W&M Environmental Group, Inc. (W&M) performed a limited radiation survey consisting of a field survey and soil sampling at a metal scrap yard located in the Permian Basin in west Texas.
W&M Environmental completed the removal of over 36,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil from a property located ½ mile from downtown Houston. The former industrial site, encompassed 136 acres which is now available for residential and commercial development.
Chlorinated solvents such as trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) have been widely used as industrial solvents. Remediation of cVOCs has become one of industry’s most widespread and costly environmental impacts. Various techniques have been employed over the last 30 years to remediate groundwater containing cVOCs, with varying success. Effective remedial technologies used in recent years include biostimulation of impacted groundwater by supplying electron donors to enhance the natural process of reductive dechlorination by indigenous bacterial species such as Dehalococcoides and Dehalobacter.
Now until November 5, Texans are heading to the polls to vote on several constitutional amendments, one is Proposition 6. The League of Women Voters of Texas has put together some useful information to help Texans make their decisions. The following is from their Voting Guide.
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) develops a state water plan based on information from each of 16 regional water planning groups. Existing state funding relies primarily on issuance of general obligation bonds, legislative appropriations, and federal grants that finance loans to local and regional water suppliers. In November 2011, voters approved a constitutional amendment that authorized the TWDB to issue additional general obligation bonds not to exceed $6 billion at any time.
Diana Rader, a Senior Consultant of W&M Environmental Group, along with Ben Rhem of Jackson Walker, delivered a presentation at the Texas Ag Industries Association Regional Meeting on October 8, 2013.
The presentation, "Regulatory Compliance after the West Fertilizer Explosion" provided a review of impending changes to the regulation of chemical facilities in light of the accident in West, Texas, as well as a review of existing regulations. Diana, along with Ben Rhem, of Jackson Walker, also addressed issues regarding the Texas Environmental, Health, and Safety Audit Privilege Act.
An industrial client contacted W&M to help resolve a petroleum storage tank (PST) discrepancy. During the course of a large-scale cleanup of metal-contaminated soil under the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP), the client had been notified by TCEQ that a release determination involving a diesel tank in 2005 was incomplete since the piping had not been removed. This incomplete release determination had the potential of holding up a VCP certificate of completion for several months. Furthermore, it was found that two unrelated PST removals at the site had been linked together in TCEQ's database, further complicating the VCP closure process.
Jim Smith from Porter & Hedges law firm will be a guest instructor at the upcoming Hazardous Waste Management Training at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston, TX on October 8, 2013.
W&M recently provided indoor air quality assessment and testing services for a retail establishment after employees noticed an odor and began experiencing respiratory irritation.
A private client of W&M received a resolution of support from the City of Lubbock, TX for a Municipal Setting Designation (MSD) to restrict groundwater use at an industrial property located in Lubbock.