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EPA Notice of Intention to Reconsider Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification Rule

June 22, 2021

On June 2nd, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its Notice of Intent to Reconsider and Revise the Section 401 Certification Rule under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Section 401 Certification Rule was designed to give states and authorized tribes the authority to grant, deny, or waive certification of proposed federal licenses or permits that may discharge into waters of the United States if they determined that a project would have an adverse impact on their waters. In 2020, the EPA issued a revision to the Certification Rule which EPA described as establishing procedures that promote: Consistent implementation of Section 401 of the Clean Water Act; andRegulatory certainty in the federal licensing and permitting process. However, many states and tribes feel that the rule changes issued by the EPA in 2020 limit states’ authority to protect their waters because the 2020 Rule changes made it impossible for a state to block a water permit for a project for any reason other than direct…
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Environmental News, Solid Waste News

Evaluating Potential Leachate and Landfill Gas Impacts to Groundwater at Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

June 18, 2021

(Written by Senior Project Manager, Anne Melia, CHMM, for Waste Advantage Magazine, June 2021) The need to evaluate potential leachate impacts to groundwater is an ever-present challenge for consultants working in landfill groundwater compliance. Developing a tool kit of methodologies to provide support in evaluating changes to groundwater chemistry is critical to provide high-quality consulting services to solid waste clients and for protection of the environment. (more…)
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Environmental News

OSHA Proposes New Rule to Update Hazardous Communication Standard

April 6, 2021

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed a new rule to update its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align it with the most recent version of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). (more…)
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Certificates of Environmental Liability Release

January 8, 2021

Blackstone has assisted multiple clients with successful CELR applications. Properties have included commercial sites, former gas stations, and former manufacturing facilities. For one client, a Phase I ESA identified the possible presence of a historical gas station on the property in the early 1960s, and a subsequent Phase II ESA confirmed the presence of hydrocarbon impacts in soil and groundwater above residential risk-based concentrations.  The liability release provided by the CELR obtained for this site allowed the property transaction to take place. (more…)
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Company News

Advancements in Blackstone’s Geospatial Services: Increasing GPS Collection Spatial Accuracy and Streamlining Data Collection

January 8, 2021

Many environmental and civil engineering projects require accurate spatial locating for data collection and surveying in the field, and Blackstone is pleased to announce two exciting new advancements to our UAV and Geospatial Service Line. The first advancement is related to increasing our GPS collection spatial accuracy and secondly to streamline data collection. (more…)
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Environmental News, Regulatory News

PHMSA Advisory Bulletin 2019-0087: Potential for Damage to Pipeline Facilities Caused by Earth Movement and Other Geological Hazards

September 22, 2020

The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued Advisory Bulletin 2019-0087 in April of 2019.  The advisory bulletin was issued to remind owners and operators of gas and hazardous liquid pipelines that earth movement, particularly in variable, steep, and rugged terrain and with varied geological subsurface conditions, can pose a threat to the integrity of a pipeline if those threats are not mitigated. (more…)
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Recycling News

Cardboard Recycling More Important Than Ever During COVID-19

July 24, 2020

Cardboard recycling has become more important than ever during this time of COVID‑19. Facilities such as hotels, factories, and schools, which have traditionally generated and recycled significant quantities of cardboard, are experiencing reduced operations or are shut down. (more…)
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Closed-Loop Recycling: See What Land O’Lakes is Doing with Feed Tubs

June 17, 2020

Land O’Lakes is using an innovative closed-loop-recylcling solution to reuse feed containers. The company is collecting and recycling its Purina cattle feed tubs, which are made with high-density polyethylene (HDPE). It has been challenging and complex task that required developing partnerships with dealers, a lumber manufacturer, and a Massachusetts-based recycler. (more…)
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Solid Waste News

What is Your Packer Test Actually Measuring?

June 10, 2020

A critical part of the process for citing new or expanding existing solid waste facilities in Missouri is characterization of the underlying geological and hydrogeological conditions to evaluate their suitability for landfilling activities. (more…)
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Final Waters of the United States Rule

June 5, 2020

On April 21, 2020 the EPA published the final Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule in the Federal Register. Blackstone previously provided a summary of the finalized rule in a February 18, 2020 update. As discussed in our February WOTUS update, the new rule eliminates Clean Water Act protections for more than 18% of our streams and a majority of the nation's wetlands. (more…)
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