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11 Tips to Avoid a Residential Oil Spill

December 21, 2018

Many homeowners are unaware of what their liability includes in owning an Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) to store their heating oil. Of course this only comes up when fuel tanks or lines rupture. At GeoInsight, we see ruptures all winter long and will work with the oil distributors, insurance companies, and homeowners to reach a fair determination of the cause and origin of the spill.

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Emergency Oil Spill Response from a Routine Heating Oil Delivery

November 27, 2018

Oil Distribution: Tips and Lessons Learned from Mattapan, MA As winter has abruptly settled into New England, homeowners are now filling up their heating oil tanks, possibly for the first time this season. This might seem like another routine annual service, but all parties involved-homeowners, oil distributors, and insurers should remember that after a few months of dormancy, fill and vent lines can become clogged and corrosion can weaken both tanks and fuel lines.

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GeoInsight Provides Geotechnical Services for SNHU New Parking Garage

November 8, 2018

Rising Above: Supporting Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU)’s New Millyard Parking Garage Few things are as impressive and exciting as watching long-undeveloped land undergo construction. The new Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) parking garage in the historic Millyard of Manchester, New Hampshire, is no exception. GeoInsight is proud to help our client, Lansing Melbourne Group, address the parking needs of SNHU as they begin to fill in their new space off Commercial Street along the Merrimack River.

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The One Water Initiative and a Call for Consensus Building by Dave Maclean

October 23, 2018

Water Regulatory Updates By GeoInsight's Water Supply Expert, Dave Maclean Earlier this month, Dave had the pleasure of working with the New England Water Works Association’s Water Conservation, Sustainability, and Water Resources Committees on a symposium focusing on holistic water management and the US Water Alliance’s One Water Plan. Read more about Dave's experience.

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GeoInsight's Annual Golf Outing Raises $1,500 for Connecticut Charity

October 15, 2018

GeoInsight hosted its annual charity golf tournament at the Wachusett Country Club on September 13, 2018. After celebrating the 20th anniversary of this event last year, we were excited for yet another to get out onto the links and enjoy a fun-filled day of friendly competition paired with excellent refreshments and prizes.Attendees donated various items to help Oak Hill, from paint brushes to acrylic paints, markers to colored pencils, drawing paper to air dry clay. Along with all of the items donated, we raised $1,500 in support of Oak Hill and its charitable mission.

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Source Registration (SR) and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reporting Updates

September 5, 2018

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has provided recent updates regarding Source Registration (SR) reporting—including those for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions—and web forms. At this time, the MassDEP has made new SR and GHG web forms available for the 2016 time period. Due to delays in web form availability, MassDEP is accepting SR-only, GHG-only, or combined SR/GHG emissions reports only for 2016, not for 2017.

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NHDES announces Ambient Groundwater Quality Standard changes effective September 1, 2018

August 28, 2018

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) has announced changes to its Ambient Groundwater Quality Standards (AGQS), effective September 1, 2018.  Some of the standards are increased while others are lowered. Not all of these chemicals are often detected at sites, but there are a few changes that will impact activities ranging from real estate due diligence to monitoring remediation results at New Hampshire sites, in particular for naphthalene, 1,4-dioxane, and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).

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John Hinckley and Barbara Dorfschmidt Present Considerations for Air Permitting Planning at NHBIA’s Air & Water Regulatory Conference

July 19, 2018

GeoInsight’s Air Compliance Specialist, John Hinckley, and NHDES’s Operating Permits Program Manager, Barbara Dorfschmidt, presented at the recent New Hampshire Business and Industry Association’s (NHBIA) Air & Water Regulatory Conference. The presentation, If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now: Important Considerations for the Air Quality Permitting Process, addressed recommendations of what project developers can consider early in the planning process to minimize the risk of unanticipated project costs and delays.

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GeoInsight Welcomes New Talent Across New England

May 31, 2018

Our clients tell us that GeoInsight is well known for its technical expertise and the quality of our work.  We couldn’t earn that reputation without our talented staff.  Every individual in our company brings their unique mixture of analytical skills, regulatory knowledge, and dedication to quality work when building strong, honest, and respectful relationships.  This past year, we have seen tremendous growth adding five team members across our New England offices with varying skill levels and expertise.  We are proud to present these new faces and confident they will earn our clients’ trust.

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GeoInsight’s Air Quality Expert, John Hinckley, Presents at NHBIA and A&WMA and more

May 24, 2018

John Hinckley is the newest Air Compliance Specialist at GeoInsight.  He joins our team with 20+ years of permitting, modeling, management, and public speaking experience, specializing in air permitting and modeling for the education forest products, agriculture, manufacturing, mining, transportation, and ski area sectors. Aside from the nearly 400 air quality projects from Maine to Alaska he’s worked on with 200+ clients, he is also a dynamic member of the air quality industry, authoring articles like Air Quality Permitting for Anaerobic Digesters for the leading technical journal BioCycle, and regularly performing presentations and talks at industries top conferences.

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5 Things you need to know for 2018 TRI Reporting

May 23, 2018

TRI reports are due by July 1 of each year Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Reports contain information about how chemicals are treated, recycled, or otherwise disposed of by facilities. These reports are required by the USEPA under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Section 313, to help communities plan for chemical emergencies. Typically, it requires reporting on the storage, use and releases of hazardous substances to federal, state, and local governments. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) collects the data and then makes this information available to the public through the TRI. As with every year, there are a few nuances to filing these reports.

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2018 TURA Guide and Resources

May 14, 2018

Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Reports are due July 1st and contains information about how chemicals are treated, recycled, or otherwise disposed of by facilities who trigger reporting criteria.  This program is regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) Section 313 guidelines to track the management of specific toxic chemicals that may pose a threat to human health and the environment. Businesses in Massachusetts are subject to more stringent reporting and chemical management planning under the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA). Here are some resources to get you ready for the 2018 TURA report and plan development.

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GeoInsight’s Andrea Kenter working with the New Hampshire Drinking Water & Groundwater Trust Fund

May 10, 2018

The New Hampshire Drinking Water & Groundwater Trust Fund (DWGTF) has been gearing up to build the proper system to share the $270 million funds provided to the state of New Hampshire through litigation with Exxon Mobil over the use of Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MtBE). This fund aims to assist applicants including, but not limited to, water systems and land preservation groups with the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the drinking water and groundwater resources of the state. DWGTF distribution is being coordinated by the Advisory Commission, comprised of state agencies, members of the House of Representatives and Senate, municipal officials, and members of the public, including GeoInsight's Senior Hydrologist Andrea Kenter.

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5 Tips for a Successful New Hampshire Drinking Water & Groundwater Trust Fund Application

May 9, 2018

5 Tips for a Successful New Hampshire Drinking Water & Groundwater Trust Fund Application. Approximately, $50 million in loans and grants will be available this year for infrastructure projects and $5 million will be available for land conservation and source protection. Pre-applications are due June 15th, so now is the time to start planning your application.

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Dave Maclean and Dave Harwood Present at NEWWA on Replacement Well Installation

April 23, 2018

At this year's New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) Spring Conference and Expo, GeoInsight's Director of Water Supply, Dave Maclean and Senior Hydrogeologist, Dave Harwood presented on Complications and Solutions Associated with Replacement Well Installation from the project recently completed for the North Conway Water Precinct (NCWP) to a large audience during the groundwater education section.

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