Groundwater—A Precious Resource Highly Vulnerable to Contamination

Groundwater supplies the drinking water for more than half of the people in the U.S. and is a major source of water for irrigation. Yet this previous resource is highly susceptible to contamination from a variety of sources, including leakage from storage tanks and septic systems; uncontrolled hazardous waste; and other materials from the land’s surface that penetrate the soil and end up in groundwater. If you’d like to learn more, the Groundwater Foundation website (http://www.groundwater.org/) provides information on threats to our groundwater and what’s being done to protect it from harmful pollutants. To learn more about BEI’s groundwater remediation services, go to http://bei-env.com/contact-us/ or call 908.918.1702.

NJ LSRP Program Helps Drive State’s Commercial Growth

The Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program established by New Jersey’s Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) in 2012 has had a direct impact on spurring commercial development in the state, according to a recent NJ Biz article. In exploring the bump up in commercial real estate development in the state, guest author Tom Comiskey of M&T Bank notes that the LSRP program has “streamlined brownfield remediation, further brightening the climate for logistics and distribution development in New Jersey.” Click here for the full article. To learn more about how BEI’s LSRPs can manage your remediation project, click here or call us at 908.918.1702. For a PDF of the article, click here.

EPA Explores State-by-State Impacts of Climate Change

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued reports on the effects of climate change on each of the 50 U.S. states. In our region, most of New Jersey and New York has warmed by about three degrees (Fahrenheit) during the last century, with heavy rainstorms occurring more frequently and sea levels rising about an inch each decade. For the EPA climate change report on New Jersey, click here. For the New York report, click here.

Remediation Strategies for Reducing Radiation Exposure

A publication from the International Atomic Energy Association’s Department of Nuclear Energy explores what’s involved in remediation to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation exposure. Getting to the Core of Environmental Remediation provides a comprehensive approach to developing an environmental remediation strategy to reduce radiation exposure from contaminated soil, groundwater or surface water. Areas discussed include the decision-making process for determining the right remediation approach, what constitutes a “clean” site, key aspects of remediation that should be considered, and the importance of stakeholder input. For a PDF of the publication, click here.