Category: Asbestos

Speaking at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Asbestos and Lead Workshop

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Wynn L. White Consulting Engineers, Inc. is excited to announce an upcoming asbestos speaking engagement. Chris White, P.E., LEED AP, CBCP will speak at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Asbestos and Lead Workshop on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The workshop is free and runs from 9:00 am – 12:15 pm. This workshop will cover the Louisiana Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (LELAP), provide a summary of the proposed rule revisions related to Chapter…

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Misadventures in Environmental Hazard Abatement and Demolition Projects – Part 2

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At the end of our last episode in this epic saga, we’d just received bids on our environmental hazard abatement and demolition project. And if you’ll remember, the low bidder won the job with the low, low price of $345,678. I was apprehensive, and so were my clients, but the contractor, in his best infomercial pitch, promised he’d do the job just exactly as we designed. And if we acted…

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What Do You Do When Your Environmental Consultant Quits?

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What Do You Do When Your Environmental Consultant Quits? If you’re like me, you’re not too fond of change. At the very least, not fond of big changes. I like being comfortable – who doesn’t? One area where facility owners, managers, and project designers all like to be comfortable is with their environmental consultant. So when you find a good environmental consultant and you enjoy working with them, you like…

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Misadventures in Environmental Hazard Abatement and Demolition Projects

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Almost two years ago we began pre-design work on an environmental hazard abatement and demolition project, some of my favorite work. I enjoy these projects because, well, we have a fair amount of environmental hazard abatement and demolition project experience, and demolition is fun. This is a pretty big project, involving 9 buildings, with an approximately 300’ x 300’ footprint. And located right off a heavily traveled street.  By the…

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Keep Unknown Environmental Problems From Making You “Hurry Up and Wait”

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Expect the Unexpected As I’m typing this, I’m about 35,000 feet over Texas, flying toward a project that’s supposed to happen tomorrow, but in all likelihood isn’t. We’re often called for specialized environmental work, mostly in Louisiana, but sometimes in other parts of the country. In this case, I’m supposed to perform lead air sampling for a client who performs paint removal and coating services. So a couple of times…

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What Does “Free” Real Estate Cost? An Environmental Site Assessment Can Help You Avoid Problems

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If it seems too good to be true, it probably is In 2003, one of our clients (a municipality) came across a bit of good fortune – a free piece of property in a great location in the commercial business district. The site was owned by a family that had operated a business there for years, but the business had closed. The building and site sat unused for quite a while. The…

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Asbestos Floor Tile Removal In Schools

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Not All School Asbestos Floor Tile Removal Projects Are the Same? Note: This post covers my experience on a school asbestos project in Louisiana. Interpretations of asbestos regulations and requirements vary by state, and even across different regions of my home state. My perspective on this was shaped by my introduction to asbestos abatement over 25 years ago, when asbestos floor tile removal was treated in virtually the same manner as abatement…

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EPA Awards $137,000 for Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Asbestos Grant

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EPA awards Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Asbestos Grant EPA posted this press release on 10/17/14: DALLAS (Oct. 17, 2014) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality a grant to help reduce asbestos exposure in schools. The $137,000 grant will go toward compliance monitoring and assistance, public outreach, inspections, enforcement actions, and ensuring workers are properly trained and accredited. Federal regulations require public…

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More Options for Louisiana’s Schools to Provide Annual Asbestos Management Plan Notifications

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This year, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) changed the Asbestos Regulations to allow schools to publish asbestos management plan notifications using electronic media, as well as by mail. This is huge – school systems have more options for notifying parents, teachers, and employees of the availability of their asbestos management plans. Why is this huge? Now, school systems can publish the notification by text, email, or website posting, in addition…

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Mr. Fluffy Asbestos & the Ghostbusters Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

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Social media’s fantastic. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets allow regular folks like me to interact with our favorite authors, celebrities, athletes, and friends. And there’s also unlimited potential for wasting time and killing productivity. Don’t tell my boss – it’ll take away from his time spent looking for clever Star Trek slides to insert into his PowerPoint files. If you’ve seen him speak, you know what I mean….

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