August Mack Environmental works with hundreds of clients on many different types of projects. One of the more common projects is helping with stormwater permitting and compliance. If you have an expiring stormwater permit, do you seek outside assistance in renewing your permit? I would say that most people would say no. But some facilities are just too busy to handle on their own thus we can help out. Or a more likely scenario is the facility personnel are so busy, they didn't even realize their...Read More »
We are proud to announce that our Lancaster, PA office was recently named to the Central Penn Business Journal Environmental Consultants List. Visit this link to read more: http://www.centralpennbusiness.com/section/listcentral?djoPage=view_html&djoPid=2695
The range of land use in the United States is extensive, varying from agricultural land use to heavy industrial use. Not only do environmental considerations arise when redeveloping a Brownfields site, they must also be taken into account in nearly all redevelopment scenarios whether it is agricultural to residential or residential to commercial. These environmental considerations should be looked at early in the redevelopment process and discussed with your environmental consultant in...Read More »
In the past twenty-five years, August Mack has had the opportunity to serve many local, state, and federal government clients. Since receiving a GSA Schedules contract a little over two years ago, our focus on the federal government market has increased, resulting in some successful projects in addition to some lessons learned. As a small business, August Mack brings a significant value to the federal government buyer, but we also recognize that in many cases a teaming approach can provide the...Read More »
On Tuesday, March 5th at 10:00 a.m. August Mack will present a free webinar on "Contracting Strategies for Green Building and Sustainable Project Goals." Register here to attend this free webinar.
In May 2011, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its AIA Document D503-2011, “Guide for Sustainable Projects”, followed in 2012 by the release of new AIA contract documents for projects with sustainable project goals. Join the law firm of Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP (DSV)...Read More »
Don't forget to register now for the August Mack webinar (Mar. 5) at 10:00 a.m. on "Contracting Strategies for Green Building and Sustainable Project Goals". In May 2011, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its AIA Document D503-2011, “Guide for Sustainable Projects”, followed in 2012 by the release of new AIA contract documents for projects with sustainable project goals. Join the law firm of Drewry Simmons Vornehm LLP (DSV) and environmental consulting firm August Mack...Read More »
Due Diligence is a term used for a number of concepts involving either an investigation prior to signing a contract or an act with a certain standard of care. It can be a legal obligation, but the term is more commonly applied to voluntary investigations. As it pertains to environmental consulting, an example of due diligence is the process through which a potential purchaser evaluates a property for acquisition by means of Phase I and/or Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs).
There are...Read More »
The term “background” or “background concentration” is commonly referred to in the environmental consulting industry when evaluating samples of environmental media (soil, sediment, groundwater, and air) collected at a site. It can be a confusing term because it has a couple of meanings. In general, background refers to a particular constituent that is present at a site that is not attributed to activities at the site. Instead, the constituent may be present as a result of “naturally...Read More »
The cost of compliance can seem expensive when adding together permit application fees and regulatory reporting fees. Add to these “maintenance” costs the unanticipated costs associated with additional laboratory sampling, new equipment or equipment repairs, any violations or citations and the cost of compliance can be even higher.
What about the cost of non-compliance? Some might ask themselves what the use is to pay a consultant for a plan, only for it to sit on a shelf. However, according to...Read More »
Following are several Phase I Environmental Site Assessment non-scope considerations that August Mack has assessed in connection with our clients' commercial real estate transactions:
- Asbestos-Containing Building Materials
- Lead-Based Paint
- Lead in Drinking Water
- Regulatory Compliance
- Cultural and Historical Resources
- Industrial Hygiene
- Health and Safety
- Ecological Resources
- Endangered Species
- Indoor Air Quality
For more information, call 800.579.0770 and ask to speak to one of the...Read More »
August Mack Environmental has had an office in Michigan for over 12 years. If you need the assistance of an environmental consulting firm in Michigan, give our Michigan office a call at 734.464.1716.
The 2011 Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Report is due on July 1st. This report provides the not only the EPA with information on the releases and other waste management of EPCRA Section 313 chemicals, but it is also available to the public to inform them what is happening in their communities.
If your facility manufactures, processes, or otherwise uses a EPCRA Section 313 chemical over a certain threshold, your facility must complete either a Form R or Form A. Do you know if your facility...Read More »
Last week August Mack's Lancaster, Pennsylvania office hosted a career day for a middle student in the local community. The student, who demonstrated a strong interest in a future career doing environmental work, was able to experience many daily tasks in the life of an environmental consultant. For example they began the day with a working group conference call, prepared information for meetings, learned about health and safety training and emergency action/fire prevention plans. By the end...Read More »
I've written a number of posts over the last year about Phase I Environmental Site Assessment quality control from various angles. A seemingly hardy system of checks and balances, if you will. From defining the All Appropriate Inquiry standard and knowing your consultant to helping better understand what a Recognized Environmental Condition (REC) means. But as often happens, Bill Wagner writing for commonground (a social networking community for environmental consultants and commercial real...Read More »
I just got back from my first CREW National experience, the Winter Leadership Conference, hosted by our Albuquerque, New Mexico Chapter. Although this is not directly related to my normal day-to-day environmental consulting and Phase One Site Assessment gig, it provided a...Read More »
Did you know that August Mack is a GSA Schedules contract holder? August Mack can provide the following services directly to federal government buyers:
- 899-1 Environmental Consulting Services
- 899-3 Environmental Training Services
- 899-8 Remediation and Reclamation Services
To learn more about purchasing these services through GSA Advantage, visit our contractor information page here.
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What is MSECA?
The Midwestern States Environmental Consultants Association (MSECA) was founded in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2009 as a technical association focusing on site characterization, remediation and closure. MSECA’s mission includes two specific components: 1) educating the membership and 2) providing technical assistance to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) during development of policy and guidance.
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If you suspect a violation may be present or you become aware that a facility should have been complying with a law but has not, a consultant can come in and offer environmental compliance solutions.
Mos...Read More »