by Ben Day, Senior Environmental Specialist In March 2021, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan Act. This act provided $1.9 trillion in relief for state and local governments, hard-hit industries and communities targeted for funding a comprehensive COVID-19 response plan, delivering relief to working families, supporting struggling communities and protecting against future cyberattacks. Notable for Tioga’s clients, the ARP Act provides local governments and partnering developers an... Read More
Posted by Christina Babu at Jul 1
Millions of people live in regions and indoor situations where the air quality can cause serious health problems. Air quality can affect our daily lives, and like the weather, it can change every day. Ground-level ozone, carbon monoxide and other pollutants can cause negative effects on air quality, including threats to human health, despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations through the Clean Air Act. Keep reading to learn how to navigate air quality and protect yourself... Read More
Posted by Christina Babu at Jun 1
By Luke Hall Underground storage tanks, or USTs, are extremely prevalent. Prior to the late 1980s, all you needed to install a UST was a tank and a shovel. Little to no regulation or oversight existed at this time, so it was easy to walk away from a UST without closing the tank or making a determination concerning any impact leaks from the tank may have had. In general, USTs are most frequently found in situations where large amounts of fuel need to be stored, such as automotive filling stat... Read More
Posted by Christina Babu at May 3
It’s April, and Earth Day is around the corner. There’s no better time than now to plan ahead and explore new ways we can live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle and minimize our carbon footprint. Holidays typically have an even greater impact on the environment. Our usual traditions can often distract us from our everyday efforts to be eco-friendly. The good news is that we have plenty of tips to enjoy your favorite holidays while also respecting Mother Nature! Valenti... Read More
Posted by Christina Babu at Apr 1
By Maggie Strom During 2021, a number of regulatory changes occurred that are likely to impact facilities that generate hazardous waste in the state of Tennessee. Most of these changes incorporated the EPA’s Generator Improvements Rule into Tennessee’s state regulations. According to the EPA, “This rule finalizes a much-needed update to the hazardous waste generator regulations to make the rules easier to understand, facilitate better compliance, provide greater flexibility... Read More
Posted by Christina Babu at Mar 2
Mold is a common worry, as excessive exposure can lead to severe health and respiratory problems. As mold is naturally occurring in the outdoor environment, there’s no building that is immune to developing mold. Tioga’s team of inspectors have sampled and found mold in office buildings, residences, industrial facilities and many other locations, and we’re here to help if or when the need arises. We receive several questions each week from clients about investigating mold an... Read More
Posted by Christina Babu at Feb 4
New year, new faces! We’d like to introduce you to Karim Bouzeid and Donny White, who recently joined the Tioga family. As Tioga continues to grow, so does our roster of knowledgeable professionals who are eager to serve our clients. Karim and Donny bring that needed range of experience to our team, from subsurface investigations to hazardous materials. Keep reading to learn more about their expertise! Karim Bouzeid, geologist With Karim on our team, we’re proud to share that Ti... Read More
Posted by Christina Babu at Jan 17
  Confined spaces. The phrase reminds me of the scene in “Shawshank Redemption” where the main character escapes prison by crawling through a narrow pipe. While the pipe in that particular scenario would definitely be considered a confined space, that would be an extreme situation. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines a confined space as an area with limited openings for entry and exit. It is not intended for continuous human occupancy, but it is large e... Read More
Posted by Carlee Smith at Jan 3
It’s December, and we’re ramping up for a busy month full of holiday joy, gatherings, and lots and lots of food. While it is the season to eat, drink and be merry, our festivities make a major impact on the environment and increase our carbon footprint.  Last month, we celebrated with Project Greenfork, Clean Memphis and several renowned local chefs at Reharvest Memphis, an event to spread awareness about food waste. Food waste is a topic that is often overlooked in househo... Read More
Posted by Christina Babu at Dec 1