National Safety Month

National Safety Month is observed every year in June. The main focus of this month is to reduce the most common work-related injuries and deaths. The National Safety Council (NSC) provides resources to recognize a different safety topic each week. The safety topics for June 2019 are: Hazard Recognition, Slips, Trips and Falls, Fatigue and Impairment.

Hazard Recognition was the first week of June’s topic. Hazards may not be obvious to you; but if you are trained to find them, you will begin to notice them everywhere. Bulbs that have burned-out put possible concerns in the dark, and they should be reported immediately. Temperature can also create hazards if you are not prepared sufficiently. Dressing for the weather is imperative for those working outside. If exhaust fans are not being used where they are needed, the air quality becomes another hazard. Overexertion is the number one cause of work-related injuries. If your body becomes stressed or strained from work, report it to your supervisor right away.

The second week’s topic was Slips, Trips, and Falls. Although these hazards seem innocuous, they are among the most common threats in the workplace, and there can be severe consequences to them. If both of your hands are full while walking up the stairs, ask or accept help from a coworker in order to avoid any injuries. Always have a hand free when you walk up the stairs so you will be able to use the handrail for support. Drink containers without lids, such as coffee mugs, spill easily and thus create slip hazards. Distracted walking, especially on a work-site, is a huge risk and turns small objects into big hazards. Trivial things such as an open file cabinet, papers on the floor, or an extra pair of shoes by a desk have the potential to cause serious injuries. In fact, in 2017, these types of falls caused 142,770 injuries and 151 people died.

Fatigue was the topic of the third week. Seven to nine hours of sleep are recommended by doctors, otherwise, there are risks involved. Along with affecting your productivity at work, your judgement, accuracy, and cognitive performance are also negatively affected by fatigue. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to other health risks, such as depression and obesity. Although it seems insignificant, the consequences of losing small amounts of sleep over time can be very hazardous. Someone who has slept six hours every night for two weeks will function similar to someone who has lost a full night of sleep. Driving when you have not slept a sufficient amount brings the same results as someone who is driving while intoxicated; if you drive on 4-5 hours of sleep, you are 4 times more likely to wreck. An employer with 1,000 employees, on average, loses about $1 million each year because of fatigue.

This weeks’ topic is Impairment. Impairment brings about huge risks for businesses, and some causes of impairment may be more common than you think. If you miss only a few hours of sleep, your driving abilities may be a hazard to those around you. If the cause for lack of sleep is trouble sleeping, seeing a doctor about possible sleep disorders is the safest option. Opioids and other prescription drugs can also negatively affect your driving and working capabilities. If you are starting a new prescription, ask your doctor about side effects and how the medication could affect driving or working abilities. Cannabis has differing effects over different amounts of time, and even if cannabis is being used legally, inform yourself on the side effects and your employer’s policies. Alcohol impairment starts with the very first drink, and even if you have experienced alcohol impairment previously, it does not mean you will be able to work through or overcome it. Emotional impairment, although it is given less attention, is another serious risk. If stress and anxiety affects you, your focus at work may be at risk and could make you less safe.

If you have further questions, feel free to reach out to us at: marketing@ppmco.com

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Contributed by Sarah Breithaupt, Marketing Intern
Posted in Blog, Brownfields, Louisiana, Mississippi, News

EPA Releases Action Plan for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

In February of 2019, the EPA released an updated Action Plan addressing PFAS-related challenges. PFAS are per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which are a group of synthetic chemicals that have been in use since the 1940s. The challenge presented by the use of PFAS in manufacturing and in personal consumption is the evidence that continued exposure to PFAS may lead to adverse health effects. It is possible to become exposed to PFAS through consumer products that have been manufactured using PFAS, occupations that are in contact with PFAS, and/or consuming food or water that has been contaminated by PFAS.

The information that was initially available to the EPA’s decision makers, who are responsible for assessing and managing PFAS risks, proved to be lacking in all key areas of the risk template:

  • Hazard and Toxicity: Many of the PFAS that render potential concern to the general public may be found in the environment, but most of the PFAS do not have sufficient toxicity data to clarify our understanding of the possible adverse health or ecological effects.
  • Exposure: Information for numerous PFAS sources, fate and transport, and about the effects of PFAS exposure to humans and the environment, are scarce.
  • Treatment and Remediation: There is not much information available for useful procedures and costs to treat or remove PFAS from drinking water, groundwater, wastewater, air, soils, and sediments.
  • Science Communication: Stakeholders cannot readily access the technical information that would help them to apply PFAS research to their own problems.

The Action Plan includes the EPA’s research program, which will “focus on an integrated set of research activities aimed at filling gaps in our current ability to conduct sound risk assessment and risk management activities” (32). The research plan produced by the EPA includes “near term (<2 years)” and “long term (>2 years)” research actions in these four areas (32):

  • Area 1: What are the human health and ecological effects of exposure to PFAS?
  • Area 2: What are the significant sources, fate and transport pathways, and exposures to humans and ecosystems?
  • Area 3: What are the costs and effectiveness of different methods for removing and remediating PFAS in the natural and built environment?
  • Area 4: How does the EPA support stakeholders in using science to protect public health and the environment (36)?

The EPA’s response to Area 1 was providing three corresponding lines of research, which include the development of human health toxicity values where suitable data are available, that investigates the different ways to ingest PFAS, and how they relate to adverse health effects. The second line of research is further using computational toxicology approaches to fill in gaps. The EPA plans to explore the different categories of PFAS, to arrange these categories by their hazard effects, and to encourage prioritizing chemicals for more extensive testing. The third and final line of research for Area 1 is ecological toxicity. Information on ecological toxicity is imperative for stakeholders so they are able to inform risk assessment and management in order to protect ecosystems, animals, and plant resources. Protecting the ecosystems, animals, and plant resources from PFAS in turn benefits humans, because it eliminates the potential risk of consuming animals with PFAS in their systems.

The EPA addresses Area 2 with two new lines of research: new analytical methods and exposure assessment. The new analytical methods will allow the EPA to “discover and measure PFAS in air, water, and soil will enable a better understanding of the specific subsets of PFAS that exist in the environment, as well as the exposure pathways that potentially bring those PFAS into contact with people and ecosystems” (34). Information on exposure assessment will help decision makers to organize the PFAS and pay the most attention to the PFAS that hold the most concern and impact on health and the environment. As a result of this, decision makers can then prioritize important actions and allocate their resources in the most efficient way that also accomplishes the maximum reduction of risk involved.

Area 3 is approached by two additional lines of research: drinking water treatment, which the EPA is researching technology for in order to remove PFAS from drinking water, and contaminated site cleanup, which is the plan for the EPA to research and develop new technologies in order to more effectively clean areas contaminated by PFAS.

Two lines of related research are being used by the EPA for Area 4 to better support the stakeholders which includes science communication, through which the EPA plans to facilitate the stakeholder’s access to the different research products used by the EPA in the form of workshops, reports, scientific summaries, etc. The second form of research is technical assistance, which the EPA already utilizes through technical advice, assistance, and collaboration to the different sectors of partners in a way such that they agree with the Agency’s goal of Cooperative Federalism.

For more information, you can find the EPA landing for PFAS here, https://www.epa.gov/pfas/epas-pfas-action-plan.

 

Contributed by Sarah Breithaupt, Marketing Intern
Posted in Alabama, Blog, Environmental Compliance, EPA News & Regulations, Louisiana, Mississippi, News

Join PPM for Remediation and Vapor Intrusion Training

Join PPM as we work with REGENESIS, Land Science, and Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) as we provide a 1-day remediation and vapor intrusion course on Wednesday, June 19th. The location of the course is the MDEQ Headquarters in Jackson, Mississippi. PPM’s Zane Hood will be one of the instructors. The course will be open for environmental consultants, industry personnel, and the regulatory community.

The course is free, and coffee and lunch will be provided. Spaces are limited so sign up as soon as possible. Click here for the registration site.

Posted in Company News, Mississippi, News

Study of Oil and Gas Extraction

EPA recently published a draft report on the Study of Oil and Gas Extraction Wastewater Management Under the Clean Water Act.  EPA states that they “conducted a study evaluating management of produced waters from onshore oil and gas extraction activities. The goal of this study was to better understand produced water generation, management, and disposal options at the regional, state and local levels for both conventional and unconventional onshore oil and gas extraction. Although the EPA looked at a variety of alternatives for reuse of produced water, the EPA’s main purpose for their study was to evaluate different approaches to manage oil and gas extraction which wastewaters have generated at onshore facilities. One of the approaches studied included the assessment of different technologies for facilities that would ultimately treat and discharge oil and gas extraction wastewaters, which, in turn, would produce surface waters. Surface waters are regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA) (for purposes of this report, “surface waters”). A second goal was to better understand any potential need for, and any concerns over, additional discharge options under the CWA for onshore oil and gas wastewater”.

Waste streams addressed by the guidelines for 40 CFR Part 435 for the onshore category include:

(1).         Drill cuttings, which are the particles generated by drilling into subsurface geologic formations and carried out from the wellbore with the drilling fluid.

(2).         Drilling fluid or mud, which are the circulating fluid used in the rotary drilling of wells to clean and condition the hole and to counterbalance formation pressure.

(3).         Produced sand, which are the slurried particles used in hydraulic fracturing, the accumulated formation sands, and scales particles generated during production. Produced sand also includes desander discharge from the produced water waste stream, and blowdown of the water phase from the produced water treating system.

(4).         Produced water, which are the fluids brought up from the hydrocarbon-bearing strata during the extraction of oil and gas, and includes, where present, formation water, injection water, and any chemicals added downhole or during the oil/water separation process.

EPA has worked closely with the regulated and interested stakeholders in preparing this report.  EPA hopes to receive additional input from the public in the following areas:

(1).         What non-regulatory steps should EPA take to encourage re-use/recycle of produced water?

(2).         Considering the cost of transporting and treating produced water, would revising 40 CFR Part 435 to allow for broader discharge of produced water shift the manner in which produced water is currently handled?

(3).         Should EPA continue to distinguish between discharges from onshore oil and gas facilities located East and West of the 98th meridian or establish a national policy irrespective of geographic location?

(4).         What steps could EPA take that might incent re-use of produced water within and outside of the oilfield?

EPA has requested comments from the public by July 1, 2019. Comments can be submitted via email at,  oil-and-gas-study@epa.gov.  A copy of the draft report can be found here, https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-05/documents/oil-and-gas-study_draft_05-2019.pdf

 

Contributed by Todd Perry, P.G., Principal
Posted in Alabama, Blog, Environmental Compliance, EPA News & Regulations, Louisiana, Mississippi, News

ILTA – Introduction to Terminals: Environmental Compliance Basics for Pipeline Terminals

The International Liquid Terminal Association is holding its Annual Convention at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas, June 3-5, offering educational opportunities for pipeline terminal industry professionals of all skill levels and types. PPM Consultants has been integral in the preparation and implementation of a two day training class on “Introduction to Terminals”. The class covers a multitude of topics and PPM Principal and Senior Engineer Zane Hood has been teaching the “Basics of Environmental Compliance at Terminals” for several years running.  In the past, Mr. Hood and other PPM professionals have taught portions of the class on Regulatory Agency’s, Large Spill Response incidents, Security and other topics. The course receives excellent feedback as a resource to terminal managers, environmental health and safety professionals, developers looking to invest in the terminal industry, project managers and many others. Professionals are also able to receive continuing education credits for participation in the two-day course.

Click here for more information and access to the schedule.

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35 Years of UST Compliance, How Far Have We Come

35 years ago in 1984, underground storage tanks (USTs) began their official regulated journey. However, the beginnings of the UST regulations began prior to that with concern of inventory loss due to corrosion of the UST system. In the mid-70s, trade associations like the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI), Steel Tank Institute (STI) and American Petroleum Institute’s (API) recognized that UST leaks presented a growing problem and began to form study groups to address issue. By 1981, less than 10 percent of all USTs in the ground were protected from corrosion, as estimated by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE).

Emphasis shifted in the early 1980s from tank regulations for safety reasons (i.e., fire codes) to regulations for protecting the environment and public health. Pressure to deal with the impact of leaking USTs on groundwater grew in 1983 when 60 Minutes aired a segment on leaking USTs. The story focused on gas stations and their leaking USTs that were contaminating a community’s underground aquifer and its water supply.

Shortly after that, President Reagan signed the 1984 Subtitle I RCRA amendments, Solid Waste Disposal Act, providing a comprehensive regulatory program for USTs storing regulated substances including petroleum. There were over two million USTs in 1984. Many of them were bare steel that were potentially corroding and leaking fuel into the ground. Studies, during that time, suggested about 1/3 of UST systems would fail a tightness test and potentially have petroleum releases. In 1985 the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) was created to carry out the mandate to develop and implement a new regulatory program for USTs.

In 1988, EPA published technical requirements for USTs containing petroleum or hazardous substances defined under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980. The technical requirements include leak detection, leak prevention, and corrective action for all USTs containing regulated substances. In 1988, EPA also published financial responsibility requirements for UST owners and operators to demonstrate financial responsibility for taking corrective action, as well as compensating third parties for bodily injury and property damage from releases of tanks containing petroleum. This regulation also included requirements for state program approval.

Also in 1988, “Must for UST” was published. This document informed UST owners about regulations and requirements governing their USTs and covered topics like leak detection, overfill prevention, spill containment, implementation, and the 1998 deadlines.

By December 22, 1998, all active regulated USTs were required to meet the initial 1988 UST performance standards. Many industry experts forecasted that there would be very few ongoing UST releases after this date and states would be able to sunset their UST trust funds in the mid-2000s.

However, UST systems continued to fail which began the first revisions to the UST rules with the UST Compliance Act of 2005 (Energy Act).

On August 8, 2005, President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Title XV, Subtitle B of the act (titled the Underground Storage Tank Compliance Act of 2005) contains amendments to Subtitle I of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, the original legislation that created the UST program.

The UST provisions of the Energy Policy Act focus on preventing releases. Among other things, it expanded eligible uses of the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund and included provisions regarding inspections, operator training, delivery prohibition, secondary containment, financial responsibility, and cleanup of releases that contain oxygenated fuel additives. While the Energy Policy Act was passed in 2005, the guidelines of the act were not effective until August 8, 2007. Under the guidelines, a state had until August 8, 2009, to develop state-specific requirements consistent with EPA’s guidelines and set implementation by August 8, 2012. Many states elected to implement the requirements in advance of the deadline.

On July 15, 2015, EPA published the 2015 UST regulation and the 2015 state program approval regulation. The revisions strengthened the 1988 federal UST regulations by increasing emphasis on properly operating and maintaining UST equipment to help prevent and detect UST releases. The revisions will also help ensure all USTs in the United States, including those in Indian country, meet the same minimum standards.

The 2015 UST regulation changed certain portions of the 1988 UST technical regulation in 40 CFR part 280. The changes established federal requirements that are similar to key portions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. In addition, EPA added new operation and maintenance requirements and addressed UST systems deferred in the 1988 UST regulation. Under the regulations, a state had until October 13, 2018, to develop state-specific requirements consistent with EPA’s guidelines and set implementation by October 18, 2021. The implementation of these new rules is varying widely depending on if the state is an EPA state approved program (SPA) or the state’s rule adoption process.

“Must for UST” was updated in 2015 to reflect the new regulations. EPA added new operation and maintenance requirements and addressed UST systems deferred in the 1988 UST regulation. Below is a summary of five key operational changes:

  • Overfill Prevention Equipment Inspections – Overfill protection equipment must be tested and operationally inspected once every three years, and the owner must demonstrate that the equipment operates properly. In addition, owners must inspect automatic shut-off devices, flow restrictors, and alarms.
  • Spill Bucket Testing – Spill prevention equipment must be tested once every three years. The spill bucket must be liquid tight and in proper operational condition.
  • Sumps and Under Dispenser Containment (UDC) Integrity Testing – Once every three years, tank owners must test all sumps used for interstitial monitoring, and the test must show that the equipment is liquid tight using either vacuum, pressure, or liquid testing methods. If you have double-walled sumps and/or automatic alarm shut-off sensors, your requirements may be different.
  • Sumps, UDC and Release Detection Equipment Inspection Visual – Once a year, tank owners must visually check the sumps for damage, releases, and leaks. Also, probes and sensor tests must be conducted annually to ensure they are in operational condition.
  • Monthly Spill Bucket and Release Detection Walk Through Inspections – Every 30 days, tank owners must conduct monthly UST system walkthrough inspections for spill buckets, fill caps, release detection equipment, alarm conditions, check/remove obstructions in fill pipe, and check interstice of double-walled spill buckets (if present).
  • Compatibility Determination – Owners and operators must use UST systems made of or lined with materials that are compatible with the substance stored in the UST system. Owners and operators notify the implementing agency at least 30 days prior to switching to a regulated substance containing greater than 10 percent ethanol, greater than 20 percent biodiesel.

After years on the periphery of American political life, climate change is having a bit of a moment. Activists (along with five Democratic presidential candidates and at least 100 members of Congress) have rallied behind a Green New Deal that proposes a crash program to decarbonize the US economy. Polls on climate change show rising rates of concern across the country and among both political parties. It seems that after decades near the bottom of Democratic priority list, climate has broken into the top two or three.

Now proposals are being made to significantly change the use of petroleum for transportation. The Green New Deal (GND) aims to address climate change and economic inequality. The initial draft proposes that the United States (US) archives net-zero emissions by 2030.

In one GND – FAQ that was given to National Public Radio, one of the highlighted projects was to “totally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle.”

Michael Bloomberg has founded Beyond Carbon, an effort that he described as a “grassroots effort to begin moving America as quickly as possible away from oil and gas and toward a 100 percent clean energy economy.”

Today there are around 500,000 USTs operating at 200,000 sites. Significant Operational Compliance is at 70% and there are approximately 65,000 sites left to be cleaned up. Since 1984, almost 2,000,000 USTs have been closed and 500,000 sites cleaned up.

The U.S. EPA’s UST program has made significant contributions to protect the environment during the last 35 years. One of the main reasons for the program’s success is the involvement of everyone in the process from states, territories, tribes, industry, owners/operators, service providers, equipment manufacturers, and trade associations have worked together from the beginning and continue to work together today. As we are in the middle of implementing the next set of UST requirements, I am confident we will continue to see improvement in compliance, reduction in the number of releases, and improved responses to potential releases.

References:

“Learn About Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)”, EPA, Environmental Protection Agency

11 Apr. 2017, https://www.epa.gov/ust/learn-about-underground-storage-tanks-usts

“30 Years of The UST Program”, EPA, Office of Underground Storage Tanks

11 Apr. 2017, https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-05/documents/30year-timeline.pdf

“Semiannual Report Of UST Performance Measures End Of Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017-

September 30, 2018)”, EPA, Office of Underground Storage Tanks

11 Apr. 2017, https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-11/documents/ca-18-34.pdf

“Musts For USTs”, EPA, Environmental Protection Agency

11 Apr. 2017, https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-12/documents/musts_for_usts.pdf

“60 Minutes Check the Water, August 9, 1984”, YouTube, Ben Thomas

17 Jan. 2017, https://youtu.be/leYoLtsQ2WQ

Siegel, Josh. “’Green New Deal’ could win over centrists by avoiding a ban on fossil fuels”, Washington Examiner

MediaDC, 7 Feb. 2019, https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/energy/green-new-deal-could-win-over-centrists-by-avoiding-a-ban-on-fossil-fuels

 

Contributed by Todd Perry, P.G., Principal
Posted in Alabama, Blog, Environmental Compliance, Louisiana, Mississippi, News

Join PPM at the Annual LSWA Environmental Conference

The Louisiana Solid Waste Association’s Environmental Conference will be held at the Louisiana Cajun Dome on March 20-22 in Lafayette, Louisiana. PPM Principal, Todd Perry, will be presenting 35 Years of UST Compliance, How Far We’ve Come on Thursday, March 21.

The conference will be geared towards “working to preserve Louisiana’s environmental paradise,” and it will also offer additional training courses including ethics training. Attendee registration is available here, and additional information can be found on LSWA’s site.

Please stop by PPM’s booth #20, and drop off your business card for a chance to win one of our great PPM drawings!

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Will We See You at the Gulf Coast Food and Fuel Expo?

PPM is looking forward to the 2019 Gulf Coast Food and Fuel Expo in Biloxi, MS. In 2018 this expo hosted over 600 attendees from thirteen states, and it provided opportunities to meet top decision-makers and buyers in the petroleum marketing and convenience store industries.

This year’s annual conference and trade show will be held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center March 13-14. The main event will feature a large regional tradeshow, but there are also educational sessions, networking events, brand meetings, a cocktail reception, and a golf tournament open to attendees and exhibitors. To register for this event, visit here and to view the schedule visit here.

Come by and see us at booth 310/312 and make sure to drop a business card in our fishbowl for a chance to win a custom Kula cooler.

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EPA Enforcement Annual Results for Fiscal Year 2018

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released its annual enforcement results for the 2018 fiscal year (ranging from October 1, 2017, to September 30, 2018). The report highlights the results of the agency’s civil and criminal enforcement over the past year. Susan Bodine, the Assistant Administrator for OECA, summarizes EPA’s enforcement priorities, explaining “In fiscal year 2018, we continued our focus on expediting site cleanup, deterring noncompliance, and returning facilities to compliance with the law, while respecting the cooperative federalism structure of our nation’s environmental laws.”

Highlights from the 2018 report include:

  • EPA assessed approximately $69.5 million dollars in administrative and civil judicial penalties in FY 2018. The report notes that it typically takes 2.25 years to move civil cases referred by EPA to the Department of Justice resolved via settlement or to proceed towards litigation with the filing of a complaint.
  • In FY 2018 over 1,560 facilities voluntarily disclosed violations pursuant to EPA’s self-disclosure policies. This represents a 47% increase in self-disclosures from FY 2017 and an even greater climb from earlier years (for example, there were only 666 facilities that self-disclosed in FY 2015). EPA attributes the increases in the self-disclosure of environmental compliance issues to increased use of the eDisclosure reporting that was launched two years ago and EPA’s introduction of the New Owner Audit Policy this past fiscal year.
  • EPA reported $88 million in criminal fines, restitution and court ordered environmental projects. The fines and restitution imposed in FY 2018, however, were higher than at any point in the 2008 to 2012 period. The data also shows that EPA continues to pursue criminal enforcement cases.
  • EPA conducted about 10,600 inspections and compliance evaluations in FY 2018. Although this represents about a 10% decline from the prior year, it is consistent with a nearly decade-long continuing decline in EPA inspections and evaluations. Part of the decline, as reported by EPA in its annual report, is attributable to increased reliance on data analytics and other tools to improve inspection targeting.
  • EPA reported that private parties committed to spend roughly $453 million to cleanup new sites. Despite the agency’s stated focus on increasing Superfund enforcement, this amount is less than half of FY 2017’s approximately $1.26 billion total. However, a couple of significant cleanup cases can heavily impacted the annual totals.

The full report of EPA’s 2018 enforcement and compliance assurance accomplishments is available here, https://epa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=0b9d73f351d648698f63bba3f3b15114, EPA’s FY18 Enforcement Annual Results Data Graphics are available here, https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-02/documents/fy18-enforcement-annual-results-data-graphs.pdf and EPA’s News release for the 2018 Annual Environmental Enforcement Results can be found here, https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-2018-annual-environmental-enforcement-results.

 

Contributed by Todd Perry, Principal
Posted in Alabama, Blog, EPA News & Regulations, Louisiana, Mississippi, News

PPM Celebrates 25 Years

This month PPM Consultants is celebrating our 25th anniversary in business. The celebration will continue throughout the year in appreciation of our wonderful clients and exceptional team. The company will also celebrate its silver anniversary during its annual PPM Roadshow in February, where the firm’s principals will meet with PPM staff to share their vision for the upcoming year, as well as reflect on the previous year’s successes. Founding principals Todd Perry, Keith Pyron and Michael McCown agree they will be reflecting on 2018 proudly. Perry said, “2018 was a truly special year, with incredible record breaking growth across all measurable indices. These accomplishments would not be possible without our fantastic clients and outstanding team.”

PPM was founded on January 17, 1994, to provide environmental consulting services to the petroleum marketing industry, with a primary focus on soil and groundwater contamination assessment and remediation. The company began operations with a five-person office in Monroe, LA and a one-person office in Mobile, AL. Since then, the firm has seen both geographic and revenue growth, and has diversified its environmental offerings to include air, water and waste permitting and reporting, due diligence and other services to the manufacturing, energy, commercial and government sectors. The focus of the firm, both then and now, is to provide common sense, cost-effective environmental solutions to clients, who depend on PPM for honest answers to complex problems.

McCown states, “We’ve seen our finest year ever by focusing on our clients’ needs.” McCown is quick to acknowledge that meeting client goals on a daily basis is the only way that company milestones like reaching $27 million in revenues and growing offices have been possible. With this approach, PPM has grown to seven offices across the Southeast with a staff of over 100. Since its founding, PPM has earned repeated placement on the Inc. 500, the ENR Environmental 200, and the Zweig-White Hot Firm lists for being one of the fastest-growing environmental firms in the nation.

PPM looks to 2019 with goals to exceed $30 million in revenue, extend its service area and acquire firms whose services will provided expanded geographic coverage and synergy with PPM’s existing offerings.

The PPM team looks forward to many more great years ahead. Pyron adds, “It has been a truly great and satisfying experience to have been in business the last 25 years with our team.”

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