September 2015 Newsletter

September 2, 2015

Author: Equity Environmental Engineering

Greetings!

Once again the summer has gone by way to fast and it's time for school books, soccer, football, and field hockey. We hope that you were able to get away and enjoy time with your family and friends. Equity has moved and our new address is 500 International Drive, Suite 150, Mt. Olive, NJ 07828. The phone/fax numbers and our email addresses have not changed.


Back To School Safety

Now that summer is almost over and school is back in session it's time for everyone to remember that children wil lbe walking to and from school and the dangers that this causes for them and us as drivers. It's easy to become complacent given that we haven't had to concern ourselves with this issue for the last couple of months. Below are some helpful tips to get you acclimated to safe driving behaviors around school zones and residential areas:

  1. SLOW DOWN: The simplist thing any driver can do when there are new driving hazards.
  2. Allow More Time: Give yourself more time to get to your destination.
  3. Stop for School Buses: When the red lights are flashing and the stop sign on the bus is extended, STOP. It's the law!
  4. Stay Alert: Make a mental note of any new bus stops or students walking to and from school.
  5. Follow Speed Limits: School zones are usually reduced speed zones as well. follow the lower speed limit
  6. What if Strategy: Children can't or don't accurately gauge the speed of oncoming vehicles and may risk crossing the street. Be prepared for the unexpected with children darting out in front of you or the car in front of you which makes a quick stop.

Some websites for your reference:

http://www.nsc.org/learn/Pages/keep-children-safe-at-school.aspx
https://www.transportation.gov/fastlane/kids-are-back-school-lets-keep-them-safe


School Indoor Air Quality

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently launched a new mobile app to assist schools with conducting indoor air quality assessments (IAQ). The School IAQ Assessment app provides direct guidance from EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit to help protect the health of children and staff.

Unhealthy school environments can affect children's health, attendance, concentration and performance, as well as lead to expensive, time-consuming cleanup activities.

As children return to school, we should make a special effort to raise awareness about their unique vulnerabilities. Children spend ninety percent of their time indoors, and much of that time is spent in school. Unhealthy school environments can affect children's health, attendance, concentration and performance, as well as lead to expensive, time-consuming cleanup activities.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently launched a new mobile app to assist schools with conducting indoor air quality assessments (IAQ). The School IAQ Assessment app provides direct guidance from EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit to help protect the health of children and staff.

One in seven children in the U.S lives with asthma. Half of the schools in the United States have adopted IAQ management programs. EPA developed the app to help schools more efficiently carry out their IAQ management programs. A study of the costs and benefits of green schools estimated a fifteen percent reduction in absenteeism and a five percent increase in test scores.

The EPA's goal is that by 2030, the steps EPA is taking will avoid up to 6,600 premature deaths, 150,000 asthma attacks in children, and 490,000 missed work or school days - providing up to $93 billion in climate and public health benefits.

To download click here on your Apple or Android smart device. Half of the schools in the United States have adopted IAQ management programs. EPA developed the app to help schools more efficiently carry out their IAQ management programs. A study of the costs and benefits of green schools estimated a fifteen percent reduction in absenteeism and a five percent increase in test scores.

Take action to improve children's health! To learn more about the resources you need to establish, maintain or enhance a school environmental health program, click here.

Source: CSR News & Report 8/27/15


Annual Site Remediation Reform Act Program Fee Calculation Report

Pursuant to the Administrative Requirements for the Remediation of Contaminated Sites (ARRCS, N.J.A.C. 7:26C), the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is to prepare each year an "Annual Site Remediation Reform Act Program Fee Calculation Report". The report is to include the information contained in the annual budget submission to the Department of the Treasury; the number of contaminated areas of concern and of contaminated media, the base contaminated area of concern fee, the contaminated area of concern fee for each of the four categories, and the contaminated media fee that shall be due and payable. Additionally, the report is to include the factors used to calculate the remedial action permit fee for each remedial action permit activity, as well as the annual remedial action permit fee for each type of Remedial Action Permit. A notice is to be published in the New Jersey Register that includes a summary of the report and its Site Remediation Reform Act Program budget, and the Department is also required to post the report on its website.

The notice regarding the "Annual Site Remediation Reform Act Program Fee Calculation Report" was published in the Monday, June 15, 2015 New Jersey Register. The report is available here.

Implementation of the new fees will be as follows:

  • For Annual Remediation Fees, if the invoice sent by the Department is dated:
    • On or before June 30, 2015, the Annual Remediation Fees listed in the June 2014 version of the "Annual Site Remediation Reform Act Program Fee Calculation Report" apply
    • On or after July 1, 2015, the Annual Remediation Fees described in the June 15, 2015 version of the "Annual Site Remediation Reform Act Program Fee Calculation Report" apply
  • For Remedial Action Permit Annual Fees, if the invoice sent by the Department is dated:
    • On or before June 30, 2015, the Remedial Action Permit Annual Fees listed in the June 2014 version of the "Annual Site Remediation Reform Act Program Fee Calculation Report" apply
    • On or after July 1, 2015, the Remedial Action Permit Annual Fees described in the June 15, 2015 version of the "Annual Site Remediation Reform Act Program Fee Calculation Report" apply
  • For the Remedial Action Permit Activity Fees, if the permit activity (application, modification, transfer, termination) is administratively complete and is post-marked:
    • On or before June 30, 2015, the Remedial Action Permit Activity Fees listed in the June 2014 version of the "Annual Site Remediation Reform Act Program Fee Calculation Report" apply
    • On or after July 1, 2015, the Remedial Action Permit Activity Fees described in the June 15, 2015 version of the "Annual Site Remediation Reform Act Program Fee Calculation Report" apply

The report includes comparison tables of the fees for annual remediaton, remedial action permit activity, and remedial action permit annual fees between 2015 and 2016.

If you have questions about SRRA fees, please contact Peter Jaran.

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