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Jeanine Grachuk Named Chair of the EBC Site Remediation and Redevelopment Committee

Posted May 22, 2008 by

Jeanine Grachuk has been named the new Chair of the Environmental Business Council (EBC) Site Remediation and Redevelopment Committee. The mission of the committee is to facilitate discussion of remediation and redevelopment issues that are of importance to EBC members and their clients. Issues include but are not limited to legislative, regulatory and policy developments, innovative technologies, and business development opportunities at the federal, state, regional, and local level. These issues are addressed by providing objective information from up-to-date and reliable sources including government officials, technology developers, and business experts.

Jeanine Grachuk’s practice includes environmental compliance counseling, environmental permitting of energy and brownfields redevelopment projects, and advice on managing environmental risk in complex transactions such as through environmental risk insurance. Ms. Grachuk has experience with environmental issues arising within a variety of industrial sectors, including power generation, chemical production, and solid waste disposal.

Ms. Grachuk’s experience includes the following:

  • Negotiation of policies of environmental insurance and environmental provisions of purchase and sale agreements in the context of the sale or purchase of commercial and industrial properties, primarily in Massachusetts;
  • Negotiation of Covenants Not to Sue with the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the context of acquisition of contaminated industrial properties in eastern Massachusetts;
  • Performance of environmental due diligence reviews on various industrial and commercial properties, including power generation plants, chemical production facilities, and shopping centers;
  • Counseling on liability issues and cleanup requirements associated with contaminated sites throughout Massachusetts, including negotiation of cost-sharing agreements, tolling agreements, and consultant services agreements;
  • Negotiation of consent decree with the United States Department of Justice in relation to the liability of the Department of Defense for contamination of a site in eastern Massachusetts caused by munitions manufacturing operations;
  • Counseling on compliance with new source performance standards at a Midwestern chemical production company; and Counseling on compliance with requirements of Clean Air Act Title V operating permits and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits at industrial facilities. Ms. Grachuk has lectured on the Massachusetts cleanup law and environmental risk insurance.

Ms. Grachuk has lectured on the Massachusetts cleanup law and environmental risk insurance.
Prior to joining Beveridge & Diamond, P.C. in 2004, Ms. Grachuk was an associate in the environmental department of a major law firm in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to that, Ms. Grachuk clerked at the Connecticut Supreme Court for former Chief Justice Ellen A. Peters.

Ms. Grachuk is admitted to the Massachusetts and District of Columbia bars. She received her J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School in 1995, and her B.A. from Wesleyan University in Environmental Science and Science in Society in 1991.


Paul D. Steinberg. P.E., LSP, Vice President of Mabbett & Associates, Inc., Promoted to Senior Vice President and General Manager

Posted May 20, 2008 by

Paul D. Steinberg. P.E., LSP, Vice President of Mabbett & Associates, Inc. (M&A) has been promoted to Senior Vice President (SVP) and General Manager (GM) of the firm. In announcing his promotion, Arthur N. Mabbett, President of M&A, indicated that “Paul has continued to distinguished himself as a most competent Professional Engineer, Licensed Site Professional and leader of the firm. As such, I am pleased to announce his promotion to Senior Vice President (SVP) and General Manager (GM). As SVP/GM, Paul will continue to be responsible for the day-to-day management and operation of the firm and its technical-project management, marketing and business development and human resource management activities. In particular, he will continue to lead the firm’s expansion into the Federal government-public sector as an Emerging Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business.”

Paul is a 1985 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a M.S. in Marketing and Technological Innovation. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Illinois and a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) in Massachusetts.

Founded in 1980, M&A is an award-winning firm and provides integrated multi-disciplinary consulting and engineering services in waste minimization/pollution prevention, site assessment and restoration, environmental pollution control and compliance, occupational safety and health, on-site services and training to industry, commercial enterprises and public agencies. M&A is also a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. For more information regarding M&A, visit the firm’s Website at www.mabbett.com.


Climate Change Think Tank Gains Esteemed National and State Government Speakers

Posted May 20, 2008 by

CLIMATE CHANGE THINK TANK GAINS ESTEEMED NATIONAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT SPEAKERS: Top State Official to Outline Patrick Administration “Clean Energy” Initiatives

Amherst, Mass. – 5/13/08: David Cash, Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), and Paul R. Brubaker, Administrator for the U.S. Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), have joined the roster of esteemed government, academic and business leaders speaking at the Climate Change Transport Think Tank on May 29 and 30, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Quixote Traffic, one of the largest traffic technology companies in the world, has generously agreed to sponsor the conference along with UMass departments and H3B Media, publisher of THINKING HIGHWAYS.

Cash, an aide to Secretary Ian Bowles, plans to outline some of the Patrick Administration’s “clean energy initiatives” as they relate to climate change and transportation, as well as discussing the role of state and federal interactions that relate to mitigating this problem.

And Brubaker will offer some introductory remarks and introduce Congressman John Olver, the keynote speaker, at lunch on May 29.  He is a major figure in the realm of transport technology research. The Think Tank has also gained speakers from the UMass Amherst College of Engineering and the regional Pioneer Valley Planning commission, based in West Springfield, Mass.

This program will address transportations apparent negative impact on our climate; the ways that climate change, in turn, poses serious problems for transportation infrastructure, particularly along coastal roadways, and the possible solutions.  Objectives, a complete speaker list and program registration information and sponsorship materials are posted at (www.h3bmedia.com/events.cfm) and  http://www.ecs.umass.edu/umtc/news.shtml. Attendees are starting to register, and they are coming from throughout New England and from varied fields. There will be a strong audience of professionals. Please alert readers that those planning to attend can feel free to email Kris Stetson (stetson@ecs.umass.edu) and let her know their name/contact information. They can follow with a check or registration form in the mail, or do that on the day.


Amy Zuckerman
Associate Editor, Thinking Highways North America
Think Tank Coordinator, H3B Media


“e” inc Participates in Medford’s 5th Annual River Day

Posted May 14, 2008 by

Continuing its whirlwind spring tour of schools and festivals, “e” inc will present “Marvelous Macros of the Mystic: How Bugs Tell the Story of Your River” during Medford’s 5th annual River Day celebrations on May 30th from 8:30am-1pm.  The festival occurs on the banks of the Mystic River near the Madeline Dugger Andrews Middle School.

This year’s theme is “The Mystic River: Past and Present”. “e” will deliver a workshop on what bugs can be found in the river and what they can say about the environmental health of the ecosystem. Students will learn how to catch and analyse bugs, make field guides and determine what can be done to improve the water quality of the Mystic.


“e” inc.’s New “Look Outside Your Window” Program Takes Wing!

Posted May 14, 2008 by

With the addition of 100 new, and very hungry pets, “e” inc.’s new curriculum, “Look Outside Your Window” has wiggled its way into the hearts of the after-school students at the John Chittick Elementary School.   Their new pets are earthworms, Red Wigglers to be precise, and the students are in charge of keeping them healthy and happy.   They make sure that their home is kept dark, slightly moist, and above all, that they are NEVER hungry.  They keep their pets satiated with food scraps, many of which are brought from the student’s home.

Initially, the worm bin was included to teach the students about nutrient recycling, but it has evolved into something much bigger.  It is a living model of how everything on earth, living or nonliving, is connected, including humans.  The choice to simply toss an apple core into the trash is now a serious offense, since the children recently discovered that it is a favorite snack of the Red Wiggler.  And it doesn’t end there!  These Red Wigglers are decomposers, and they are returning valuable nutrients from that apple core to the soil.  In a few short weeks the reconditioned soil will be used by the students in their garden, which, as you might have guessed, will start the cycle all over again.

“Look Outside Your Window” is the newest addition to the “e” inc. curricula.  It was created through monies donated by the Wallace Foundation and administered by the Boston After School and Beyond program.  Piloted at the Chittick School in Mattapan, “Look Outside Your Window” was created to expose and immerse students in their local ecosystem.  Because nature is in constant flux, this 10-week-per team program changes with the seasons.  With each new group that comes to the program, a new focal animal is introduced.  In the fall the students observed and recorded the behavior of the Grey Squirrel as it painstakingly prepared itself for winter. When the snow began to fall, the students turned their attention to several different species of local birds and learned how they adapt to the harsh realities of winter.  Come spring the students will focus on butterflies, rearing a local species from egg to adult.

Furthermore, our participants are learning that areas in their neighborhood are actually habitats for these animals, and they have been formulating and initiating action plans to improve them.  The second-graders organized a writing campaign to Mayor Menino asking for his help in creating a greener community.  The fourth- and fifth-graders are working diligently to enhance their school recycling program.  In addition, both groups have planted tree seeds and taken a pledge to keep their schoolyard clean.

letter to the Mayor

A letter recently sent to Boston Mayor Menino by a 2nd grader from Chittick Elementary School.

Ms. Courtney Forrester, the dynamic “e” inc. educator at the Chittick, has done a singular job of bringing this new curriculum to life.  The students are really involved in their action projects and work on them throughout the week.  As for the science portion, well, as Stephanie, a fifth-grader at Chittick put it, “I used to hate science.  It was so boring.  But now I love it!”