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Environmental Justice Update

Posted by Rebecca Luman on Thu, Oct 04, 2018

On April 19, 2018, EPA released their Environmental Justice FY2017 Progress Report. The report commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Office of Environmental Justice (EJ), highlighting progress advancing EJ in minority, low-income, tribal, and indigenous communities. Among their 2017 successes, EPA documented for the first time measurable environmental outcomes in three program areas: fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5), small drinking water systems, and tribal drinking water systems. In each area, EPA measured significant improvements:

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Tags: Environmental, Environmental risks, site auditing, clean water, EPA

A Beaver’s Tale: Lessons Learned at Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Posted by Rebecca Luman on Tue, Jun 05, 2018

Growing up, my mother was instrumental in our family of eight taking camping trips each summer. By the time I was in 4th grade, I had been in 42 states, Canada and Mexico, and had never been on a plane. We explored, hiked, and camped in state parks, national parks, and forests, traversing the country, with a pop-up camper and a paper road map to navigate our journeys.

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Tags: Environmental, Environmental risks, site auditing, clean water, Health & Safety

EPA Evaluating Superfund Policies

Posted by Jon Elliott on Tue, Oct 10, 2017

One of new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt’s many initiatives has been to change his agency’s approaches to cleanups under the national Superfund law. He announced several basic policy changes in May, and convened a Superfund Task Force to develop detailed recommendations. The task force issued its report late in July, offering 42 recommendations. These are summarized below.

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Tags: Environmental, Environmental risks, EPA, Health & Safety, site auditing

ASTM Updates Phase 1 ESA Standard for Forestland and Rural Properties

Posted by Rebecca Luman on Wed, Jun 14, 2017

On December 1, 2016, ASTM International (ASTM) approved revisions to ASTM E2247-08, Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process for Forestland or Rural Property. The revisions were made as part of ASTM’s normal review process and through a working group of ASTM’s Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action. The changes are aimed at prospective purchasers conducting All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) on forestland and rural property, and include updated methodology for site reconnaissance, clarified language for recognized environmental conditions, and removal of unessential information. This current version, now designated E2247-16, replaces the “historic” 2008 version as ASTM’s current consensus-based standard.

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Tags: site auditing, Environmental, Environmental risks