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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). The proposed modifications include codifying enforcement policies which are already a part of  OSHA’s compliance directive, providing additional information related to the transport of hazardous chemicals, adding alternative labeling provisions for small containers, and implementing new requirements for the preparation of Safety Data Sheets (SDS). The HCS was last updated in 2012 to align it with the third version of the GHS. These proposed modifications will bring the HCS into better alignment with the seventh (2017) and eighth (2019) versions of the GHS, with the standards of our international trading partners, and with standards in other agencies including the Department of Transportation and the EPA. Unlike the 2012 HCS update which made major changes to the United States hazardous materials regulations and labeling requirements,…
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Certificates of Environmental Liability Release

January 8, 2021

In 2016, the Contaminated Property Redevelopment Act authorized the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to issue Certificates of Environmental Liability Release (CELR) to certain prospective purchasers of contaminated properties. This policy was developed to encourage redevelopment of contaminated property for more productive use, by allowing buyers to avoid state cleanup liability. 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. For another client, Blackstone completed a Phase I ESA at a former manufacturing facility previously used for metal fabrication. The Phase I ESA identified one Historical Recognized Environmental Condition (REC)…
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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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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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Nationwide Permit 12 Update

June 5, 2020

On April 15, 2020, the U.S. District Court for Montana vacated the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12). Specifically, the case involved the challenge by the Northern Plains Resource Council (plaintiffs) to the USACE’s authorization of the use of NWP 12 to permit the discharge of dredged or fill material to waters of the U.S. in connection with the construction of TC Energy’s Keystone Pipeline. (more…)
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Company News

Welcome Dane Nguyen & Aaron Wilson

June 5, 2020

Dane Nguyen, Project Engineer, has joined Blackstone's Overland Park, Kansas office. He holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science both in Environmental Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Missouri. (more…)
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