Is root cause analysis really worth the effort as part of environmental compliance audits?
Well, we think so. Identifying the same type of compliance deficiency in multiple locations, or during each recurring audit for the same facility, can only get us so far. Assuming the deficiency was corrected following each audit, the problem is re-emerging. Perhaps if we figured out the underlying cause, we could resolve it once and […]
EPA Penalties Increase
On January 15, 2018, increased EPA civil penalty levels went into effect. These penalty increases, which are intended to keep up with inflation, increase the maximum civil penalties EPA can impose for violations of environmental laws by two percent. Clean Air Act (CAA): $97,229 (from $95,284) Clean Water Act (CWA): $53,484 (from $52,414) Resource Conservation […]
Historic Architecture of Mid-20th Century Paris (Tennessee)
While reviewing the potential impact upon historic resources in northwest Tennessee, we had an opportunity to perform a Historical Architecture Survey. This survey entailed of recording over 250 structures that were older than 50 years old. I performed the field reconnaissance and our architectural historian, Chris Baker, evaluated these places based on documentary evidence. The […]
Archaeology in the Mountains
On a foggy November morning in Western Maryland, I find myself alone on a mountain top. Although Halloween had pasted, the atmosphere is something out of a Stephen King story. I am here to evaluate the area where a proposed telecommunications tower will be located. What does archaeology have to do with telecommunications tower? The […]
What are the primary differences between a wireless Phase I ESA and a commercial Phase I ESA?
As opposed to a commercial ESA where the property footprint consists of a building, series of buildings, a city block, or an undeveloped acreage, a wireless Phase I ESA is typically focused on a specific site location, existing tower compound, or proposed installation path within a building. The wireless company is concerned not only with […]