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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:

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...

New article cautions users of wetland boundary information

July 09, 2015—Experts from OBG’s Natural Resource & Restoration practice published an article discussing the precision limitations inherent in wetland delineation and cautions the users of wetland boundary information to not treat delineated boundaries as precise features. Methods containing subjectivity and extrinsic factors such as anthropogenic disturbance and long term climatic ch... 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...