Alta Environmental was recently awarded a three-year contract for Water Quality Monitoring and Related Services with Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (LADPW). The contract value is up to $20,000,000 and has the option for a one-year extension.
Meet our GIS guru and newest QISP!
By Nicole Apel
Mallory Graves is a GIS Associate II at Alta Environmental, where she provides GIS analysis, modeling, cartography, web application development, and data management solutions. She has eight years of experience in GIS for higher education and local/regional government clients and environmental planning and compliance programs. She passed the Qualified Industrial Stormwater Practitioner (QISP) final exam in March and became Alta’s newest QISP. Mallory is a member of the SoCal Urban and Regional Information Systems (URISA) GIS professional user group and is currently preparing for her GIS Professional (GISP) certification.
Recent industrial mishaps due to tank failure lead to injuries and environmental threats.
By Mehak Gupta
In the wake of the recent industrial mishaps, many have been directly or indirectly linked to a tank failure. The most recent of which happened in March 2019, where a tank collapse in Bardstown Distillery, KY lead to the leak of over 120,000 gallons of mash. This leak injured workers and caused grave threats to aquatic and wildlife around the area due to its hazardous nature. This incident is the second of its kind in the area in nine months and follows many from the last decade.
Using an integrated hydrological model to estimate the impacts of droughts in a semiarid transboundary river basin: the case study of the Tijuana River Basin
The International Journal of River Basin Management recently published Dr. Michelle Hallack’s article evaluating the impacts of drought on the Tijuana River Basin. Dr. Hallack and her co-authors utilized data from three periods of drought and developed a hydrological model to estimate water balance and assess effects on water availability. Their methodology can be transferred to other regions of the world under similar climatological conditions.
By David Schack and Scott Nunes for FacilitiesNet
Facility managers must be aware of the potential impact—including possible lawsuits—of buildings containing Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), especially schools. There was potentially widespread use of PCBs in both public and private schools built or renovated between 1950 and 1979. However, school administrators can take well-informed actions to reduce or eliminate potential exposure to PCBs by following the steps listed in this article. By implementing these preventive measures, potentially costly legal issues, unwarranted remediation, and construction delays can be avoided.
Getting certified for health and safety management systems.
Since its inception in 2018, many companies are looking to get ISO 45001 certified to add the health and safety management systems to their other certifications, such as the quality standard (ISO 9001) and the environmental standard (ISO 14001). The most common questions that arise when seeking this new certification include:
By Jim Homet, Environmental Engineer
To comply with the California Code of Regulations (CCR), a Hazardous Waste Tank Assessment must meet the requirements of 22 CCR §66265.190-200. Some of the key aspects of a Hazardous Waste Tank Assessment are:
Common CUPA violations from improper hazardous waste management at healthcare facilities.
Healthcare facilities, such as hospitals, pharmacies, dentist/orthodontist offices, and veterinary clinics, store and handle a wide variety of hazardous chemicals and materials. Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) inspectors have recently shifted focus on how these facilities manage hazardous waste accumulation during their annual inspections.
The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has sent hundreds of Investigative Orders this week to various entities to assess Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals in soil and groundwater. Hundreds more are planned.
Are you familiar with PFAS chemicals? They are used extensively in industry because of their resistant to heat, water, and oil. The PFAS chemicals include PFOA, PFOS, GenX, and many others. PFAS are manufactured and used in a variety of industries, including commonly used products, such as carpeting, clothing, upholstery, food paper wrappings, fire-fighting foams, and metal plating. PFOA and PFOS have been the most extensively produced and studied of these chemicals. They don’t break down and they can accumulate over time in the human body and the environment. There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects (EPA.gov).
The California Department of Industrial Relations (Cal/OSHA) is continuing to move towards adopting a standard to address Heat Illness in Indoor Places of Employment. The latest version of the draft standard was released on January 29, 2019 with a few notable changes from the October 24, 2018 draft. As it currently stands, the standard will apply to all indoor workplaces where the temperature is greater than or equal to 82°F when employees are present. Workplaces that exhibit any of the following conditions are subject to additional Assessment and Control Measures detailed in subsection (e) of the standard: