AGC Attending Pennsylvania PFAS Action Team Public Meeting on April 15

As part of Advanced GeoServices’ ongoing efforts to continue servicing clients with PFAS issues, Steve Kirschner will be attending the Pennsylvania PFAS Action Team public meeting on April 15, 2019.  The meeting will discuss:

Image courtesy of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Image courtesy of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

  • PFAS Action Team;

  • MCL update;

  • Toxicological issues;

  • PFAS Pilot Study;

  • Laboratory Instrumentation;

  • Land Recycling Program Regulatory Package

  • Staff Sampling Training

  • Drinking Water Sampling Plan

  • EPA PFAS Action Plan

  • Sources, Impacts, & Water Supplier Needs

  • Township Recommendations

  • Redevelopment of the Willow Grove Site

  • PFAS Management

The Pennsylvania PFAS Action Team was created in September 2018 by Governor Wolf to address PFAS issues within the Commonwealth.  The Action Team is led by the secretaries of Environmental Protection, Health, Military and Veteran Affairs, Community and Economic Development, Agriculture, and the State Fire Commissioner.

Steve Kirschner leads the Montrose Emerging Contaminants Team, which is comprised of professionals that address PFAS issues impacting sampling, remediation, brownfields, water treatment, stormwater, air, laboratory instrumentation, chemistry, toxicology, industrial, water supplier, and municipal issues.  Montrose is able to combine our expertise from various experts nationwide to help our clients address their PFAS issues.  To learn more about the PA PFAS Action Team meeting or to discuss, contact:

Steve Kirschner, P.E.
Senior Project Consultant

What’s in it for Greater Philadelphia? Presidential Infrastructure Plan

Internet Fulfillment Center

The Trump administration compiled a list of about 50 infrastructure investment priorities nationwide, with a focus on shovel ready projects that promote public safety, national security and economic development, according to McClatchy’s Kansas City Star. Improved infrastructure could mean safer, more efficient and more economical travel and transport in the Greater Philadelphia region.

 The proposed projects, selected from a larger list developed by the National Governor’s Association (NGA), represent an investment of $137.5 billion and are estimated to create 193,350 direct jobs.  These are full time equivalent, year long positions related to on-site labor and professional services for the design and construction of these projects. 

Philadelphia stands to gain, with a proposal to repair or replace 15 bridges on I-95.  This is estimated to be an $8 billion investment that will generate 15,800 direct jobs during the construction phase.  

The NextGen Air Traffic Control System, a priority of Pennsylvania Congressman and House Transportation Chair Bill Shuster, would upgrade the nation’s air traffic control system to a satellite-based system.  The benefits?  Shorter flight times, fuels savings, increased safety, and the ability to increase air traffic capacity by 50%. Implementing this system would generate 2,300 direct jobs.   

Beyond public safety - and the immediate jobs for civil engineers, structural engineers, road builders, geotechnical experts, stormwater experts, construction workers, concrete suppliers, and steel workers – these infrastructure investments buttress existing economic growth that relies on strong infrastructure. 

As Craig Ey highlighted in his recent report in the Philadelphia Business Journal, “Greater Philadelphia is on a roll.” The city and surrounding burbs are alive with new projects from new manufacturing (Proconex) and innovation hubs (Wexford and Schuylkill Yards).  But, as Ey notes, “infrastructure remains a concern, as bridges and highways continue to age” and our rail system struggles with structural and operational challenges.  No one sets their watch by SEPTA. 

The Brookings Institute’s analysis of thriving metropolitan areas, considers infrastructure connectivity to be a key competiveness factor.

Consider, for example, the area’s warehousing/industrial big box and logistics sectors. “The Eastern Pennsylvania Big-Box/Logistics market’s 5.5% year-to-date growth ranks the region as one of the most rapidly expanding in the U.S., confirming its first tier status among national industrial markets.” (Colliers, Research Report Q3 2016). Eastern Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley, and New Jersey have emerged as one of the most robust regions for big box development, like the fulfillment center Advanced GeoServices helped Urban Outfitters develop, due to proximity to customers, strong transportation infrastructure, and available workforce.   The growth in internet ordering, especially for food and beverage, drives the need for strategically located and effectively designed warehouse facilities. Eastern Pennsylvania offers one-day truck driving access to four metropolitan statistical areas. 46 million people, with a combined income of $1.46 trillion, live within a 200-mile radius.  Safe, right sized highway and transport infrastructure are fundamental to this sector. 

Improving I-95 must, of course, be a part of a much more comprehensive approach to strengthening the region’s infrastructure. 

Trump’s administration plans to rely on public-private partnerships and tax credits to finance.  Project criteria are public safety or national security emergencies; 30% design and engineering work complete (“shovel ready”); direct job creation; and the potential to increase U.S. manufacturing. 

Senior Senate Democrats unveiled a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. One big difference – that plan relies on direct federal spending. 

Tomorrow, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a hearing on “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America”. Expert testimony will come from BMW, FedEx, the AFL-CIO, and others.  

For more information, contact:

Steve Kirschner
Senior Project Consultant

Delaware Sediment & Stormwater Regulations Invalidated by Court

On October 7, 2015 the Delaware Superior Court ruled that the 2014 Sediment & Stormwater Regulations were invalid.  Why?   The very definition of "regulation" came to light.  The Technical Document issued by DNREC to provide guidance for following the new regulations was being enforced by DNREC as if it were law.  If it was intended to be enforced in this way, the Technical Document should have followed Delaware’s Administrative Procedures Act (APA) procedures for adoption as the regulations had.

Delaware Sediment and Stormwater Regulations Invalidated by Court

DNREC has appealed the Court's decision.  In the interim, DNREC has adopted emergency sediment and stormwater regulations, reinstating the 2014 regulations invalidated by the Court and is adopting the Technical Document as part of the regulations.  The interim regulations were adopted under the state's APA and will be in effect for 120 days and may be extended for an additional 60 days while the regulations and Technical Document go through the formal adoption process as required by state law.  

More information on this decision:

If you would like to discuss this issue in depth or would like to discuss your site issues, please contact:

Barry G. Stingel, RLA, ASLA
Senior Landscape Architect & Land Planner