Cooling Tower and Evaporative Coolers Issues – What You Need to Know about Legionella Compliance in New York State

Legionnaire Pontiac Fever

Legionnaire’s Disease is Preventable Recent outbreaks of Legionellosis (Legionnaire’s disease) have been traced to the uncontrolled release of Legionella Bacteria in mists generated from operational cooling towers and evaporative coolers (cooling units). Respiring or breathing in this bacteria can result in a pneumonia-like infection of the lungs which can prove fatal for people with compromised… Read More

So, You Bought A Brownfield. Now What?

Polluted Property Development

Brownfield Redevelopment What did I buy? Hundreds of thousands of brownfields are located across the county. Brownfields are properties formerly utilized for commercial, industrial, or manufacturing purposes that have resulted in an environmental impact to the Site. According to the EPA, a Brownfield Property is a “site, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may… Read More

Concrete Pouring: Good Practices

Concrete Slump Test

Guide to Proper Concrete Installation Avoid Cold-Weather Pours With the onset of springtime and warmer weather comes a dramatic increase in outdoor construction work.  Concrete work is widespread in the construction world, whether concrete is used as a platform for equipment, a pedestrian walkway, road curbing, to encase a buried pipe, or any other purpose. … Read More

Submit MS4 Annual Reports by June 1st

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems

The State’s Push for Clean Water  Background The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) regulates stormwater discharge from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) in the New York metropolitan area and other urban and designated areas in the State. In an attempt to improve the stormwater management practices and protect surface water bodies… Read More

Dry Cleaners Regulatory Update – 6 NYCRR Part 232

The Environmental Impact of Dry Cleaners Historically, dry cleaning facilities have been hotbeds for subsurface contamination due to the solvents used in the dry cleaning process.  Chlorinated solvents are the chemicals most associated with dry cleaners and their environmental impact, namely perchloroethylene (PCE, or “perc”) and trichloroethylene (TCE).  Living near a former or current dry… Read More