Month: September 2011

Best Coffee in Massachusetts?

First confession: I love coffee, but with age I have found that coffee with a lot of milk is kinder to my upper GI tract than the straight black brew I once enjoyed.  This means I prefer to drink latte  in my travels around the Commonwealth.  Many people (my wife included) would say, “once you […]

Sequoia National Park

This week we rounded out our trip to four western US national parks with a visit to Sequoia.  This part of the trip was a little crazy because we had to drive about 500 miles in one day to go from Zion Park in southern Utah to the little California town of Lemon Cove just […]

US Southwest – Two Great Unexpected Finds

This week we are visiting the southwestern US and arrived in canyon country yesterday.  Wow, the scenery just driving here from Las Vegas was breath taking!  Here are two wonderful experiences that were unexpected.  First, driving out of Vegas on interstate 15, the interstate passes directly through Virgin River Canyon.  I can not imagine what […]

The High Line: Another Must See New York City Attraction

A visit to the High Line Park in Manhattan made skipping work last week look like a stroke of genius. Rather than demolish an abandoned overgrown elevated freight track that once served upper story loading docks, City Parks used the community’s enthusiasm and the track’s unique architectural features to transform this former eye-sore into a […]

Vapor Intrusion – Historic Perspectives, Current Considerations

As we all know, one of the hottest topics in the environmental industry right now is vapor intrusion.  In Massachusetts, vapor intrusion considerations have been around for more than 20 years, since the beginning of the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) program.  This is no surprise, as Massachusetts has been a technical and regulatory leader in […]

Differences Between Type 1 and Type 2 Aroclor 1254 (PCBs)

Aroclor 1254 was the PCB mixture most commonly used in building materials, based on my personal experience reviewing test results.  Recently, as I was digesting data and researching literature to prepare for my UMass Soils Conference presentation this fall, I discovered something interesting about Aroclor 1254 that I hadn’t known; there are two types of […]