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As you may know, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued two standards—one for general and maritime industries, and the other for construction—to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica which can cause an incurable, often fatal lung disease.
When it comes to emergency or disaster response, speed, safety, and effectiveness are simply non-negotiable. Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs) or drones deliver those results exponentially. From addressing natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding and tornados to oil and gas and other hazardous materials releases, drones provide high resolution imagery with precise data that can only be collected by an airborne system in real time—all at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.
Many companies don’t have a formalized approach to addressing environmental risk. Do you? Are you among the many businesses that react to the most pressing concerns of the day instead of proactively managing environment issues? If so, you might find yourself paying financial penalties and high costs to remedy problems while jeopardizing your company’s image and reputation.
Although hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) often occurs thousands of feet below the deepest aquifers, many claim that it impacts the quality of the local water supply. The EPA, in its draft study, Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources, stated that “hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systematic impacts to drinking water resources.”
An often overlooked area of environmental concern is odor. Odors, and living with odors, are typically associated with paper mills, landfills, some manufacturing and confined animal feeding operations (CAFO). Although not commonly thought of, odors can be a real concern for people living in an odor's footprint.
Environmental Forensics is the use of scientific data analysis to answer questions about causation. When the cause of a release is unknown, common questions our clients ask are: