Category: Regulatory Compliance

By Karim Bouzeid, geologist Environmental rules and regulations bear an all too familiar resemblance to the seasons; they both tend to change. Last year, between July and Oct. 2021, major changes were enacted in the regulations for the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation’s Division of Underground Storage Tanks. It’s been one year – are your tanks in compliance with the current regulations? We can help answer that question. Let’s start with some... Read More
Posted by Christina Babu at Nov 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
The theme for Earth Day this year focuses on the importance of protecting endangered and threatened species across our planet. Endangered species are not limited to animals that people regularly think about, such as rhinos or tigers. In this region, there are several animals and plants that are classified as endangered or threatened, including various birds, insects and trees. At Tioga, we help our Mid-South clients serve as better stewards of the environment, so that we all can harmoniousl... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Apr 22
We discussed recently the ins and outs of environmental audits, from compliance audits to ISO audits. For this next part of our environmental audit series, we will dive in the importance of becoming ISO-certified and how it can benefit your business and facility’s performance. ISO Audits are different from compliance audits. In ISO Audits, the facility or organization is evaluated to determine conformance with the ISO Standard. Basically, are you doing what you planned that you would... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jan 14
Just in time for Halloween, we want to discuss one of the most frightening words in the English language: Audit. But this is not a horror story. In fact, we hope to dispel any fears you have toward audits. In this two-part series, we will demystify environmental audits, talk about the different kinds and describe how they can be extremely helpful to your business. This entry will summarize the types of audits you may encounter and the benefits of conducting audits. There are several types... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Oct 10
Revitalization and redevelopment have been common trends in recent urban planning. Communities are working to revive blighted areas that attract crime, lower property values and drive out longtime businesses. Memphis is no stranger to addressing blight. Neighborhoods like the South Main District, the Edge District and Tioga’s stomping grounds in the Pinch District, are all seeing a reawakening with mixed-use developments and transportation enhancements. Warehouses and factories that h... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jul 30
by Luke Hall, professional geologist Clean dirt. To a person with a three-year-old son, the term sounds like a cruel joke. In reality, it is an issue that can cause serious problems for developments. Picture this scenario: you have purchased a residential property with the intention of redevelopment. For whatever reason, perhaps raising the grade of the surrounding area to prevent flooding or removal and backfill of previous foundations and structures, you hire a contractor to bring in so... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Mar 29
by Maggie Strom, QEP, CHMM Founder and president Happy New Year! You know what that means - time to start working on those year-end environmental reports.  First, it's a great time to read over your air permit to evaluate whether the records you have been keeping all year are consistent with your actual requirements. It’s also time to gather up your year-end production numbers and run your final calculations for 2017. Annual and semi-annual report deadlines are just a few w... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jan 5
by Ben Day Senior environmental specialist On April 2, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued their final rule listing the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act. The NLEB joins the Indiana bat as the two typical endangered bat species that have a potential presence in West Tennessee and the surrounding areas of Arkansas and Mississippi. Populations of these species have declined dramatically since the discovery of white-nose syndr... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jan 2