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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 voluntary programs. We have also seen enormous changes in how and what our customers want to buy....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 asbestos assessment, even for structures without asbestos are necessary to provide the required...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 contaminated media and debris that fail the test for the Toxicity Characteristic are subject to the...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:
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 twenty five million tires, some of which were stacked in piles extending more than 50-feet high. The...Read More »
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