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 – Preparing for Tier II, TRI, and Hazardous Waste

Environmental Reporting

In our previous blog in this series, we discussed how to leverage the requirements 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 content of these three reports. Tier II Reporting (SARA Section 311/312) Regulatory...

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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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Employee Owner Spotlight: Brady Turk, Senior Scientist, Baton Rouge, LA

We recently met with Brady Turk, a senior scientist out of our new Baton Rouge (Gonzalez), Louisiana location, to learn more about his background and expertise in environmental consulting. Tell us a little bit about your background.Well to start, I'm a veteran! I joined the military when I was in high school and graduated first in my military class as a Desert Storm veteran. I was part of the U.S. Army National Guard combat engineering battalion. I became interested in environmental consulting after being a Criminal Investigator for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ). Working for LDEQ afforded me...

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From Planning to Reality: Delivering and Constructing Transportation Projects

My favorite shows to watch on television are home renovation programs.  You know the shows where a young family buys the worst house on the block and the entire episode features them turning this house into their dream home? Most of these episodes are highly dramatic. The couples is in the middle of renovating and find out that they don’t have the proper permits or they start opening the walls and find surprises like bad wiring, leaking plumbing, or asbestos.  Because of these issues they are now overbudget, delayed, and now must live in their parent’s basement for another couple...

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Braun Intertec Office Spotlight: Baton Rouge, LA

One of the newest Braun Intertec office locations is Baton Rouge (Gonzales), Louisiana. This location offers several of our services which range from environmental consulting, geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing. We spoke to Brady Turk, Senior Scientist, to learn more about what makes our new Baton Rouge office special. What was the strategy behind choosing Baton Rouge, LA as a new office location?The main reason we chose the Baton Rouge area is because it is booming with industrial and commercial work. Bryan Landers strategically brought me on to help get this office location up and going. With my 23...

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Meet Our Engineering, Testing and Environmental Consultants in Austin, Texas

Austin Texas Geotechnical Engineers and Environmental Consultants

Get to know the team We virtually met with two members of the Braun Intertec team in Austin, Texas, Trevor Armstrong (Field Operations Coordinator, Construction Materials Testing) and Sarah Thompson (Group Manager, Permitting and Compliance) to learn more about the culture in our Austin offices, the work they do with our clients and how our Environmental Consulting and Engineering and Testing divisions collaborate and support each other’s projects. The Braun Intertec team in Austin consists of approximately 20 environmental consultants, engineers and construction materials testing technicians located across two offices. Early next year, they will combine into one office location....

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Tackling RCRA Hazardous Waste for Overlooked Non-Industrial Sectors

Federal hazardous waste regulations changes in 2017 and 2019 under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) have increased regulatory oversight and scrutiny of “non-industrial” business sectors such as hospitals; healthcare-related businesses like pharmacies and laboratories; retailers; and academic institutions. These sectors and their environmental impact have been historically overlooked when discussing RCRA compliance, but accompanying increased regulatory attention is an increase in the environmental risks these business sectors are facing. This translates to new challenges in unfamiliar territory for many businesses. Since nearly every facility within these sectors is a hazardous waste generator, business and facility leaders must understand...

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More on the Recently Issued Harris County Hazardous Material Operational Permit

Hazardous Waste Management

This photo taken by the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office shows the KMCO Chemical plant fire in April 2019 in Crosby, Texas. Chemical risks are particularly acute in Harris County, home to Houston’s major industrial pockets and some of the nation’s largest petrochemical plants and oil refineries. Harris County has experienced at least five major chemical incidents in the last year, costing businesses large sums related to shut down costs and property damage, and triggering human health implications in surrounding neighborhoods. Harris County has responded to these events by setting the expectation for greater oversight of facilities that may contain...

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