Supreme Court Issues Ruling on the Clean Water Act and Groundwater that Affects Industry

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The Supreme Court ruled, in a 6-3 decision, on Thursday, April 23, 2020, that the Clean Water Act (CWA) may apply to indirect discharge of waste into federally regulated rivers and oceans (Waters of the US) through groundwater. Requirements of the CWA have long regulated point source discharges into surface waters through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. Groundwater has never been considered a federal Water of the US (WOTUS), and regulation has been left to states for groundwater-to-surface-water discharges (GWSDs) through their respective State Disposal System (SDS) permits. The Court concluded in The County of Maui v....

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Leadership Spotlight with Josh Van Abel: Vice President

We recently sat down with Josh Van Abel to learn more about his new role as a Vice President and Twin Cities Engineering Group Manager. We asked him about his new role, how he got his start at Braun Intertec and the advice he has for new engineers entering the field. What is your current role at Braun Intertec?My current role is Vice President and Manager of the Twin Cities Engineering Group, which includes around 55 professional staff based in Bloomington and White Bear Lake, Minnesota. My other primary responsibilities include account manager and Principal Engineer on projects.  What is...

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Nationwide Permit 12 Ruling Carries National Implications for Pipeline Projects

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On April 15, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana issued a ruling that could have sweeping effects for energy and development projects nationally. The court ruled that the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) violated provisions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) when it approved Nationwide Permit (NWP 12) in 2017. The permit was obtained by TC Energy to facilitate the progress of the Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline project, but this ruling will create greater obstacles for the large-scale project and pipeline projects nationally. The Court vacated NWP 12 in its entirety and ordered the Corp to undergo...

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Top 3 Things AWS CWIs Need to Know About Nondestructive Examination


What Do AWS CWIs Need to Know About Nondestructive Examination? Certified welding inspectors’ (CWI) work is vital to confirming the safety and quality of the projects they support—but do you know how to properly leverage the insight your nondestructive examination (NDE) reports provide? As a CWI, you’re likely well-versed in visual testing (VT) but understanding methods like radiographic testing (RT), magnetic particle testing (MT) or ultrasonic testing (UT) and how they fit into the scope of a your day-to-day work will add critical value to your inspections. Familiarity with these methods and the report an NDE consultant will generate when...

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ASTM International Grants Free Public Access to PPE Standards Used for COVID-19

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ASTM International announced that it is providing free public access to a suite of twenty-four standards used in the production and testing of personal protective equipment (PPE) to combat the COVID-19 public health crisis. In an effort to address the shortage of PPE and support manufacturers, testing labs, healthcare professionals, and the general public, the suite was developed by ASTM’s committees on personal protective clothing and equipment, textiles, rubber, pesticides, microbials, and alternative control agents, and medical and surgical devices and materials. “ASTM International is committed to supporting healthcare providers, manufacturers, labs, and others in their efforts to address this...

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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Veteran Jeff Smith Joins Braun Intertec

Braun Intertec, a Minneapolis-based engineering, consulting and testing firm with offices throughout the United States, is pleased to announce Jeff Smith, a 30-year veteran of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), has joined the Braun Intertec Environmental Consulting Group as a principal scientist and director of environmental compliance and permitting for the Upper Midwest. In his new role, Smith will be responsible for developing the environmental permitting and compliance practice and providing clients with best-in-class regulatory services. Jeff Smith, Principal Scientist and Director of Environmental Compliance and Permitting “I am delighted to welcome Jeff Smith to Braun Intertec,” says CEO,...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Terrence Young, Construction Materials Testing Project Manager in Beaumont, Texas

We recently visited Terrence Young out on a project site and asked him about his background with Braun Intertec, why he joined the company, our culture of safety and what he’s looking for when he’s filling CMT technician roles in the Beaumont, Texas office. Can you tell us about how long you’ve been with Braun Intertec and what attracted you to the company?I started two years ago in January. I have about twenty years of experience in construction materials testing (CMT) and started out as a senior CMT technician when I joined the Braun Intertec team. One of the reasons...

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Leadership Spotlight with Kim Macy: Vice President

We recently spoke with Kim Macy to learn more about her new role as Vice President and leader of the South Central Engineering and Testing group. We asked her about her background, what she enjoys about working at Braun Intertec in this new role, and advice she has for those just starting their career. What is your current role at Braun Intertec?I lead the engineering and testing group for the South Central Region and am a Vice President. We have more than 200 employee-owners in our group who strive daily to be the consultant of choice for our clients. Additionally,...

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Braun Intertec Office Spotlight: Port Arthur, Texas

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One of the newest Braun Intertec office locations is Port Arthur, Texas. This location is dedicated specifically to our drilling services in contrast to other Braun Intertec Texas locations that house our full suite of services which range from geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and nondestructive examination. We spoke to Bryan Landers, a Business Unit Leader based in our Beaumont office, to learn more about what makes our drilling location in Port Arthur special. Why did we open an office in Port Arthur?With the massive amount of growth we have been seeing in this region, demand for our geotechnical drilling...

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Leadership Spotlight with Gene Murray: Vice President of Sales

We recently spoke with Gene Murray to learn more about his new role as Vice President of Sales at Braun Intertec. We asked Gene about his background, what his favorite part of his role is, and what he feels makes Braun Intertec unique. What is your current role at Braun Intertec?I am the Vice President of Sales, so my team is responsible for bringing in new clients to the company. What is your professional background?I received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Earth Science from the University of South Dakota. I’ve also received a master’s degree in Hydrogeology from the University...

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