Environmental

Understanding the 2017 Nationwide Permits Before It’s Too Late

by Sarah Soard February 13, 2017

Changes to the Nationwide Permit Program go into effect soon, intended to reduce cost and time associated with obtaining project approval. Property owners, project developers and site managers should be aware of how the streamlined process will work. On Jan. 6, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) reissued 50 nationwide permits (NWP), along […]

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Preparing for the EPA’S 2017 Construction General Permit

by Lauren Gates February 1, 2017

As part of the Clean Water Act’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, the EPA’s 2012 Construction General Permit (CGP) — which authorizes stormwater discharges from construction activities — will expire on Feb. 16, 2017. Taking its place on that same day is the 2017 CGP, which will require compliance with effluent limits and other permit […]

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Endangered Status for the Rusty Patched Bumblebee

by Josiah Maine January 11, 2017

Following the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) ruling on Jan. 10, the rusty patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis) has officially become the first bee species in the continental United States listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Analysis of the rusty patched bumblebee’s abundance, distribution and resiliency by the USFWS indicates that […]

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PFAS Do’s and Don’ts

by Raghu Arora November 2, 2016

Given the ubiquitous nature of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), the materials and methods that have been historically used to conduct environmental investigations may result in cross-contamination and false positives when collecting samples for PFAS — opening your project up to scrutiny, potentially bringing your data into question and increasing overall project costs. At Burns […]

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Final Ruling Passed to Protect the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake

by Brian Roh October 27, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently announced its final rule to elevate the status of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus) to a threatened species under the protection of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Due to a declining population, this species has been a candidate for listing since 1999. The final rule, which […]

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