Advanced GeoServices on Top Engineering Firms of 2015 List

Advanced GeoServices is pleased to announce we have made the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Top Engineering Firms of 2015” list, which was published on February 13, 2015.  This marks the 11th time that we have made the annual list!! The owners of Advanced GeoServices attribute our success to the continual diversification of our services and focus on developing lasting client relationships.  

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Over the past few years we have redesigned our corporate website; opened offices in New Jersey and an office in Lancaster, PA.  We have expanded our professional staff to include NJ LSRPs, and more landscape architects.  “We will continue to look for opportunities to expand our services so we can better serve our clients,” said Thomas M. Legel, Executive Vice President.

Please contact us for your civil and geotechnical land development engineering and environmental assessments and remediation:

Chris Reitman - Environmental Services
Dan Wright- Site Development Services

AGC Welcomes Grant T. Smith, RLA, ASLA

Advanced GeoServices is pleased to announce that Grant T. Smith, RLA, ASLA has joined the firm as a Senior Project Consultant. Grant holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning, both degrees from Pennsylvania State University. He is active in the Urban Land Institute, Philadelphia Chapter and has been a guest lecturer at Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture.

Grant T. Smith, RLA, ASLA

Grant will be working out of our Lancaster, PA office and utilizing his experience as a leader and manager of multi-disciplinary teams for major land development, site engineering, landscape architectural, survey, environmental, transportation, geotechnical, environmental, and government projects. He has worked on large subdivision, institutional, urban, commercial and industrial projects. He emphasizes clear communication of project goals with all stakeholders and works closely with municipalities and regulatory agencies to assure project progress toward approvals and completion. As project manager, Grant draws upon his knowledge of zoning, land development, environmental, industry, government processes, transportation, redevelopment, LEED, innovative stormwater management, and ADA to provide clients with a comprehensive approach to each project, to provide clients with a comprehensive approach to each project which meets their goals..

Please join us in welcoming Grant. He can be reached at:

Grant T. Smith, RLA, ASLA
gsmith@advancedgeoservices.com
office 610.840.9190 
cell 717.278.9995

Advanced GeoServices Corp.
533 Janet Avenue, Suite 400
Lancaster, PA 17601

New Employer Reporting Requirements for Severe Injuries & Fatalities

As of January 1st 2015 OSHA has changed requirements for reporting work related fatalities or severe injuries. In the past, employers were required to report all fatalities and or when three or more workers were hospitalized during the same incident. The new law requires:

  • Employers are required to report all work related fatalities within 8 hours, and
  • Employers are required to report all inpatient hospitalization, amputations and loss of an eye within 24 hours of finding out about the incident.

The new reporting requirements are intended to help prevent further severe injuries and fatalities by identifying the problem and taking preventative measures. 

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OSHA Reporting Severe Injuries & Illnesses

3 Ways for Reporting an Incident:

•    Call 1-800-321-6742 (24 hour hotline);
•    Call the closest OSHA Area Office; and
•    Report online using http://www.osha.gov/report_online (coming soon).

For more information visit the OSHA website or contact:

Steve Kirschner
skirschner@advancedgeoservices.com
610.840.9117

February 1 – April 30 Deadline Approaching – Employers Must Post OSHA’s 300A Log

Between February 1 – April 30 of each year, covered employers MUST post the Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) Form 300A.  Form 300A summarizes the illnesses and injuries that were reported during 2014 in OSHA Form 300.  Form 300A must be posted in a location that is accessible to all employees (e.g., break room, employee bulletin board, or near time clock).  If an OSHA Inspector finds that the log is not posted, OSHA can issue a citation.

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The list of exempt employers has been updated on OSHA’s website.  Employers with ten or few employees, regardless of what industry they are in, are typically exempt from this new regulation and exempt from other

If you have questions regarding this requirement or need assistance with your recordkeeping, please contact:

Steve Kirschner
610.840.9117

USEPA Regulatory Update – Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published its final rule regulating the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCRs). Disposal regulation of CCRs will be under the subtitle D “non-hazardous” section of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.  Among other things, subtitle D requires composite liner systems be utilized in new and or expanded landfills and surface impoundments. Good news for most stakeholders is that the new rule allows for the use of alternative liners, explicitly mentioning Geosynthetic Clay Liners (GCLs) as a viable replacement for 2’ of compacted clay, provided equivalency is demonstrated.  

Be careful when selecting a GCL though; not all CCRs are created equal and there is no “one size fits” all GCL.   Equivalency needs to be demonstrated through site specific compatibility and shear strength testing.

Advanced GeoServices has extensive design and construction experience with the closure of large coal ash basins for various clients.  The unique considerations of coal ash basin closures or beneficial reuse requires a design expert such as Advanced GeoServices.  Below are links to the final rules and a fact sheet.

http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-12/documents/factsheet_ccrfinal_2.pdf

http://www2.epa.gov/coalash/coal-ash-rule

If you have questions about this rule or if you want to discuss your environmental needs, please contact:

Christopher T. Reitman
Senior Project Consultant
creitman@advancedgeoservices.com
610-840-9123

Brownfield Development in Northern New Jersey

Advanced GeoServices is experienced in providing multi-disciplinary engineering services in support of brownfield redevelopment.  Advanced GeoServices is providing geotechnical and environmental services on a waterfront property in Hudson County, NJ to deliver a pad-ready industrial project on highly compressible organic material with historic fill,  impacted groundwater, and a pre-existing cap (consisting of amended dredge material) at the site of a former chemical manufacturing facility.  

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Advanced GeoServices is designing a surcharging program with provisions for management of impacted groundwater  to assist the property owner with meeting an aggressive construction schedule for a project that will allow the end use developer to build out the project with a shallow foundation system.   Advanced GeoServices' engineering capabilities will allow the ground improvement program to reduce the overall building costs significantly by eliminating the need for deep foundations.  

If you have questions about this site or would like to discuss how we could assist with your brownfield redevelopment needs, please contact:

Rick Shoyer
856.354.2273
rshoyer@advancedgeoservices.com

Upcoming NJ Regulations

We track upcoming environmental and site development regulations that may impact our clients and wanted to share a list of upcoming NJ environmental regulations that may impact you:

  • Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) Board - Rules will be published in the January 5th 2015 NJ Register.  The comment period ends March 5, 2015 and the public hearing is scheduled for February 17, 2015.
     
  • NJDEP Guidance Documents - NJDEP provided update on various Guidance Documents:
    • The Capping Guidance has been completed and is available.
    • The comment period is over for:
      • Off-Site Sources
      • Pesticides
          
    • NJDEP is working on guidance for:
      • Comingled Plumes 
      • Child Care Centers
      • Performance Monitoring for In-Situ GW Treatment
      • Response to Catastrophic Events document
         
  • Clean Fill Guidance - Industry Stakeholders and NJDEP exchanged language on how virgin fill from licensed quarries should be treated.  The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) participated in an industry meeting at the NJ Builders Association (NJBA) to work on develop proposed approaches.  The divisive issue is separating quarry materials from the "clean fill" definition.  Stakeholders hope to meet with NJDEP soon to continue the dialogue. NJBA is leading this effort.
     
  • NJDEP Cleanup Metrics - NJDEP shared the following program-wide cleanup metrics:
    • 13,902 active cases
    • 10,449 active LSRP cases
    • 7 RAOs invalidated
    • 162 RAOs withdrawn by LSRPs
       
  • New LSRP Regulations - NJDEP will require assignment of LSRPs for sites with institutional controls because reports/information are not being submitted on a biennial basis as required; NJDEP believes assigning LSRPs may remedy the issue.
     
  • Proposed revisions to the Coastal Rules, Flood Hazard Area Regulations and Freshwater Wetlands Regulations - revisions are expected to improve the Site remediation process for LSRPs by streamlining certain Land Use approvals for Brownfield Redevelopment projects.

If you have any questions about these regulations or would like to discuss them in more detail, please contact:

Rick Shoyer, LSRP
Cherry Hill, NJ Office
rshoyer@advancedgeoservices.com
856.354.2273

Joe Chiappetta, LSRP
Fair Lawn, NJ Office
jchiappetta@advancedgeoservices.com 
201.705.4283

AGC Adds Northern NJ Office

Advanced GeoServices is pleased to announce that we have added an office to better service our clients in the Northern NJ/NYC region.  Our new office is located in Fair Lawn, NJ and will be managed by Joe Chiappetta, who is a NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP).

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Joe has been working in the environmental industry since 1999, managing soil and groundwater investigations and has worked on a wide range of projects for a number of industries, including manufactured gas plants, oil and gas, manufacturing, retail, land development, and the public sector.  As an LSRP, he has worked on numerous NJ Site Remediation Program sites.

In addition to his own projects, Joe will be assisting projects from our other offices in West Chester & Lancaster, PA and Cherry Hill, NJ.  The Fair Lawn, NJ office will be able to utilize the resources from the other offices as well.

Please contact Joe to discuss your site needs.

Joseph P. Chiappetta, LSRP
201.705.4283
jchiappetta@advancedgeoservices.com
22-08 Route 208, Suite 14
Fair Lawn, NJ  07410

Stay Safe This Holiday Season: Ladder Safety

As the Holiday Season approaches, please remember to use proper ladder safety when setting up lights and decorations, or cleaning the gutters.  At Advanced GeoServices we want everyone to be safe - on and off the job!

10 Top Ladder Safety Tips:

1.    Do select the right ladder for the job
2.    Do NOT improvise by creating your own “ladder” with chairs, stools, etc…
3.    Do stabilize ladder, if necessary
4.    Do NOT exceed the ladder weight capacity
5.    Do make sure that the ladder is on a firm, level, non-slippery surface
6.    Do NOT use metal ladders near electrical lines/equipment
7.    Do center your body on the ladder
8.    Do NOT set up a ladder near a doorway or high traffic area unless you cordon off the area
9.    Do face the ladder at all times
10.    Do NOT use less than 3 points of physical contact with the ladder 

Advanced GeoServices is committed to safety.  To learn how your workplace can become a safer environment, contact

Steve Kirschner
610.840.9117

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Compliance is Good Business Practice

Advanced GeoServices’ professional industrial services continues to grow. Our Certified Safety Professional is assisting a new Pennsylvania client with its annual OSHA-required safety training program (e.g., lock-out tag-out, confined space entry & respirator protection).  Meanwhile in Maryland, we are finishing a NPDES permit renewal and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan for a heavy machining/manufacturing facility.  In response to a potential compliance issue, Advanced GeoServices has been retained to perform a RCRA and California waste stream characterization for multiple facilities across the country for a global manufacturer.

For more information on our industrial services, please contact:

Stephen W. Kirschner
Senior Project Consultant
610-840-9117
skirschner@advancedgeoservices.com 

Advanced GeoServices and the Chester Valley Trail

Advanced GeoServices is a proud member of the consultant team working with the Chester County Parks and Facilities Department on sections of the Chester Valley Trail, a public trail system being built in phases across 18.5 miles of Chester County from Downingtown to the Montgomery County line. Recently Phase III of the trail was opened to the public and on September 25th an opening ceremony was held at the Exton Park Trailhead. Speaking at the ceremony were Director Steve Fromnick of the Chester County Facilities and Parks Department, Chester County Commissioners Kathi Cozzone and Terence Farrell, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti and West Whiteland Township Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Soles. Also seen in the ribbon cutting pictures is Dave Stauffer, Chester County Facilities and Parks Department Capital Projects Coordinator.

It was a cool and wet day for the opening but the event was well attended. Congratulations to Chester County Parks and all who are making this tremendous and worthwhile project a reality!

If you would like to learn more about the Chester Valley Trail, contact:

Barry G. Stingel
610-840-9182
bstingel@advancedgeoservices.com

AGC Opens Lancaster, PA Office

In an effort to better serve our clients, we have opened a branch office in Lancaster City, Lancaster County, PA to support clients in the Lancaster, Berks, York, and Dauphin counties. We will be able to provide environmental, site design, land planning, and landscape architecture services from this office. 

Our Lancaster office joins a growing list of locations that can provide services to you - our headquarters in West Chester, PA and our locations in NJ - Fair Lawn and Cherry Hill. 

Grant Smith, RLA will be managing the office.  Please contact Grant to discuss how we can help you devise creative solutions for your projects.

Grant Smith, RLA
Advanced GeoServices Corp.
120 N. Pointe Blvd., Ste. 302
Lancaster, PA  17601
Phone: 717.510.9595

Joseph P. Chiappetta, LSRP Joins Advanced GeoServices Corp.

Advanced GeoServices is pleased to announce that Joseph P. Chiappetta, LSRP has joined us as a Senior Project Consultant  Joe will help expand our presence in New Jersey by working with Rick Shoyer in our southern New Jersey office.  He will also assist with projects originating out of our West Chester, PA headquarters.

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Mr. Chiappetta has been working in the environmental industry since 1999, performing soil and groundwater investigations.  Tasks performed included preliminary assessments, historical research, due diligence surveys, site investigations, development and implementation of soil, sediment. surface water and groundwater sampling plans and the delineation of subsurface soil and groundwater contamination.  Mr. Chiappetta has extensive sediment sampling delineation and remediation experience. He has designed creative, cost effective solutions to a variety of complex environmental problems and has served as an effective liaison between clients and regulatory agencies. Mr. Chiappetta has successfully negotiated closure of numerous ISRA, BUST, and MOA cases using a natural attenuation approach, including the use of CEAs, Deed Notices and Remedial Action Permits. He has been involved with numerous Superfund and NJDEP Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF) Sites, including being the lead investigator on two Superfund sites.  He has sat on Brownfield’s Development Area (BDA) Steering Committee and has served as a consultant to several Superfunds potentially responsible parties (PRP) groups.  Mr. Chiappetta has twelve years of experience in the performance of wetland determinations and wetlands permitting, including endangered species determinations and six years experience in the performance of ecological risk assessments.  

In addition to being certified as a New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professional (NJ LSRP), Joe is a NJDEP certified Subsurface Evaluator & UST Closure.  He is a Risk/Loss Committee member of the Licensed Site Remediation Professional Association (LSRPA).

Please contact Joe to discuss your site's environmental issues:

Joseph W. Chiappetta, LSRP
201.705.4283
jchiappetta@advancedgeoservices.com

NJ Dept of Health Right-to-Know Online Filing: Are You Prepared?

Recently, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has announced a new online system for public employers to submit their annual Right to Know (RTK) Survey by February 15, 2015. 

If you click on the link “instructions for completing the survey” you get the “simple easy to follow guide” of 39 pages!!!  It makes for many headaches.

There are several new requirements that will make this new filing difficult, such as:

  • All information must be manually entered into the state database, including all chemical and codes, etc.
  • You must now provide the manufacturer of the substance.  This means you have to get the MSDS, (Material Safety Data Sheet), as newly formatted by the state, for every product or compound for each area.  Many entities probably do not have them, or know if they are the “current” MSDS or an earlier one.
  • You can only list the ingredients from each product that are on the chemical list provided by the state, (if you have the substance or the minimum threshold amount).  For example, a product may have 5 ingredients and only 3 need to be listed.  The other 2 cannot be listed.  Another manufacturer of the same product may have 6 ingredients and 4 need to be filed.

Note:   We have a massive MSDS database, built over 24 + years, that maps the chemicals and all the applicable codes for each ingredient in the product for each Manufacturer! 

Before you begin to tackle the filing of the RTK survey, you must identify one person to be the Official RTK Coordinator (if you haven’t done so already).  Then the Official RTK Coordinator must register online and provide their contact information.  The deadline for registration is right around the corner—September 15, 2014!

Since our company has worked with these filings for over 24 years, we are in the perfect position to help eliminate the stress and can provide the internal resources to comply with this new system. 

Get started today and contact us: 

Steve Kirschner
Vice President
610.840.9117