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NGWA 2018 Groundwater Week

Rick Boone, CPG, CHMM

OBG's Rick Boone recently presented during the National Ground Water Association's (NGWA) 2018 Groundwater Week, a leading trade event in the groundwater industry. During the event, which took place December 3-6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Rick discussed how to apply 3D visualization modeling to improve conceptual site model development and groundwater...

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OBG discusses emerging contaminants with Michigan Manufacturers Association PFAS Workgroup

Jeff Ramey

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been used in a wide range of industrial processes and in commercial and consumer products for several decades. Many of these compounds are also persistent, and PFAS are now ubiquitous in the environment for these reasons. Toxicological studies suggest that exposure to some PFAS...

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Is your facility at risk for combustible dust? (Part 2)

Combustible dust is an often-unknown hazard in industrial facilities. This is because many people are unaware of what common combustible dust is and how dangerous it can be. In part one of OBG's webinar series on combustible dust in industrial facilities, specialty chemicals expert Reid Todd, PE provided an overview...

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The Business Council of New York State 2018 Environment Conference

Credit: The Business Council of New York State, Inc.

OBG recently took part in The Business Council of New York State's 2018 Annual Environment Conference on November 13-14, 2018 in Saratoga Springs, New York. This year's conference brought together regulators and expert consultants to talk about the latest in environment regulation and law, including regulatory changes and environmental issues in New...

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OBG discusses emerging contaminants with Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Paul Hare, CPG, PG

OBG recently hosted a quarterly meeting of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Environmental Affairs Committee (EAC) on November 8, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. A partnership between the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group (IERG), the EAC works to broaden the business-stakeholder involvement in environmental legislative, regulatory, and policy...

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Revitalizing the Chicago Area Water System

Sarah Meyer,
Sarah Meyer

Over 100 miles of rivers and canals make up the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS), which connects Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River and includes the Chicago River, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, the Cal-Sag Channel, and the Calumet Rivers. This complex water system has a long history of industrialization,...

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Best practices in capital equipment commissioning

Peter Kalish

OBG’s Peter Kalish has contributed an article titled, “Best Practices in Capital Equipment Commissioning” to Chemical Engineering that is the magazine’s cover story for November 2018. By following commissioning best practices, capital equipment investments can more reliably achieve their investment objectives, creating a win-win scenario for the purchaser and supplier...

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Six ways to prevent the spread of invasive plant species

Insights from an environmental practitioner

Tara Sturgill,

As environmental practitioners, we have respect for ecological communities and feel a responsibility to protect them. By implementing some basic best management practices into our daily work routines, we can make big changes in our environment and stop the spread of non-native invasive species. Environmental practitioners visit a multitude of...

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FET Environment 2018 Conference & Exhibition

Matt Traister discusses Clean Air Act regulations at the FET Environment 2018 Conference

OBG recently took part in the Federation of Environmental Technologists, Inc. (FET) Environment 2018 Conference and Exhibition on October 23-25 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. The annual conference brings together a diverse mix of industries, consultants, regulators, service providers, educators, and students to focus on educating and developing excellence in environmental professionals. During...

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WaterJAM 2018

OBG recently took park in the Virginia WaterJAM 2018 conference, hosted by the Virginia Section American Water Works Association and Virginia Water Environment Association, in Virginia Beach, Virginia on September 10-13, 2018. Themed Waves of Innovation, this year's conference highlighted the water industry’s commitment to excellence in protection of the public an...

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