September 2017 Newsletter

September 26, 2017


In case you missed it, Summer came and went and it feels like Fall has already moved in with 50-degree mornings.  Hopefully, those summer getaway memories are still fresh in your mind.

With the school year underway, please remember to slow down in residential areas and pay attention when following school buses.  Unfortunately, elementary through high school children are not paying attention to where they're walking when they have cell phones in hand.

We would hope that everyone will find it in their heart to provide whatever assistance you can to people in the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean who have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria, and others.  Non-perishable food, clothing, batteries, etc., are desperately needed and can be funneled through the Red Cross.

Bob Jackson, Managing Director

Award Winning Project

Congratulations to SKA Marin! Their Draper Hall project, located on the upper east side of Manhattan, was recently awarded both The Best Senior Project and The Best Overall Project in a readers poll by Affordable Housing Finance magazine. Equity had the privilege of working on this project from its conception, through the land use approval process, site investigation, remedial design, and construction. The project is the conversion of a former hospital staff residence at the Metropolitan Hospital in East Harlem into a new supportive housing facility for seniors.  The building has been unoccupied since Hurricane Sandy.

James Heineman

Society of American Military Engineers

The New Jersey post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Small Business Council's May 2017 networking event; Educate-Network-Advocate was featured in the July-August 2017 edition of The Military Engineer (TME).  Peter Jaran of Equity is the vice chairman of the council and was the emcee for the evening program.  A link to the magazine is provided below.

Storm Prevention

Given the recent storm activity worldwide, have you reviewed your contingency plans should you be faced with a severe storm such as Hurricane Sandy or Harvey in the future?  In case you haven't heard, there have been numerous reports of chemical plant explosions and the release of airborne chemical plumes from several of the chemical plants in the path of Hurricane Harvey.  Forced evacuations of communities downwind of the plants have taken place.  The largest single oil refinery in the United States is in Port Arthur, Texas and has been shut down because of Harvey. 

For those of you with industrial facilities who don't have spill or release prevention plans or those of you who represent such entities, now is a good time to seriously review or develop plans should you have to shut down for an extended period of time due to severe weather.  Things to review would include:

  • Notification to staff and emergency services in your municipality of a pending shutdown
  • Properly shut down of processes so that chemical releases don't occur.
  • Proper storage of chemicals, particularly if they are stored outside.
  • Can you move inventory of chemicals to another plant if necessary?
  • Securing and backing up critical operations information and data.
  • Securing the facility to prevent vandalism, theft, etc.
  • Proper clean-up and start-up procedures post-storm.

The NJDEP has published a Technical Guidance document entitled Planning for and Response to Catastrophic Events at Contaminated Sites following Super Storm Sandy.

A quick assessment of these and other items may be the difference between successfully riding out severe weather or not. Equity staff can provide assessment services for your site.

Community Right To Know

Facilities in NJ subject to the Community Right To Know program, Section 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right To Know Act (EPCRA) will be required to report based on updated hazard codes on the Community Right To Know Survey for 2017.  Facilities may be subject to this program if they fall into certain industrial classifications or if they store certain hazardous materials above defined thresholds.   In June 2016, the US EPA finalized a rule revising the hazard categories in the regulations in 40 CFR 370 for reporting under Section 312 of EPCRA.  NJDEP is adopting the revised hazardous chemical guidance for the state Community Right To Know Survey.  The following is a link to more information on this issue.

NJDEP Website

Faron Moser

Site Safety During Hunting Season

Have you ever seen game birds or other wildlife while on a job site; been close enough to rifle shots that you saw the smoke when sampling, or seen a camouflaged Bowhunter walk out of the woods close enough to startle you?

With the fall and winter months upon us, you will be seeing a lot of outdoorsmen and woman taking to their favorite wooded lots, wetlands, fields, and farms to have the opportunity to harvest their favorite game. Any work activities taking place in or near these areas should be evaluated for hazards associated with encountering hunters and trappers. Hunters are taught during their hunter safety courses that one shall always be certain of their targets, and also what's beyond their target, but sometimes you run into the non-educated hunter. 

When scheduling work activities in these areas, project management should contact the  

client to determine if hunting is permitted and/or occurring in or around the areas you will be working.  Remember to make yourself visible by always wearing your class II high visibility shirt, sweatshirt, vest, hat, etc. while working in these areas. If you get to your work area and you notice a hunter or trapper near your work area, STOP WORK immediately and contact the project manager/client to discuss alternate options, DO NOT approach the hunter.  Some signs you can look for that hunting is prevalent in these areas would be elevated platforms, blinds, and traps.


Hazardous Waste Generator Rules

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Compliance & Enforcement is pleased to announce the fall 2017 edition of our free seminar series. The subject at this seminar will be the USEPA's "Generator Improvements Rule". USEPA staff that helped draft the rule will present an extensive overview of the rule at this seminar.

The EPA Administrator signed the final Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule on October 28, 2016. The rule became effective in New Jersey on May 30, 2017. The USEPA's goal with this rule update was to make the rules easier to understand, facilitate better compliance, provide greater flexibility in how hazardous waste is managed, and close gaps in the regulations. 

The seminar will be held on October 18, 2017, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the New Jersey Forensic Science Technology Center, 1200 Negron Drive, Hamilton, NJ 08691

NJDEP Website

New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC)

Hazardous Waste Reduction Planning (HWRP)

The Hazardous Waste Reduction Planning (HWRP) program has been managed by the Pollution Prevention Unit (PPU) since the summer of 2015. Since then, the PPU has increased participation in the program and launched a site visit initiative to provide guidance to facilities on how to reduce hazardous waste generation.  Learn more about the HWRP and its requirements on the HWRP guidance page on our website.

Currently, there are over 200 facilities in New York State that are subject to reporting under the HWRP program. Facilities that generate 25 tons or more per year of certain hazardous wastes, or that hold a Part 373 Treatment, Storage, and Disposal permit are included in the program. These facilities are required to develop, implement, and submit an initial HWRP and follow-up reports and updates in subsequent years.

Below is a map of the facilities that are subject to reporting in 2017. Points on the map represent sites that are subject to the HWRP program only or sites that are subject to both the HWRP program and EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) program. The map also shows where the state's Potential Environmental Justice areas are.

NYSDEC Website


Equity Staff has or will be attending the following events:

  • SAME SBC Meeting 8/20-22/17, St. Petersburg. FL
  • CIANJ Human Resources Forum 9/14/17
  • CIANJ Real Estate Forum 9/15/17
  • Cozen O'Conner - 2017 ABA Regional CL Workshop: Handling a Construction - - Failures Case 9/15/17
  • Meadowlands Chamber of Commerce
  • CIANJ Environmental Business Council 9/20/17
  • NYC Zoning Advisory Council Breakfast 10/19/17
  • EBC Golf Outing 10/24/17

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