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Big Changes to Maine’s Reporting Requirements and PFAS Phase-Out

In April, Maine’s Governor Mills signed into law Public Law c. 630, An Act to Support Manufacturers Whose Products Contain...

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May 2024 RSL Updates: Key Changes and Implications for 1-Methylnaphthalene

The New Screening Levels The May 2024 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regional screening levels (RSLs) include more stringent screening...

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Adapting to Change: Navigating New Endangered Species Act Listings and Their Impact on Bay Area Projects

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing three species under the Endangered Species Act, impacting public and private...

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What Lies Beneath: Exercising Caution when Repurposing Data in Environmental Analytics

We live in a world where data can be easily accessed through public organizations, publications, subscription-based services, and artificial intelligence...

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Demystifying PFAS Reporting: Navigating EPA’s TSCA Section 8(a)(7) Requirements

In December 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to add section 8(a)(7)...

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Dredged Material Management Sampling: Considerations for Maintenance Dredging at a Yacht Club on the Lower Duwamish Waterway

When dredging is part of a remediation or maintenance project, managing the dredged material can be expensive and time-consuming. The...

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Floating Offshore Wind: Overcoming Seafloor Challenges

As the world continues the path of decarbonization and renewable energy transformation, the need for additional offshore wind facilities to...

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Environmental Justice State Compendium

Integral Consulting Inc. has released version 3.0 of the state-by-state environmental justice compendium to help those interested in related issues...

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PFAS at Contaminated Sediment Sites: Evolving Technical, Regulatory, and Legal Priorities

Contaminated sediment sites are among the country’s most complex and expensive sites to characterize and remediate. As per- and polyfluoroalkyl...

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Using Accurate Sample Elevations to Characterize Sediment Conditions with 3-Dimensional Modeling

Why Recording Vertical Location in Elevation Is Preferable to Depth Introduction Contaminated sediment sites are complex systems with spatially and...

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Evaluating Groundwater Conveyance of Point Source Pollution to a Navigable Water as Functionally Equivalent to Direct Discharge

This white paper describes key scientific and policy processes in developing approaches for assessing functional equivalency by state and local...

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Deep Decarbonization of Glassmaking

Originally published in The American Ceramic Society’s May 2023 ACerS Bulletin. https://ceramics.org. At the end of the day, many like...

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Natural Protection Against Sea Level Rise

The California coast has been jolted by coastal flooding and damage caused by unprecedented rains, wind, high tides, and waves...

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Bioremediation and Phytoremediation of an Oil-Contaminated Salt Marsh in South Louisiana

Other contributors: Coklin Nguyen (coklin.nguyen@encos.net) (ENCOS, Inc., Baton Rouge, LA, USA), Chris Sanfilippo (CSanfilippo@txpetinv.com) (Texas Petroleum Investment Co., Lafayette, LA,...

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The Intersection of Risk Assessment, Risk Communication, and Environmental Justice

At first glance, the practice of risk assessment and the topic of environmental justice (EJ)1 seem at odds. The goal...

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Offshore Wind Development News: BOEM Site Assessment and Construction and Operations Phase

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Site Assessment, Construction, and Operations Plans The Inflation Reduction Act provides a tremendous boost to...

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EPA Revs Up ProUCL: How Will Your Site Be Affected?

Many people use statistics to summarize more recent data in hopes of understanding past activities, but as a formally trained...

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Following EPA’s PFAS Roadmap to Human Health Ambient Water Quality Criteria

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a synthetic class of chemicals comprising thousands of fluorinated compounds used in a myriad...

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Integral Uses EPA’s Scribe to Streamline Data Collection

Under typical sampling scenarios, key sample identification information is handwritten in multiple places: on sample labels and containers, in field...

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EMF Risks from Offshore Wind: A Complete Understanding

All electrical conductors generate electric and magnetic fields (EMF), and submarine cables carrying electricity from offshore wind (OSW) farms are...

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Harnessing the Wind—Risk and Reward Issues with Renewable Energy

The signing of the Inflation Reduction Act on August 16 signaled commitment by the federal government to provide investment security...