Education

Industrial Hygiene 101

Posted by Environmental Works on December 13, 2018

To protect the health and safety of employees and the surrounding community, many businesses must invest in industrial hygiene. What is industrial hygiene? According to the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), it is “a science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, prevention, and control of those environmental factors or stresses arising in or […]

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High-Resolution Site Characterization

Posted by Environmental Works on November 30, 2018

The term “high-resolution site characterization” has recently become a buzz phrase in the world of site characterization, clean up, and remediation. But what is it? The technical definition is “the use of scale-appropriate measurement and sample density to define contaminant distribution and the physical environment they exist in, with greater certainty, supporting faster and more […]

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Construction Near a Wetland 101

Posted by Environmental Works on June 26, 2018

Whether you’re planning new construction or the expansion of an existing facility, special consideration must be taken to build on a wetland while maintaining compliance. Wetlands provide valuable habitat for plant and animal communities, and they serve as a natural filter for water flowing into water bodies and groundwater. They can also act as a buffer […]

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History of the Clean Water Act

Posted by Environmental Works on April 18, 2018

Our nation’s commitment to protect the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of our waters began in 1899 with the Rivers and Harbors Act. It furthered in 1948 with the establishment of the Federal Pollution Control Act and then transformed into the Clean Water Act in the 1970s. In the past few decades, the Clean Water […]

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SPCC Inspection Requirements

Posted by Environmental Works on March 21, 2018

Your SPCC Plan details what your facility will do in the event of an oil spill. Within it, you must demonstrate that you’re prepared for such an incident by describing your facility’s oil handling operations, spill prevention practices, discharge/drainage controls, and all of the personnel and equipment used to prevent oil spills. You must also […]

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What Is an SPCC Plan?

Posted by Environmental Works on February 26, 2018

Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wishes to prevent all oil spills in the United States, it also recognizes that spills happen regardless. To ensure a quick response to spills, the EPA emphasizes the importance of preparation and uses several rules and regulations to enforce this. The Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule helps […]

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Source Reduction Strategies

Posted by Environmental Works on January 31, 2018

Source reduction, also known as waste prevention, is the practice of reducing the amount of materials that enter the “waste stream,” or the life cycle of the garbage produced by humans, by targeting them at their source. Not only does this save natural resources, conserve energy, reduce pollution, and lower the toxicity of human waste, […]

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EPCRA Reporting Requirements

Posted by Environmental Works on January 3, 2018

Did you know that the deadline for annual EPCRA reporting is right around the corner? By March 1st, you must submit your report for the previous calendar year. Use our list of FAQs below to better understand EPCRA reporting requirements.

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Analyzing Air Pollution Emissions

Posted by Environmental Works on December 7, 2017

The term emissions describes the gases and particles produced or emitted into the air by various sources. The amount and types of emissions in the United States change frequently due to many factors, including the economy, traffic, and technological advancements. To protect both human health and the environment, the EPA aims to reduce the emissions of […]

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What Is a SWPPP, and Why Do You Need One?

Posted by Environmental Works on November 2, 2017

What is a SWPPP? SWPPP is an acronym for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan. When stormwater drains away from a surface, it accumulates debris, sediments, chemicals, and more as it flows over land and impervious surfaces. SWPPPs are a requirement of the 1972 amendments to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (the Clean Water Act) through the […]

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