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At Apex, everyone’s insights and experiences matter. Our vast array of scientists, engineers, technical staff, and company leaders, are dedicated to our clients and communities, and we are committed to sharing our insights and experiences. Whether it’s recommendations on how to adjust to regulatory and legislative changes or lessons learned on the job site, you can expect our talented staff to routinely share their knowledge.

As a leading national energy, water resources, and environmental consulting and engineering firm, our blog aims to educate, encourage thought-provoking discussions, and promote advancement in the industries in which we do business.

 

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:

  1. When did the release occur?
  2. How many releases occurred?
  3. Did anyone else contribute?
  4. How much of the cost should the other party have to pay?

As environmental professionals, we often focus on legal and regulatory environmental requirements. However, many organizations have an environmental management system (EMS) based on voluntary international standards to help manage environmental performance beyond legal requirements. More often than not, the EMS runs in parallel or is integrated with other management systems such as a quality or occupational health & safety management system.

With new and ever changing regulations from agencies like the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), managing the natural and cultural resources aspect of midstream pipeline projects has become a complex and often confusing process to follow for many Oil and Gas companies. Apex was recently challenged to develop a turnkey system for managing a significant portion of the overall natural and cultural resources program for a large midstream firm.

We have all heard the jokes like "How many engineers/lawyers/bureaucrats etc. does it take to change a light bulb." The basic premise is that the task is very simple, and rather than following the straightforward approach, these professionals overcomplicate the process. The purpose of a public notice is simply to inform the public that a permit has been applied for and is undergoing review, or that the final permit is about to be issued. There are public notices for many kinds of permits, water discharge permits, air permits and hazardous waste facility permits, but they all have the same purpose.

Guest blog by Matthew Phillips Aquatic Biologist & Environmental Scientist SOLitude Lake Management

Pond algae and algae blooms are probably the most common recurring problem for ponds and lakes. Sometimes it seems that they appear out of nowhere, especially as the temperatures begin to rise. Eliminating and preventing an algae bloom can seem like an impossible task and can be very frustrating. Sometimes, they seem to keep reappearing no matter what action is taken. Treating and preventing algae blooms can be a daunting experience, however, there are several ways to reduce the frequency and severity of an algae bloom.

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