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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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Suzanne Pisano and Jeni Pisani Present on EHS Compliance Managerial Transition at NNECERAPPA

April 10, 2018

On March 15, 2018, GeoInsight Compliance Director, Suzanne Pisano and Senior Compliance Project Manager, Jeni Pisani presented on Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Compliance Transitional Crisis: Ideas and Tools for Managing Change to Maintain EHS Compliance to facility managers and directors at the Northern New England Chapter of the Eastern Region of Association of Physical Plant Administrators (NNECERAPPA) spring conference.

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LSPs and MCPs: GeoInsight Presents on MCP Basics at the Boston Bar Association

March 28, 2018

GeoInsight Licensed Site Professional (LSP) expert, Kevin Trainer, was honored to participate in the Boston Bar Association’s (BBA) “Friday Fundamentals” series to educate the next generation of up-and-coming attorneys. Kevin joined Jeanine Grachuk, L.G. of Beveridge & Diamond PC and Paul Locke of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to present on the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (310 CMR 40.0000 et seq.) or “MCP.”

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Commercial Property Acquisitions and PFAS Risk

March 20, 2018

Commercial Property Acquisitions and PFAS Risk: Recommendations for acquiring commercial properties and avoiding risks with evolving regulatory landscape of PFAS

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Compliance Tier II Reports Due March 1 2018

January 26, 2018

Reminder: Compliance Tier II Reports Due March 1 It’s that time of the year to start reviewing your chemical inventory storage for calendar year 2017. March 1st comes quickly, and it takes time to collect, review, and organize the inventory data to complete accurate and timely Tier II submissions. This reporting season has a new requirement of reporting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) data that will replace the existing hazard reporting information.

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GeoInsight, Inc. Environmental Compliance Experts Suzanne Pisano and Jennifer Pisani Present on Environmental Risk Management at MFAA Fall Conference

December 11, 2017

GeoInsight’s Environmental Compliance Experts Suzanne Pisano and Jennifer Pisani presented at the Massachusetts Facility Administration Association (MFAA) Fall Conference held on October 17-19, 2017.  Their presentation titled “Understanding and Managing your Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Risks for Massachusetts Municipal Facilities,” gave attendees an overview of the types of municipal facilities that are at risk and typical EHS hazards that often get overlooked.  The discussion also included the following.

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GeoInsight Senior Hydrologist, David Maclean Presents Updates on Emerging Contaminants to GSRWA

November 27, 2017

With news regarding perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) appearing almost daily and following the crisis with the Flint Michigan lead impacts, water customers are becoming increasingly concerned and educated regarding the quality of drinking water. This combination of distrust in water regulatory agencies and rise in social media sharing is putting water superintendents in the spotlight by the press. At the 2017 Operator’s Field Day and Exhibit Show, hosted by Granite State Rural Water Association (GSRWA), GeoInsight’s Senior Hydrologist and Director of Water Supply, David Maclean, presented on the rapidly evolving topic of emerging contaminants like PFCs and reviewed risk communication strategies that water suppliers can use when responding to water quality issues.

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The 20th Anniversary of GeoInsight’'s Annual Golf Outing Raises $2,750 for Merrimack Valley Charity

October 16, 2017

GeoInsight recently hosted the 20th anniversary of our annual charity golf tournament at the Wachusett Country Club. We look forward to this event every year, as it’s a day of fun filled with golf, good food and prizes that we get to share with some of our favorite clients. We dearly appreciate our long-lasting client relationships, so it means a lot for us to share some time on the fairways and greens together. This event is both a celebration of the dynamic company culture and a means to bring together members of our community in support of a local New England charity.

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Brownfield 2018 Funding Deadline Approaches: Get your applications ready!

September 27, 2017

When a property has been impacted by environmental hazards, the cost to effectively manage those liabilities can be daunting. That’s where Brownfields funding can make an impact in turning these challenged sites into thriving community assets. Brownfields is a federal grant program coordinated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), where, applicants can apply for grant or loan monies for hazardous substances and/or petroleum assessment or cleanup funding. The deadline for this year’s funding applications is swiftly approaching (November 16). Here are some quick tips on where you can get started.

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Beware of Misleading Data in Recent Tap Water Quality Database

August 2, 2017

Water Supply Experts at GeoInsight respond to misleading data in recent water quality database released by Environmental Working Group.

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Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Reports Deadline Reminder

May 19, 2017

Compliance reminder that TRI Reports are due July 1, 2017. GeoInsight offers assistance in meeting this requirement in the states of MA, NH, CT, ME, RI, VT. Call 1-800-217-1953 for more information.

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