Oregon Industrial Permit Makeover

Executive Summary Oregon’s new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 1200-Z permit, slated to become effective 1 July 2017, will combine the Columbia Slough 1200-COLS and current 1200-Z into one permit. The two stakeholder meetings held by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) at the end of 2016 provided limited engagement for meeting attendees … Read more…

Zooming in on Particles

Facilities conducting industrial activities under certain Standard Industrial Classifications (SICs) are required to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits to discharge stormwater. In the Pacific Northwest, these Industrial operations obtain permit coverage either under the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) Industrial Stormwater General Permit (ISGP), or the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality … Read more…

Hawaii Stormwater Enforcement Actions on the Rise

The State of Hawaii Department of Health Clean Water Branch (CWB) is responsible for ensuring that construction sites, industrial facilities, and municipalities are carrying out their operations in compliance with their respective stormwater permits. CWB inspectors regularly visit permittee facilities and job sites to inspect for noncompliance, identifying issues such as poorly maintained best management … Read more…

Recent Court Rulings on Stormwater Discharges, Part 2

This post is Part 2 of recent court decisions impacting stormwater permit holders.  As previously reported, one of the greatest concerns of stormwater dischargers is the potential for third party enforcement under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  While the vast majority of threatened or actual suits are settled out of court, a few have been … Read more…

Sustainable Remediation of a Nitrate Plume

Sustainable Remediation of a Nitrate Plume: It’s all About the Bugs Background A release of approximately 15,000 gallons of ammonia nitrate and urea (liquid fertilizer) occurred in 2003 next to a railroad track. Initial response activities included the excavation of two recovery trenches, soil sampling from the two trenches, installation of slotted polyvinyl chloride (PVC) … Read more…

Summer 2016 Conferences and International Press Coverage

Managing Stormwater in Oregon   On June 21st, Kennedy/Jenks Consultants was again the Title Sponsor for the second annual Managing Stormwater in Oregon conference in Portland, Oregon. This conference is hosted annually by the Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC). Oregon’s most comprehensive stormwater conference, the event brought together regulated companies, governments, solution providers, and regulators … Read more…

Kennedy/Jenks to Present at Upcoming Remediation Conference

Kennedy/Jenks Consultants is proud to announce that two staff members from the Life Sciences & Risk Assessment Community of Practice are presenting their work at the Tenth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds in Palm Springs, California from May 22-26, 2016. On the evening of May 23, Josh Hopp is presenting a … Read more…

Recent Court Rulings on Stormwater Discharges of Concern to Permit Holders

This is the first of two blog posts on recent court rulings regarding stormwater One of the greatest concerns of stormwater dischargers is the potential for third party enforcement under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  Most actions are brought about in federal court in order to take advantage of the CWA’s citizen suit provisions.  Most … Read more…

Introducing: Remediation at Kennedy/Jenks Consultants

Kennedy/Jenks Consultants’ Remediation Community of Practice consists of group of remediation specialists including environmental scientists, geologists, hydrogeologists, and engineers. Our remediation professionals have extensive experience with treatment of a broad range of contaminants in soil vapor, soil, sediments, surface water, and groundwater using innovative technologies and solutions.  Our team is involved in all phases of … Read more…