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September 16, 2016

ESS Welcomes New Staff

Panth Naik2

Panth Naik
Staff Engineer

Anna Chase

Anna Chase
Science Technician &
Project Assistant

Melissa Lenker

Melissa Lenker
Document Specialist

Greg Rogowski

Greg Rogowski
Staff Engineer

Panth Naik, EIT, joins our Water & Coastal Engineering group to provide civil/site design, stormwater modeling, and engineering support for erosion/sedimentation control design, permitting, and technical reports.

Anna Chase joins our Ecological Services & Environmental Permitting group to provide taxonomic analysis of macroinvertebrates, as well as field research and reporting.

Melissa Lenker joins our Marketing & Publications group to provide editing, formatting, and quality control for technical documents including environmental impact statements, permit applications, and reports. 

Greg Rogowski joins our Water & Coastal Engineering group to provide engineering and modeling for drainage/stormwater management and site design, as well as support for construction and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) inspections

 

EPA Implements New Chemical Reform Legislation

epa

The US EPA is taking action to implement the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which was signed in June 2016. The bipartisan bill, an amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), seeks to better protect the environment and public health.

Under this new law, the EPA will be required to evaluate existing chemicals and provide clear and enforceable guidelines for their use. There will also be new safety standards to assess high-risk chemicals and measures that increase public transparency for chemical information.

In July, the EPA made affirmative determinations on seven new chemical substances to clear them for entry into the marketplace and released a list of five mercury compounds that will be prohibited from export as of January 1, 2020. The prohibition will prevent these compounds from being converted into elemental mercury overseas. 

Additionally, the EPA is establishing a Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals (SACC), which will provide independent expert consultation on risk evaluations, methodologies, and pollution prevention measures. The call for nominations to serve on this committee was issued on August 26.

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EEA and MassDEP Public Hearing for Permitting Amendments

MassDEP

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) have proposed amendments to 310 CMR 4.00 - Timely Action Schedule and Fee Provisions. 

The amendments would align MassDEP's surface water discharge permitting categories with NPDES permitting requirements and proposes to reduce the number of categories from 19 to 5 by merging general permit categories and industrial wastewater permits with watershed management permits. This will not change the permit requirements, but it will simplify the process. 

The amendments would also reinstate three permit fee categories for grants of environmental restriction, which may be implemented as a part of a permanent or temporary solution under the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) at properties where there has been a release of oil or other hazardous materials. 

A public hearing on the proposed amendments will be held on Tuesday, September 27 at the MassDEP headquarters in Boston.

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Recent & Upcoming Events

NAIOP Windows on the Waterfront II: The Next Phase of the Seaport
S
ept 15 | Stephanie Chaston, John Simpson | More Info

US EPA Southeast New England Program
Sept 16 | Jim Riordan | More Info

EBC Young Professionals Golf Clinic
Sept 20 | Peter Kelly-Joseph | More Info

NEWWA Annual Conference
Sept 20 | Jeff Hershberger, Jim Riordan | More Info