Ryan Benson, PE Joins Braun Intertec

Ryan Benson, PEPrincipal Engineer Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with more than 35 offices in seven states, is pleased to announce Ryan Benson, PE has joined the Braun Intertec team in Hibbing, Minnesota. Benson brings more than 20 years of experience in geotechnical consulting, foundation system design, design of value engineered ground modification foundation systems, project management and land development. “We are thrilled to welcome Ryan to our team of employee-owners at Braun Intertec,” said Jon Carlson, Braun Intertec CEO. “He is an exceptionally well-rounded leader and skilled engineer who brings experience in multiple industries, operational leadership,...

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Environmental Reporting – Preparing for Tier II, TRI, and Hazardous Waste

Environmental Reporting

In our previous blog in this series, we discussed how to leverage the requirement of environmental reporting into better outcomes for your business. In this post, we will discuss in three sections how to prepare for environmental reporting for Tier II (SARA Section 311/312), TRI (SARA Section 313), and hazardous waste. We will be talking in general terms – as each state or local government may have specific reporting requirements – and will briefly cover the regulatory background, reporting applicability, steps for determining what to report, reporting tips, and report content of these three reports. Tier II Reporting (SARA Section 311/312)...

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Braun Intertec Acts of Kindness: Storm Relief

From a global pandemic, to wildfires, and adverse weather impacting several of our local communities, this year has been nothing short of challenging for everyone. Despite all these hardships, our employee-owners have risen up to help others who need it more, particularly those impacted by a derecho, which stretched from Nebraska to Indiana, and Hurricane Laura along the Gulf coast. Both storms upended households, left families without power for days, and caused destruction everywhere they touched. Braun Intertec has offices in locations impacted by both storms. We are proud to see the resilience of our team members (both impacted and...

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Employee Owner Spotlight: Orlando Boscan, Senior Geotechincal Engineer, Austin, Texas

We recently met with Orlando Boscan, Senior Geotechnical Engineer based in our Austin, Texas office to learn about his role at Braun Intertec, his background in engineering, and how he is helping grow our team in Central Texas. What is your role at Braun Intertec?I am a senior geotechnical engineer in Round Rock, but I work closely with the whole central Texas group which includes Round Rock, Austin, San Antonio, Texas. I support the Engineering and Testing divisions. Tell us about your background.I was born in Venezuela and moved to the United States to pursue engineering.The first part of my...

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Minnesota to Reissue its Municipal Stormwater (MS4) Permit

Runoff from rain or snow events picks up pesticides, fertilizers, automotive fluids, sediment, pet waste, trash and more that is carried into storm drains. These storm drains discharge directly from streets to surface waters like lakes, rivers, wetlands, and streams. The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit program was designed to reduce this type of surface water pollution.  What is the MS4 permit? The MS4 is a publicly-owned and operated network of conveyances (storm sewers, catch basins, ditches, drains, etc.) that collect rain and snow melt that eventually discharges to surface waters. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) requires...

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Employee-Owner Spotlight: Ken LeBlanc, ASNT NDT Level-III in UT, RT, MT, PT and VT / AWS CWI

We recently met with Ken LeBlanc, NDE operations manager, from our La Porte, Texas office to learn about his professional background, expertise in nondestructive testing and what he likes best about being a Braun Intertec employee-owner. Tell us about your background I actually went to school to become a professional journalist but what eventually led me to nondestructive testing (NDT) was my concern for where I lived. When I was younger, I saw how material and process failures caused risks to life, property and futures. I felt a more noble career path would be to work on a team that...

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PSM/RMP: Exceptions to the Rule

2020 has necessitated change and adaptability on many levels. To abate the many risks posed by the pandemic, many facilities have started to explore additional service lines or processes, which means an entirely new set of equipment, chemicals, and employees. These additions create an additional set of hazards to mitigate in the workplace. If your businesses pivoted manufacturing practices earlier this year, you may now be faced with the dilemma of installing and implementing new processes at your facility associated with the storage of flammable liquids. Do you know if you have the appropriate permitting or programs in place to...

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Regulatory Relief for Major Sources of Hazardous Air Pollutant Emissions

Major Area Sources Air Emissions

In October, the EPA issued the final rule text  for an amendment to the Clean Air Act’s (CAA) National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP standards). The amended rule allows major sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) to reclassify as “area sources.” Permitting for air emissions requires consideration of not only the amount of emissions currently generated by operations, but also the amount that could be generated. A major source emits or has the potential to emit 10 tons per year or more of a single HAP or 25 tons per year or more of combined HAPs. Under EPA’s...

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Winter is Coming: A Quick Guide for Your Stormwater BMPs in Cold Climates

Stormwater BMP

The leaves have changed and snow is beginning to fall in several places across the country. By this time, construction projects are frantically trying to wrap up grading, landscaping, and other outdoor tasks. But is your project overlooking a big stormwater task during this season? As we know, northern winters in the U.S. can be brutally cold, snowy, or mild with little to no snow. Preparing your site to handle the winter will greatly reduce your stormwater best management practice (BMP) maintenance and allow a quicker return to work come spring. Here are a few tips and tricks project owners...

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Environmental Reporting – Leveraging a Requirement into Better Results

Timely and accurate environmental reporting is an important piece of maintaining compliance with environmental regulations.  Not only is it required by law, but it also helps assure the regulatory agencies, your community, local units of government, and other interested parties that you’re committed to being a good “neighbor” and making a conscientious effort to protect the environment and public health. Environmental regulations require facilities to submit reports to local or state environmental agencies or the federal Environmental Protection Agency. The information you are required to submit and the associated reporting deadlines vary by regulation and jurisdiction. For example, listed below...

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