Tag Archives: USEPA

Long Term Stewardship at Vapor Intrusion Sites – Looking at the End Game

via YouTube Long term stewardship (LTS)  is the “end game” of any vapor intrusion problem. Any smart player, considers the “end game” at the start and during play. Knowing the “end game” sets a smart direction for any stakeholder of a vapor intrusion – a responsible party, landowner, environmental agency staff, and the public. Mr. […]

Mapping Shallow Volatile Groundwater Plumes in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley prides itself as a leader in environmental sustainability, but opportunities for improvement are ever present.  This post introduces new map-based services showing contaminated groundwater areas in Silicon Valley, helping to provide intuitive environmental data meant to inform all interested stakeholders. The Valley has evolved from former industrial areas that held semiconductor industry that […]

USEPA Releases Final Guidance for Implementing Institutional Controls

The USEPA issued the Final Guide to Planning, Implementing, Maintaining and Enforcing (PIME) Institutional Controls at Contaminated Sites.  This is the second of two guidance documents prepared by the USEPA to inform long-term stewardship of contaminated sites.  In 2000, the first guide was drafted with a focus toward the selection of institutional controls (ICs). In 2000 […]

USEPA Issues Policy Guidance on Evaluation of Institutional Controls

The USEPA released on September 13, 2011 new guidance titled “Recommended Evaluation of Institutional Controls: Supplement to the Comprehensive Five Year Review Guidance”  providing recommendations for the monitoring and inspection of ICs during the CERCLA five-year review process.  The new USEPA guidance recommends that “ICs be mentioned specifically in the overall protectiveness statement when long-term protectiveness […]

ASTM Publishes Continuing Obligations Guide

After years in the making and on the heels of two recent court decisions addressing “appropriate care,” ASTM published E2790-11, the “Standard Guide for Identifying and Complying With Continuing Obligations.”

Tracing the Evolution of the Phrase “Continuing Obligations”

A new “CERCLA Continuing Obligations” discussion group recently began in Linkedin – actually its a subgroup within the “Environmental Issues in Business Transactions” discussion group that Larry Schnapf manages.  Given this, it seemed right to quickly review how the phrase “continuing obligations” came into being and where its heading. It started with CERCLA’s Brownfield Amendments. […]

The Day After the Daycare Webinar – Preventing Another Kiddie Kollege

Terradex wishes to thank the panelists as well as the attendees for their participation in the webinar discussing daycare and the threats posed by contaminated sites.  In the lead up to this webinar, Terradex published a post that sought to provide a fresh look at the progress to prevent the seminal environmental tragedy that unfolded […]

Sept 28th Webinar Invitation – Protecting Children at Daycare From Toxic Contamination – Extending Lessons Learned at Kiddie Kollege Nationally

Join us for a free 90-minute webinar on September 28th, 2010 at 1:30 PM EST (10:30 AM PDT) – The webinar discussion will focus on experiences and solutions aimed towards preventing the establishment of daycare facilities in areas where environmental contamination could pose risks to children.  The discussion will address progress and challenges since Kiddie […]

Protecting 6,000,000 Children In Daycare From Toxic Hazards of Cleanup Sites

Mix 400,000 daycares with 550,000 cleanup sites nationwide, and the vision takes shape for a national daycare screening service to vigilantly protect 6,000,000 children  from inadvertent exposure to toxics.  This effort started after 2006 on the failings at Kiddie Kollege, where children attending daycare were exposed to high mercury levels. The childcare facility occupied the same building that […]

EPA Cleanup Proposal Relies on Institutional Control Monitoring

A recent EPA cleanup proposal directly recognizes what many have come to accept as a given – cleanups need institutional controls (ICs), monitoring of ICs is a critical component of cleanup remedies, and private sector landwatch services make monitoring effective. Recognizing the key role of IC monitoring, EPA’s June 2010 “proposed plan” for a Southern […]