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New to the Nova Team – October 2017

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Recent Natural Disasters Show Need for Preparation & A Plan

While it is human nature to procrastinate and focus on immediate, day to day needs over preparing for an event that may never occur, recent hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters offer a valuable lesson to commercial property owners, lenders, and investors: It is critical to consider the “what ifs” at your property and to prepare and plan accordingly. Gary Ganson, Nova Consulting’s National Practice Leader/Director of Industrial Hygiene Services, has worked in the Occupational Health field for nearly 40 years. He has ... Read more

ECAD Case Study: Groundwater Plume Source Investigation in Minnesota Landfill

The Problem Volatile organic compound (VOC) concentrations exceeded regulatory standards in groundwater at the property lines of a municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill in West Central Minnesota. This situation required additional investigation and possible Corrective Action (CA). The source of the VOCs appeared to be a 23-acre unlined section of the landfill.  Preliminary corrective action discussions considered a complete excavation of the waste material within the unlined section of the landfill and relocation to a new lined space area that could be built at ... Read more

Grenfell Tower: Fire risk in cladding

Nova, Inc., joins the rest of the world in mourning the victims of the tragic fire that occurred at London’s Grenfell Tower on June 14, 2017. At least 80 people were killed and many more injured. Nova is paying special attention to this devastating situation because it has been reported that the residential building’s cladding system played some part in the tragedy. Grenfell Tower had been recently renovated and re-clad with an aluminum composite material (ACM). This exterior cladding system has become popular ... Read more

Nova Acquires ECAD Engineering, Inc.

Nova Consulting Group, Inc. (Nova), is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of ECAD Engineering, an environmental consulting and engineering company. Nova opened its professional practice in 1987. Over the past 30 years, the firm’s growth has been predominantly internal, stemming from referrals made by clients and other industry professionals. The growth of our professional staff has evolved in a similarly organic manner. Nova has consistently attracted high-quality, committed professionals and invested in their training and development. ECAD stands for Environmental Concepts and ... Read more

Changes to HUD MAP Program

In recent months, there have been some changes in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) program. Revisions to the MAP Guide were posted on January 29, 2016, with some additional minor changes implemented in January 2017. Some of these changes include the new HEROS forms,  updated radon regulations for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), intrusive testing required for properties older than 30 years, and the Capital Needs Assessment (CNA) e-Tool (to be launched in ... Read more

New to the Nova Team – June 2017

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Case Study – A Solution for Site Closure

A regional bank client had foreclosed on a property impacted by petroleum contamination to the soil and groundwater. Working with another consultant, a cleanup had been underway for several years when the client received a shut-down notice from the local air regulatory agency saying that permit conditions had been violated. The client wanted Nova to review existing information and either take over the cleanup, come up with a better solution to get site closure, or manage the other existing consultant. Following review ... Read more

International Division Update

Nova’s commitment to helping clients understand variations in local markets can be seen in an uptick in overseas work by U.S. clients in the U.K., the Netherlands, and Australia. We’ve recently undertaken assessment for a number of construction loans and redevelopment/refurbishment plans in these markets. Our focus in these projects is to understand the scope of refurbishment, how the plan fits into the local market, and what local costs will be, as well as to check that any required maintenance issues, such ... Read more

New Challenges to Addressing Marijuana and the Workplace

  While most companies have a drug policy that restricts the use of recognized illegal narcotics, alcohol, and some prescription drugs, as more U.S. states legalize recreational and medical marijuana, there are new complications facing safety and HR managers. Simply put, the new marijuana drug laws, as well as OSHA’s position on post-incident drug testing, have made managing drug use in or on offices, plants, project sites, and transportation more difficult. First and foremost, we must focus on the safety of our employees. ... Read more
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