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Remediation Techniques: Then and Now

Remediation Techniques

Looking back over the last three decades of remediation projects, I’ve noticed a very interesting trend. Despite advances in technology and equipment, a good majority of the techniques we were using in the early 1980s are still in use today, only with less disruption to the property. One big difference between then and now is that in many cases the cost to remediate a contaminated site was much higher in the 1980s than it is today.

EPA 2015 Vapor Intrusion Revisions

EPA 2015 Vapor Intrusion

After a very long wait, it’s finally here. Thirteen years in the making and spanning multiple Presidential administrations, it’s finally being released to the public.

What VOCs Are and How They Affect You

Where do VOCs come from

The next time you’re out shopping, you may notice that some products have the words “low VOCs” on their label. An increasing amount of manufacturers are using this label because of the growing awareness of the harm that VOCs (i.e. volatile organic compounds) pose to human health.

Remediation Can Keep Your Service Station Looking New

Service Station

These days the service stations being built have quite the curb appeal.  I have noticed in the southeast QT® (i.e. Quick Trip) has built a number of facilities with quite a nice layout and beautiful landscaping.  These stores are very clean and have just about everything you need to get in a single stop.  I realize many of those reading this blog are environmental consultants who don’t own service stations, but you do have Clients who own them.

Inheriting Contaminated Property Not Always a Curse

Contaminated Property Inheritance

As a Hydrogeologist with an interest in remediation of petrochemical impacted properties, I decided to do a Google search on the subject to see what I would find.  Surprisingly enough the first few pages were nothing but ads from lawyers telling you how to refuse your inheritance or risk being completely ruined financially.  Unfortunately these are the same folks who will turn around and buy the same property for next to nothing.

Laws Being Ignored by Obama… and Everybody Else

Laws Ignored By Obama

These days when people talk about the laws on the books being ignored by our President and Congress, the first thing that comes to mind is Immigration.  I would say let’s start with the US Constitution, but that is a very long discussion for another day.

Although US immigration laws are being ignored, the laws I’m talking about which are being broken are as follows:

Deal of the Day

Deal of the Day

With Christmas upon us, I decided to write about the deals we are bombarded with every day in emails, paper supplements and store billboards.  But is the “Deal of the Day” really a deal?  Having an interest in electronics, I decided to dig into the specifications of some deals on TV’s and laptop computers.  First of all, I am not saying there are no deals to be had, but what I found was interesting:


Vapor Intrusion and Sub-Slab Depressurization Systems

Vapor Intrusion Migration

Vapor intrusion (VI) of radon gas has been recognized as a potential cancer risk for more than 30 years. Radium, a breakdown product of uranium, produces the short-lived daughter product Radon, which presents itself as a gas that can migrate into living space of overlying buildings. More recently, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), such as trichloroethylene (TCE), Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), and constituents associated with gasoline, such as benzene has been identified as compounds likely to migrate into indoor air as well.

Planting the Seeds of Environmental Stewardship

Seeds of Environmental Stewardship

Back in the late 1970’s, when I was still a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, I was notified that my Great Aunt Lillian Graves had passed away. This was a sad time for me as I was very fond of her. She had lived in New York City during the summer and in Greenwood SC during the winter. She had a very young soul for an elderly person, and was great fun to be around and talk to. I remember when my father told me about her death, and I was very surprised when he also informed me that she had left me something in her will.

AEG to The Rescue: Geology, Karma and Charles Livingston

Brian Chew Charles Livingston

I first heard of Charles R. Livingston – a man who at the time had 35+ years experience in geology, geotechnical and environmental projects throughout the U.S. – through the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists (AEG) in 1987. I was a 30 year old Project Hydrogeologist and Environmental Department Manager for Law Engineering Inc. (LAW) in Greenville, South Carolina.