Entries by AETEnvironmental

Intern News

Ni Hao!    Richard Pan, Chemical Quality Control Engineer, Wanhua Chemical Group, Shandong, China–Earlier in the year, AET had our first international Intern!  Richard Pan was selected to participate in an 8-week program here in the US, to learn about US environmental laws and requirements through AET.  He worked with AET’s Technical Service Manager, Anne Nelson, […]

New Places New Faces

AET Environmental is pleased to announce several promotions and new positions. Gary Mossor has been promoted to  Vice President of Operations.  Gary joined AET in 2009 as Director of Operations Intermountain.  In that role, he utilized his talents and experience both to help clients and also to streamline processes across all AET offices.  Those efficiencies […]

RCRA red tape slashed for recyclers

Manufacturers and the recycling industry by and large liked the transfer-based exclusion (TBE) amendment … … to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s (RCRA) definition of solid waste. And now the courts are in solid agreement with them. The Washington DC Circuit Court upheld the TBE despite environmental groups’ arguments it would spur dumping of hazardous materials and […]

EPA enforcement blitz heats up: 5 areas drawing big fines

EPA is zeroing in on facilities that lack controls and contingency plans for keeping pollutants out of the environment.  Notice we didn’t say inspectors are targeting actual cases of pollution! Most of the six-figure enforcement cases being announced this summer don’t involve spills, leaks or toxic emissions. 5 deadly compliance sins to avoid Here are five […]

Anonymous tips trigger universal waste inspections

State regulators won’t hesitate to fine smaller facilities that ignore universal waste rules.  One common mistake businesses make is assuming products like compact fluorescent bulbs are “green” and therefore don’t require special handling, according to New England law firm Murtha Cullina. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) recently fined a tanning salon, research […]

No RCRA permit or hazwaste labels? Pay up!

Where did this company go wrong?  Company: Dynamic Chromium Industries, Newburyport, MA. Business: Precision chrome-plating and electroplating. Penalty: $17,300. Reasons for penalty: Dynamic got caught handling hazardous waste without a permit by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Inspectors cited the company for failure to: • treat and store rinse water containing chromium properly • […]

What drives sustainability? 3 steps you can take today

Fact: The overwhelming majority of plastic garbage ending up in rivers and oceans doesn’t come from U.S. firms or consumers.  But here’s the reality on the ground – people want businesses to ramp up sustainability programs, not rest on their laurels. And that’s what’s driving change by industry. For example: Poland Springs is switching to 100% […]

AET Environmental is Honored to be a Finalist in Denver Business Journal’s 2019 Small Business Awards

Denver, CO – AET Environmental is proud to be a finalist in the 2019 Small Business Awards in Denver Business Journal’s 2019 Small Business Awards. 99.5% of Colorado businesses are small businesses, according to the U.S. Small Business Association, and they employ more than a million people. That’s why the Denver Business Journal highlights those […]

Hazardous cleanup from Camp Fire to begin

Special and Hazardous Waste The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it will begin to assess and remove household hazardous waste from burned properties in Paradise and Butte County, California, with assistance from the state Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) as part of the interagency response to the Camp Fire. EPA and DTSC will […]

What Lurks Beneath

In the United States, it is estimated that 16 million people have PFAS contaminated drinking water. Two older men and a young boy each hold spinner rods over the murky brown water. A small white cooler sits between them. “Have you caught anything?” I ask smiling, hoping that they won’t feel threatened by the question. […]