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

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. 

OSHA Reporting Severe Injuries & Illnesses
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 (coming soon).

For more information visit the OSHA website or contact:

Steve Kirschner

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.

OSHA, OSHA Compliance, OSHA 300A, recordkeeping

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

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.

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

Christopher T. Reitman
Senior Project Consultant

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

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

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


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

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

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

Innovative TCE Source Remediation

You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.  In our case we broke 69 soil fractures in 7 overburden wells and 53 bedrock fractures in 11 bedrock wells to inject approximately 8,000 gallons of vegetable oil emulsion (VOE) and sodium bicarbonate to complete the full-scale bioremediation installation at a site in North Carolina.  Significant technical challenges were overcome to maximize the vertical and horizontal distribution of the VOE and treat the TCE source area beneath the manufacturing building.  The full-scale source treatment was implemented to reduce TCE mass flux and accelerate the natural attenuation of the off-site portion of impacted groundwater.

If you have a site that requires innovative design solutions, contact:

Steve Kirschner, P.E.
Senior Environmental Engineer