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Doug

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.

Email: doug@rmagreen.com

Author's Posts

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 Permits, New Jersey Recycling Exemptions

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: Stormwater Permits, Stormwater Training, New Jersey Stormwater Permits

Is a New York SPDES Stormwater Permit the same as a SWPPP?

by Doug

Learn the difference between SPDES Permits and SWPPPs.

We get it. A lot of what we talk about is nothing but alphabet soup. SPCC Plans. Tier II CRTK Reporting. There's a lot of acronyms out there in the environmental world, and while I'm sure you're an expert in your own business, all these acronyms can get very confusing to people who aren't environmental professionals.

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Topics: Stormwater Permits

Could Hurricane Irma cause pollution or contamination to my property in Florida?

by Doug

Hurricane Irma this past week was a natural disaster of huge proportions, resulting in numerous deaths and massive property destruction. While these impacts are in our mind as the most serious, we also need to consider the possibility of Irma's flooding and wind causing environmental impacts to Florida, and to the properties and homes of countless Floridians.

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Topics: Environmental Compliance, Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

Do you need a Phase I ESA on vacant land?

by Doug

We explain when you need a Phase I ESA on vacant land.

When it comes to purchasing a Phase I ESA, there are many incorrect & preconceived notions which are incorrect with regards to what types of properties need environmental due diligence, mainly the incorrect notion that you don't need a Phase I ESA on vacant land. We occasionally hear things like "Phase I's are only for industrial facilities", or "you don't need a Phase I unless there was a dry cleaner nearby", both incorrect!

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Topics: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

Can I use multiple NJ recycling exemptions at the same time?

by Doug

When it comes to recycling in New Jersey, many people are shocked to learn how tough it is to start a recycling business in New Jersey. From the costs associated with recycling in New Jersey to learning how long it takes to get a recycling permit or approval, many potential customers change their mind and head across the river to Pennsylvania or move up into New York, and I don't blame them!

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Topics: New Jersey Recycling Exemptions, New Jersey Environmental Services

How long is a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment good for?

by Doug

Learn how long a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment is considered "good" for.

If you’re buying a property, or have one that you are considering selling, you probably have had a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment done at some point. It's pretty common for customers to ask us how long a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is good for, or even what a Phase I ESA is.

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Topics: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment