Category Archives: environmental

An MCP Change Spotlight: Historic Urban Fill

  An MCP Change Spotlight: Historic Urban Fill By Steve Iorio, Project Manager Significant changes to the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (310 CMR 40.0000), the MassDEP’s governing regulatory framework regarding the assessment and remediation of spills and releases of oil and/or hazardous materials, were promulgated on April 24, 2014 for the first time in nearly 8 […]

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What defines an Environmental Professional (EP)?

What defines an Environmental Professional (EP)? To ensure the quality of Environmental Site Assessments (ESA’s), the ASTM and AAI standards contain specific educational and experience requirements for an Environmental Professional (EP) conducting these assessments.  In order to qualify as an EP, an individual must satisfy at least one of the following: A state or tribal […]

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Groundwater Sampling Techniques

  Groundwater Sampling Techniques By: Steve Iorio, Project Manager Confusion at times arises when considering what technique is preferable in groundwater sampling, the use of low-flow peristaltic pump systems or hand bailers.  The choice of technique in purging a groundwater monitoring well is generally a function of the well diameter, the depth to the water […]

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Non-Scope Considerations of ASTM E1527-13

  Non-Scope Considerations of ASTM E1527-13 By Kevin Taylor, Senior Vice President Non-Scope Considerations are not included as part of the Scope of Work of the ASTM E1527-13 standard, but can be included in the Phase I Report at the request of the report users. Some of the most common non-scope considerations described in the […]

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What is the difference between a REC, a HREC, and a CREC in ASTM 1527-13?

  The Difference between a REC, a HREC, and a CREC By Kerry Asetta, Vice President The new ASTM Standard 1527-13 utilized in the preparation of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) went into effect in November of 2013. One of the changes in the new standard is the revised definition of a Recognized Environmental […]

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Time for Borings?

  Subsurface Investigation: Borings After an environmental assessment, the last thing a property manager wants to hear is that monitoring wells have to be installed to further evaluate soil and groundwater. Not only does it disrupt day to day operations at the site, but it can be expensive. Knowing this, IES makes every effort to […]

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Clarification for Soil Disposal associated with MCP Disposal Sites

  Clarification for Soil Disposal associated with MCP Disposal Sites By Christopher Buchanan, Senior Project Manager Often times due to the high cost of soil disposal, clients seek alternative soil disposal options other than a licensed landfill or recycling facility. Specifically the re-use of the suspect soil from a Disposal Site at another location without […]

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Update Changes in the MCP

  Update Changes in the MCP By Daniel G. Jaffe, MS, LSP The DEP is getting closer to promulgating the proposed changes in the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (310 CMR 40.0000).  Some of the more significant changes involve Tier Classification, Exposure Pathway Mitigation, Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (NAPL), and Response Action Outcome (RAO) Statements.   Tier Classification: […]

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