Mold 2016

Please enjoy our video overview about the new NYS Mold Legislation. Below the video are links for additional information.

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Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year!

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The EPA recommends that prior to commencing any activity involving the demolition, renovation, repair or remodeling of building materials installed before July 2, 1979, the materials should be evaluated for the presence of PCBs. Regulations are applicable to both PCB waste materials and PCBs still in use. PCBs were used in hundreds of industrial and commercial applications.

The EPA regulations concerning PCBs can be found in 40 CFR Subchapter R Part 761 Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Manufacturing, Processing, Distribution in Commerce, and Use Prohibitions. Per the EPA, if the use of PCBs is not specifically authorized and the concentration is greater than or equal to 50 PPM, then its use is prohibited and the materials must be removed. Otherwise the continued presence of PCBs would be a “use” violation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Caulking is one application where the use of PCBs was never authorized. Per NYSDEC, PCBs in concentrations of 50 PPM or greater is considered hazardous waste.

There are two main types of PCB waste, “Bulk Product Waste” and “Remediation Waste” and they are defined in 40 CFR 761.3. Disposal options are discussed in 40 CFR 761.62 and 762.61 respectively. “PCB Bulk Product Waste” is waste derived from manufactured products containing PCBs in a non-liquid state, i.e. caulk, Galbestos, light ballast potting material etc. Wastes containing PCBs as a result of a spill, release or unauthorized disposal would be considered “Remediation Waste”.

As a contractor we are obligated to inform employees of the hazards that they may contact at work per the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.  Additionally, if PCBs are disposed of improperly, the generator (owner) and potentially the contractor, even if they were unaware of the presence of PCBs, would be liable for the improper disposal of PCBs. Both “use” and disposal violations would be potentially subject to criminal prosecution and fines of up to $37,500 per day under TSCA.

Internet Resources

Stay up to date on what is happening with PCBs in Malibu

EPA PCB website

EPA PCBs in Caulk

Link to the EPA Publication “ Managing Your Environmental Responsibilities: A Planning Guide for Construction and Development”. Chapter 8 is on PCBs.

EPA Q&A Manual on PCBs


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Cooking with AAC

Please enjoy our latest video Cooking with AAC and please download the recipe card for your all season enjoyment.

Cookie Salad Recipe


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Are You Using the Premier Online Environmental Compliance Tool for Contractors?

Numerous federal and state environmental regulations impact the construction industry. Most construction companies seek outside support to understand and comply with the numerous and complex rules. The Construction Industry Compliance Assistance (CICA) Center is the only comprehensive, online environmental resource for contractors. More than a quarter million visitors access the CICA Center each year. Find out what you’re missing. It is available to you at no cost, thanks to on-going funding provided by the Associated General Contractors of America and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Click here to read an at-a-glance introduction to your CICA Center.

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Please enjoy our brief video regarding Demolition.

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The revised EPA Purple Book is now available

We are pleased to announce the availability of the most up-to-date document on asbestos management in our industry…

From The Environmental Information Association, Inc. (EIA):
Managing Asbestos in Buildings: A Guide for Owners and Managers

A Revision to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)
1985 document “Guidance for Controlling Asbestos-Containing Materials in Buildings”
(EPA 560/5-85-024) Known as the Purple Book

Click here for a preview Purple Book Revision – short promo 3-26-15

Many may remember EPA’s document that we called the Purple Book (PB) that was published in 1985. This document served to define asbestos management issues at the time it was published. Since its publication, EPA and OSHA’s principal asbestos regulations have changed dramatically and effectively rendered the PB essentially a historical reference. The EPA contacted the EIA in 2009 regarding the need to update this document. In the long of it, we volunteered to revise the document on their behalf. After our initial volunteer efforts to provide finished copy to the EPA, it was determined that because of budget and staff cuts that they would not be able to publish this information. So, the EIA decided to put this new information into the document we now make available to the industry and the public.

What it is: this is not merely a revised document, it’s a complete revision to that of the original PB. All chapters have been completely re-written to include current US federal regulations and industry practices. It was specifically designed to accommodate the informational needs of those that own and/or manage buildings that do or may contain asbestos. This document was conceived, written and peer-reviewed by some of the most experienced asbestos control specialists within the industry. This was all performed via their gift of volunteered time and effort. To be clear, no one was paid for their time nor was any outside funding provided for any part of this EIA project. The document is a PDF download and it is loaded with hyperlinks to many information sources. I have included an attachment with the first 9 pages that has the document covers, preface, table of contents etc.

What it is not: this document was not written specifically for asbestos control specialists. It was designed to give basic guidance on a variety of topics to those without years of specialized training and experience as with most of our building owner/managers. This is not an EPA document; they did not fund, write, review nor do we imply their endorsement the final product. As such, it is not a free public document. There is significant copyright protection and modest fees to purchase it. This document does not cover the myriad of State/Local regulation issues; it would be far too cumbersome to do so and they are far too apt to change. We do provide links to EPA web pages to find State/Local program contacts.

How can I get it?: this document can be purchased through the EIA web page. Currently it is purchasable as a PDF download. When you buy the document through the web page, you will received a code that will register with your computer to allow the download. This code is not transferrable nor is the document once downloaded. At the recent EIA national meeting, we made up some hard copies of the document for promotional use. We found an overwhelming positive response from our members to make the hard copies available publically…and that is in our immediate plans!! When we do make the hard copies available, it is planned that you will also get a code for the electronic download version so that you will have access to the many hyperlinks in the document. If you want a hard copy too, contact the EIA staff and they will let you know when they will be available and the final pricing structure. If you are a training provider or other consumer that may want to purchase multiple copies, we do offer a price break on the web page. For bulk orders, please contact the EIA staff for further info.

The EIA link:

Feedback: those that have seen this document have provided very positive feedback. Many of our members plan to buy numerous copies to make them available to their customers. We think you will like it too…I’m sure your customers will find utility with it as well.

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