What’s New with VRAP, Part 2

The Maine Legislature established the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Voluntary Response Action Program (VRAP) almost 25 years ago to encourage the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties within the state.   As described in our June 2017 Hot Topic, we noted that the original VRAP law was being revised by the Legislature with […]

There’s No Place Like Maine When It Comes to Spill Reporting Requirements

Spill reporting requirements for hazardous materials in general are complicated, and Maine’s are like no other states’ requirements.  Spill reporting requirements in Maine have significantly lower thresholds, however with some planning a company can qualify for reduced reporting requirements if certain conditions are met. Under federal spill reporting requirements, a company has to report a […]

Maine Stormwater Conference 2017

Visit us at the Maine Stormwater Conference Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 24 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. We will be at Booth #31 both days, and will be participating in many of the tracks including: municipal stormwater management; planning and ordinance; green infrastructure; regulatory landscape; funding, partnerships and collaboration; and Best […]

An Emerging Family of Contaminants:  PFASs

PFASs are a family of complex compounds primarily consisting of perfluorooctyl sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).  PFASs have very useful properties and therefore were included in many products in the past. PFASs have often been used to make materials stain-resistant, waterproof, and/or nonstick.  When added to fire-fighting foam, these chemicals are very effective at […]

EHS Compliance: A Big Picture Perspective

At the Maine Water Environment Association (MEWEA) fall conference, Sandra Perry presented “EHS Compliance: A Big Picture Perspective” focusing on environmental health and safety compliance from an industrial point of view. Sandy is Director of EHS Services at St.Germain Collins and has had experience as a municipal wastewater operator, a physical/chemical wastewater systems operator/supervisor, a […]