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Oil Spills on Pavement Pose a Significant Environmental Threat

Posted May 26, 2010 by

The cumulative effect of mini oil spills that occur on land accounts for a significant percentage of the petroleum hydrocarbon pollutants that end up in North American bodies of water, environmental experts say.

A report released by a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) panel in the U.S. estimates that over every eight-month period, thousands of small land-based oil spills in North America combine to create a volume of oil equal to the notorious Exxon Valdez spill that occurred in Alaska in 1989. That?s 10.8 million gallons or 250,000 barrels of petroleum being carried straight into our environmentally sensitive bodies of water. And it happens three times every two years.

While media attention tends to focus on major marine oil disasters such as the current Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, experts say the environmental impact of small oil spills is often overlooked.

The NAS?s research team found that only 15 percent of North America?s marine oil pollution originates from the oil industry?s tankers and rigs. The rest ? an unbelievable 85 percent ? comes from everyday oil use, much of which occurs on land.

It?s these less dramatic events that are causing concern; small oil spills that occur on a regular basis on roads and in parking lots, runoff from gas stations and hydro facilities, and the accidental spillage of gasoline at industrial fuel storage depots. When it rains, oil pollutants are washed from paved surfaces directly into our storm drains and waterways.

Governments and industry are responding to this largely invisible crisis by using innovative treatment technologies such as Imbrium.


Global Warming Solutions Act Hearings

Posted May 25, 2010 by


MassDEP’s Regulations List-Serv and Commissioner’s Advisory Committee

Name of Statute: 
Global Warming Solutions Act

Brief Explanation and Rationale for Proposed Changes:

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs will hold eight public hearings across Massachusetts in June on the Commonwealth’s proposed range for the 2020 greenhouse gas emissions limit and draft implementation plan as required by the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA).

Web Link to View Draft Climate Implementation Plan:

Public hearings will be conducted under the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 30A.

For dates and locations for the hearings, see



Veolia Environmental Services Achieves OSHA VPP Star Status

Posted May 6, 2010 by

LOMBARD, Ill. (May 5, 2010)
Veolia ES Technical Solutions, L.L.C., the hazardous waste subsidiary of Veolia Environmental Services North America, is pleased to announce that its York, Pa. facility has been accepted into OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). At a March 25th ceremony, OSHA recognized the company for its outstanding efforts in achieving exemplary occupational safety and health compliance. The York facility joins the VPP at the Star Award level, the highest level granted.

The York facility is the eighth Veolia ES Technical Solutions facility to receive the VPP Star Status, said John Dyer, Environmental Health & Safety Manager at Veolia ES Technical Solutions. This great accomplishment illustrates our ongoing commitment to health and safety programs at our facilities and shows that safety is of the utmost importance to Veolia.

The qualification process included a comprehensive audit of the facility’s safety, health, training and operational programs; in depth employee interviews about their understanding of the company’s safety programs; and detail on how the company conducts business. We would not have been able to achieve the VPP star status without the involvement and dedication of our employees, said Bob Rath, general manager, Mid Atlantic district, Veolia ES Technical Solutions.  We constantly strive to assure a safe work environment for all of our company operated facilities.  This achievement is a demonstration of that commitment.

OSHA and Veolia ES Technical Solutions believe continuous improvement of safety and health programs are the best way to prevent occupational illnesses and injuries.  The VPP was created in 1982 to encourage industry-related facilities to strive for safety excellence.  VPP sites have shown that their commitment to employee protection extends beyond the OSHA standards. Companies who achieve the VPP Star Award display injury and illness rates at or below the national average of their competitors.

The Veolia ES Technical Solutions York facility is a combination 10 day in-transit facility for containerized chemical and hazardous wastes as well as a sales and service center for the Mid-Atlantic Branch. The York operation provides customers with a complete range of technical services including laboratory, drum and bulk waste management along with a variety of special services including remediation, reactive chemical, low level radioactive, in-plant, and training services.

Veolia ES Technical Solutions, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp., provides a complete range of services for industrial and municipal customers needing to dispose of hazardous and regulated waste. Veolia ES Technical Solutions has 46 sales, service and treatment and disposal facilities conveniently located throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Capabilities include labor services on customers sites, permitted and secure incineration, fuels blending, recycling of solvents and acids, lighting and electronic waste recycling, and low-level radioactive and mixed waste solutions. The company has 15 permitted Treatment Storage Disposal Facilities and 36 10-day in transit locations.

Based in Chicago, Veolia Environmental Services North America Corp. is the leading provider of fully integrated waste, environmental and industrial cleaning solutions to residential, municipal, commercial and industrial customers across the US, Canada and the Caribbean.  The company is part of the Veolia Environnement companies in North America, with 30,000 North American employees providing sustainable environmental solutions in water management, waste services, energy management, and passenger transportation.

The Veolia Environmental Services group is the largest waste services company in the world and the only global manager of liquid, solid, non-hazardous and hazardous waste; on-site waste processing; industrial cleaning and process maintenance; and recycling, recovery and disposal for both the public and private sectors. Its parent company,


HDR/e2M Navy Contract Award

Posted May 4, 2010 by

HDR|e2M is being awarded a maximum amount $50,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for marine species monitoring, evaluations, and/or assessments at various locations within the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic and Pacific area of responsibility. The work to be performed provides for marine and biological resources monitoring and management services. 

Specific tasks may include literature review and data searches; aerial, shipboard, and/or underwater surveys; passive acoustic monitoring; assessments to determine acoustic and other impacts; behavioral studies; biopsy darting; tagging; analysis of data and technical assistance to ensure legal compliance; preparation of necessary reports; consultation package and/or permit applications; as well as management and coordination of complex projects. 

Work will be performed predominately in Fla. (15 percent); N.C. (15 percent); Calif. (15 percent); Hawaii (15 percent); Va. (10 percent); Wash. (10 percent); S.C. (5 percent); Texas (5 percent); Alaska (5 percent), as well as outside the continental U.S. locations such as the Mariana Islands (5 percent). The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of Apr. 2015. Contract funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website, with five proposals received. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity (N62470-10-D-3011).


Stephen Barrett Selected to Conduct ACRP Synthesis Project

Posted May 3, 2010 by

April 29, 2010: Burlington, MA
Stephen Barrett, Director of Clean Energy at HMMH, has been selected as the Principal Investigator for Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Synthesis Project 11-03/Topic S10-06: Developing Energy Technologies and Their Effects on Airports. The ACRP carries out applied research on problems that are shared by airport operating agencies through funding provided by the National Academy of Sciences.

Mr. Barrett will be compiling existing literature, data, and ongoing research on physical, visual and electromagnetic impacts from energy technologies on airport and aviation safety. The primary focus will be on wind and solar energy generation operations as they relate to airport property and also on power plant locations near airports. In his research, Mr. Barrett will identify and quantify potential hazards, present laws and regulations related to energy siting and recommend mitigation options. The resulting ACRP Synthesis Report will provide a single, definitive guidance for airport operators and regulators that describes the potential conflicts between energy generation and airport operations, and reports the experiences of airports that have directly developed or partnered with developers on energy generation projects.

Over the last 10 years, Mr. Barrett has worked with the public and private sectors to develop renewable energy projects, including wind, solar, tidal, wave, biomass, and geothermal. He is presently supporting the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the preparation of a National Solar Guidance for Airports. He has worked with wind farm developers in assessing the potential impacts on airspace from wind turbine generators. He has also helped airports site and design solar generation projects, most recently at Palm Beach International Airport.
Information on ACRP is located at


Stephen Barrett, Director of Clean Energy
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