August Mack has long been known as a consulting and engineering firm in Central Indiana… our roots. Over the years, August Mack has grown to react to needs of changing regulatory and business conditions by adding offices in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Missouri and completing projects in 40+ states. Throughout 23+ years, we have seen enormous changes in the regulatory programs. Some sites that would have historically qualified as Superfund sites can now be managed under Brownfield or...Read More »
In times of a poor economy or elevated scrap metal markets, everyone becomes a demolition contractor. It’s times like these that everyone needs to be reminded of what needs to occur prior to the demolition. Asbestos surveys are typically required prior to any demolition activity and these should certainly be destructive in nature in order to identify all potential sources of asbestos. Attempting an asbestos removal on a partially demolished structure only increases liability and cost. The...Read More »
Many people (consultants, contractors and users) who work primarily in one specific area get so focused on that program that they miss some of the overall regulatory items. One of these items is benzene in soil. Many UST contractors inaccurately think that all benzene contaminated soil or media is nonhazardous without knowing the regulatory reason. For soil from leaking petroleum storage tanks, they are correct; for many other instances they are not. In fact the exclusion indicates “Petroleum...Read More »
Being involved in various portions of remediation projects, I understand there is a lot of confusion regarding lab data results and its use. Below are clarifications on a couple items that are routinely confused:
- TCLP data is used for waste characterization and rarely if ever used for cleanup criteria.
- Hazardous waste sites may routinely have acceptable OSHA exposures and non-hazardous waste sites may have unacceptable exposures of breathing air.
- Total concentrations are used for cleanup criteria...
The former tire collection facility is situated on 140 acres located in Sycamore, Ohio. The scrap tire facility started collecting tires in the 1950s and, at the time of the fire, contained an estimated...Read More »
Underground Storage Tank Closure and Corrective Actions for the State of Ohio Recorded Webinar Available
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components required in an Energy Control Program (Lockout/Tagout).
Having a properly prepared program is the first step in protecting
your employees. This is followed by training, implementing and
review the program to ensure it is working.
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House Enrollment Act (HEA) 1162 requires the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to consider risk-based solutions while evaluating environmental closures. Risk-based closures can include several approaches for example:
- Applying pre-approved closure levels
- Determining site-specific closure levels
- Considering risk of exposure
- Illegally importing R-12 Freon (Currently R-12 is on the ozone depleting list and requires special permits)
- Illegally discharging hazardous substances into navigable waters of the U.S.
- Illegally dumping...
MACT stands for Maximum Achievable Control Technology. You might be thinking you do not know much more now than when you thought MACT was just some four-lettered acronym that did not apply to you. The Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAAs) of 1994 are responsible for the MACT acronym. As part of the 1994 CAAAs, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) were required to be established for approximately one hundred and 188 hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). The basis for these...Read More »
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are approximately 30,000 industrial facilities in the United States at risk for dust explosions due to the materials they utilize and the processes they operate. OSHA states there have been in excess of 350 dust explosions resulting in more than 100 fatalities and numerous injuries since 1980. There were 15 fatalities in 2003 alone including the dust explosion at Hayes Lemmerz, a plastic dust explosion at a...Read More »