ESI Joins the FMANJ

The Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey (FMANJ) is the advocate for more than 600 petroleum marketers and industry suppliers doing business in the state. We represent our members at the nation’s capital, and anyplace where oil heat’s interests are at stake.

One of our busiest arenas these days is the energy commodity marketplace, where we are working hand in hand with regional and state associations to bring volatile energy prices under control.

ESI looks forward to this collaboration and potential business with our fellow FMANJ members.

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ESI’s Chris Whitehead Completes MIT Environmental Sustainability Course

Chris Whitehead, QEP, CESM, ESI’s Air Practice Lead, recently completed MIT’s “Sustainability: Strategies and Opportunities for Industry” course.

The main topics were: social metabolism, life cycle analysis, urban climate risks, circular economy, dematerialization, climate change, and climate impacts. Participants included professionals from over a dozen countries.

The course provides professionals from various industries with the skillset needed to improve sustainability in their current business operations. Mr. Whitehead is looking forward to engaging our clients on this critical issue and assisting with other related tasks such as SEC reporting and sustainability auditing to identify potential GHG and waste stream reductions. He can be reached at cwhitehead@enviro-sciences.com.

ESI has offered clients qualified professionals and exceptional environmental solutions for over 45 years. For more information visit enviro-sciences.com/contact.

Welcome to ESI, Ryan Stauffer!

Enviro-Sciences formally welcomes Ryan Stauffer to the team. Ryan joins our New Jersey office and will be contributing to our Due Diligence and Phase I efforts.

Ryan’s environmental experience includes water and soil sampling, excavation, oversight of drilling and material loading/unloading operations, and performing daily site inspections of soil erosion and safety control measures. Ryan has experience with Phase I Environmental Site Assessments in New Jersey and throughout the US, as well as environmental compliance and due diligence reviews in various states for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

Mr. Stauffer graduated from Ramapo with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies in 2019 and earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2021. He is a member of the American Society of Testing Materials E50 Committee. In his free time, Ryan enjoys the outdoors, reading about history, going to concerts, and cooking.

ESI has expanded our capabilities and the number of staff available to address due diligence work for myriad clients in various industries. To request a quote, contact ESI at info@enviro-sciences.com or feel free to call us at 973-398-8183.

ESI Expands Engineering Capabilities

ESI’s environmental engineer, John Pershouse, received his UST (Underground Storage Tank System) operator’s license and recently passed his North Carolina P.E. (Professional Engineer) exam.

As ESI celebrates our engineering capabilities, we are continually vigilant in expanding our team and continuing the education of our staff so we can provide our clients unmatched environmental services.

John’s Class A and Class B UST operator’s license is valid for all New Jersey facilities. His North Carolina P.E. license was obtained in order to enhance our services in North Carolina for all aspects of environmental concerns.

ESI provides various clients with a multitude of services, including (but not limited to), environmental systems engineering, vapor intrusion monitoring, site remediation, site assessment, and more. For a full list of our capabilities, click here to visit our services page.

To request a quote/contact us, call 973-398-8183 or use info@enviro-sciences.com.

Breaking News: ASTM Releases Revised Phase I ESA Standard

The American Society for Testing and Material (ASTM) released a revised standard for conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (Phase I ESAs) on November 1, 2021. This is the first time Phase I ESA standard has been revised since 2013. The new standard, ASTM E1527-21, sets new requirements for complying with the USEPA “All Appropriate Inquiry” (AAI) rule (see below for definition) in 40 CFR Part 312. The USEPA is expected to recognize the ASTM E1527-21 standard as compliant with AAI within the next year.

This revision is pertinent for those wishing to purchase/refinance/loan or lease properties and serves as an important reminder that Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) should be completed properly for innocent purchaser protections.

Changes to the ASTM E1527-21 standard include definitions for “Property Use Limitation” and “Significant Gap Data”. Other changes include emerging contaminants (such as PFAS) as a non-scope consideration, a new historical records section that reflects current industry standards, and a revised list of environmental risks and classifications.

The definitions for Recognized Environmental Condition (REC); Controlled Recognized Environmental Condition (CREC); and Historical Recognized Environmental Condition (HREC) have all been updated with important clarifications, including:

  • Offsite issues without the potential to impact the subject property are now clearly excluded from the definition of REC.
  • The Findings and Opinions section of a Phase I ESA must now include the rationale for finding a condition is a CREC or a HREC; and
  • For each HREC, the environmental professional must also state whether the HREC still qualifies as an HREC.

What’s the AAI Rule?

USEPA’s “All Appropriate Inquiries” rule describes the process for evaluating a property’s environmental conditions and assessing potential liability for any contamination. All appropriate inquiries must be conducted to obtain certain liability protections under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

ESI is aware of the new changes and will ensure our customers will be compliant with the new standard. ESI has been providing clients with unparalleled environment solutions for over 45 years.

ESI Attends CCSNJ’s ‘Regional Economic Perspective’ Event

ESI’s Air Quality Lead, Chris Whitehead, QEP, CESM, attended the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey’s (CCSNJ) Regional Economic Perspective networking and educational event at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ.

The meeting, moderated by Julie E. Murphy, Esq., focused on economic development in the counties of Southern New Jersey. The event was attended by numerous entities; including representatives from Camden-based non-profits and local mayors and councilmembers.

The event was headlined by keynote speaker, Jeffrey L. Nash, Esq., who has 38 years of experience in governmental law, with the Environmental Commission of Camden being one of his primary assignments.

ESI was thrilled to have attended this event and hopes to work closely with the city of Camden, NJ in the future.

ESI’s Jim Chenard Renews Professional Geologist (PG) License

ESI employee Jim Chenard, LSRP, has renewed his Professional Geologist (PG) license in Pennsylvania, which he has had since 1995. Jim also holds a license in the State of Alaska. Professional Geologists are certified based on experience, competence, education, integrity, ethics, and technical abilities. Jim has been a geologist since 1995 and has over 30 years of relevant experience.

By renewing his license, Jim has continued ESI’s tradition of providing clients with trustworthy and credentialed services. In his spare time, Jim collects minerals, is pursuing descendants in his quest to develop the family tree, is a member of several historical lineage societies, and serves as the historian for the Blairstown Fire Company. Jim is highly enthusiastic about the geological work he does for Enviro-Sciences.