Pre-Purchase Due Diligence: Are you adequately screening for Business Environmental Risks along with your standard Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?

Pre-Purchase Due Diligence: Are you adequately screening for Business Environmental Risks along with your standard Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?

You’ve probably been through a Phase I with an environmental consultant before, and while it seems like a straightforward process, there are additional Business Environmental Risks (BER) that most property purchasers want to consider.

A BER is defined in ASTM 1527:13 as “a risk which can have a material environmental or environmentally-driven impact on the business associated with the current or planned use of commercial real estate.”

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With TRI Data Facing Increased Scrutiny, Companies Should Consider an Audit to Ensure Compliance

With TRI Data Facing Increased Scrutiny, Companies Should Consider an Audit to Ensure Compliance

The EPA’s Office of Inspector General (IG) recently issued a management alert related to inaccuracies in EPA’s publicly-available toxic substance release data. The IG discovered discrepancies between EPA’s public data and the internal data that the agency submitted to the IG related to the total number of pounds of toxic chemicals released between 2013 and 2017.

EPA collects data on toxic substance releases in part through the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program, through which industrial facilities report on their emissions and releases of chemicals and other hazardous substances.

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Washington is Cracking Down on Respirable Silica Exposure. Is Your Company Prepared?

Washington is Cracking Down on Respirable Silica Exposure. Is Your Company Prepared?

In April 2018, Washington State adopted a rule that further regulates employee exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS), following OSHA’s publication of a similar—but less stringent—rule in 2016. Washington’s rule went into effect for the construction industry in October 2018 and will go into effect for occupations outside of construction on July 1, 2019.

Many companies are familiar with OSHA’s version of these rules and the general issues surrounding employee exposure to RCS. But with tighter regulation looming in Washington, here’s what you should know.

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SoundEarth Hosts First South Sound Forum; Summary of Dangerous Waste and Community Right-to-Know Reporting

SoundEarth Hosts First South Sound Forum; Summary of Dangerous Waste and Community Right-to-Know Reporting

Last Friday, SoundEarth hosted its first-ever South Sound Environmental Managers Forum in Tacoma. The idea behind this series of monthly events is to provide not only short, timely presentations on topics that affect environmental managers and their facilities, but also a place where they can share advice, ideas, concerns, and solutions with their peers away from the facility.

For our first round, we talked about Dangerous Waste and Community Right-to-Know Reporting. Here’s a peak at what we covered:

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