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SAME Greater Kansas City 9th Annual Industry Day

Rich Weber discusses the Fountain Lake restoration project in Minnesota

On Wednesday, March 28, 2017, OBG, together with NRT, an OBG Company, participated in the Greater Kansas City (GKC) Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) 9th Annual Industry Day Education & Training Workshop in Kansas City, Missouri. Environmental experts Dan Vachon and Rich Weber of OBG,...

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USEPA in the cross-hairs

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to “put a moratorium on new regulations until our economy gets back on its feet”. In the first 60 days of his presidency, Trump has so far followed through on that promise, and this could have a significant impact on environmental regulations in the U.S....

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Sustainable remediation incorporating ecological restoration

The Onondaga Lake Superfund restoration program in Syracuse, New York has provided an opportunity to refine and develop new ecological restoration approaches. Lessons from Onondaga Lake can be broadly applied to other programs, particularly in urban and postindustrial settings. In Lessons Learned in Sustainable Remediation Incorporating Ecological Restoration, a presentation...

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NYS Business Council's 2016 Environment Conference

Steven Eckler discussed complex projects in a highly regulated state (Photo by NYS Business Council)

On November 14-16, OBG participated in the 2016 Annual Environment Conference, held by The Business Council of New York State in Saratoga Springs, NY. This two-day event brings together experts from the private and public sectors to share the latest information relevant to environmental issues in New York...

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New York State’s Inland Geographic Response Plans

Dr. Lyle Trumbull

Geographic Response Plans (GRPs) are location-specific plans developed to provide guidance for oil spill responses throughout the U.S. Until recently, the majority of crude oil transportation in the U.S. occurred via waterways on oil tankers and barges. As a result, most existing GRPs focus on the...

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The Hidden Danger of OSHA’s PSM Interpretive Guidance (Part I)

Assessing the Threat

Matt Traister,

My previous Insights article, Changes to OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard and USEPA’s Risk Management Program, announced that in March 2016, USEPA proposed significant revisions to its accidental release prevention requirements, often referred to as the Risk Management Program (RMP) (40 CFR Part 68). As we await finalization of t...

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Horizontal wells continue to advance in remediation industry

Michael Hall, PG,

Horizontal well technology, originally developed for use in the oil and gas industry, has continued to advance and be adapted for environmental remediation applications across all industries. The technology is a proven, reliable tool with unique advantages that can significantly improve the effectiveness of remediation projects. Horizontal wells (wells that...

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North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health & Safety School

OBG's Alicia Mitchell, Rachel Burris, and Sarah Slagle

OBG recently sponsored and presented during the North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health & Safety (EEHS) School, which took place on August 8-9, 2016 at the McKimmon Conference & Training Center at NC State University in Raleigh, NC. Hosted by the North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, the annual conference provides multiple courses on complying with...

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Changes to OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard and USEPA’s Risk Management Program

How Modified Guidance and Revised Regulations May Affect Your Facility

Matt Traister,

In the March 14, 2016 Federal Register, USEPA proposed significant revisions to its accidental release prevention requirements, often referred to as the Risk Management Program (RMP) (40 CFR Part 68). This proposed rule follows a 2014 Request for Information in which USEPA proposed a number of significant changes to the RMP rule, which was first...

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