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As the founder and principal environmental consultant at Resource Management Associates, I’ve spent the last 25+ years helping folks with the hurdles of environmental regulatory compliance. From international organizations to mom and pop facilities, I’ve tried my hardest to help folks however they need. Whether it’s getting into conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, developing environmental management systems, or recently helping folks start sustainability programs, I know that breaking down this often complicated information is the key to your success. While I'm passionate about the environment and making tomorrow a greener, better place, I know without your organization's buy-in and understanding, it will never happen. My job is to help your business become a leaner, green organization, but not in a wishy-washy BS fashion. I never recommend you convert your light bulbs or don't flush the toilet. I provide practical, real life advice on how you can improve your operations and save your time, money, and energy for other issues. Outside of RMA I enjoy surfing, DIY projects, and college football & basketball.


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Water Use Registrations vs Water Allocation Permits in New Jersey

by Doug

Learn the difference between Water Allocation Permits and Water Use Registrations in New Jersey.

In New Jersey, the diversion of water from either groundwater or surface water, such as by a well, pump, or other means, may require either a Water Use Registration or a Water Allocation Permit from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).

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Topics: New Jersey Environmental Services, Water Allocation Permit, Water Use Registration

How much does a Phase I ESA cost in Florida?

by Doug

Learn how much a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment might cost in Florida.

Regardless of whether you're new to the topic of a Phase I ESA in Florida, or you're familiar with them, one of the primary questions we get folks asking us is simply, what's the price? It's never been easier to find the price of anything before thanks to the internet, so it makes sense that a lot of people are looking around and asking us how much does a Phase I ESA cost in Florida.

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Topics: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

What are Class A recyclable materials in New Jersey?

by Doug

Learn what New Jersey classifies as Class A recyclable materials.

Getting into the recycling game in New Jersey isn't easy. It's expensive, and it takes a long time. And, you're not even guaranteed that you'll be able to open a business even if you have a great business plan. To top it all off, the State of New Jersey categorizes recyclable solid waste materials into four groups or "classes", which are not intuitively obvious or easy to figure out. Knowing which class of recyclable material is critical to anyone interested in getting into the recycling business in New Jersey, so let’s dive in and go over what Class A recyclable materials in New Jersey are.

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Topics: New Jersey Recycling Permits, New Jersey Environmental Services

The 5G2 Basic Industrial Stormwater Permit in New Jersey EXPLAINED

by Doug

What you need to know about the Basic Industrial Stormwater Permit (5G2) in New Jersey.

When it comes to stomwater permits here in New Jersey, figuring out what you need, don't need, and how to navigate the path to compliance with the regulations can be tricky. For any operation that isn't covered by one of the "industry-specific" stormwater permits, there's a chance you might be able to be covered by the Basic Industrial Stormwater Permit, or the 5G2 Permit for short.

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Topics: New Jersey Stormwater Permits, New Jersey Recycling Permits, New Jersey Recycling Exemptions, New Jersey Environmental Services

How to do a stormwater visual inspection the right way.

by Doug

Here's how to do a stormwater visual inspection.

Nearly every NPDES stormwater discharge permit in the United States, from the Federal Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) to state MSGPs and other state-specific stormwater discharge permits, a very common requirement in many of them is that permit holders (that means you) conduct "visual monitoring" of their stormwater discharges.

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Topics: New Jersey Stormwater Permits, Stormwater Training, Stormwater Permits

What New Jersey recycling permit or approval do I need?

by Doug

Starting a recycling business in New Jersey sounds like a great idea. After all, you're starting a new business, hiring employees, paying taxes, and doing something good for the environment!

But since this is New Jersey, you're also probably aware that you'll need some form of permit or approval from the NJDEP (New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection) to operate that recycling business. As you can imagine, it can be very confusing what type of permit or approval you'll need when it comes to opening a recycling center.

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Topics: New Jersey Recycling Exemptions, New Jersey Recycling Permits

Can I report No Discharge (NODI) on my DMRs if I don't get a stormwater sample?

by Doug

No Discharge on a DMR? Learn if you're putting yourself at risk.

Having a NPDES stormwater permit means having responsibilities, such as doing your regular stormwater sample reporting, usually via a Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR), which can be a very intimidating task. Particularly, now that electronic reporting is a requirement and is being implemented almost everywhere in the US.

The entire DMR process is now confusing, complicated, poorly functioning, full of "codes" and more headaches. So what should you do if you don't get a stormwater sample? If you're tempted to enter "NODI" or "no discharge" on that DMR, you should think twice.

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Topics: New Jersey Stormwater Permits, Stormwater Permits, Stormwater Training