W&M Closes Coolant Spill Project

W&M provides environmental services, including spill and emergency response services for the Client. In May 2017, the Client contracted W&M to assist with the assessment and remediation of a coolant discharge that occurred at their manufacturing facility in Houston, Texas.  The Client’s objective was to remove all impacted on-Site soil and remediate and restore the adjacent drainage ditch efficiently and effectively.  W&M assisted the Client with the development of a Sampling Analysis Plan (SAP) that would meet the requirements of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the City of Houston (COH) Stormwater Quality Enforcement Section.

W&M Closes Contaminated Houston Site Through MSD

W&M conducted a soil removal response action for a contaminated property and detected total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH) in the C12-C28 boiling point range at concentrations in exceedance of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) residential assessment level (RAL).

June Employee Spotlight: Darrell Oman

  Tell us a bit about yourself: I was born in Ironwood, Michigan, and grew up on a family homestead on Lake Superior. My family has been at that location since 1904 (there’s a creek that flows into Lake Superior named after my family). A true Yooper. I graduated in 1982 from Michigan Technological University with a B.S. in Mining Engineering, spent a couple of college summers working for the U.S. Bureau of Mines in the Twin Cities Research Center and started in the Environmental Consulting industry with Twin City Testing Corporation in 1984. Over the years, I worked for several other national and regional environmental, engineering, and consulting firms (many of which W&M and BIC consultants have worked at) and practiced as an independent consultant for several years. I entered the healthcare industry in early 2008 at Stericycle, Inc., and quickly transitioned to be their lead externally facing EH&S
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W&M Closes Industrial Wastewater Releases at Central Texas Facility

W&M completed a soil removal Response Action at two former wastewater sump locations at the Client Facility.  During affected property assessment activities, surface soil at two Areas of Concern and were found to contain metals (arsenic, cadmium, copper, and/or silver) at concentrations exceeding the critical protective concentration level (PCL) for residential use.  Because of building renovation plans at the Facility, the Client opted to proceed with a soil Response Action, via a Self-Implementation Notice (SIN), prior to submittal of the Affected Property Assessment Report (APAR).  With a TCEQ-approved Class 3 groundwater designation, critical PCLs for the metals of concern were established as equal to the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) Tier 1 residential total soil combined (TotSoilComb) PCLs for a 0.5-acre source area.

W&M Participates in Earth Month Events for TCCD

W&M was invited by Tarrant County College District (TCCD) to host a booth at each campus for their four Earth Month events throughout April to educate students about stormwater pollution prevention. Small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), such as those located at colleges or universities located in urbanized areas, must apply for a permit and develop/implement a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP). W&M has worked with TCCD’s Division of Environmental Management over the past 10 years to write their Stormwater Management Program. For TCCD’s Earth Day, Spring Fest, International Spring Fest, and Arbor Day events, W&M’s Lori Siegelman, Ava Lindstrom, and Lydia Gross educated students on the causes and effects of stormwater pollution. They notified students on how to alert the TCCD Division of Environmental Management if students see potential stormwater pollutants on campus and provided insight on preventing stormwater pollution in their own residential neighborhood. The W&M booth was
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April Employee Spotlight: Savannah Killion

Meet Savannah Killion, another invaluable environmental scientist we’re grateful to have on board! Where are you from? I am from The Woodlands, TX! Where did you graduate from and what was your area of study? I graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Bioenvironmental Sciences in May 2018. What is your role at W&M? I am an Environmental Scientist and I work mostly in Environmental Compliance for W&M. I assist Project Managers in developing plans to help our clients comply with federal, state, and local laws and regulations. How would you describe your team in three words? Diverse, friendly, and hard working. The compliance team is pretty spread out geographically which leads to fun projects and diverse clientele. What has been your favorite project so far? My favorite project was the first SWP3 I worked on for a cement company.  Walking around the site tracking stormwater flow was
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W&M obtains MSD and VCP Closure for Laboratory Property

W&M obtained a Certificate of Completion through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) at a groundwater contamination site which required risk-based assessment of soil, groundwater, surface water, sediment, and soil vapor; chemical and biological groundwater remediation; and a restriction on potable groundwater use through a Municipal Setting Designation (MSD).

March Employee Spotlight: Jeremiah Roy

Meet our March Employee Spotlight and first-rate Environmental Scientist, Jeremiah Roy! Where are you from and what was your area of study as an undergrad? I was born and raised in Groves, Texas near the Gulf Coast. I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Geography, with a focus in Earth Science & Geographic Information Systems (GIS). What led you to pursue a career in Environmental Science? My love of the great outdoors and working closely with professors at UT whose research and mentorship inspired me to pursue a career improving the environment. What is your role at W&M? I’m an Environmental Scientist that works mostly in our Remediation group, which includes conducting soil and groundwater investigations, overseeing the clean-up of impacted properties, and producing reports for our clients. I’ve also assisted with large environmental-related construction projects. What do you love about
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Industrial Hygiene Assessment for Safety Tools Manufacturer

Industrial Hygiene (IH) assessments recognize, evaluate and help eliminate or control conditions where employee exposure to contaminants may create adverse health effects. In order to determine worker exposure to the compounds copper, beryllium and aluminum – W&M collected personal air samples from workers’ breathing zones for up to 8 hours of the workers shift. During their shift, workers are at risk if they are exposed to contaminants above permissible exposure limits (PELs).