Regulations

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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It Doesn’t Matter Who Is President; Shutdowns Are Inevitable

by Jeff Kopp January 23, 2017

What is the future of the Clean Power Plan? This is one of the industry’s biggest concerns as Donald Trump settles in as the 45th president of the United States. Many are speculating whether Trump will uphold the plan, actively work to undo it, not fight to uphold it in court or simply not enforce […]

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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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