• Oil – what’s in a name (or definition)?
    November 6, 2018
    What is an oil?   This might seem like a simple question, but there are many possible answers… and sometimes an oil is not always an oil. Let’s begin with the dictionary definition (though this is alw …
  • What are Volatile Organic Compounds in Massachusetts?
    September 11, 2018
      “Volatile organic compounds or VOCs” are defined (310 CMR 40.0006) in the MCP. Volatile Organic Compounds and VOCs each mean an organic compound with a boiling point equal to or less than 2180C that …
  • Put Some Honey On It – National Honey Bee Day
    August 15, 2018
    Mark O’Malley and Paul Tanner, PG, LEP August 22 is National Honey Bee Day This post is the first of two concerning insects.  Today’s subject concerns honeybees, the beloved non-native insects that we …
  • Industrial Archaeology
    July 16, 2018
    I recently had the great pleasure of attending the Society for Industrial Archaeology’s annual conference, held in Richmond, Virginia. The SIA is an interdisciplinary professional organization dedicat …
  • OTO Sponsors Net Positive Symposium at Hampshire College
    June 28, 2018
    O’Reilly Talbot & Okun Associates, Inc. participated as a sponsor in the Net Positive Symposium for Higher Education, held at one of our recently completed projects, the R.W. Kern Center on the beauti …
  • Solar Decathlon Latin America and Caribbean
    June 14, 2018
    My name is Jhonatan Escobar and I joined O’Reilly, Talbot & Okun Associates, Inc. (OTO) after obtaining my BS in Civil Engineering in 2017.  Working as a full time field engineer represents a lifetime …
  • The New England Trail: Hike 50 Challenge
    May 31, 2018
    New England Trail: Hike 50 Challenge As an avid hiker and lover of the outdoors, I often head to the breathtaking White Mountains of New Hampshire, Vermont’s Green Mountains, and the Adirondacks of Ne …
  • Manifest Destiny –
    May 17, 2018
    Tom Speight, CHMM, and Paul Tanner, PG, LEP For a one-page document, EPA’s humble Form 8700-22, commonly known as the Uniform Hazardous Waste Manifest, carries a lot of very important information, is …
  • Preloading of Varved Clay Soils
    May 3, 2018
    This part of our ongoing series about building settlement and geotechnical engineering strategies to mitigate settlement. Mike Talbot is OTO’s geotechnical engineering practice lead. I recently had th …
  • Vapor Intrusion as a Major Cleanup Driver
    April 19, 2018
    Vapor Intrusion Emerges as a Major Cleanup Driver When I started work as an environmental professional in 1986, I do not recall thinking about or even being aware of the risks posed by vapor intrusion …