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  • 19/04/2020
    COVID-19 Best Practices: Discharges from Outdoor Handwashing Sinks Not an Issue per Maine DEP

    Some companies in Maine have begun using portable handwashing sinks outside their facilities so employees can wash their hands prior to entering and when leaving.  Such sinks discharge soapy water to the ground which normally would be subject to wastewater discharge license considerations by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). However, during this […]

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  • 19/04/2020
    Desktop Reviews

    We would like to provide you with a brief update and reminder of St.Germains’ Desktop Review resources during this time of COVID-19. St.Germain has an online Desktop Review ordering page set up at https://stgermain.com/login-for-lender-services/.   Our Desktop Review resources include, but are not limited to: Screen Report Assessments (SRAs); Record Search with Risk Assessments (RSRAs), which are […]

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  • 19/04/2020
    Planning Board Meetings are Returning….Remotely

    We are all reeling from the upheaval caused by this pandemic and know that in-person public meetings such as Planning Boards are on hold.  However, the emergency legislation passed by the Maine Legislature on March 17th and signed by Governor Mills allows municipalities to “conduct a public proceeding through telephonic, video, electronic or other similar means […]

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  • 19/04/2020
    Enforcement Actions – 2019

    St.Germain has compiled a select list highlighting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and individual State enforcement actions from 2019. We know it is important to learn from the mistakes that others may have made, and how correcting them makes for stronger businesses and a healthier environment. Know that during this time of urgency, we are here, fully […]

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  • 19/04/2020
    Good News From St.Germain

    To our valued clients, vendors, partners and friends: It is with great pleasure that today we announce the completion of St.Germain’s acquisition of MAI Environmental, a South Portland, Maine-based environmental consulting and field-testing services firm founded in 2000 by Maine licensed geologist John Marchewka. Over its 20 years in business, MAI Environmental earned a reputation for […]

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  • 19/04/2020
    What a Waste Presentation

    Mike Rioux, CHMM our Senior Regulatory Specialist has been asked to present “What a Waste” at the 92nd Annual Maine Safety & Health Conference on October 17, 2019. 

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  • 19/04/2020
    Maine Water Environment Association’s Annual Fall Convention

    St.Germain is proud to be a member of the Maine Water Environmental Association (MEWEA), whose mission is to support and enhance Maine’s water environment community. We will be at their 2019 fall conference September 12th to September 13th at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine. The event includes technical sessions covering a wide range of topics; […]

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  • 19/04/2020
    The Under Agreement Road Map

    Erin Pike, one of our Environmental Professionals here at St.Germain was invited to participate in as a local expert on the “Under Agreement Road Map” panel at New Hampshire Commercial Investment Board of Realtors (NHCIBOR), 2nd quarter annual meeting in June, 2019. The panel was tasked with describing the process once an offer was accepted. […]

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  • 19/04/2020
    Environmental Liability of Former Dry Cleaner Properties

    Today dry cleaning operations follow strict rules ensuring that the common dry cleaning chemical tetrachloroethene (PCE) is properly managed. Releases of PCE from decades ago, though, remain an environmental liability in many urban locations. So how do you proceed with developing a property that was formerly a dry cleaning business, or potentially adjacent to one? […]

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  • 19/04/2020
    Mölnlycke Wins a Sustainability Award

    St.Germain has enjoyed working with Mölnlycke for 15 years, and witnessing their effectiveness at going above and beyond regulatory compliance while maintaining their cutting edge R&D and manufacturing here in Maine. We are equally proud to have nominated them for the Maine Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and proud that they won for Sustainability.  The Award […]

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  • 19/04/2020
    Maine Department of Environmental Protection Proposes the Regulation of PFOS in Children’s Products

    With news stories and communications from us, many now know that PFAS is a family of complex compounds primarily consisting of Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).  PFAS has very useful qualities and therefore were included in many products, most often to make materials stain-resistant, waterproof, and/or nonstick. PFAS has been found to be very […]

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  • 19/04/2020
    SOP 50 10 5(K)

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 50 10 5(K), Lender and Development Company Loan Programs, effective April 1, 2019. This update to the previous version (J) has a few key changes that affect commercial lenders including:  Transaction Screens (page 330):  If further investigation is recommended by an Environmental Professional (EP)–based […]

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  • 19/04/2020
    SWANApalooza National Conference

    St.Germain is a member of the Solid Waste Association of North American (SWANA), and is very involved in the Northern New England Chapter. Recently Peter Mohlin from our Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) team attended the national  SWANApalooza 2019 event–a technical gathering for professionals to explore environmental solutions for integrated solid waste management–where he proctored some of […]

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  • 19/04/2020
    Scholarship Opportunity

    As members of the Northern New England Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of Northern America (SWANA), St.Germain is posting this scholarship opportunity to help them and to help you. Additional information and the application, which is due March 22, 2019, can be viewed at this link.   The Solid Waste Association of North America (Northern New […]

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  • 19/04/2020
    Enforcement Actions 2018

    Knowing the type of enforcement actions initiated by regulatory agencies can help you better understand what pitfalls to avoid. As a service to St.Germain’ clients and friends, we have compiled some New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and Maine Department of Environmental Protection (Maine DEP) enforcement activities during 2018 and the resulting penalties. For […]

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  • 19/04/2020
    US DOT Training – Who Needs It?

    US DOT training…who needs it? You might. Training is required every three years for anyone who directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety. See infographic below for more details. And US DOT Shipping Hazardous Materials course listings are here: https://stgermaincollins.corsizio.com.

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  • 19/04/2020
    Annual Forecast Calls for Espresso

    MEREDA’s 2019 Annual Forecast Conference is next week: Thursday, January 17, 2019 9 am – 5 pm Holiday Inn by the Bay 88 Spring Street in Portland Visit Don, Erin, Grant, Pat and Maura at Booth #47. While you’re there enjoy a made-to-order hot latte, mochaccino or other specialty drink at the espresso bar we’re […]

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  • 19/04/2020
    Reporting Due Dates

    To help you stay on track, St.Germain has developed a listing of typical environmental health and safety (EHS) reporting due dates. For your downloadable copy, provide your email address, hit submit, and a file will open in the window where you can save it or print it.  

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  • 19/04/2020
    Final Training Sessions of the Year

    Have you and your environmental, health and safety (EHS) staff completed all your hazardous materials training requirements? The final two training sessions of 2018 at St.Germain are: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Shipping Hazardous Materials Training Thursday 11/15/18 8:00 am – 4:30 pm $445 per person  Maine-Specific Hazardous and Universal Waste Training Wednesday, 11/28/18 8:30 […]

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  • 19/04/2020
    Understanding Your MEPDES Permit

    Sandra Perry, St.Germain’ Director of Environmental Health and Safety presented “Understanding Your MEPDES Permit” at the 2018 Maine Water Environment Association (MEWEA) “One Water” Fall Convention. The convention, held every September, is a time for water professionals in Maine to get together to learn and connect with each other. This year’s technical sessions cover topics that reflect the needs […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Register for the Maine Hazardous and Universal Waste Training 9/19/18

    Have you registered for the next Maine-Specific Hazardous & Universal Waste training yet? It’s jam packed with information and some fun too. Enroll here:  https://stgermaincollins.corsizio.com You’ll learn practical ways to apply Maine Department of Environmental Protection and federal regulations to your facility operations. The focus will be on: requirements for labeling, inspecting, packaging and storage […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Proposed Revisions to Chapter 101: Visible Emissions Regulation

    The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is proposing changes to Chapter 101: Visible Emissions Regulation. Chapter 101 regulates opacity limits for fuel burning equipment, process, and fugitive emission sources. Currently, a certain number of opacity limit exceedances are allowed for these sources over a specified time average within a certain period of time. For […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    What You Should Know About e-Manifest

    St.Germain hosted an e-Manifest Brunch and Learn event at our office in Westbrook. It was a packed house of generators, transporters and receivers who heard first-hand from Kevin P. Jenssen, Environmental Specialist III at Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on the scope of the e-Manifest program, what industry needs to do, information resources, and an interactive […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Hazardous Waste Regulations – Massachusetts Course Completion

    The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) creates the framework for the proper management of hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste. Mike Rioux, CHMM is well-versed in federal and several states’ hazardous waste regulations. He is also now equipped with training and information pertaining to the Massachusetts hazardous waste regulations.  

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  • 18/04/2020
    NHDES Hazardous Waste Coordinator Certification

    Congratulations to Mike Rioux, Senior Regulatory Specialist and Technical Lead at St.Germain, who has successfully completed all the necessary requirements to become a Certified Hazardous Waste Coordinator in the State of New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) states that the goal of this program is to: “empower each Hazardous Waste Coordinator to […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Affordable Housing Redevelopment Project

    South Portland Housing Authority (SPHA) received final Planning Board approval for the redevelopment of the St.John’s Church and school property at 611 Main Street. The project will be a mixed use, 4-story building with 42 affordable housing apartments on the top three floors and retail/commercial space on the first floor, plus three new residential lots.  […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    MEDEP Stormwater or Site Law Permit Certification Reminder

    The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recently sent out a five-year certification reminder to those who have a DEP Stormwater or Site Law permit issued on or after 2006. This may affect more than just those who currently have these permits. If you are planning to purchase a property with existing development, you should […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Convenience Store Permitting and Design Presentation

    Here is the link to, “Site Permitting and Design 101: MODA Conference- Managing C-Stores and Protecting the Environment” presented by Patrick Coughlin at the MODA Conference in November 2006.

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  • 18/04/2020
    Ground Water Extraction, Surface Water Recharge and the New DEP In-Stream Flow Rule: Rangeley Water District Case Study

    Here is the link to the, “Ground Water Extraction, Surface Water Recharge and the New DEP In-Stream Flow Rule: Rangeley Water District Case Study” presented by Keith R. Taylor, C.G. in October 2007. The presentation explores the Rangeley Water District and how it exemplifies a DEP regulation restricting direct or indirect withdrawal from Maine rivers. 

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  • 18/04/2020
    Environmental Compliance Using Common IT Tools

    Here is the link to Patrick Coughlin’s presentation, “Environmental Compliance Using Common IT Tools” given at the MODA Conference in October 2008. 

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  • 18/04/2020
    Mining for Gold in RCRA

    Mike Rioux presented “Mining for Gold in RCRA” at the Maine Hospital Association’s annual meeting in March, 2009. Here is a link to the MHA Presentation in which Mike discusses opportunities in hazardous waste management.  

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  • 18/04/2020
    Brownfields New DEP Soil Cleanup Standards

    This is the link to Keith R. Taylor’s presentation, “Brownfield Site Cleanup and the New Maine DEP Soil Cleanup Guidelines” from April 2010. 

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  • 18/04/2020
    Regs, RAGs and Trucks – Changes in Environmental Rules

    Here is the link to “Regs, RAGs and Trucks – Changes in Environmental Rules” presented by Patrick Coughlin at the Maine Energy Marketers Association (MEMA) Convention in June of 2010. In this presentation, Patrick covers the new SPCC rules for parked trucks, new cleanup guidelines, groundwater fund status, UST training regulations and a review of […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Dioxin Soil Cleanup Case Study

    Here is the link to the Dioxin Soil Cleanup Case Study. This presentation was given at the AEHS/UMASS Conference by Keith R. Taylor, C.G. and Patrick Coughlin in October 2011. This presentation covers utility pole contamination, soil sampling methods, dioxin testing, fixing a “broken” field investigation, and cost considerations along the way. 

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  • 18/04/2020
    Green Remediation of Petroleum Contaminated Groundwater Using Oxygen Injection

    In March 2012, Brian Bachmann, C.G. and Keith R. Taylor, C.G. presented at the Maine Water Conference, linked in this post. This presentation explores the techniques that are typically used in petroleum contamination remediation and how oxygen injection is a newer, more environmentally friendly method. 

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  • 18/04/2020
    Growing from Within – Maine’s Environmental Services Cluster

    This presentation discussing Maine’s Environmental Services Cluster was given by Patrick Coughlin at the E2Tech Expo in October 2015. In this presentation, Patrick describes the characteristics and functions of the Maine Environmental Services Cluster and how our Sentry EHS program is an innovation from the cluster. 

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  • 18/04/2020
    Regulatory Inspection Preparedness Webinar

    Here is a link to the Regulatory Inspection Preparedness Webinar presented by Sandra J. Perry, Senior Project Manager. In her presentation, Sandra explains the process of inspections and what you can do beforehand to ensure that everything goes smoothly. 

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  • 18/04/2020
    Spill Reporting Webinar

    Here is the recording of the webinar:  Federal and State Hazardous Substances Spill Reporting in Maine. Scroll down for links to the resources mentioned.     Links to Resources: Maine DEP Spill Reporting Form – Weblink 40 CFR Part 302.4 list – Weblink 40 CFR Part 355 Appendix A – Weblink 40 CFR Part 355 Appendix B – Weblink Form AR-1 – Weblink […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Environmental Training Requirements Webinar

    Here is the recording of the Environmental Training Requirements webinar, and links below of additional resources. Links to Resources: Webinar slides – PDF format   U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Hazardous Materials Training Invite – Weblink   Public Comment Period for Maine’s Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP)– Weblink

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  • 18/04/2020
    MEREDA Stormwater Event

    At MEREDA’s November 2016 Morning Menu Breakfast Event: Sustainable Stormwater Infrastructure = Sustainable Growth:  Perspectives on Stormwater Service Fee Programs and Credits the panelists discussed the City of Portland Stormwater Service Charge–why it is needed by the City and what measures property owners can take to qualify for credits–and about what fees/credits other municipalities in Maine such as […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Salt Contamination of Private Wells – It’s Not as Simple as It May Seem: Maine Water Conference

    In November of 2016, Keith R. Taylor, C.G. gave a presentation at Unity College on salt contamination of private wells. In his presentation, Keith discussed the issue of road salt contamination of groundwater and surface water. 

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  • 18/04/2020
    Industrial Wastewater Conference

    On June 25th, our Director of EHS Services, Sandra Perry, attended the Industrial Wastewater Conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The event was hosted by The New England Water Environment Association (NEWEA) Industrial Wastewater Committee. This specialty seminar focused on the relationship between industries, and the agencies that regulate them. The conference also featured a tour […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Summer Interns

    We’re pleased to announce two new interns here at St.Germain this summer:  Nicholas “Nick” Barker, Environmental Intern Nick recently graduated from Bates College earning his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geology. He has experience as an Undergrad Researcher and also completed a year-long study investigating the nature and extent of a 3,000 year old submerged […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Northern New England Energy Conference 2018

    Mark St.Germain and Anthony Ortiz are attending the Northern New England Energy Conference hosted by the Maine Energy Marketers Association and the Energy Marketers Association of New Hampshire. This 2nd annual conference in New Hampshire June 24-26, 2018 features quality education sessions pertinent to the fuel industry.  

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  • 18/04/2020
    Manufacturing Summit 2018

    This week, companies from across all manufacturing sectors will gather at the Manufacturing Summit 2018 for workshops and exhibits while looking at Maine’s manufacturing future. Mark St.Germain and Mike Rioux will be attending the event in Auburn, Maine this Friday. Not only will it feature innovative technology products made by Maine companies, the Manufacturing Summit […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    EPA’s New e-Manifest System

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is implementing its new nation-wide e-Manifest system beginning June 30, 2018.  With the promise of adding significant streamlining to the tracking of hazardous waste shipments, EPA has been working with states for several years to make this a reality. The use of the e-Manifest system is voluntary for now.  […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Stormwater Resiliency Conference

    The Enhancing Stormwater Resilience in the Built Environment Specialty Conference showcases projects, strategies, and case studies that effectively manage stormwater. This conference focuses on mitigation projects using green and gray versatile designs that can increase resilience and provide water quality and other community benefits. Christopher Baldwin, P.E. and Anthony Ortiz are there today from both […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Propane Summit 2.0

    Anthony Ortiz and Patrick Coughlin are attending Propane Summit 2.0 to stay up to date with the latest in the propane industry.  This full-day educational session in Auburn, Maine is hosted by Maine Energy Marketers / MEMA Technical Education Center. Topics will cover propane safety documentation, regulatory challenges for propane bulk tanks, and employee training requirements and […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Maine Recycling and Solid Waste Conference 2018

    Mark St.Germain and Peter Mohlin are “Betting on Innovation” at the Maine Resource and Recovery Association (MRRA) annual conference.  This Maine Recycling and Solid Waste Conference & Trade Show is taking place April 23-24, 2018 in Rockport, Maine. Topics will cover organics collection, regulatory compliance for transfer stations, new innovations to divert hard to manage materials from waste […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    “Talking Trash” Conference

    The EBC / SWANA / NRRA 5th Annual “Talking Trash” in Northern New England Conference is happening today April 6, 2018. Mark St.Germain and Peter Mohlin are there taking part in the conversations. The “Talking Trash” conference provide attendees with the latest information on how markets are being impacted by China’s National Sword, what the […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Maine Sustainability & Water Conference

    The Maine Sustainability & Water Conference is a forum for professionals, researchers, consultants, citizens, students, regulators, and planners to exchange information and present new findings on sustainability and water resource issues in Maine. Kathryn Deneroff, a Regulatory Specialist at St.Germain will be attending this annual event March 29, 2018.

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  • 18/04/2020
    Don McFadden Appointed to MEREDA’s Board of Directors

    We’re pleased to share the news that Don McFadden, St.Germain’ Director of Environmental Services has been appointed to the board of directors for Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA). Don McFadden joined St.Germain in 2014 and has been providing environmental consulting services in Maine and throughout New England for more than 23 years. He has […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Enforcement Actions 2017

    Knowing the enforcement actions initiated by Maine Department of Environmental Protection (Maine DEP) and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) in a given year can help to better understand the compliance areas receiving attention by regulatory agencies. As a service to our clients and friends, we provide this summary of some enforcement activities during […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    U.S. DOT Shipping Hazardous Materials Training

    St.Germain is offering a one-day training session for anyone whose job responsibilities include offering and/or receiving shipments of hazardous materials, to satisfy the U.S. DOT requirements set forth in 49 CFR 172.704(a). This training is required at least once every three years. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, November 15, 2018 8 am – 4:30 pm At St.Germain 846 […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Summer Internship

    College students (juniors or seniors) majoring in science or engineering can gain real-world work experience and skills through St.Germain’ internship program. If you have the desire to get hands-on experience and training in field techniques, interpretation of data and safety protocols, and working with mentors, this internship may be right for you. Successful graduating seniors may […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Upcoming EHS Training Courses

    Are you looking for EHS training in Maine? St.Germain is offering the following one-day courses in our Westbrook, Maine location. Maine Hazardous & Universal Waste Training (with an optional add-on to cover biomedical waste regulations)   This training goes beyond the requirements for labeling, inspecting, packaging and storage of hazardous waste. It’s perfect for anyone […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Changes to SBA’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 50 10 5(J) Impacting Environmental Policies and Procedures

    Now that the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 50 10 5(J) went into effect earlier this month, below is a quick summary of the changes that impact environmental policies and procedures:   Records Search with Risk Assessment (RSRA) Definition (Appendix 2, page 357) Historical records should be reviewed to determine previous uses […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Welcome to the 2018 EHS Reporting Season

    First on many EHS reporting calendars is the annual Tier II Chemical Inventory Report. Submission of Tier II reports to state emergency management agencies, local planning committees and fire departments is required under Section 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA). If your facility stores more than 10,000 pounds of a hazardous material, or […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Environmental, EHS, Engineering and Espresso!

    St.Germain will be at MEREDA’s 2018 Annual Real Estate Forecast Conference & Member Showcase: Thursday, January 18, 20189 am – 5 pmHoliday Inn by the Bay88 Spring Street in Portland Enjoy fresh-brewed espresso, chai tea and other specialty drinks at our Booth #47 from 9 to 10 am and again 12 noon to 1 pm. There’s also a fun raffle prize this year, so […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Hazardous & Universal Waste Training for Maine Large Quantity Generators (LQG) and Small Quantity Generators (SQG)

    This one-day course is like no other. At St.Germain you’ll learn practical ways to apply Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s regulations to your facility operations. The focus will be on: requirements for labeling, inspecting, packaging and storage of hazardous waste; unwritten regulatory policies and interpretations; and how to avoid common compliance pitfalls. Plus you’ll receive in-depth training […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    New Office in New Hampshire

    St.Germain has opened an office in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire!  Just like our office in Westbrook, Maine, our talented scientists, engineers and regulatory specialists will provide environmental, EHS compliance and engineering services from this additional location at 36 Maplewood Avenue in Portsmouth.  Since 1992 St.Germain has focused on our clients, our employees and the environment, and […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    What’s New with VRAP, Part 2

    The Maine Legislature established the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Voluntary Response Action Program (VRAP) almost 25 years ago to encourage the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties within the state.   As described in our June 2017 Hot Topic, we noted that the original VRAP law was being revised by the Legislature with […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    There’s No Place Like Maine When It Comes to Spill Reporting Requirements

    Spill reporting requirements for hazardous materials in general are complicated, and Maine’s are like no other states’ requirements.  Spill reporting requirements in Maine have significantly lower thresholds, however with some planning a company can qualify for reduced reporting requirements if certain conditions are met. Under federal spill reporting requirements, a company has to report a […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Maine Stormwater Conference 2017

    Visit us at the Maine Stormwater Conference Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 24 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. We will be at Booth #31 both days, and will be participating in many of the tracks including: municipal stormwater management; planning and ordinance; green infrastructure; regulatory landscape; funding, partnerships and collaboration; and Best […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    An Emerging Family of Contaminants: PFAS

    PFAS are a family of complex compounds primarily consisting of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).  PFAS have very useful properties and therefore were included in many products in the past. PFASs have often been used to make materials stain-resistant, waterproof, and/or nonstick.  When added to fire-fighting foam, these chemicals are very effective at […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    EHS Compliance: A Big Picture Perspective

    At the Maine Water Environment Association (MEWEA) fall conference, Sandra Perry presented “EHS Compliance: A Big Picture Perspective” focusing on environmental health and safety compliance from an industrial point of view. Sandy is Director of EHS Services at St.Germain and has had experience as a municipal wastewater operator, a physical/chemical wastewater systems operator/supervisor, a laboratory […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Maine Hazardous & Universal Waste Training for Large and Small Quantity Generators

    This 8-hour course is like no other. At St.Germain you’ll learn practical ways to apply Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s regulations to your facility operations. The focus will be on: requirements for labeling, inspecting, packaging and storage of hazardous waste; unwritten regulatory policies and interpretations; and how to avoid common compliance pitfalls. Plus you’ll receive in-depth training […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Industrial Emission Control Technology Conference and Workshop

    This week Mike Rioux, CHMM is attending the 2017 Industrial Emission Control Technology Conference and Workshop in Portland, Maine. The focus of this educational event is to:  + Review emission regulations and the applicability of emission controls and alternatives for industrial boilers; + Learn what technology advancements might be possible or required to improve energy efficiency, […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    New look, vision and values

    Twenty-five years ago this firm was established with just one employee!  To reflect how St.Germain has grown since 1992, we are transitioning to a new logo. You’ll start seeing the new look on reports, engineering plans and online soon. To honor our start and with a view to the future, we created these Vision and Values […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    Preventable Hearing Loss

    Hearing loss due to high noise levels is irreversible. It cannot be corrected, even with surgery or hearing aids, but it is preventable. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) restricts your ability to hear high frequency sounds, communicate and understand speech, and may contribute to workplace accidents due to reduced ability to hear emergency sounds or warnings. […]

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  • 18/04/2020
    What’s New with VRAP?

    Changes Are Anticipated in the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Voluntary Response Action Program The Maine Legislature established the Voluntary Response Action Program (VRAP) almost 25 years ago as a way to encourage the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties within the state.  The VRAP allows applicants to voluntarily investigate and cleanup properties in exchange for […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    New Hampshire Hazardous Waste & Contaminated Sites Conference

    The 2017 New Hampshire Hazardous Waste &Contaminated Sites Conference was held May 24, with Mike RIoux and Keith Taylor from St.Germain in attendance. The event was hosted by Business and Industry Association and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, in partnership with the New Hampshire Municipal Association. This all-day conference was packed with great information including a […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Congratulations to Sandra Perry

    We are pleased to announce that Sandra Perry has been promoted to Director of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Services. Sandy has been Senior Project Manager at St.Germain providing environmental, health and safety (EHS) compliance services specific to wastewater, stormwater, NPDES permitting, industrial pretreatment, oil pollution prevention, air emissions permitting and reporting, hazardous waste management, […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Revisiting Air Licensing Thresholds

    You’re walking on air. Your licenses are in order, the license conditions are being met and you are using Sentry EHS for automatic notification as to when to start applying for license renewals.  When it comes to complying with your facility’s environmental licenses, things couldn’t look better, until, you ask yourself, “Do I have sufficient […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    New Environmental Team Member

    Welcome Grant Austin St.Germain is pleased to announce that Grant Austin has joined our environmental team as a Senior Project Manager. In this role, Grant will be helping clients with Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), site remediation oversight, permitting and other environmental services.  Grant has nearly 20 years of experience as an environmental scientist working with lenders, developers and […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Compliance Assistance

    Maine Emergency Management Agency and U.S. EPA Region 1 are providing a Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Compliance Assistance Workshop for experienced TRI reporters. Sandra Perry, Senior Project Manager from St.Germain is attending to stay up-to-date on important changes for reporting and TRI-ME WEB.

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  • 17/04/2020
    How to Site & Permit a Bulk Liquid Propane Plant

    At the Propane Gas Association of New England’s Spring Meeting in Providence, RI in April, Patrick Coughlin presented an informative and engaging seminar on “How to Site & Permit a Bulk Liquid Propane Plant.” 

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  • 17/04/2020
    Annual Maine Recycling & Solid Waste Conference

    Maine Resource Recovery Association (MRRA) hosts the 24th Annual Maine Recycling & Solid Waste Conference this week in Rockland, Maine. “Forging Ahead: Maine’s Sustainable Future” is this year’s theme. Peter Mohlin, Environmental Health & Safety Specialist here at St.Germain will be attending the conference along with more than 200 leaders from recycling centers, transfer stations, organics processors, […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Sustainable Property and Asset-Based Transactions Conference

    RTM Communications, Inc. is hosting this conference to address the “New Normal” in business and real estate transactions involving contaminated properties for M&A, private equity type transactions, loan participations, and brownfield redevelopments. The 2016 M&A market has seen 80% the activity of 2015. More private equity is participating in complex infill sites that involve a new […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Proactive Compliance

    Proactive Compliance with Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Regulations Can Save You a Pot o’ Gold Keeping ahead of EHS regulations can seem like an expensive and boring task, but not to us! A little upfront investment can save you money and gain you peace of mind.  Here are a few examples from this side of the rainbow: […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Enforcement Actions 2016

    Knowing the type of enforcement actions initiated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP) and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) can help you better understand the compliance areas receiving a lot of attention by regulatory agencies. As a service to St.Germain’ clients and friends, we provide […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

    Sentry EHS®, a technology solution created by St.Germain, was one of only three businesses in Maine to be presented the 2016 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. The award—announced by Governor Paul R. LePage and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP) in December, 2016—was presented at St.Germain’ office in Westbrook, Maine on January 13 by […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Final Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) Issued

    Here is a follow up to the Hot Topic we sent in October, 2016 that included a list of key provisions expected from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s (MEDEP) draft Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity. The MEDEP issued the final MSGP on December 7, 2016 after the agency’s consideration of public […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Proactively Assign Tasks and Track EHS Compliance Easily

    Proactively Assign Tasks and Track EHS Compliance Easily

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  • 17/04/2020
    TSCA Reform Law

    The 1976 Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) was passed to protect the public from “unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment” by regulating the manufacture and sale of chemical substances.  Prior to this latest TSCA Reform Law, signed into law on June 22, 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had limited […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Help Staff Achieve EHS Training Obligations

    by Ellen Rathbone Regulatory Specialist St.Germain | Sentry EHS® Keeping up with the various environmental, health and safety (EHS) training requirements is always a challenge.  Training can be unpopular with both management and employees and seen as a distraction from the work at hand, but fail to train and your employees may make mistakes than […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Keys to an Effective Environmental Risk Management Program (ERMP)

    By Donald McFadden, C.G. Director of Environmental Services St.Germain Managing environmental risk in commercial real estate (CRE) lending can be challenging. Although it’s something the lending community has been doing for decades, it has historically been viewed as unnecessary and routinely forgotten. In today’s lending climate though, environmental risk cannot be ignored.  When properly implemented, […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Major Stormwater Revisions Proposed for Maine’s Multi-Sector General Permit

    After consideration of comments on the preliminary draft renewal of Maine’s Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for Stormwater Discharge Associated with Industrial Activity, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP) has posted a final draft for public comment. This 2016 final draft differs from Maine’s 2011 MSGP in both format and content. Many of the changes […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Webinar: Environmental Training Requirements

    Join us for the next in our series of complimentary webinars:  Monday, October 24, 2016 2:00 PM EDT Duration:  30 minutes This webinar will provide an overview of federal environmental training requirements for: – Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA): Hazardous Waste  – U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT): Hazardous Materials Shipping  – International Air Transport […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    U.S. DOT Shipping Hazardous Materials Training: Who Needs It and Why?

    U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Shipping Hazardous Materials Training:  Who Needs It and Why? The U.S. Department of Transportation requires training for “hazmat employees,” defined as: a person who is employed on a full-time, part-time, or temporary basis, and who directly affects hazardous materials transportation safety.   This language is prone to misinterpretation, and it is […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Job Hazardous Analysis – a top New Years resolution for EHS Managers

    Here is the next in our series of Top 6 New Year’s Resolutions to make sure employees return home safely to their families. Click on this link to access the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) article now.  Reply to us if you would like any additional information to help in your EHS efforts. We’ve got your back!  

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  • 17/04/2020
    Federal and State Hazardous Substances Spill Reporting Requirements in Maine – WEBINAR

    Spill reporting requirements can be complicated depending on what is spilled, how much is spilled, and where it is spilled. This webinar will provide an overview of requirements for hazardous substances (including hazardous matter) and extremely hazardous substances spills in Maine – not including petroleum. We’ll discuss what triggers a reporting requirement, and also how […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Two More Scientists Join Your St.Germain Team

    St.Germain is pleased to announce the two newest additions to your team: Kris Plante and Ty Hughes. Kris Plante is an Environmental Scientist helping clients investigate and remediate environmental contamination at a variety of commercial and industrial sites. Kris will perform Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments; underground storage tank closure assessments; and soil, […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Recent Staff Accomplishments

    We are pleased to announce the following promotions: Patrick Coughlin has expanded his role at the firm and is now Director of Sentry EHS where he will oversee all activities in the continuing development of this cloud-based compliance database solution. Donald McFadden, C.G. was promoted to Director of Environmental Services. He will be overseeing the […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    SENTRY EHS Version 2.0 Is Here!

    St.Germain is pleased to announce the successful launch of Sentry EHS Version 2.0. This is a milestone for businesses in Maine and throughout the US who rely on our cloud-based compliance software – and the scientists, engineers and regulatory experts behind it – to safeguard workers, protect the environment and avoid potential fines.  The improved version includes […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Heat-Related Illnesses (Prevention and Treatment)

    Hot days can be a welcome relief, especially after the winter many of us experienced. Being safe is a top priority though.  Injury Facts 2015 reported that in 2011, 587 people died in the U.S. from exposure to excessive heat. This could have been prevented.  Excessive heat and humidity can lead to heat related illnesses:  […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    SENTRY EHS VERSION 2.0 IS COMING THIS SUMMER!

    Thank you once again for your support during the Gorham Savings Bank LaunchPad Competition. We were thrilled to make it to the final five with your help. We are also happy to announce that we were awarded a second Maine Technology Institute Seed Grant in June to help us to make Sentry EHS a better program for […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Recent Hires

    We are pleased to announce these recent additions to our firm:  Kathryn Deneroff joined St.Germain as a Regulatory Specialist. She has been helping clients by researching environmental, health and safety regulations that are specific to their facilities and helping them to maintain and strengthen their regulatory programs. Prior to joining St.Germain, Kathryn was a Research Technician at […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    MEDEP and NHDES Enforcement Actions in 2014

    Knowing the type of enforcement actions initiated by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services can help you better understand what pitfalls to avoid and the compliance areas receiving a lot of attention by regulatory agencies. As a service to St.Germain’ clients and friends, we are providing a […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    City of Portland, Maine Stormwater Service Fees and Credits

    Like many other municipalities in the US who already assess fees for stormwater services, the City of Portland, Maine will implement a new stormwater service charge to all developed properties in the Portland area starting in January, 2016. This fee affects residential and non-residential (i.e., commercial and industrial) properties including non-profits. This new stormwater service […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    NOW IS THE TIME FOR MAIRIS REPORTING!

    In order to provide an electronic reporting system that allows qualifying companies to fulfill the reporting requirements of Chapter 137 of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MEDEP) Regulations, the MEDEP developed MAIRIS, a free web based reporting program (located here.) If this is your first time reporting, you must register with the MEDEP and […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    SHOULD YOU MANAGE YOUR SPENT WIPES IN ACCORDANCE WITH EPA’S RULE OR MEDEP’S GUIDANCE?

    EPA announced two new rules which became effective on January 31, 2014 for the management of spent wipes. These new rules provide management procedures that if followed will allow spent wipes to be excluded from the classification of a hazardous waste whether they are cleaned onsite or offsite (40 CFR 261.4(a)(26)) or sent offsite for […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    NEW HIRE FOR ST.GERMAIN COLLINS

    We are pleased to announce that Peter Mohlin has joined our firm.  Peter is an Environmental Health & Safety Specialist whose experience includes environmental and occupational safety & health compliance. He will assist our clients with safety inspections, chemical inventories, reporting, industrial hygiene evaluations, development and implementation of procedures, and mock-OSHA and MEDEP compliance inspections. […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    NEW REGULATORY UPDATES WEBSITE

    EHS regulations are extensive and complex, and St.Germain’ senior scientists have been helping our clients understand how those rules apply to their operations since we started in 1992.  As part of a new round of improvements to our compliance management system that will make SENTRY EHS even more user-friendly and accessible, we are rolling out a new SENTRY […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    ST.GERMAIN COLLINS ACQUIRES BLACK POINT ENVIRONMENTAL

    We are pleased to announce that St.Germain has acquired Black Point Environmental, LLC. This merger will expand our environmental and engineering team, allowing us to offer a larger array of consulting services to a more diverse client base.  Donald McFadden, President of Black Point Environmental, will join the St.Germain team as Senior Project Manager. Don […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    MEDEP AND NHDES ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS IN 2013

    Knowing the type of enforcement actions initiated by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services can help you better understand what pitfalls to avoid. As a service to St.Germain’ clients and friends, we are providing a summary of some MEDEP and NHDES enforcement activities during 2013 and the […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Erin Pike Joins FIrm as Environmental Specialist

    We are pleased to announce that Erin Pike has joined St.Germain as an Environmental Scientist. Erin will utilize her nearly 10 years of professional experience to provide support to our Environmental Services team.  Erin will be working on monitoring, inspections, assessments, remediation, and more. Her experience includes groundwater monitoring and reporting, tank removals, soil removal […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Recent Achievements in Engineering

    We’ve been busy! Here is an overview of our recent engineering projects.  Casella Environmental Park, Pine Tree Waste, Inc.,Westbrook, ME  St.Germain was responsible for the design, permitting and construction oversight for construction of Casella Environmental Park including facilities for solid waste transfer and recycling. The project included a new MSW transfer building, a residential drop […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    MEDEP AND EPA ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS IN 2012

    Knowing the type of enforcement actions initiated by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the US Environmental Protection Agency can help you better understand what pitfalls to avoid. As a service to St.Germain’ clients and friends, we have disclosed some MEDEP and EPA enforcement activities during 2012 and the resulting penalties.  We are also […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    ANTHONY ORTIZ JOINS FIRM AS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST

    Anthony Ortiz has joined St.Germain as an Environmental Scientist. Anthony will utilize his civil environmental engineering degree and experience to provide support to our Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Compliance and Environmental Assessment and Remediation teams.  Anthony will assist with soil and groundwater sampling, underground storage tank removals inspections, training, EHS compliance services, and more. […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    NHDES AND VTDEC ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS IN 2012

    Knowing the type of enforcement actions initiated by state regulatory agencies can help you better understand what pitfalls to avoid. As a service to St.Germain’ clients and friends, we have compiled some New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) enforcement activities during 2012 and the resulting penalties.  We […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    ARE YOU READY FOR OSHA’S GLOBAL HARMONIZATION SYSTEM?

    The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) will advance safety and health protection for workers by providing a global standard for chemical classification. In addition to increasing safety precautions for hazardous materials workers, the new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) also provides easier access to information on the safety data sheets, cost […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    ST.GERMAIN COLLINS ROLLS OUT ENVIRONMENTAL SENTRY

    As the world of environmental regulation becomes increasingly complex, we have realized that we need to grow and adapt our service practices to meet these new challenges. That is why we have decided to offer a new way to extend the security and peace of mind of knowing that we have your back to wherever […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    AUGUST DEADLINE APPROACHING: IS YOUR UST FACILITY IN COMPLIANCE?

    Because it is less probable that a facility with an operator who has completed proper training will experience a petroleum spill, the Federal Underground Storage Tank Compliance Act of 2005 requires that each federally regulated underground storage tank (UST) facility have a certified operator by August 8, 2012 (August 1, 2012 for Vermont and Rhode […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Patrick Coughlin

    Patrick Coughlin is Principal and Senior Scientist at St.Germain with environmental chemistry and public relations experience going back to 1989. Patrick’s proficiency in his field has recently offered him some exciting opportunities, described below.  Fund Insurance Review BoardThe Fund Insurance Review Board (FIRB) hears appeals of Maine DEP decisions and monitors the disbursement of funds […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    CONSERVATION LANDS IN MAINE

    Second only to California, Maine leads the nation in total acres conserved by land trusts with almost 2 million acres according to the 2010 National Land Trust Census Survey. And with the start of this year came the approval of Plum Creek’s Concept Plan for the Moosehead Region of Maine, allowing The Nature Conservancy to […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: ecomaine

    In New England, 64 percent of consumer waste is either recycled or converted to energy, more than any other region in the U.S. (see map below). Part of the reason for these high recycling and reuse rates are facilities likeecomaine, which serves roughly 20 percent of Maine’s citizens and is located on the borders of […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    BRIAN BACHMANN TO PRESENT ON GREEN BIOREMEDIATION

    Brian Bachmann, C.G., Geologist at St.Germain, will be presenting “Green Bioremediation of Petroleum Contaminated Groundwater Using Oxygen Injection in Western Maine” at the 2012 Maine Water Conference on March 14, 2012. The presentation will cover typical petroleum contamination remediation methods in comparison to the green, in situ method of oxygen injection, and discuss application of […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    MAINE DEP AND EPA ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS IN 2011

    Knowing the type of enforcement actions initiated by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the US Environmental Protection Agency can help the regulated community better understand what pitfalls to avoid. Note that DEP and EPA have overlapping jurisdictions in Maine, so both agencies conduct inspections and address regulatory violations. As a service to St.Germain […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    917 MAIN STREET LIVE-WORK CONDOMINIUMS

    Project Description St.Germain provided civil engineering and local permitting support to the Westbrook Housing Authority. Our senior civil engineer assessed the pre-development stormwater runoff for this urban site located within sight of the Presumpscot River, where existing runoff was directed, and developed treatment options that could be integrated into the site layout. Working closely with […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    BROWNFIELDS SUCCESS STORY – PRIME TANNING

    Site History The former Prime Tanning site in downtown Berwick, Maine has sat vacant since 2008 when Prime Tanning consolidated its operations in Hartland. The 11 acre site was host to various manufacturing operations from 1877 to 2008, including: Leather tanning and processing complex, Wool pulling works facility, Sash and door factory, Reed factory, Carriage […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    WASTECON IS COMING TO BOSTON AUGUST 15-17!

    SWANA (The Solid Waste Association of North America) is holding WASTECON 2010, their major waste management conference in Boston this year. SWANA is co-locating this event with the APWA (American Public Works Association) Congress & Exhibition. The combined event is a great opportunity to gain insights and to network with stakeholders in waste management and […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    SPCC Plans Required For Parked Trucks

    EPA is saying that parked cargo tank vehicles (i.e., delivery trucks) containing product in a parking area (such as one that would be found at an oil company’s office) that is not located at a bulk plant is subject to the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule (40 CFR, Part 112) because a parked […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    St.Germain Announces Patrick Coughlin as Principal

    Mark St.Germain and Scott Collins are pleased to announce that Patrick Coughlin has joined them as a principal of the firm.  Mark St.Germain, founder and President of St.Germain & Associates, was enthusiastic about Coughlin becoming a principal: “Pat is a great asset to our team. When our clients have needed help with complex issues, he […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Why Should I Provide Fencing for My Oil Storage Facility?

    Why are some bulk oil storage facilities fully fenced, and some not? This is a question many of our petroleum clients ask us. The simple answer: Facilities that are not fenced have not been inspected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)…yet. Once inspected, the EPA will likely require that the facility be fenced within a […]

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  • 17/04/2020
    Maine DEP Revising All Soil Cleanup Standards

    Since the 1990s, the Maine DEP has relied on two cleanup guidelines for contaminated soil: 1) the Remedial Action Guidelines (commonly referred to as the RAGs), and 2) the Procedural Guidelines For Remediation Of Oil Contaminated Soil (until recently referred to as the Decision Tree). The RAGs target non-petroleum contaminants such as heavy metals and […]

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