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Earth Day 2017, A personal reflection

Matt Traister,

Two of the people who I closely associate as professional mentors—former OBG employees Ted Tifft and Stu Spiegel—previously commemorated the 20- and 40-year anniversaries of Earth Day for OBG. Long before I knew them, however, my interest in protecting the environment was shaped by events that...

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International Biomass Conference & Expo

Frank DeOrio discussed anaerobic wastewater treatment at the International Biomass Conference

OBG experts recently presented during the 10th annual International Biomass Conference & Expo on April 10–12 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This event brings together industry professionals from all sectors of the world’s interconnected biomass utilization industries, including biobased power, thermal energy, fuels, and chemicals. View our presentations: Anae...

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SAME Greater Kansas City 9th Annual Industry Day

Rich Weber discusses the Fountain Lake restoration project in Minnesota

On Wednesday, March 28, 2017, OBG, together with NRT, an OBG Company, participated in the Greater Kansas City (GKC) Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) 9th Annual Industry Day Education & Training Workshop in Kansas City, Missouri. Environmental experts Dan Vachon and Rich Weber of OBG,...

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USEPA in the cross-hairs

Matt Traister,

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to “put a moratorium on new regulations until our economy gets back on its feet”. In the first 60 days of his presidency, Trump has so far followed through on that promise, and this could have a significant impact on environmental regulations in the U.S....

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Sustainable remediation incorporating ecological restoration

The Onondaga Lake Superfund restoration program in Syracuse, New York has provided an opportunity to refine and develop new ecological restoration approaches. Lessons from Onondaga Lake can be broadly applied to other programs, particularly in urban and postindustrial settings. In Lessons Learned in Sustainable Remediation Incorporating Ecological Restoration, a presentation...

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Design challenges of a low level radioactive waste incinerator

A nuclear power plant located in Canada employs a solid and liquid waste incinerator to dispose of low level radioactive waste materials generated by plant maintenance activities. A number of safety and reliability issues prompted a detailed analysis of the plant’s design, resulting in many engineering and equipment ch...

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Improving a Virginia water supply dam to pass its spillway design flood

Johan Anestad discussed how a Potomac Creek dam met its spillway design flood at the Virginia Water Conference

OBG has worked alongside the Stafford County, Virginia Department of Utilities to evaluate the impact of the 2015 statewide probable maximum precipitation study (which defined the maximum depth of precipitation that is physically possible for storm areas and duration in Virginia) on the spillway...

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How is PSM affecting the chemical industry?

Andrew Porter,

The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) developed the process safety management, or PSM standard to prevent disastrous process release incidents in the manufacturing industry.  The PSM standard begins with a list of 137 chemicals deemed highly hazardous, toxic, or reactive. If a site has more than...

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Yolanda F. Pagano discusses state of the energy industry

Yolanda F. Pagano (center) served on a panel during the WEN South Louisiana chapter annual dinner

Yolanda F. Pagano, Esq., CPA, leader of OBG’s sustainability practice, recently served on a panel held during the Women’s Energy Network (WEN), South Louisiana chapter annual dinner and silent auction. Yolanda joined other panel members, including Louisiana State Senator Sharon Hewitt, as well as representatives from the Gulf...

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