The RS&H Tyler, Texas, office associates’ New Year’s resolutions for 2014 focused on increasing personal and industry knowledge, while sharing their expertise with others in their community. To achieve their goals, they participated in a variety of activities and training.
Most consequences in life don’t seem possible until they actually happen. Whether it is going that extra five miles over the speed limit or not getting your inspection sticker on time, it can be easy to overlook potential repercussions. The same holds true for environmental related laws and regulations. It seems easy to construct that well location without contacting a consulting firm to conduct a wetland determination, threatened and endangered species evaluation, or cultural resource assessment. It would be cheaper if a company did not have to install that emission-reducing equipment or mitigate for the stream that was re-routed. Noncompliance could lead to delays in project completion, enforcement fees, or criminal penalties that are not worth it. Below are a few examples of companies that paid the price for noncompliance – literally.
On October 2, 2013, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District announced its adoption of the new Stream Mitigation Method (SMM). The method aims to increase in-kind mitigation for impacts to stream resources by giving preference to stream mitigation credits generated through in-stream improvements.
We all want clean water to drink, healthy food to eat, clean air to breathe, and nature that can be appreciated. We all enjoy the natural resources in life, and we can take a few steps each day to make sure future generations will too.
Whether or not carbon pollution significantly contributes to climate change is open for discussion and interpretation. That debate occurs every day around the water cooler, and everyone has their own opinion. On June 25, 2013, President Obama delivered a speech about carbon pollution in regards to his Climate Action Plan. Is the plan about carbon pollution or is that just the tip of the iceberg?