EPA Repeal of 2015 Clean Water Act Rule: What’s Next?

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced September 12 the finalized repeal of the 2015 Clean Water Act rule which expanded the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) and limited pollution into surface waters of the U.S. through regulations and permitting. The EPA rule is now expected to cover fewer waterways and narrow existing protections, covering only wetlands adjacent to a major body of water, or bodies connected to a major waterway by surface water. Opponents of this rule have felt this repeal was long overdue and expect it will reduce federal permitting requirements for development and industry. History...

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Meet the Team: La Porte Office Spotlight

About Our Team Home to more than 30 engineers, technicians and scientists, our La Porte, Texas office first opened in May 2019, and currently provides geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and nondestructive examination services. We sat down with the La Porte Operations Manager, Kevin Williams, to discuss what services and expertise our La Porte office can provide to clients on the Gulf Coast, what sets the team apart from other engineering firms in the area, and our involvement in the community.  Why did we open an office in this area?La Porte is located in the center of the oil and...

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[OnDemand Webinar] Is Your Hospital Complying With RCRA Hazardous Waste Regulations?

Healthcare

Hospitals generate thousands of unique wastes and waste streams and often struggle with meeting regulatory compliance requirements related to RCRA Hazardous Wastes. Follow the link below to watch a recorded version of the webinar, hosted by W & M Environmental, a Division of Braun Intertec, with leading healthcare industry expert Darrell Oman to discuss regulatory compliance requirements for hospitals and commonplace issues in meeting requirements. Watch Now...

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Daniel DeJoode to Present at North Dakota Water and Pollution Control Conference

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Event Details What: 91st Annual North Dakota Water and Pollution Control ConferenceWhen: October 8-10, 2019Where: Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center, Bismarck, North Dakota Braun Intertec is looking forward to hearing our very own Senior Scientist, Daniel DeJoode, present at the upcoming North Dakota Water and Pollution Control Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota. Daniel will present on Thursday, October 10th about updates regarding the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and Supreme Court case and will discuss the implications of pending changes. What is (a) Water? The Evolving Definition of a Water of the United States Many of the most significant federal statutes regarding...

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Why Site Redevelopment with Both Geotechnical and Environmental Engineers is Critical

Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants

Redeveloping property is often a thorny task. This is particularly true for sites with a history of industrial use which are frequently littered with uncontrolled fills, construction materials, abandoned structures and industrial waste. Now, imagine these materials scattered anywhere near or below the groundwater surface and you have a bit of a predicament on your hands. The steps you need to take next to address these impacts can be very costly. Some of the costliness is a result of uncoordinated environmental and geotechnical investigations which could have been avoided with the right project partners. In these scenarios excessive costs originate...

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Meet the Team: Tyler Office Spotlight

Who We Are The Braun Intertec office in Tyler, Texas is home to over 20 of our dedicated employee-owners who are eager to serve their clients in a variety of market sectors. Our Tyler office is supported by a nationwide network of employees and resources and currently offers a wide range of professional consulting services which include: Construction Materials TestingMaterials LaboratoryEnvironmental ConsultingGeotechnical Engineering Our talented team in Tyler is part of a greater network in North Texas and has a deep understanding of client’s needs in the area. This expertise allows us to work in a variety of market sectors...

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Darrell Oman to Present at 56th ASHE Annual Conference on Hazardous Waste

Event Details Darrell Oman, a Technical Director and Senior Environmental Consultant from our Saint Paul, MN office, is presenting at the upcoming 56th ASHE Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition in Baltimore, MD on July 16, 2019. Darrell, who has more than thirty years of consulting and management experience in the Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) field, will be presenting on topics related to healthcare hazardous waste management, including: Regulatory compliance requirements for healthcare facility waste streams and waste stream management programs,Review recent Federal and State changes to Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste regulations,Environmental compliance program management approaches in healthcare...

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Braun Intertec Offers Educational Sessions to Clients

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A few of our employee-owners from our Texas offices recently stopped into EDI International's Houston office to speak about our technical specialties in environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and building and structures sciences. EDI is a global architecture, interior design, and planning firm that specialties in hospitality, residential and mixed-use projects. During the presentation, we covered several topics, including how environmental site assessments can assist your projects, how to read a geotechnical engineering report, what construction materials testing means to your project and important things to know about your building's performance. Our team is available to provide educational...

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

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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] Rotting Roofs: Causes, Mitigation and Code Requirements

Rotting Roof Mitigation and Code Requirements

Did you know in our climate, roof structures of some buildings that are about 10 years old, are failing years ahead of when they could be expected to have problems? Due to a change in the 2000 building code, some buildings were constructed without sprinklers in concealed spaces since the space was filled with fiberglass insulation. This change had the unintended consequence of creating condensation between the ceiling vapor retarder and roof deck, damaging the roof structure. Learn about the type of building having this problem; potential sources of moisture damage; tools to measure moisture accumulation; and how to create...

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