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Environment

{ Answering the environment’s call }

We all want a clean, safe environment for our families to grow and thrive. Which is why the environment isn’t just something we consider — it’s the first thing we consider.

One environment, many solutions.

Today, the need to integrate environmental factors into core business decisions is essential. And no one understands that better than our team. Over the years, we’ve helped many of the world’s leading companies resolve environmental issues with smart, sustainable solutions tailored to their specific needs.

Remediation

OBG’s safe, cost-effective, and technically innovative remediation and restoration projects help customers turn liabilities into assets. We view projects from start to finish with the desired end-result firmly in mind — and partner with experts from around the globe when necessary to leverage the right talent to ensure our clients’ success.

Sediment

Many of our nation’s rivers, lakes, harbors, coastal waters, and wildlife habitats are damaged by contaminated sediment. Over the years, OBG has implemented a variety of unique and cost-effective approaches to restore water bodies and remediate for the long-term protection of human health and the environment.

Water

With groundwater at a premium, our team is always finding new and innovative ways to evaluate and develop new groundwater supplies, enhance existing groundwater supplies, and implement plans to protect this valuable resource. We also have extensive experience designing and constructing treatment systems to support large remediation projects involving petroleum, chemical, utility, and manufacturing-derived contamination.

Case Studies

There’s a way to answer every challenge with integrity.

Our case studies best illustrate how our integrated approach blends expertise from across our company into every project while adhering to our mission in every phase.

"Technology, innovation and business acumen will always be a driver, but our relationships with our clients are the difference maker."

Tom Nowlan, PE
Senior VP, Environmental
Service Leader

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O’Brien & Gere Insights:

Protecting watersheds and coastal settings - Meet Murat Utku

August 09, 2017—Murat Utku joined OBG in July, bringing leadership in protecting, sustaining, and managing natural features, facilities, and infrastructure in watersheds and coastal settings. His specialized expertise spans resiliency; climate change; ecosystem restoration and mitigation; hydraulic/coastal engineering; river, estuarine, and coastal sediment and pollutant transport processes; dredging; flood damage reduction;... Read more...

2017 EEHS School

August 09, 2017—A proud business partner of North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (NCMA), OBG recently participated in NCMA's 2017 North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health & Safety (EEHS) School on August 7-8 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.  Our team of experts exchanged ideas about current topics in air quality, water qu... Read more...

Improving New York’s response capabilities for crude oil transportation incidents - OBG helps create inland geographic response plans for all New York counties impacted by crude-by-rail transportation

July 26, 2017—Geographic Response Plans (GRPs) are location-specific plans developed to provide guidance for oil spill responses throughout the U.S.  Until recently, most crude oil transportation in the U.S. occurred via waterways on oil tankers, and as a result, most existing GRPs focus on the protection of sensitive biological... Read more...

WEDA Dredging Summit & Expo 2017

June 29, 2017—OBG and NRT, an OBG Company (NRT), recently participated in the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) Dredging Summit & Expo 2017 on June 26-29, 2017 in Vancouver, BC. The annual conference promotes the exchange of knowledge in fields related to dredging, navigation, marine engineering, and construction.... Read more...

ASSE Safety 2017 Conference

June 28, 2017—OBG environmental experts recently presented during the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Safety 2017 Professional Development Conference & Exposition on June 19-22 in Denver, Colorado. The annual conference brings together more than 4,000 occupational safety and health professionals to learn about best practices, case... Read more...

Watershed/coastal science and engineering

June 22, 2017—Our nation faces many challenges, including the threat posed to people, property, and infrastructure in vulnerable geographic settings.  While specific circumstances may vary, this vulnerability is often associated with proximity to water. Shifting weather patterns have contributed to increases in precipitation quantity, intensity, and duration, leading to stormwater issues,... Read more...

Battelle 2017 Bioremediation Symposium

June 13, 2017—OBG recently presented during Battelle’s Fourth International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies. The conference, held in Miami, Florida on May 22-25, 2017, brings environmental professionals together to share the latest thinking on environmental remediation, assessment, and management. The OBG expert team delivered presentations and served as se... Read more...

Drinking water, wastewater, and emerging contaminants

May 23, 2017—Whether securing ample water supplies, treating water to meet stringent drinking standards, or delivering water through an aging distribution system, OBG develops sustainable and affordable solutions. Beyond the challenges facing public water facilities, OBG industrial water specialists provide high-purity water and... Read more...

International Oil Spill Conference

May 22, 2017—OBG recently took part in the International Oil Spill Conference on May 15-18, 2017 in Long Beach, California. This conference provides a forum for professionals from the international response community, private sector, government, and non-governmental organizations to come together to exchange ideas and lessons learned... Read more...

New York State Wetlands Forum 2017

May 19, 2017—OBG environmental experts recently participated in the New York State Wetlands Forum 2017 Annual Conference and Meeting on April 25-26, 2017 in Suffern, New York. The team shared expertise and experience in wetlands design, construction, and restoration; ecological assessments and restoration; habitat restoration; ... Read more...

Do I need a permit?

May 16, 2017—Many projects require approval from one or more regulatory agencies before implementation can begin. Approvals are typically granted in the form of a permit, which may be required for a host of reasons, including planned emissions or discharges, withdrawals or resource use, building and construction, or proposed disturbance to... Read more...

WasteExpo 2017

May 15, 2017—OBG recently presented during WasteExpo 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana on May 8-11, 2017. The OBG expert team shared experiences and expertise in solid waste management during the conference and at the event's Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF) Summit, a day of learning... Read more...

2017 World of Coal Ash Conference

May 15, 2017—OBG, together with NRT, an OBG Company (NRT), recently presented during the 2017 World of Coal Ash Conference (WOCA) on May 8-11 in Lexington, Kentucky. This international conference, organized by the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy... Read more...

New approaches, technologies, and innovation in remediation - Meet Mark Harkness

May 12, 2017—Mark Harkness joined OBG in March, bringing leadership in remediation project design and management with extensive experience implementing a wide range of innovative, pragmatic, and cost-effective remedial technologies to address petroleum and chlorinated solvents in soil and groundwater.  Mark joins OBG from GE’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna, Ne... Read more...

Visioning space to support facility repurposing

May 03, 2017—There’s a growing trend in the industrial real estate market—the abandoned assets of yesterday’s assembly line-based manufacturing are becoming today’s opportunities for the advanced manufacturing market. Building upon the due diligence of the founding architects of the “Location, Location, Location” site selection mantra, adaptive reuse can... Read more...

Annual Joint Technical Conference of the CNY Chapters of A&WMA and AIHA

May 01, 2017—OBG experts recently presented during the 21st Annual Joint Technical Conference of the Central New York Chapters of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) on March 28, 2017 in Skaneateles, New York. This conference brings experts together to discuss ... Read more...

Multiple lines of evidence for assessing benthic impacts

May 01, 2017—Michael Rondinelli, a scientist at OBG, recently presented a poster during the 2017 Annual Spring Meeting of the Hudson-Delaware Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (HDC SETAC) on April 26-27, 2017 in South Orange, New Jersey.  In&... Read more...

Environment Virginia Symposium

April 27, 2017—OBG experts recently presented during the Environment Virginia Symposium on April 4-5, 2017 in Lexington, Virginia. More than 700 environmental professionals attended this conference for the mutual exchange of ideas, best practices, and knowledge.  View our presentations: Dumpster Diving to Dollars [Presentation]Tina Bickerstaff, CPG Industrial... Read more...

Annual Food & Beverage Environmental Conference

April 26, 2017—OBG's Dan Agramonte, PE, a senior managing engineer, recently participated in the 47th Annual Food & Beverage Environmental Conference on March 26-30, 2017 in Charleston, South Carolina. This conference brings together environmental managers from food and beverage companies, along with consultant partners, to share experiences with sustainable... Read more...

Managing key cost drivers during a sediment remediation project

April 25, 2017—OBG recently participated in the 10th Symposium on Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites, hosted by the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Philadelphia Post. The event brings together professionals from government and the private sector to discuss the evolving engineering and... Read more...

International Biomass Conference & Expo

April 18, 2017—OBG experts recently presented during the 10th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo on April 10–12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This event brings together industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s interconnected biomass utilization industries, including biobased power, thermal energy, fuels, and chemicals. View our presentations: Anae... Read more...

2017 Great Lakes Areas of Concern Conference

April 05, 2017—NRT, an OBG Company, environmental experts recently presented during the 2017 Great Lakes Areas of Concern Conference on March 29-30, 2017 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Each year, managers, scientists, and other partners working to mitigate Areas of Concern (AOC) identified in the Great Lakes Water Quality... Read more...

SAME Greater Kansas City 9th Annual Industry Day

March 29, 2017—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,... Read more...

USEPA in the cross-hairs

March 27, 2017—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.... Read more...

Sustainable remediation incorporating ecological restoration

March 23, 2017—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... Read more...

NYS Business Council's 2016 Environment Conference

November 18, 2016—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... Read more...

New York State’s Inland Geographic Response Plans

November 17, 2016—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... Read more...

2016 SAME Tri-Regional JETS Conference

October 21, 2016—OBG recently participated in the 2016 SAME Tri-Regional JETS Conference on October 11-13, 2016 in North Charleston, South Carolina. Michael Hall, PG, a division manager at OBG and expert in site investigation and remediation, discussed directional drilling for remediation as part of the... Read more...

The Hidden Danger of OSHA’s PSM Interpretive Guidance (Part I) - Assessing the Threat

October 14, 2016—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... Read more...

2016 Chesapeake Tri-Association Conference

September 12, 2016—OBG delivered six presentations at the Chesapeake Tri-Association Conference, which took place on August 30 - September 2, 2016 at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. The annual conference brings together experts to share their experiences and expertise in meeting water, wastewater, and environmental challenges. View our presentations:... Read more...

Horizontal wells continue to advance in remediation industry

August 26, 2016—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... Read more...

North Carolina Environmental, Energy, Health & Safety School

August 12, 2016—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... Read more...

Changes to OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standard and USEPA’s Risk Management Program - How Modified Guidance and Revised Regulations May Affect Your Facility

August 12, 2016—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... Read more...

2016 SAME Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo

July 22, 2016—OBG environmental remediation experts recently presented during the 2016 Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo (JETC), which took place on May 24-26 in Phoenix, Arizona. The annual conference held by the Society of Military Engineers (SAME) provides educational sessions focused on finding solutions to today’s architecture, engineering, and construction challenges in th... Read more...

Chris Kriegner presents at WODCON XXI

June 29, 2016—Chris Kriegner, PMP, a scientist at OBG and expert in natural resource management, recently presented at the 21st World Dredging Congress & Exhibition WODCON XXI—the only global event dedicated exclusively to dredging and maritime construction. Kriegner joined more than 120 other professionals presenting on dredging related developments and projects from... Read more...

OBG experts present at Battelle's 2016 Chlorinated Conference

June 02, 2016—OBG scientists and engineers delivered five platform presentations and six posters during Battelle’s Tenth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds. The conference, held in Palm Springs, CA on May 22-26, 2016, drew more than 1,000 environmental professionals from more than 30 countries to share expertise on environmental remediation, as... Read more...

Battelle’s Chlorinated Conference: Presenting on environmental remediation, assessment, and management

May 19, 2016—Many of OBG’s environmental experts will be presenting at Battelle’s Tenth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds on May 22-26, 2016, in Palm Springs, CA. Our team of experts will share the latest thinking on environmental remediation, assessment, and management, including the following presentations from James Cavo... Read more...

OBG experts demonstrate successful willow-based evapotranspiration cover system

May 16, 2016—Environmental experts at OBG and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) have worked together over the last decade to develop a willow-based evapotranspiration cover system for an inactive hazardous waste site. The team of researchers recently published a research paper in which... Read more...

Repurposing pharmaceutical facilities into productive assets

May 02, 2016—The footprints of many pharmaceutical companies have changed over the past two decades. Mergers among top global players and more efficient workspaces have changed the focus of many companies toward consolidation, divestiture, and creating flexible spaces for biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes. These companies have undertaken consolidation programs to reduce their footprint,... Read more...

Frank DeOrio discusses innovative leachate treatment in Waste360

April 07, 2016—Frank DeOrio, a manager in OBG’s environment brand, recently spoke with Waste360, a trade publication for the waste and recycling communities, about the current state of leachate treatment for landfill operators. In this article, DeOrio discusses challenges in the treatment and disposal of leachate, including increasingly stricter effluent limits an... Read more...

2016 Global Waste Management Symposium Participation

March 03, 2016—OBG kicked off the 2016 trade show season by sponsoring and participating in the Global Waste Management Symposium (GWMS) in Indian Wells, CA. GWMS is a biannual conference that delivers critical content and research in all areas related to solid waste engineering and management. OBG’s industry support and presence could be... Read more...

Proposed Revisions to Ozone Depleting Substances RULE (40 CFR PART 82)

February 09, 2016—OverviewIn a proposed rule issued on November 2, 2015, USEPA announced its intent to make sweeping changes to the underlying regulations which govern the recycling and emission reduction requirements for commercial, industrial and comfort cooling refrigerants (40 CFR Part 82, Subpart F). The proposed rule affects all facilities across the US that use refrigerants... Read more...

USEPA Revises National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone

February 09, 2016—On October 1, 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone by lowering the standard from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. Citing extensive scientific evidence, particularly in relation to childhood asthma concerns, USEPA had requested public input on an ozone... Read more...

Reducing time-to-market to attract advanced manufacturing

October 16, 2015—Advanced manufacturing industries are competing in a new global economy. The development of new technologies and smart manufacturing systems is fast-paced and competitive, but brings with it transformative economic opportunity to host communities. Attracting these opportunities to a specific site on the globe is a competitive process, which requires proactive... Read more...

Clean Power Plan: Building blocks to combat climate change

October 01, 2015—History was made on August 3, 2015, when President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final Clean Power Plan, a historic step in the Administration’s effort to drive toward a cleaner energy sector and combat climate change. The Clean Power Plan is a broad mix of pu... Read more...

What you need to know: Step-by-step approach to NY cooling tower regulations

September 10, 2015— Recent outbreaks and the prevalence of Legionella bacteria in cooling towers has led the New York State (NYS) Department of Health to enact emergency regulations for all cooling tower owners statewide. These new regulations have established critical deadlines and guidance to protect the public from further exposure to the bacteria.... Read more...

Newly revised air regulation for New York State industries

August 06, 2015—Changes to a decades-old regulation governing air pollution in New York State will have a significant impact on industry, potentially lengthening the time necessary to secure air permits and/or subjecting more facilities to the need to reduce air emissions. Read more...

Microgrids, islanding, and energy storage - Meet Mohammad Mojdehi

July 02, 2015—Mohammad Mojdehi joined OBG in June. He’s a newly minted PhD in electrical engineering with a focus on power systems from Syracuse University. Mojdehi grew up in Iran, where he earned his master’s and undergraduate degrees, and has also lived in South Africa. The author of two books, he i... Read more...