December 2016 Newsletter

December 31, 2016

Author: Equity Environmental Engineering

Old man Winter felt the need to show up a little early but, not nearly like he did for folks further north who are measuring snow in feet already. 

Now that the weather has gotten colder, please review the safety procedures and measures for using portable heaters, remember to open the flue on the fireplace before you start a fire,  keep the gas tank in your car at least half full to prevent gas line freezing from moisture, and put the ice scraper back in the car along with a blanket and other appropriate cold weather gear. 

Remember, the police can and will ticket you for not properly cleaning the snow off of your car, so take a few minutes to brush it off. We'll all be happier!


Same SBC

Peter Jaran recently attended the 2016 Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Small Business Conference in Atlanta, GA. This is one of the largest conferences focused on small businesses, with over 2,200 attendees. The conference combines small businesses looking to grow their presence in the Federal marketplace, large businesses trying to engage potential teaming partners, and government agencies looking to build relationships with small businesses. Equity was a sponsor for the conference educational sessions. Topics ranged from vertical and horizontal construction opportunities to Leading Small Teams to Greatness to  Mentor-Protégé Relationships, which are getting a lot of attention thanks to the change in the Small Business Administration rules opening these arrangements up to all small businesses. Keynote speakers from all branches of the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration presented the challenges they are facing and the successes they have had awarding contracts to small businesses. Over 300 exhibitors were at the event. Lt. General Rick Lynch (Retired) gave the keynote speech on key leadership principles that apply to all businesses. Networking opportunities were available every day.

Peter is a member of the New Jersey Post of SAME Small Business Council. The Council is preparing for an event during small business week in May 2017. For more information on the SAME SBC Conference, go to:

www.same.org


Regulatory News

Federal Regulations

Brownfields

The USEPA has posted its fiscal year 2017 Brownfield Assessment and Cleanup Guidelines and Guidelines for Brownfields Cleanup Grants Application Information.  The following are links to the guidelines:

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId+289447

http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/apply-brownfields-grant-funding

New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has been moving toward electronic submittal of regulatory documents via the NJDEP portal over the past year. Effective November 17, 2016, Remedial Action Reports (RARs) created under the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) are to be submitted electronically.

The NJDEP has issued another option for inclusion in Response Action Outcomes (RAOs). The new option is for Sediment Contamination from Off-Site Sources. For more information go to www.nj.gov/dep/srp/srra.

New York  

Innovation and Sustainability Leaders

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recognized eight organizations for state-of-the-art programs and commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic viability at the 13th Annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards.  The organizations are:

  • New York Yankees
  • Adirondack Mountain Club
  • Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot (MTA, NYCT)
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University
  • New York Rural Water Association
  • Finer Lakes Reuse
  • High Acres Landfill and Recycling Center (Waste Mgmt.)

The programs included recycling, energy efficiency, improving and protecting water and wastewater treatment facilities, installation of green roofs, installation of solar systems, installation of stormwater reuse systesm, and the use of "green products".  The following link provides additional information: http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/108375.html

Pennsylvania

New Vapor Intrusion Guidance in PA

The Pennsylvania Dpartment of Environmental Protection (PADEP) has recently updated its Vapor Intrusion Guidance.  This is the first update to the guidance since 2004.    The guidance replaces in its entirety: Land Recycling Progam Technical Guidance Manual:  Section IV.A.4. Vapor Intrusion into Buildings From Groundwater and Soil Under the Act 2 Statewide Health Standard dated 1/24/2004.  The following is a link to the new Guidance: http://www.elibrary.dep.state.pa.us/dsweb/Get/Document-107917/261-0300-101.pdf

Record Level of Radon in PA

The PADEP has recorded a record level of Radon in a Pennsylvania home in Lehigh County.  The Radon level was 6,176 picocuries per liter or 1,544 times higher than the action level of  4.0.  The PADEP is strongly encouraging residents to have their homes checked for Radon now that heating season is upon us when Radon is more readily trapped inside houses.  For more information, contact PADEP at 800-237-2366 or visit the DEP Radon Division website.

Medical Waste Disposal

With the enactment of HB 1737, PA residents now have more options to dispose of unwanted and expired medicines and pharmaceutical drugs.  The legislation allows for pharmaceuticals to be collected at events conducted by law enforcement, medical facilities, pharmacies, and recovery facilities and incinerated at permitted facilities.  The following link provides additional information: http://www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/NewsRoomPublic/articleviewer.aspx?id=21095&typeid=1


Peter Jaran

Peter Jaran was recently accepted an invitation to join The Business Network, a well established organization consisting of business people at the peak of their careers. The organization focuses on introducing members to contacts that can either use the member's services or can provide services to the member. TBN was created in 2004 by a group of entrepreneurs who were looking to grow their business networks.


Events

Staff from Equity Environmental Engineering LLC will be attending the following events:

Cathedral Consulting Group LLC, Holiday Party in New Jesey on December 6.                                                                       

Morris County Chamber of Commerce Holiday Cheer December 7 at the Mansion in Mountain Lakes.

Metro Builders Assocation of New Jersey Holiday Party and Installation of 2017 Officers at the Hanover Manor in East Hanover, NJ. on December 8.

Equity is celebrating our 13th Anniversary and we are thankful to all of our clients and colleagues for their continued support. If you would like more information on any of these topics please contact us at info@equityenvironmental.com.

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