May 2019 Newsletter

May 31, 2019

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Greetings!

What happened to Spring in NJ? Enough of the cold and wet weather already.

It's that time again, when your children, or children of colleagues or friends are graduating from college. Congratulations and best of luck to all as they start a career, continue on a career path or are in pursuit of additional education. Congratulations to those of you with children about to graduate high school in June and go off to college, work, the military, etc. Have a wonderful Summer!

Bob Jackson, Managing Director

 

NJ PFAS Standards

On April 1, 2019, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ("NJDEP") proposed drinking water standards (known as maximum contaminant levels, or MCLs) for two PFAS - 14 parts per trillion ("ppt") for PFOA and 13 ppt for PFOS. If the rule is promulgated, it will set the limit for the amount of each substance that is permitted in drinking water systems and would be the most stringent in the nation for these compounds (New York is on track to establish 10 ppt limits for the 2 compounds). The effect of the rule could be far-reaching, since as many as 40 public water systems in New Jersey have already detected levels of these compounds above the proposed standards. As such, the water systems will be required to actively remediate the contaminated wells or take them out of service. The proposal will also require private potable well owners to sample for PFAS in real estate transactions, and will require landlords of rental properties to periodically sample potable wells after an 18-month phase-in period.

This rule is the next iteration of New Jersey's recent and rapid regulation of the family of chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances ("PFAS"). PFAS has been found to be prevalent in drinking water supplies around the United States due to their high solubility, mobility and persistence in water. As recently reported, NJDEP promulgated a groundwater remediation standard for another PFAS compound, PFNA, of 13 ppt and recently established interim groundwater remediation standards for PFOA and PFOS of 10 ppt, pending promulgation of formal standards. In addition to proposing MCLs and groundwater remediation standards, NJDEP is also vigorously pursuing enforcement actions against the alleged manufacturers, dischargers and users of these compounds by recently filing a Spill Act Directive and Natural Resource Damage actions against these entities.

The publication of the MCL rule proposal starts the 60-day comment period, including a May 15th public hearing. For more info on PFAS and PFOS contact Chris Langewisch at chris.langewisch@equityenvironmental.com.

Source: Robert H. Crespi, 4/8/19, CSG Attorneys At Law


NJ To Sue Manufacturers of Firefighting Foams

The state of New Jersey has filed a lawsuit against eight companies for manufacturing and selling firefighting foam products for decades despite knowing the products released toxic chemicals into the environment.

The lawsuit includes both environmental and consumer fraud claims and seeks natural resource damages and other penalties. This is the 10th natural resource damages lawsuit brought by the state since Gov. Phil Murphy took office in January 2018.

According to the complaint, various manufacturers and sellers created, advertised, and sold aqueous film-forming foam products containing chemicals known as perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, or PFOS, and perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA.

The 3M Co., Tyco Fire Products LP, Chemguard Inc., Buckeye Fire Equipment Co., Kidde-Fenwal Inc., National Foam Inc., E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., and The Chemours Co. are all defendants.

"The corporations we're suing today knew full well the health and environmental risks associated with this foam, and yet they sold it to New Jersey's firefighters anyway," said Attorney General Grewal in a statement. "Their conduct was unconscionable, and we're going to hold these companies accountable."

The entire article can be found at the following link:

https://njbiz.com/nj-files-suit-3m-others-making-selling-toxic-firefighting-foam/

Source: NJBIZ, 5/14/19, Gabrielle Saulsbery


SAME News

Peter Jaran headshot Society of American Military Engineers

Peter Jaran was sworn in as the President of the New Jersey Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). He was previously the 2nd Vice President of the Post and the Chair of the Small Business Council. Faron Moser was appointed as a Director of the NJ Post.

SAME is a professional organization that supports your professional and engineering knowledge and career developmental growth. SAME is recognized as "the multi-disciplined integrator of national infrastructure related capabilities" where you have the opportunity to learn about and network with uniformed service engineers and leading commercial engineering firms all supporting the country. When you join SAME you build relationships with a network of 100+ post around the world, 1500 sustaining member A/C/E firms, academic institutions, military and government agencies at federal, state and local levels. SAME provides opportunities to partner with local vendors, access to cutting edge professional development opportunities and reimbursement for professional credentialing fees. Finally, SAME provides volunteer leadership positions that allow one to give back to our Nation's society and our military with a genuine feeling of self-accomplishment and validation of a job well done.

For more information on SAME, go to www.same.org or contact Peter at peter.jaran@equityenvironmental.com.


NJ State Industrial Safety Committee

Congratulations to Faron Moser, Certified Health and Safety Technician (CHST) who was recently named to the New Jersey State Industrial Safety Committee (NJSISC). The NJSISC is an organization within the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The Committee membership is appointed by the Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development and is comprised of persons who have taken a prominent part in the field of accident prevention, or are responsible for accident prevention matters in the organization in which they are employed. The membership is a cross section of the various geographical areas of the State and various businesses and public sectors within the State. NJSISC also supports the free safety video lending library run by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Division of Public Safety and Occupational Safety and Health, Occupational Safety Training Unit. Faron will be part of the Safety Training/Professional Development subcommittee, one of five standing committees.

Faron Moser headshot


School's Over

Congratulations to Gene Bove for completing his Master's of Science Degree in Earth and Environmental Science with a Geographic Information Systems Certificate at Montclair State University. He has been instrumental is developing our GIS capabilities. For more information on our GIS capabilities, contact Gene at gene.bove@equityenvironmental.com.

Gene Bove headshot


Events

Equity staff have attended or will be attending the following events:

  • Zach Landis - Due Diligence in NJ, 4/3
  • Faron Moser/Merry Barrieres - HEC-RAC Workshop 4/3-4/5
  • Faron Moser/Peter Jaran - 12th Symposium on Design and Construction at Hazardous Waste Sites 4/8-4/10 Phil. PA
  • Faron Moser - Essex County & AA Small Business Procurement Expo - 5/11
  • Peter Jaran/Bob Jackson/Faron Moser - SAME Small Business Council Event - 5/1
  • Peter Jaran - SAME JETC - Tampa, FL. 5/7-5/10
  • Zach Landis, Bob Jackson - UST Training Course, Rutgers 5/7
  • Gene Bove - MACURISA - 6/6
  • Faron Moser, Peter Jaran - SAME NJ Post USCG Sandy Hook Tour - 6/13
  • Bob Jackson - NJIT PTAC 6/30

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