Networking 101 – it’s who you know

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Come join the RMA Los Angeles Chapter Young Professional for Networking 101. Learn tips from a nationally recognized sales coach on networking, then put those skills to use that night. This event is great for all career levels and networking experience.

A presentation by an industry professional begins at 6:00, followed by a lively networking hour. Your registraion includes drink ticket and appetizers. Join this wonderful event!

Registration is $25. Pay via PayPal here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=25TEZPAYFKZWJ

WHEN
Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT) Add to Calendar
WHERE
Bonaventure Brewing Co. – 404 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Exide’s contamination cleanup

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Interesting story related to the Exide’s Battery Plant just south of Los Angeles and how they are managing the cleanup of contamination. This is a great example of why not all remediation plans and closure letters are the same.

http://www.scpr.org/news/2015/09/08/54215/exide-cleaned-up-yards-but-not-parkways-in-contami/

Sometimes the bare minimum is done, and not all contamination is taken care of. How does this affect those around the contamination?

Acer Environmental – Peace of Mind

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Beyond the known benefits of a Phase I Environmental Report, Acer Environmental provides additional benefits and solutions.

Peace of Mind:

  • The report gets done on time. You don’t have to follow up or check in, it’s just one less item on your checklist you have to worry about.
  • The report is completed correctly.
  • We provide fair and reasonable quotes: we don’t lowball the quote and charge you more later on, but we don’t overcharge for work you don’t need.

Contact us to see how we can help you on your next environmental report.

Visit our website (www.acerenv.com) for more information.

Acer Environmental provides additional benefits

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Beyond the known benefits of a Phase I Environmental Report, Acer Environmental provides additional benefits and solutions.  We educate you about environmental items, we make it easy to order, provide piece of mind, trust and provide the environmental services you need to make the best decision on your deals.

Contact us to see how we can help you on your next environmental report.

Visit our website (www.acerenv.com) for more information.

EPA Barred From Getting Advice From Scientists

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A bill passed through the US House of Representatives is designed to prevent qualified, independent scientists from advising the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They will be replaced with industry affiliated choices, who may or may not have relevant scientific expertise, but whose paychecks benefit from telling the EPA what their employers want to hear.

Rest of the story here: http://www.iflscience.com/environment/epa-barred-getting-advice-scientists

AT&T to pay California $52 million in hazardous waste disposal settlement

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(Reuters) – AT&T Inc (T.N) will pay $52 million in civil penalties and environmental compliance as part of a settlement with California over illegal dumping of hazardous waste but won’t be required to clean up the resulting contamination…

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/21/us-usa-at-t-california-idUSKCN0J50AG20141121

Phase II – Part 5: Groundwater

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The biggest issues found on contaminated properties is when groundwater is encounters at shallow depths. If contamination is found only in soil, it’s typically easier to handle or clean up. If contamination gets into the Groundwater, it can spread quicker and much further, possibly effecting other properties.

Contact us if you have questions about groundwater depth in a certain area.

Contact us to see how we can help you on your next environmental report.

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Phase II – Part 4

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Potential contamination typically caused by Dry Cleaners or Metal Plating facilities occur near the surface. A typical Phase II will drill down 5 to 10 feet below the surface to look for contamination. Whereas potential contamination from Gas Stations, Auto Repair or properties with Clarifiers have to go down to at least 15 feet (the bottom of Underground Storage Tank or Clarifier), and in some cases down to 30 feet.

Depending on what is being sampled, it can cost as much as $200 per soil sample. The deeper we have to drill, the longer it takes, the more soil samples have to be collected, the higher the cost.

Contact us to see how we can help you on your next environmental report.

Visit our website (www.acerenv.com) for more information.

Phase II – Part 3

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Phase II Reports are the only clear way to absolutely confirm if contamination exists at a property. This is why some lenders require Phase II’s be completed for all properties with dry cleaners older than 5 years. Soil testing will confirm if contamination exists, where it came from and how much may be there.

Typical Phase II’s don’t cost more than 2.5% of the value of the property, whereas the cost to clean up contamination can be equal to the value of the property in some cases. Most people buy property as an investment, so ensuring contamination doesn’t ruin that investment is important.

Contact us to see how we can help you on your next environmental report.

Visit our website (www.acerenv.com) to see how we help you with your environmental items.

Phase II Soil Testing – Part 2

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Potential reasons why a Phase II recommendation occurs:

  • Automotive wrecking or salvage yard
  • Drycleaners, gas stations, printed circuit board manufacturing, metal plating operations, industrial manufacturing, pharmaceutical industry, electronic manufacturing, large scale press/photo-processing, lithographic, etc.
  • When previous phase II was inadequately conducted
  • Metal fabrication/plating/coating/degreasing (particularly when chlorinated organic solvents are used)
  • Machine shop (particularly when groundwater depth is shallow and if there are subsurface features such as sumps, clarifiers, oil/water separators, etc.)
  • Any type of industrial manufacturing with regulatory agency violation, operation over 10 years
  • Any significant data-gap
  • Automotive repair (risk is elevated with longtime operation, septic tank, in-ground hydraulic hoists with shallow groundwater, sumps, clarifiers)
  • Industrial sites with private water wells and/or septic tanks
  • Unaccounted historical USTs and fuel dispensers – Geophysical Survey needed as well as phase II
  • Groundwater testing and sampling needed – when depth to water is shallow
  • Unpaved lots with limited knowledge on historical/current site use
  • Sites where chemical substances or hazardous wastes are handled in significant quantity – need very strong evidence/rationale to avoid phase II recommendation
  • Offsite (gas station, drycleaners, industrial manufacturing, etc.) environmental concern with suspected plume encroaching the subject site – vapor intrusion potential
  • Sites within NPL with known industrial use onsite
  • Industrial properties using chemical/petroleum products or generates hazardous wastes, but limited information is available on how chemical substances were handled or managed
  • Sites with very shallow groundwater (5-15 feet) and potential point sources of unauthorized release
  • Sumps, drains and clarifiers for industrial operation

 

If you are aware of the potential reasons at the start, you can better prepare your client and set an expectation to handle the issues.

Contact us to see how we can help you on your next environmental report, or answer questions for you.

Visit our website (www.acerenv.com) for more information.