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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. Pipeline companies have been in the process of updating and modifying integrity programs to identify, monitor, manage and mitigate potential ground movement and hydrotechnical hazards. Blackstone has assisted companies with updating training programs to help field personnel identify and monitor potential ground movement and hydrotechnical hazards as part of routine patrolling activities.  The bulletin advised owners and operators of pipelines to consider taking the following actions to ensure pipeline safety: 1. Identify areas surrounding the pipeline that may be prone to large earth movement, including but not limited to slope instability, subsidence, frost heave, soil settlement, erosion,…
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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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Environmental News, Regulatory News

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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Environmental News, Regulatory News

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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Environmental News, Regulatory News

PFAS Regulatory Update

May 27, 2020

On May 19, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took the next step to implement an important per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) requirement of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA added 172 PFAS to the list of chemicals required to be reported to the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) and established a 100-pound reporting threshold for these substances. (more…)
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Low-Impact Products and Environmental Impact Based on Characteristics and Attributes

April 16, 2020

We discussed low impact materials in a previous post. This post continues in that vein through the consideration of material attributes. Those of us who strive to make environmentally conscious purchasing decisions make many assumptions about the environmental impact of a product based on the characteristics or attributes of that product. (more…)
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Environmental News, Recycling News

New Paradigm of Low-Impact Materials Shifts Recycling Responsibility from Consumers to Manufacturers

April 8, 2020

Recent research conducted by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the USEPA has shown that although a product may be recyclable, that does not always translate into the packaging having the least environmental impact. Instead, the entire life cycle of products and product packaging should be evaluated to determine their overall environmental impact.   (more…)
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