What Does “Air Help” Really Mean?

We encounter many questions when it comes to air: What might one mean when they say air?  Is your air a potential concern for your employees?  Is your air a concern for the environment?  Are your processes or daily activities at your facility emitting contaminants into the air?  Are you emitting too much contamination into the air?  Air means many things to many people – it surrounds us all; we need it to survive but it can also make us sick.  From an environmental perspective, “air help” can mean vapor encroachment or fence line monitoring.  From a permitting and compliance...

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The Innocent Owner Program and Handling Contamination on a Property Caused by an Off-Site Source

Are you responsible for environmental contamination on your property that was caused by a release from an off-Site property? Do you own a property that has become contaminated by a release from an off-Site source?  Or have you encountered recognized environmental conditions (RECs) associated with an off-Site source during the due diligence phase of a property acquisition and you are unsure what will be required to address potential contamination? These are common questions property owners and developers may face while trying to redevelop properties that have become contaminated due to hazardous chemicals migrating in soil and/or groundwater onto their property...

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Mark Your Calendars for Reporting Season Deadlines

Reporting season is here! Not only are we less than 30 days from the end of the year, but we know that during this unprecedented time, staying on top of environmental reporting is especially challenging. Braun Intertec subject matter experts are equipped to assist within a wide range of industries to accomplish their reporting needs. We are here to assist with further explanation of your specific reporting requirements and review your current practices to help set yourself up for success! We put together some of the environmental reporting due dates, with emphasis on our client states. Braun Intertec compliance experts...

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Cultivating Stronger Relationships with your Regulatory Agencies: Why and How?

Let’s face it, working with regulators can be frustrating, confusing and, intimidating. Regulatory agencies — whether local, state, or federal — are, by law, a critical part of nearly every project; and yet, for many businesses, municipalities and individuals, the idea of picking up the phone or hitting “send” on that email causes hearts to skip a beat. This is a common reaction, and sometimes, one not without merit. But why? Aren’t they working for you? The answer is both yes and no. The first thing to understand is that regulators are often seeing your project through several different lenses. Yes,...

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Environmental Consulting Firm Anderson Kelsey Group Joins Braun Intertec

Braun Intertec, an engineering, consulting and testing firm with more than 35 offices in seven states, is pleased to announce the entire team of  Anderson Kelsey Group (AKG), a Minnesota-based environmental consulting firm, has joined Braun Intertec. “I am pleased to have the talented team from AKG join our employee-owners,” says Jon Carlson, CEO of Braun Intertec. “The addition of AKG expands our permitting and compliance practice and enhances our ability to provide these services to clients nationwide.” The AKG team has deep experience working with clients ranging from industrial, healthcare facilities, and national retailers. One recent example is assisting...

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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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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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[OnDemand Webinar] Streamlining Environmental Compliance through Program Improvements

Do you find yourself scrambling throughout the year to complete regulatory reports or meet permit requirements? Whether it’s figuring out the why, what, when, where and how of annual regulatory reports or implementing permit conditions, having procedures in place to help streamline your environmental compliance needs can help you avoid missed deadlines, costly fines, and unexpected delays to production or a project. Follow the link below as W&M Environmental, a Division of Braun Intertec professionals Jennifer Adams, Vanessa Coleman, and Sarah Bibilonisambolin discuss how to create and implement successful compliance programs. Watch Now...

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[OnDemand Webinar] Federal Environmental Policy Update: Upcoming Regulatory Changes

Wetlands delineation

Many of the most significant federal statutes regarding environmental protection and policy became law in the 1970s. However, these 1970’s-era laws are not static. Changing perspectives, scientific understanding, priorities and political views all affect how these laws are implemented. While the text of laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), and Endangered Species Act (ESA) have not changed, the federal regulations which implement these laws are subject to change. Furthermore, the outcomes of litigation can also affect how these laws are interpreted and enforced. This webinar will discuss some of the recent and...

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[OnDemand Webinar] Environmental Review, Permitting and Compliance

Wetland delineation

View a recorded version of our webinar. Our presentation will strengthen your knowledge on wetland issues as they affect industry and development, with a focus on understanding tasks and milestones that are necessary to avoid project delays and regulatory violations. We will discuss federal regulations, such as Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, and select state regulations....

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