provided the diesel actually reached it in the first place. My cautious side, of course, says HREC.

    As far as VECs go I'm leaning towards "VEC cannot be ruled out" mostly due to the high degree of groundwater flow variability in the area. But, it also occurs to me that it has been more than two decades since the release occurred. It's possible that the release has biodegraded to an extent that it would no longer pose any appreciable threat. I'm not too worried about the NG pipe but I thought I'd mention it see what people think about that.

    Sorry for the long windedness! Please look this over and tell me what you think!

    Thanks!

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  • MargaretThibo
    Chemical Leak Gets Crowd Racing
    Entry posted August 21, 2015 by MargaretThiboSuper Contributor in Current Environmental Issues > Current Environmental Issues Blog public
    Title:
    Chemical Leak Gets Crowd Racing
    Entry:

    A Summer Sunday afternoon at the Hulman Mini-Speedway in Terre Haute, Indiana quickly became the dramatic scene of a Hollywood movie. Spectators, primarily families with children, were attending an event at the speedway when residents began to cough, experience throat irritation, and developed an acidic taste in their mouths. The scary scene was all a result of a hazardous waste material spill at a nearby chemical company.

    Many spectators had to lie down or began to vomit; others simply did not feel “well.” Those present also reported experiencing a burning feeling in their lungs while breathing. Many used t-shirts as makeshift masks to try and protect themselves from the fumes. Others began to run out of the Speedway in a panic.

     Authorities were eventually called to the racetrack and the remaining crowd of over 200 people was evacuated safely. First responders set up a “decontamination” tarp where spectators could be wiped down before they went home. Fifteen people at the Speedway were admitted to the hospital for treatment. Three of those individuals were kept for additional care and testing, the others were released shortly after admission.

    The fumes were the result of a sulfur dioxide spill at the Hydrite Chemical Company in the Southern part of Terre Haute. Sulfur dioxide is a completely colorless, yet highly odiferous gas that can be dangerous to human health when inhaled. The chemically is often used in the manufacturing industry, especially when it comes to paper pulping or metal fabrication. The company insists that they are “one of the largest and most respected providers of chemicals and related services in the United States” and that they have never had any incidents like this one at their dozens of plant across the nation.

    Officials have asked that residents living in close proximity to the Hydrite Chemical Company limit the amount of time that they spend outside until cleanup is completed. Additional air quality testing will need to be conducted to ensure that the area has been completely cleaned.

    Keywords:
    hazardous waste material, air quality testing
  • MargaretThibo
    Paint Helping Buildings Reduce Energy
    Entry posted August 21, 2015 by MargaretThiboSuper Contributor in Current Environmental Issues > Current Environmental Issues Blog public
    Title:
    Paint Helping Buildings Reduce Energy
    Entry:

    Cities across the nation have adopted a relatively simple practice to reduce the amount the energy that buildings are using to remain at a comfortable temperature. This newt trend in green architecture involves painting a traditional, black tar roof with white paint. New York City has been especially focused on broadening the use of the technique, with advocacy groups initiating the White Roof Project. The pale roofs are estimated to cut a building’s summer energy consumption by 10% - 40%. The concept is fairly similar to wearing light colored clothing in the winter to stay cool instead of dark colors which absorb the heat.  A white roof keeps a roof 50 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than a dark tar roof.

    A group of researchers that are being funded by the United States Navy have taken this thinking a step further, developing a glass paint that reflects both sunlight and ultraviolet rays from surfaces. The glass paint is a mixture of silica, glass, and silicon making it much more durable than standard paint. Instead of lasting ten years this paint can potentially last one hundred years. The paint would also greatly decrease the corrosion of the material it is coating. The durability of the product is precisely why the U.S. Navy continues to fund the research. The military has a vested interest in this paint and how it could transform its fleets of ships as well as other equipment.

    The concept of using paint to make our world a more environmentally friendly place is not a new one, in that several products already exist, like a paint that claims to remove pollutants like formaldehyde from the home or another that is supposed to suck smog out of the atmosphere.

    The white roof movement continues to spread in green construction, while glass paint is expected to be field tested within the next two years, available for commercial sale within five years.  Once available to the public, building owners could begin to paint their rooftops with white glass paint, significantly reducing the amount of energy consumed.

    Keywords:
    green architecture, green construction
  • jcaz329
    Key Client Manager, Technology, Media & Telecommunications...
    Job Opportunity posted August 21, 2015 by jcaz329Contributor in Environmental Jobs Board public
    Job Title:
    Key Client Manager, Technology, Media & Telecommunications Sector (San Jose)
    Employment Status:
    Full-time
    Job Description:

    We are looking for both established and emerging leaders who are interested in being part of this thriving global community – outstanding professionals who combine strong consulting and business development skills with a strong technical foundation – to foster and expand a network of excellent client relationships in the TMT industry.  We seek individuals to help us drive the growth of ERM’s business in the Hardware, Electronic Manufacturing & Original Design Manufacturing, Software & IT Services, Semiconductors, Internet Media & Services, and/or Telecommunications industries.  As a key leader contributing to this important sector strategy, you will sell and deliver world-class services, recruit and develop our next generation of leaders, and further advance our reputation for environmental and sustainability solutions in the TMT sector, so our clients can focus on bringing products and services to market that change the way we all live .      

    This is a Partner-level opportunity for a Principal/Director/VP-level professional looking to further their career with an equity stake in a leading global environmental consultancy. A career as an ERM Partner is unique.  Our partnership model offers unparalleled financial and career opportunities for leaders with ambition, vision and proven expertise, providing : 

    ·         The opportunity to contribute significantly to key decisions, including the overall strategic direction of our organization as well as the TMT sector strategy.

    ·         Meaningful equity ownership with significant financial and intangible rewards.

    ·         The ability to provide “thought leadership” on a wide range of technical and business issues impacting our core markets.

    ·         An extension of ERM’s market position and reach with your established client relationships to further drive our growth.

    Preferred US office locations are the San Francisco Bay Area (San Jose, San Francisco, Walnut Creek), Austin, Boston, Raleigh/RTG, and Seattle; international locations will also be considered.

    ROLE PROFILE:

    Work closely with ERM’s Managing Partner for the Global TMT Sector, Regional Practice Leaders, Regional Commercial Directors and Partners to lead, manage and develop ERM’s business with TMT key clients, including:

    Account Leadership & Client Strategy

    ·         Primary focus on key client account development, sales, and delivery of the full spectrum of ERM’s consulting services to deliver strategic value to target clients in any of the following TMT industries:

    ·         Hardware

    ·         Electronic Manufacturing & Original Design Manufacturing

    ·         Software & IT Services

    ·         Semiconductors

    ·         Internet Media & Services

    ·         Telecommunications

    ·         Actively develop commercial strategies to pursue and win new business opportunities that result in significant revenue growth with target clients aligned with ERM’s global strategy. 

    ·         Provide business value selling at the top levels of client organizations, raising the profile of ERM’s capabilities within key client organizations, to identify and shape clients’ needs for ERM services.

    ·         Develop new client relationships and expand existing relationships by delivering strategic consulting advice, excellent value, and quality service.

    ·         Maintain pulse on industry business cycles and prioritize sales efforts toward high-potential, top opportunities.

    ·         Manage capture efforts utilizing technical understanding to develop proposals, including written content, pricing, presentations, and contracting.

    ·         Ensure a robust understanding of key client’s businesses, organization, programs and processes, as well as a comprehensive understanding of key client’s priorities, key needs and what is deemed as most valuable.

    ·         Drive a strategy and execution plan(s) focused on client’s key geographies, service needs, and that facilitates growth in ERM’s business with key client.

    ·         Personally perform face-to-face engagements with client’s key senior-level individuals (i.e., C-Suite) and key global client interfaces (face-to-face visits and presentations).

    ·         Ensure that contract access is established (and expanded) for key areas of service and geographies and that contract terms and requirements are identified and maintained.

    Team Building, Alignment & Collaboration

    ·         Work in a collaborative, cross-functional team environment to build ERM’s global business, as well as to lead client teams.

    ·         Build, grow, and manage a high-performance key client team, serving as a leader and mentor to partners and senior consultants. 

    ·         Establish a successful Client Service Team in all key geographies and/or across key businesses (i.e., data centers), and leveraged (expanded as necessary) and positioned for long-term success of the account.

    ·         Ensure that the Client Service Team works together seamlessly to identify synergies and high value services, and executes those services in a value added manner.

    ·         Ensure that the Client Service Team collaborates in a highly successful fashion to include the use of ERM’s Intranet (Minerva), cadence calls, and Salesforce (including Chatter Groups).

    ·         Identify emerging talent and work with them to reach their full potential; ensure rising stars are nurtured, developed and given new areas of responsibility.

    Sales /Operational & Service Excellence

    ·         Contribute to leadership and management of major programs and projects for key client. Lead consulting engagements in your area of professional expertise. Drive innovation to stay ahead of client needs and to differentiate ERM in the market. 

    ·         Provide “hands-on” leadership and support for contract negotiations and large proposal efforts.

    ·         Engage client’s key stakeholders in periodic reviews of ERM’s service performance and provide feedback to the Global Client Service Team and key ERM stakeholders (i.e., Business Unit Managing Partners) to ensure continuous service excellence.

    ·         Serve as a coach and mentor to the key Client Service Team members to ensure Service Excellence, including supporting accurate scope and schedule and materials requirements of proposal submissions and avoiding and resolving service performance issues.

    ·         Meet business financial targets, overall project budget and schedule, client satisfaction/expectations, and internal and contract requirements.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    ·         BS/MS in engineering, safety, science, or related degree.

    ·         15+ years’ progressive experience in either a consulting environment or working substantially with the TMT sector.

    ·         In-depth understanding of the TMT industry and target key client organizations, including existing key client relationships that can be leveraged into new business.

    ·         Business acumen to understand business risk and challenges, and recognize corporate opportunities.

    ·         Demonstrable track record in strategic account management delivering multimillion dollar sales results annually, including successfully winning large and strategic projects.

    ·         Offer recognized technical expertise and an established reputation in the local marketplace.

     

    TO APPLY:

    To apply, please follow the link below:

    http://chc.tbe.taleo.net/chc04/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=ERMGINC&cws=1&rid=9320

    Please submit your resume and brief cover letter. Thank you for your interest in ERM!

    Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting and sustainability related services. We have more than 5,000 people in over 40 countries working out of more than 150 offices. ERM is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional and of the highest quality to create value for our clients. Over the past five years we have worked for more than 50 percent of the Global Fortune 500 delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing.

    Our people are outstanding, our workplace is energized! And we continuously strive to be the preferred place for environmental and other professionals to build meaningful and rewarding careers.

    ERM is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

    EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled

    ERM does not accept recruiting agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, ERM employees or any other company location. ERM is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

  • Richard Bapst
    Anyone have any idea what the clearings in this aerial...11
    Topic posted August 18, 2015 by Richard BapstMember in Discussions > Environmental Due Diligence public
    Title:
    Anyone have any idea what the clearings in this aerial photograph may be?
    Content:

    This property is situated in what was developed into an industrial park/corridor in lakewood, NJ.  There appears to be mounds around the clearings.  Could just be clearings for initially proposed development that never went through.  Clearings were present circa 1981-84 (or 86, no sources from 84 to building permit for building im working on in 86) with development occurring circa 86 in all of these cleared areas.  The dark triangle is a lake/body of water.

    Thanks!

    Rich

  • jcaz329
    Product Safety & Regulatory Compliance Consultant...
    Job Opportunity posted August 21, 2015 by jcaz329Contributor in Environmental Jobs Board public
    Job Title:
    Product Safety & Regulatory Compliance Consultant (Houston)
    Employment Status:
    Full-time
    Job Description:

    Are you an experienced product risk and regulation professional who enjoys the strategic and technical challenges of working on product issues across a range of industries? Are you looking for an opportunity to work within a global company with an established global team of professionals?

    ERM is seeking an experienced and motivated Product Safety & Regulatory Compliance Consultant to join our growing Global Product Stewardship team. Based in Houston, you will provide project management and senior technical assistance on product stewardship and regulatory compliance programs for clients nationally and internationally. Our Global Product Stewardship and Sustainability Practice provides technical expertise, strategy, hands-on implementation support and innovative solutions to clients across a wide range of sectors, including oil and gas, manufacturing (both durable and consumer products), petrochemicals, pharmaceutical/health-care, and mining, just to name a few.

    This is an excellent opportunity for a senior professional looking to advance their career with a global sustainability leader.

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    ·         Provide onsite technical oversight of hazard classifications and assessments.

    ·         Manage chemical product risk and regulatory compliance issues, including REACH, ROHS, GHS, US Federal and State product regulations, as well as emerging market product regulations. Develop product stewardship strategies, incorporating industry product stewardship practices and industry-applicable life cycle analysis.

    ·         Develop and expand client relationships that generate repeat business to grow the Global Product Stewardship service line in North America.

    ·         Prepare technical proposals and participate in business development with existing clients and identified leads.

    ·         Appropriately delegate project assignments to project teams and mentor junior staff.

    ·         Manage multiple projects within scope/budget/schedule expectations and ensure quality standards on project deliverables.

    ·         Build strong collaborative relationships with other ERM employees.

     

    REQUIREMENTS:

    ·         MS or Ph.D. in chemistry, toxicology, ecotoxicology, risk assessment, regulatory affairs, hazard communications, or other relevant disciplines.

    ·         Minimum of 5 years of relevant product experience in industry or consulting. Experience in the oil and gas sector is preferred.

    ·         Professional certifications, a plus (e.g., DABT).

    ·         Working knowledge of the ECETOC TRA tool, CHESAR, EUSES, OECD QSAR Toolbox, IUCLID5, etc.

    ·         Hands on experience with toxicological risk assessments and classifications to meet product labeling and SDS generation under EU DPD, CLP; US OSHA HazCom, FHSA, California Prop 65; Japan ISHL, JIS; etc.

    ·         Strong technical skills using Excel, Access, or similar data management tools in Lotus Notes, LIMS, SAP EHS/PLM, Oracle (required).

    ·         Strong commitment to team dynamics with the ability to contribute expertise and follow leadership directives at appropriate times.

    ·         Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

    ·         Proactive, polished, independent, technically competent, assertive, well-spoken, and proven ability to successfully perform in high-pressure environments.

    ·         Excellent delivery, collaboration, and problem resolution skills.

    ·         Strong technical and project management experience with excellent client relations skills.

     

    TO APPLY:

    To apply, please follow the link below:

    http://chc.tbe.taleo.net/chc04/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=ERMGINC&cws=1&rid=9289

    Please submit your resume and brief cover letter. Qualified candidates will be contacted by email, and requested to complete a pre-interview questionnaire. Based on review of these responses, shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews. Thank you for your interest in ERM!

    Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting and sustainability related services. We have more than 5,000 people in over 40 countries working out of more than 150 offices. ERM is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional and of the highest quality to create value for our clients. Over the past five years we have worked for more than 50 percent of the Global Fortune 500 delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing.

    Our people are outstanding, our workplace is energized! And we continuously strive to be the preferred place for environmental and other professionals to build meaningful and rewarding careers.

    ERM is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

    EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled

    ERM does not accept recruiting agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, ERM employees or any other company location. ERM is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

  • jcaz329
    Senior Process Safety/EHS Compliance Consultant (Walnut...
    Job Opportunity posted August 21, 2015 by jcaz329Contributor in Environmental Jobs Board public
    Job Title:
    Senior Process Safety/EHS Compliance Consultant (Walnut Creek)
    Employment Status:
    Full-time
    Job Description:

    ERM is seeking a Senior Process Safety/EHS Compliance Consultantto join our Performance & Assurance practice in Walnut Creek, CA. In this role, you will work closely with other Consultants and Partners on PHA, PSM and general EHS Compliance related projects. This is an excellent career opportunity to work with an expert consulting team on challenging projects for large global clients.

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

     

    ·         Assist with OSHA process safety management (PSM) and process hazard analysis (PHA) programs.

    ·         Develop programs to meet OSHA PSM Standards (i.e., 29 CFR 1910.119).

    ·         Conduct PSM compliance audits.

    ·         Conduct Process Hazard Analyses (PHA) using HAZOP, What-if or similar methods

    ·         Participate in safety workshops (i.e., HAZIDS, HAZOPS), including workshop preparation, scribe, and client reporting.

    ·         Develop key performance indicators for client programs.

    ·         Provide technical assistance on EHS compliance and environmental management system projects.

    ·         Implement environmental management systems and programs for corporate clients.

    ·         Provide on-site EHS compliance support at client facilities.

    ·         Perform environmental compliance audits and implement follow-up corrective actions to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

    ·         Interact with ERM offices to generate proposals and coordinate projects.

    ·         Perform multiple projects within scope/budget/schedule expectations and ensure quality standards on project deliverables.

     

    REQUIREMENTS:

     

    ·         BS in chemical engineering, safety engineering or related discipline. MS preferred.

    ·         Minimum of 7 years of experience in process safety engineering and/or management, preferably at the plant or corporate levels or as a consultant in this field, preferably in O&G.

    ·         Experience developing, auditing, and/or maintaining corporate management industry standards preferred (either as a consultant or an internal compliance officer).

    ·         Strong knowledge of federal and California environmental regulations and understanding of environmental permit application processes.

    ·         Experience with Process Safety Management (PSM) and/or Risk Management Programs (RMP) regulation requirements in California

    ·         Strong client relationship skills; established reputation within the O&G industry, preferred.

    ·         Excellent verbal, writing, meeting facilitation and computer skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

    ·         Ability and willingness to travel.

    ·         Local candidates preferred.

     

    TO APPLY:

     

    To apply, please follow the link below:

     

    http://chc.tbe.taleo.net/chc04/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=ERMGINC&cws=1&rid=9318

     

    Please submit your resume and brief cover letter.  Thank you for your interest in ERM!

     

    Environmental Resources Management (ERM) is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting and sustainability related services. We have more than 5,000 people in over 40 countries working out of more than 150 offices. ERM is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional and of the highest quality to create value for our clients. Over the past five years we have worked for more than 50 percent of the Global Fortune 500 delivering innovative solutions for business and selected government clients helping them understand and manage the sustainability challenges that the world is increasingly facing.

     

    Our people are outstanding, our workplace is energized! And we continuously strive to be the preferred place for environmental and other professionals to build meaningful and rewarding careers.

     

    ERM is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

     

    EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled

     

    ERM does not accept recruiting agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, ERM employees or any other company location. ERM is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

  • TESKCMO
    Phase I Additonal Investigation recommendation2
    Topic posted August 20, 2015 by TESKCMOMember in Discussions > Environmental Due Diligence public
    Title:
    Phase I Additonal Investigation recommendation
    Content:

    How specific should you be with additional investigation?  Would just recommend "additional investigation" to determine soil, air, water contamination? Just say a phase II investigation is needed, or say a soil gas analysis or indoor air quality or groundwater sampling for petroleum products should be conducted?  In my phase I several historic (operating 1920-1981) dry cleaners and a printing company were found on and adjoining the target site.  The site, non-residential, is to be rehabbed and it is basically slab on grade and had been there since 1985.