W&M Welcomes New Ft. Worth Division Manager

W&M is proud to introduce Don DuRivage as our new Ft. Worth office Division Manager for Compliance and EHS Services. Don has worked in the environmental and safety arenas for over 28 years.  He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, while being part of the USC football team that reached the 1980 Rose Bowl.  He currently holds certifications as a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and Certified Professional Environmental/Safety Auditor (CPEA). After college, Don began his EHS compliance career in southern California working at chemical plants and refineries helping negotiate the regulatory environment that would soon work its way across the country. Over the course of several years, Don moved from southern California to Texas and then to South Carolina and continued working with specialty chemical manufacturers both as a direct employee and consultant.  He has successfully helped manufacturers, hospitals, terminals, and
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New MSD in Wylie and Farmers Branch, Texas!

W&M continued to capitalize on our depth of experience with Municipal Setting Designations (MSDs) in North Texas by obtaining approval for the first MSDs in the cities of Wylie and Farmers Branch. W&M has been working with the Wylie Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for two years addressing environmental issues on distressed properties that were planned for redevelopment. One such property performed cleaning operations that had resulted in a release of dry cleaning solvent (perchloroethylene [PCE], aka “perc”) into the soil and groundwater.  The EDC wanted to make the property suitable for redevelopment and W&M recognized that it was an excellent candidate for an MSD, which results in the placement of a deed restriction on the property such that groundwater cannot be used for potable purposes.  With public water provided from local surface water reservoirs and no sensitive groundwater use in the area, the EDC agreed and W&M presented the concept
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W&M Closes Four Voluntary Cleanup Program Sites

2017 kicked off on a good note as four of W&M’s clients received closure letters from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for real property that had been entered into the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). The most challenging closure was for a former light industrial facility in West Texas that had a release of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the shallow portions of the Ogallala Aquifer. The Ogallala is a highly valued source of water for agricultural, industrial and domestic use in West Texas and beyond.  The affected portion of the aquifer extended to a depth of nearly 100 feet.  Many years of monitoring by previous consultants had shown that the VOCs were not being degraded at a very rapid pace, so W&M recommended that the client seek a Municipal Setting Designation (MSD) to restrict the use of groundwater from the affected area.  W&M worked closely with the
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Our Austin Office Has Moved

We are excited to announce that our office in Austin has moved!  To better serve our clients and to meet the demands of growing business, we needed a more inviting location.  Come by and say “hi” and check out our new space! Austin Office 11500 Metric Blvd., Suite 460 Austin, TX 78758 Main Office Line:  512-493-9691  





Hazardous Waste Management/DOT Training – RCRA/DOT

W&M will be conducting RCRA Hazardous Waste Management and DOT Hazardous Material Transportation (HazMat) Training this fall in Dallas on September 14 – 15 and Houston on September 28 – 29. Regulations and policies on handling hazardous waste are updated every year by the EPA and TCEQ.  Regulations also require annual training for personnel who handle or manage hazardous waste in Texas. W&M’s RCRA Full-Day Course Topics will include: Identification and classification of waste Waste container handling, management and storage requirements Requirements for hazardous waste generators Manifests and recordkeeping requirements Pollution prevention ideas DOT Half Day Course Topics will include: Because hazardous waste is also regulated as a DOT HazMat (or dangerous good), anyone who prepares a shipment and/or who signs a hazardous waste manifest must also have DOT HazMat training. Function-Specific training to complete a hazardous waste manifest DOT Hazard Classification Proper shipping name and shipping papers Labeling, marking and packaging requirements Register
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Meet Our New Industrial Hygiene and Safety Project Manager

In order to expand our industrial hygiene and safety expertise, W&M Environmental Group recently announced the hiring of Conan Reed, Industrial Hygiene and Safety Project Manager. Conan has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and Health from Murray State University.  He has over fourteen years of experience as an occupational safety and health consultant.  Conan has expertise and experience in industrial hygiene, ergonomics, machine guarding, lockout/tagout, process safety management, and facility auditing.  He has developed and conducted EHS training for Fortune 500 companies, such as Dell, United Technologies Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and American Airlines. Conan will be working closely with Lori Siegelman, CIH, CSP, CHMM to enhance our IH & safety practice.   With the recent rollout of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new silica standard that went into effect on June 23, 2016 W&M’s IH&S team can assist facilities in evaluating worker exposure and developing controls
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W&M Receives Marketing Excellence Award

W&M Environmental has been awarded a prestigious 2016 Marketing Excellence Award from the Zweig Group. Each year, the Zweig Group selects the top engineering, planning and environmental firms in the U.S. and Canada that have excelled in specific areas of marketing.  W&M was recognized as one of the top firms in the category of online marketing.  The nominated companies were required submit a presentation of an example of a campaign conducted using only online platforms including email, websites, and social media.  This is the first marketing award that W&M has earned. “I am really proud about receiving this award” said Lance French, W&M’s Director of Marketing, “Last year we made a big commitment revamping our website and going all in with content marketing. The results have been extremely productive and exciting.  Being recognized with this award reaffirms that we made the right choice.” W&M Environmental will receive their award at
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W&M Recognized For Third Year In A Row

W&M Environmental has been named to the 2016 Zweig Group Hot Firm List at #81. Each year, the Hot Firm List recognizes the 100 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, planning and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada. These firms have outperformed the economy and competitors to become leaders in their chosen fields. This is the third consecutive year W&M has been acknowledged on the Hot Firm List. This accomplishment will not only be recognized on the Hot Firm List, but W&M will also be honored at an event in Phoenix, AZ in September. When hearing of the news that the firm had again been recognized, Gene Murray, W&M Environmental’s Managing Partner, stated “It’s great to have our team’s success over the last 20 years acknowledged by our peers. Hopefully the changes we’ve implemented over the last few years will allow us to continue this streak.” For more information on W&M
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We Get Projects Done! Better, Stronger, Faster…

Where I work, our Mission Statement is “We Get Projects Done”.  The implication is one of speed, in that the project gets finished in a timely matter.  For a long time we relied on gut feel for the speed of the project completion. We have now developed an equation to quantify the velocity (or time for completion) of a project. Estimating the project velocity can give the project team a fair estimate of the days it will take to complete the project based just on the project budget. There are many factors that can alter a project’s schedule, weather, regulatory demands, client changes, etc.  So this tool was not designed to be anything but a rough estimate of the potential time needed based solely on the budget. EQUATION: Project Velocity (days) = Budget (in dollars) +1737.3 / 173.65 For example, a $10,000 project would be expected to be completed in
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Picking The Right Consultant For Your Phase I ESA

I have worked in the real estate driven Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) market in Texas for over 20 years. Yes I’ve written a lot of Phase I ESAs and reviewed even more, so I have a great deal of experience with real estate due diligence.  As a result, here are a few observations that may be helpful in the selection process. Phase I ESAs are a must for commercial real estate transactions requiring a lender and that are generally over some threshold value (e. g., $200,000 depending on the lender). ESAs are also a great idea even in cash deals especially those of significant value.  ESAs today are largely driven by price and to a lesser degree service and even lesser degree quality, which is much harder to assess.  For most banks, brokers, buyers, or sellers, the obvious difference between consultants is the price and secondly how fast
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