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So…what exactly is Hydrogeology?

Say that you’re a growing municipality. It’s a great place to live, and people are flocking to your county because of the wonderful climate, available jobs, and healthy economy. New housing projects and office buildings are springing up everywhere. Life is good. There’s just one problem…

You’ve almost reached the current capacity of your municipal water supply.

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Accessibility

Codes. Regulations. These words can cause anyone involved in a construction or renovation project to shake their head and grumble. It often seems like codes only exist to make life more complicated and to make projects more expensive, but it’s important to understand why they’re in place. 

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EPA Issues New Regulations

On August 31, 2015 EPA issued proposed new rules for management of hazardous waste for the pharmaceutical industry and for general industry under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

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Geotechnical Engineering in the Urban Environment

The first thing I do when I step out of a subway and go above ground is to look around and admire the city that I’m in. I gaze at the buildings and wonder who could be lucky enough to live in them. Then, as my imagination comes back down to earth, I think about how these buildings were built. I’m a geotechnical engineer, which means that I spend my days thinking about soil and rocks. I can’t help but think about the intricate process behind constructing a building.

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Mold Primer

The mere mention of the word ‘mold’ tends to cause anxiety about the quality of the air we breathe in our homes and workplaces. Many of us have seen pictures of black mold growing on walls in homes that have been flooded, but did you know that even homes that don’t have mold growing on the walls still have millions of microscopic spores floating in the air? These spores are released as the result of fungi reproduction. They are relatively harmless until they settle on wet or damp organic surfaces.

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Flood Recovery - Infrastructure Failures

The unprecedented flooding in South Carolina reminds us of not only the dangers of high waters during the initial event, but also of its aftermath.  This hits home with us here at ECS, as we have five offices in South Carolina - Florence, Greenville, Taylors, Charleston, and Columbia.  Our thoughts and prayers are with our local employees, friends and clients as well as the entire Palmetto State.

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Flood Recovery - Dams

The unprecedented flooding in South Carolina reminds us of not only the dangers of high waters during the initial event, but also of its aftermath.  This hits home with us here at ECS, as we have five offices in South Carolina - Florence, Greenville, Taylors, Charleston, and Columbia.  Our thoughts and prayers are with our local employees, friends and clients as well as the entire Palmetto State.

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Flood Recovery - Environmental Considerations

The unprecedented flooding in South Carolina reminds us of not only the dangers of high waters during the initial event, but also of its aftermath.  This hits home with us here at ECS, as we have offices in South Carolina - Florence, Greenville, Taylors, Charleston, and Columbia.  Our thoughts and prayers are with our local employees, friends and clients as well as the entire Palmetto State.

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Environmental Due Diligence – Part III

If the Phase I ESA discussed in the previous segment of this blog identified potential Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs), the next step in the process is a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA).  A Phase II involves performing one or more explorations to collect soil, groundwater, vapor and/or other types of samples. The environmental professional uses this data and expertise to render an opinion concerning the magnitude and likely extent of contamination that make it a REC.

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Environmental Due Diligence – Part II

Last time, we described how environmental due diligence is often viewed as an ‘unnecessary’ lender requirement. However, well-educated buyers know that this process can protect their interests before closing the deal.

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