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Applications Available for NJ DEP 2018 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards

New Jersey individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, and youth are invited to showcase their environmental accomplishments by submitting nominations to the annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards program. Bestowed for making significant contributions to protecting the environment in the state, the awards recognize outstanding environmental performance, programs, and projects from around New Jersey. Deadline for submitting … Continue reading “Applications Available for NJ DEP 2018 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards”

New from EPA: Electronic Hazardous Waste Tracking System

A new Hazardous Waste Electronic Mainifest System (e-Manifest) for shipments of hazardous waste was launched by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 30, 2018. The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) has been working with the EPA to ensure a smooth transition from the paper intensive process to the … Continue reading “New from EPA: Electronic Hazardous Waste Tracking System”

EPA Proposes More Stringent Dust-Lead Standards

To help reduce risks to children from exposure to dust-lead, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new standards for lead found in dust on floors and window sills. Touted by the EPA as an important step to reduce lead exposure, the proposal would change the dust-lead hazard standards from 40 µg/ft2 to 10 … Continue reading “EPA Proposes More Stringent Dust-Lead Standards”

Progress Made by SRRA and LSRP Program Highlighted in NJDEP Podcast

An informative NJDEP audio podcast profiles New Jersey’s Site Remediation and Waste Management Program (SRWMP), which administers laws and regulations concerning contaminated sites, recycling and disposal of solid waste with the dual goals of fostering a cleaner environment and returning sites to productive use. Assistant Commissioner of SRWMP Mark Pederson discusses a number of issues, … Continue reading “Progress Made by SRRA and LSRP Program Highlighted in NJDEP Podcast”

Finding the Contamination–And the Source

Prospective property buyers seeking an environmental assessment before acquiring a site know that detecting the presence of contaminants is a key part of due diligence. However, for property owners determining the source of the contaminant is just as important. By identifying the source of the contamination, our experts have helped a number of clients demonstrate … Continue reading “Finding the Contamination–And the Source”

A Site Remediation “Wish List”

Site remediation recommendations that would help promote smart growth development were among items on a “wish list” presented by the regulated community at the recent “What’s on the Environmental Horizon” conference hosted by CIANJ and attended by BEI President John Brennan. The recommendations included: Provide true and clear relief for innocent purchaser of properties such … Continue reading “A Site Remediation “Wish List””

BEI Welcomes New Environmental Scientist II

Evan Manganaro has joined the BEI team as an Environmental Scientist II. During his four years of experience in environmental consulting and laboratory work, Evan has developed a strong understanding of field sampling and underground storage tank (UST) management and insights into working with insurance companies that provide coverage for environmental remediation. At BEI, Evan … Continue reading “BEI Welcomes New Environmental Scientist II”

Welcome, New Team Members

BEI is pleased to welcome two new team members to our professional staff. Chris Del Monico, BEI Geologist and Project Manager, brings with him 19 years’ experience in site remediation throughout New Jersey. Chris will leverage his technical and regulatory knowledge to mentor our junior staff and further serve our clients. Brian Johnson, who joins … Continue reading “Welcome, New Team Members”

NJDEP Introduced Web Page on Contaminants of Emerging Concern

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has added a web page dedicated to information on contaminants of emerging concern to its website. The Department defines contaminants of emerging concern as “those chemicals that recently have been shown to occur in water resources and identified as being a potential environmental or public health risk.” More … Continue reading “NJDEP Introduced Web Page on Contaminants of Emerging Concern”

NJ Is First State to Set MCLs for PFOA and PNFA in Drinking Water

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) will set formal Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for perfluoroctoanic acid (PFOA) and perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA). The move, which requires statewide testing of public drinking water systems, is based on the New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute’s recommended drinking water standards of 14 parts per trillion for PFOA … Continue reading “NJ Is First State to Set MCLs for PFOA and PNFA in Drinking Water”

EPA Awards New Jersey Grants for Environmental Programs

New Jersey now has more funds for environmental initiatives thanks to three grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) totaling $16.7 million. A $15.9 million Performance Partnership Grant will be used to fund statewide programs to ensure safe drinking water, reduce pesticide risk and exposure from radon, and prevent and control water and air … Continue reading “EPA Awards New Jersey Grants for Environmental Programs”

BEI Project Manager Jeff McCurdy Earns LSRP Designation

With his successful completion of the Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) exam, Jeff McCurdy, a project manager for BEI, has become the newest member of our team of seven LSRPs. With BEI nine years, Jeff has extensive experience in all aspects of site remediation, including due diligence, and soil, groundwater, and indoor vapor investigation and … Continue reading “BEI Project Manager Jeff McCurdy Earns LSRP Designation”

NJ Receives $70M for Wastewater / Drinking Water Systems Upgrades

New Jersey was awarded nearly $70 million by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support a range of water infrastructure projects to safeguard public health and the environment. New Jersey will use the funds mainly to upgrade wastewater and drinking water systems throughout the state. This award, combined with previous EPA awards granted to … Continue reading “NJ Receives $70M for Wastewater / Drinking Water Systems Upgrades”

BEI Supports NJ Redevelopment and Environmental Causes

BEI recently co-sponsored two Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) events—a CIANJ Real Property Roundtable on urban revitalization and a leadership event hosted by Steve Adubato. Our firm also sponsored the NJ Audubon Society’s 34th Annual World Series of Birding, which raised more than $180,000 to support wildlife and habitat conservation in New … Continue reading “BEI Supports NJ Redevelopment and Environmental Causes”

The Changing Landscape of Environmental Contaminants

The number and kind of contaminants that affect our environment are continually changing due to the evolving nature of contaminant sources, such as hormones, plastics, pharmaceuticals, fuel additives, industrial additives, and other materials. To stay abreast of new environmental threats, BEI Senior Project Manager John Hernandez recently completed a Montclair State University course on Emerging … Continue reading “The Changing Landscape of Environmental Contaminants”

NJ Contaminated-Site Cleanup Program Marks Milestone

Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) in New Jersey have issued 10,000 Response Action Outcomes (RAOs) since they were given the authority to implement on-the-ground investigations and remediation work through the 2009 Site Remediation Reform Act, which was fully implemented in 2012. An RAO certifies that site contamination has been addressed in compliance with both state … Continue reading “NJ Contaminated-Site Cleanup Program Marks Milestone”

BEI Attends Commercial Real Estate Conference

At BEI, we strive to stay abreast of the latest developments in our clients’ industries. As part of that effort, Jeff Magdon, LSRP, a BEI project manager, attended the Commercial Real Estate Conference recently held by the New Jersey Bankers Association in Asbury Park. Designed for bankers, regulators, and other service providers to the real estate … Continue reading “BEI Attends Commercial Real Estate Conference”

Applications for 2017 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Now Available

New Jersey is once again encouraging the state’s environmental, academic, business, science, government, nonprofit, and youth leaders to submit nominations for its annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards (GEEA). Recognizing outstanding environmental performance, projects, and programs throughout New Jersey, the award honors individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, educators, youth, and others for substantial contributions to environmental … Continue reading “Applications for 2017 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards Now Available”

Purchasing or developing property? Make sure your Phase I ESA shelf life doesn’t run out.

Much like a property title or lien search, an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) has become a standard part of the due diligence conducted before real estate transactions, property development, and a host of other transactions. An ASTM Phase I ESA: Assesses the site’s environmental status, identifying … Continue reading “Purchasing or developing property? Make sure your Phase I ESA shelf life doesn’t run out.”

NJDEP Supports Community Approach to Brownfield Remediation

Communities seeking remediation of multiple brownfields to promote community-wide development efforts may be interested in the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Brownfields Development Area (BDA) approach. As part of the approach, the Department works with communities to help design and implement remediation and reuse plans for multiple properties simultaneously. To learn more about the … Continue reading “NJDEP Supports Community Approach to Brownfield Remediation”