Environmental Remediation “Results” and “Thrills”

I was reading Seth Godin’s blog today (http://www.sethgodin.com/sg/) and he said that clients/customers want one of three things:

  • Results
  • Thrills
  • Ego

Godin says not all three, just any one of them. I thought about this and my own buying decisions, and I can’t think of a purchase that doesn’t fit one of these three…

I was then looking at these three from the perspective of what has turned out to be a very popular (just shy of “wildly popular”) series of seminars on, of all things, environmental remediation (Burlington, ON, Troy, MI, *Grand Rapids, MI, and *Richmond Hills, ON).

While I really do believe, what draws people in is the aspect of getting results – there might be an element of thrill in finding a solution when something like a remediation has lingered…I’ll leave the ego aspect to the local haberdasher that can make you look real snappy in some new threads.

If you are looking for environmental remediation results & thrills (two out of three isn’t bad) you can contact me at (ahahn@dragun.com) or go to our website at www.dragun.com for more information about our next seminar.

*upcoming seminars


Photographs from Vapor Intrusion Demonstration & Seminar

On August 11, 2011, Dr. Khaled Chekiri and Jeffrey Bolin, M.S. conducted an outdoor demonstration and seminar on Vapor Intrusion (VI).
For more information about VI, contact our office (248-932-0228 – US or 416-800-2140 – Canada)
or see our article http://www.dragun.com/ca/press/news/vapour/vapour_intrusion.pdf

Khaled explains how chemical vapors "behave."

Vapor Intrusion Seminar

Jeff and Khaled interact with attendees


Khaled responds to a question about VI

Milk exempt from SPCC requirements…but…here comes the deadline!

When the dairy industry finally secured the long sought-after exemption for milk from the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC) Rule (under the Clean Water Act), there was a collective sigh of relief.

The “but” or footnote to this milk exemption is this:  the November 10, 2011, deadline.  What happens after this deadline is anyone’s guess.  Will there be enforcement action?  No one can say with any certainty.  What we do know is that the penalties under the Clean Water Act can be very significant and costly.

So, what should you do?  Whether you are a dairy producer, crop farmer, beef feedlot, or make widgets for that matter, the issue is your capacity to store regulated oils and whether you need an SPCC plan.  The following is a suggested, step-by-step approach to consider as you comply with the SPCC requirements:

1.Go to the National Milk Producers Federation website (www.nmpf.org).  At the top of the page is “Issues Watch.”  Here you will see a drop down menu; click on “Energy and Environment.”  From here you can access “Tool to Develop a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan.”

 2. Watch the on-line tutorial and/or view the self-certification template.

 3. If the SPCC regulations do not apply to you, document your exemption, printout the documentation, and keep it on file.  If there are other key contacts at your farm, make sure they are aware of this as well.

 4. If you can self-certify using the template, do so and make sure your plan is fully implemented.  Again, keep a copy of the completed and signed template in your files and make it available to key personnel so they can present it in the event of an inspection by a state or federal regulator.

5. If you cannot self-certify and you need a professional engineer to certify your plan, you can contact our office for a cost to develop and certify your plan. You can contact either Christopher Paré (cpare@dragun.com) or Matthew Schroeder, P.E. (mschroeder@dragun.com) at 248-932-0228 for more information.

As compliance/implementation may involve some capital improvements, it would be prudent to evaluate your applicability as soon as possible.  If you wait until the fall of 2011 to prepare and implement your SPCC plan, you may risk missing the deadline.

Vapor Intrusion May Impact Your Project

The EPA is planning to issue final Subsurface Vapor Intrusion (VI) Guidance by November 30, 2012.  A request for public input was announced in the Federal Register on March 17, 2011.  In the meantime, VI is becoming an increasingly important issue as well as a regulatory driver at the state level. It certainly has become a major consideration as it relates to transactions. 

Several of our recent projects, both in the United States and Canada, have included an evaluation of vapors from previously confirmed or suspected releases to soil and groundwater.

On August 11, 2011, we will hold a brief VI field demonstration in our US office (8:00 am to 9:30 am). This will be an outdoor, hand’s on, demonstration focusing on the practical considerations of sampling for VI, as well as a discussion on the strategic considerations.

For more information or to make your reservation to attend the seminar, go to our website