EPAs new plan to combat PFAS

EPAs new plan to combat PFAS

EPAs new plan to combat PFAS

 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced new plans to combat per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The EPA released four new drinking water health advisories to aid in America’s plan to furnish clean drinking water. Additionally, the EPA announced fresh fiscal opportunities to combat PFAS pollution through a $1 billion grant.

“Today’s actions highlight EPA’s commitment to use the best available science to tackle PFAS pollution, protect public health, and provide critical information quickly and transparently,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox.

These updated health advisories are based on the newest science regarding PFOAS and PFOS. Further, the new advisories will replace those for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) issued in 2016. Moreover, EPA is issuing final health advisories for perfluorobutane sulfonic acid and its potassium salt (PFBS) and for hexafluoropropylene oxide (HFPO) dimer acid and its ammonium salt (“GenX” chemicals). This will be the first time the EPA has issued these health advisories.

$1 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law grant

In further action, the EPA is encouraging states and communities to apply for a $1 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law grant.  This grant is designed to be used to address PFAS and other contaminants especially in disadvantaged communities.

Follow the links for more information on the EPAs new plan to combat PFAS or the PFAS Roadmap 2021-2024.

 

EPAs new plan to combat PFAS

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Construction of New BSK Lab

Construction of New BSK Lab

BSK is excited to give our clients and business partners the ability to watch the construction of our new BSK lab come together. The new Analytical Lab in Fresno is coming along great! It is on the corner of Laverne and Armstrong, with close access to two major freeways, making for easier access for all of our customers.

 

Concept Behind the Construction of New BSK Lab.

In the summer BSK Associates began the process of finding and securing a new location for our Fresno Analytical Lab. The concept was to obtain a safe and convenient location for our clients and employees. Additionally, we wanted to accommodate future growth in a single, state of the art facility, designed specifically for environmental lab operations.

Our new analytical lab will feature an open floorplan. The floorplan has been designed for ideal flow of our processes, communication, and collaboration. It will facilitate and encourage cross training by providing training and collaboration spaces. The 25,600 square feet of open space allows for up to 30% more analytical testing capacity. Furthermore, the new lab will allow for more growth and flexibility to address future analytical needs. With these key features in place, BSK will be able to continue to invest in and serve our community and clients at the highest of standards.

“Having the opportunity to design our space has been very rewarding. Every lab department was consulted in the design of their new space in the new building so the final floor plan is a compilation of great ideas on the part of BSK staff. The process went through several iterations until we all felt we had the perfect lab.”-Belinda Vega, BSK Associates COO of Laboratories.

 

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Delano Earlimart Irrigation District

Delano Earlimart Irrigtion District Water Recharge Projects 

BSK has been working with the Delano Earlimart Irrigation District to develop their groundwater recharge projects totaling more than 300 acres of recharge facilities.  The groundwater recharge project is known as the Turnipseed Recharge Basin, which could receive water from either the District’s distribution system of from direct diversions from the White River.  This project will significant benefit the District in balancing their groundwater.  The recharge basins are located northwest of the intersection of Avenue 24 and Road 176 near Delano, California.  BSK has worked with the District Engineer, Provost and Pritchard, on this project for the last four years and we are continuing to work on this project.

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Manteca Digester Improvements

Manteca Digester Improvements

Manteca Water Quality Control Facility Digester Improvements, Manteca, CA

As part of the City of Manteca’s overall expansion of the wastewater plant capacity from 7 million gallons per day to 20 million gallons per day and other improvements, the Manteca Water Quality Control Facility Digester improvements included construction of two new 65-foot diameter by 12-foot-deep digesters, a 6,500-square foot digester control building, underground pipelines, new paved driveways, and demolition and filling of existing drying beds. Other improvements included a flare tower and FOG (fats, oil, and grease), hydrogen sulfide, siloxane, and food processing facilities. The City has become one of the first municipalities in California to capture biogas generated at the facility, which generally is flared into the atmosphere, to fuel the City’s growing fleet of compressed natural gas vehicles, including garbage trucks.

BSK conducted the geotechnical investigation during the design process and provided materials testing services throughout construction of the project.

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BSK Award Winning Projects

BSK Award Winning Projects

BSK Associates is proud to announce that we acted as consultants on two projects that received awards from American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

Award Winning Project:

Delano Earlimart Irrigation District, Water Recharge Projects, Tulare and Kern Counties, CA 

Delano Earlimart Irrigation District has been working to develop their groundwater recharge projects totaling more than 300 acres of recharge facilities. A 2022 ACEC Merit project, the groundwater recharge project is known as the Turnipseed Recharge Basin, which could receive water from the District’s distribution system from direct diversions from the White River.  This project will significantly benefit the District in balancing their groundwater.  The recharge basins are located northwest of the intersection of Avenue 24 and Road 176 near Delano, California.  BSK has worked with the District Engineer, Provost and Pritchard, on this project for the last four years with geotechnical investigations, and construction observation, and testing services.

Award Winning Project:

1,2,3-Trichloropropane (TCP) Comprehensive Remediation Design/Build Project, Atwater, CA

Design included mat foundations for GAC vessels and other equipment, retaining walls and ringwall foundation systems for backwash tanks. BSK served as the geotechnical engineer and construction materials testing consultant for this design-build project.

 

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Leadership Changes at BSK

Leadership Changes at BSK

The promotions of Belinda Vega and Tim Rodriguez to Chief Operations Officers of the Laboratory and Engineering divisions are very deserving.  Their proven expertise and dedication combined with existing working knowledge of BSK will help us to further push our strategic objectives while building a focus around excellent employee and client experiences.

I am also pleased former CEO, Rich Johnson, has chosen to stay on board with us as a Principal Geologist.  Rich will not only be working on new projects, but will also be taking on roles to assist with Risk Management and Mentorship.

I am filled with confidence in the level of Senior Leadership we have within BSK and am excited by how motivated they are to build a stronger company and develop the next generation of leaders.

-Renea Rangell

 

BSK approved for UCMR5

BSK approved for UCMR5

BSK approved for UCMR5

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We are proud to announce that we have received our approval from the EPA to participate in UCMR5 which is scheduled to start in 2023! The approval was based on our successful results on the performance testing samples.

The EPA uses the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR) to look for contaminants that are suspected to be present in drinking water.

We are proud to be helping to keep our drinking water safe!  

 

 

For more information about UCMR5 and information provided by the EPA please click HERE. If you or someone you know is in need of UCMR5 testing or other water testing needs do not hesitate to call BSK today!

 

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Congratulations Adam Terronez

Congratulations Adam Terronez, Branch Manager of our #Bakersfield #BSK, who has been appointed unanimously to fill the vacant seat on the BSK Board of Directors.

Congratulations Adam Terronez

Congratulations Adam Terronez!!!

 

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Renea Rangell to Become BSK Associates Next CEO

Renea Rangell to Become BSK Associates Next CEO

Renea Rangell to Become BSK Associates Next CEO

The BSK Associates’ Board of Directors is pleased to announce today that   Renea Rangell will be the firm’s next CEO effective January 1, 2022.   Ms. Rangell, a seasoned and successful member of BSK’s leadership team for over 8 years, will succeed CEO Rich Johnson who is stepping down from the position after his many years of valued executive leadership.

After 16 years at the helm of BSK, it is time that I turn executive leadership of this incredible company over to Renea and her energetic and very capable team,” says Johnson. “Her vision, her inclusive style, and her drive make her the perfect choice to drive BSK to even greater success.”

Board Chairman Kurt Fraese shares that “The selection of Renea represents the most significant milestone in a well-executed and ongoing leadership transition process. BSK is poised to take its next transformative leap forward with Renea’s ability to leverage the firm’s exceptional service and commitment to growth.”

“I am excited for the opportunity to lead this truly unique company with an amazing team who is poised for growth and new challenges” says Rangell.  “I believe building upon our commitment to quality service and employee development will provide an exceptional client experience and foster a passion for innovative solutions to positively contribute to the industries and communities we serve.  I’m looking forward to engaging our clients through industry organizations, news and educational communications as well as community and philanthropic event participation.  Amidst these difficult times, it’s more important than ever that we stay connected and find the opportunities to be successful.”

Chairman Fraese adds “We thank Rich for his tremendous dedication and leadership in securing BSK’s position as a premiere employer, consulting engineering and analytical testing firm.  We look forward to his continued engagement in new capacities for the firm as we welcome Renea and the next generation of BSK leadership talent.”

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BSK: Downtown Merced Revitalization

BSK: Downtown Merced Revitalization

BSK helps revamp historical buildings in downtown Merced.

Revamp on historical buildings in downtown Merced.

BSK helps downtown Merced revitalize historical buildings. Three of Merced’s oldest buildings are receiving a face lift in hopes of bringing downtown Merced back to life. Downtown Merced has been under construction over the past year on Tioga Hotel, El Capitan Hotel, and the Mainzer Theatre. Not only are these three historical sites some of the oldest buildings in Merced, built as early as 1920’s, they also have noteworthy historical pasts. The goal of this project is to renovate these notorious sites, while still maintaining some historical integrity.

BSK Associates has played a key role in the renovations of each of these buildings. After BSK’s initial Geotechnical Engineering Investigation, South Valley Regional Manager, On Man Lau, PE, GE, was able to reduce the size of the micropiles. This reduction saved the developer thousands of dollars towards the renovations.

BSK: Downtown Merced Revitalization

All three renovations are still in progress. However, we are excited to announce the Tioga is nearing completion. The El Capitan Hotel and Mainzer Theater are also well on their way.

The Tioga Hotel becomes Luxury Apartments

Tioga Hotel, Downtown Merced Revitalization.

The Tioga Hotel is one of the oldest and largest buildings in the City of Merced. Built in 1928, the Tioga was home to Merced’s first neon sign, was a key player in the wartime efforts during World War II, and attracted numerous notable figures and royalty from across the world, including Calvin Coolidge, Eleanor Roosevelt, Marilyn Monroe, and John Kennedy. The National Register of Historical Places inducted the Tioga in 1980. Due to its prestigious history it was important to all those involved to preserve as much of the building as possible, while upgrading the structure to today’s safety standards.

BSK had the opportunity of performing field exploration on the Tioga; designing micropiles for a seismic retrofit on the existing six story reinforced concrete structure. Furthermore, we performed materials testing and inspection on the Tioga including but not limited to:

  • Drilled Pier Soils Observations

    Tioga Hotel. Downtown Merced Revitalization.

  • Reinforced Concrete Inspections
  • Concrete Sampling and Testing
  • Post Installed Anchor Inspections
  • Shop and Field Welding Inspections
  • High Strength Bolting Inspections
  • Epoxy Rebar Inspections
  • Shear wall nailing Inspections
  • Wood Moisture Testing

Features include; studios, one-and two-bedroom apartments, and penthouse apartments. The lobby will feature social work-spaces, a fitness center, and private conference and event rooms. There are also plans to include a retail area on the street level space.

El Capitan Hotel Renovations

BSK helps revamp historical buildings in downtown Merced

UT inspection at El Capitan. Photo features the Tioga in background.

El Capitan is another historic remodel for the City of Merced. The original EL Capitan was Merced’s first hotel, built in 1872, the same year the City of Merced was established. Unfortunately, in 1931 the hotel burnt, but it was remodeled and has been left as it is since 1936.

As with the Tioga Hotel, BSK has helped with the renovations on El Capitan from the ground up,  from performing Ultrasonic Testing on the primary metal structure of the building in local weld shops, to being on the El Capitan job site, conducting Reinforced Concrete Inspection.

Tioga Hotel features 114 rooms restored to encompass the original feel of the hotel and honor the historic El Capitan as the town’s first railroad depot.  The space will also feature a restaurant, a café, and an amazing courtyard lounge.

The Mainzer Theater

The Mainzer Theatre revamp in Downtown Merced.

Although construction on this building originally began in the 1920’s, the Mainzer Theatre did not open its doors until Halloween, October 31st, of 1931. The Mainzer Theatre is one of the most recognized landmarks in Merced. Originally built by famous architects from San Francisco, the Reid Brothers. The Spanish Courtyard design was very unique. According to the Merced Theatre Foundation, which was responsible for the initial restoration of the building in 2012, “Patrons that visited the theatre believed that there were people living in the windows of the courtyard”. The Mainzer Theatre has been a special place for those of Merced, from school graduations and dance performances, to weddings, and of course movies; the theatre has been visited by many. Once again because of its rich history it was important to keep the historical feel on this project.

Additionally, BSK was asked to provide our services for the Mainzer Theatre. Some of the work we will be conducting includes:

  • Soils Observations and Compaction Testing.
  • Reinforced Concrete Inspections.
  • Concrete Sampling and Testing.
  • Post Installed Anchor Inspections.
  • Shop Welding Inspections.

Upon completion The Mainzer Theatre will have 4 bowling lanes, a restaurant, a stage, movie theater, and possibly a bar. Renovations are not scheduled to be completed until late 2020. However, they are already well into renovations.

 

 

 

Lastly, Mainzer Theatre. Merced Revamp.

Special Thanks

The downtown revamp has been a very rewarding project for BSK. We thrive on being a part of a project that truly makes a difference in the community.

Lastly, we’d like to give a special thanks to all of our BSK employees and our client!

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