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 […]
The Underground Tank Problem If you own an old underground storage tank (UST) in Massachusetts, particularly a single-walled steel tank, chances are you have heard about the push to remove these older tanks. The problem with them is that over time, they are prone to leaking and when they leak; they contaminate the environment […]
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 […]
PCBs, polychlorinated biphenyls, are a group of related chemicals that were used for a variety of applications up until the 1970s. In the 1960s the development of improved gas chromatography methods allowed environmental scientists to become aware of the environmental persistence and global distribution of PCBs in the environment. Since that time there have been […]
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 […]
A lot of BS passes itself off as good science these days. While for the most part we applaud the good science that leads to improved environmental protection and better public health, we don’t hesitate to call out the BS when we see it. In that vein, I recently had the good fortune to receive […]
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.
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 […]
This is my last post from my stay at the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) conference in Salt Lake City. But, it’s really not about the conference at all, it’s about Utah’s geology or at least the small pieces of it I was able to see. After arriving in the City on Saturday I had […]
Winter has been unusually cruel to Bostonians this year. Record snow storms and arctic cold have blanketed the region.