Maryland Mold Remediation Services Act

The Maryland General Assembly passed The Maryland Mold Remediation Services Act in 2008; however, due to budget constraints, enactment of the new law was postponed until July 1, 2013. When the law goes into effect this summer, any company or firm performing mold remediation services at residential properties in Maryland must be licensed in accordance […]

Asbestos in Schools

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) was passed  by Congress in 1986, requiring public and non-profit K-12 schools to conduct inspections for asbestos-containing building materials and develop management plans which provide recommendations to minimize asbestos hazards.  Under AHERA, management plans were required to be implemented by July 9, 1989, with the first round of […]

Controlled Hazardous Substances Reporting

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) expects to finalize the Controlled Hazardous Substance (CHS) Notification Regulations in 2013.  These Regulations have been in the works since 2009 and will require notification be sent to MDE of any sample result exceeding the appropriate screening value. In 2008 the Controlled Hazardous Substance Act was changed to […]

Changes to the Voluntary Cleanup Program Application

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) Application was updated in November 2012. Many of the changes were cosmetic (the Application was made “prettier” and easier to read) or made completing the application easier (use of a Microsoft Word Form). There were, however, some noteworthy changes to the language and substance of the Application.

Key Revisions to the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment ASTM E1527 Standard

With the spring season comes change! The same can be said about the much anticipated revision to the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) E1527 Standard (Standard) which is expected to be released in the late spring of 2013. The Standard has been updated in response to recent trends observed in risk-based corrective action and state initiatives to assess the potential for vapor intrusion.

Several key changes to the Standard expected in the revision include new and expanded definitions of recognized environmental conditions (RECs), considerations for vapor migration and the need to complete regulatory file reviews. The revised standard will become effective immediately upon release. Get informed now and click here for more information on what changes can be expected to the Standard and how you may be impacted!