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Do You Need an SPCC Plan? – A Major Vancouver, WA Oil Spill Points Out Why You Do

  
  
  
Vancouver, WA Oil Spill

We’re asked all the time from facilities if they need an SPCC plan, and most of the time the answer is yes (to learn more about SPCC Plans click here). Many view an SPCC plan as a necessary evil, something else the government requires, and ultimately, another pain in the neck. But are there any real benefits to having an SPCC plan, and implementing the kinds of things SPCC plans require?

What is the Difference Between Class A, Class B, Class C and Class D Recycling Materials in NJ?

  
  
  

Recycling in New Jersey for businesses can be confusing. There's various levels of NJ recycling materials, inlcuding Class A recycling materials, Class B recyclig materials, Class C recycling materials, Class D recycling materials... And then there’s recycling regulations, recycling exemptions, County Waste Plans, and more! In the most densely populated state in the US, and one of the smallest, we need to everything we can to reduce solid waste and preserve resources – and that means recycling in New Jersey!

New Jersey Recycling Regulations - 5 Things You NEED to Know About Recycling in New Jersey

  
  
  
New Jersey Recycling

Resource Management Associates recently held the 2013 NJ Environmental Seminar for a wide mix of industry professionals, and covered a wide variety of New Jersey environmental regulations. We featured topics interesting to anyone in the construction materials industries in New Jersey. I was surprised; there was a large amount of individuals there who were interested in recycling in New Jersey. Great! I love to hear about more and more people looking to start recycling in New Jersey! It’s a great business, and a great way to help preserve the Garden State and its resources for future generations. People were interested either because they wanted to start up a New Jersey recycling business or because they were currently in the recycling business already. Those that are already running a recycling operation mostly wanted to learn about how to expand their operation, or were having challenges with certain New Jersey recycling regulations.

Oceans of Asphalt, LEED, Chase, and PNC Banks

  
  
  

I saw an interesting news release recently, "Oceans of Asphalt" to be eliminated. The news flash is about Kileen, TX changing local development regulations to require new stormwater management features instead of oceans of asphalt in order to facilitate stormwater filtration, reduction in stormwater volumes, and other environmental enhancements (reduction of the heat island effect comes to mind) in parking areas. It’s great to hear these kinds of forward thinking requirements being put into place. It also seems to me that this is a golden opportunity for the use of concrete. Previous concrete, for example can provide many of the benefits that these new regulations provide, and the use of concrete can also provide additional benefits such as reduced energy use, through less cooling, heating and lighting needs, better product longevity (life cycle analysis anyone?), and more! With more regulations like this, the future for concrete is bright – although I’d rather see the free market do the right thing rather than have to be forced in that direction by government regulations. But I guess whatever it takes.

SPCC Plan?? What's an SPCC Plan?

  
  
  

Most concrete, mining and other industrial facilities may very well be required to prepare and implement an SPCC plan. Asphalt plants almost always do. SPCC plans, or Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure plans are required by federal law for any facility that has over 1,320 gallons of any type of oil in any size container down to and including 55 gallon drums. But what exactly IS an SPCC plan?

Sustainable Construction Materials in Concrete & Asphalt

  
  
  
BioAsphalt Made With Bio-Oil

These days, there’s a lot of forward movement and thinking when it comes to creating more environmentally friendly and sustainable products. The construction materials industries are no exception. Something that’s been gaining ground, and is becoming more and more popular is green materials. They’re often derived from organic components, or even waste by-products, and are on the forefront of sustainable construction materials.

Concrete is benefiting from Asphalt! The public is choosing concrete!

  
  
  
Concrete Roads

I ran across a pretty good blog posted by Bruce McIntosh of PCI under the "Think Concrete Blog" - if you're not following it, you should. The post is titled "If It's Pothole Season, It Must Be Asphalt".

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Bio-Oil & Bio-Asphalt - How Bio-Oil Could Be A Game Changer

  
  
  
Bio-Oil & BioAsphalt

One HUGE factor constantly cited in the concrete vs. asphalt debate is the cost of petroleum-based asphalt cement. Given the worldwide oil picture, its hard to imagine the price of asphalt coming down in the future. Current and future costs are a big factor in the life cycle analysis process of determining whether roads and parking lots should be concrete or asphalt, so anything that influences the price of petroleum should be of interest to all concrete and asphalt producers.

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