Author: Tom Speight

An Ounce of Prevention

A lot of what OTO does involves helping clients manage risks. Sometimes we do this in a reactive mode– digging up leaking gasoline tanks, capping abandoned landfills, and otherwise resolving problems that already exist. The proactive side is less obvious and dramatic (ok, and maybe a little less fun), and consists mostly of identifying potential […]

Changes to the RCRA Generator Requirements

With all the hubbub in Washington DC lately, it’s been largely overlooked that some of the regulatory changes that started under the previous administration are only now coming to fruition. For example, the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rule went into effect on the federal level on May 30, 2017 by amending parts of the regulations […]

Safety Training has Come a Long Way

This picture is of a coal mine in West Virginia; the publication it was in was dated 1946, where it was presented as an example of ‘the bad old days.’ I found it in an old copy of the quarterly employee magazine of Eastern Gas and Fuel Associates, a holding company which used to have […]

Coal Tar – Yesterday’s Nuisance, Today’s Problem

Coal Tar – Yesterday’s Nuisance, Today’s Problem OTO’s work includes a lot of remediation projects.in Massachusetts and Connecticut. One of the things we run into on occasion is coal tar, a viscous, black, smelly product of our industrial heritage. Coal tar is not one of the more common challenges encountered at MCP sites in Massachusetts, […]

Say goodbye to the Glomar Explorer

The Glomar Explorer was a remarkable ship, but the story surrounding her is still more amazing. She was built during the Cold War for a secret high-tech CIA mission, the sheer complexity of which rivaled a space mission. After her mission was exposed, she was converted into a deep-sea oil drilling ship. In 2015 it was announced that she would be sold for scrap.

Chernobyl.

I keep a medal in my desk at home. I didn’t earn it; it is only an eBay purchase, but it has a lot of philosophical value for me. It is constructed of brass with enameled areas and a cloth ribbon on the hanger. The central detail shows symbols for alpha, beta, and gamma radiation […]

Where Does the Garbage Go?

Where Does The Garbage Go? I looked into the refrigerator last week and couldn’t help but make a mental inventory of the fridge contents in the wake of Thanksgiving. We had the cranberry chutney that nobody but me liked, the sweet potatoes that time forgot, and three kinds of leftover turkey. I was pretty sure […]