Karen Thompson, P.G.


Kentucky Receives Primacy Approval for Class II Underground Injection Control Program

Karen Thompson, P.G.

The October 28, 2016 Federal Register approved primacy for the Kentucky Underground Injection Control (UIC) Class II Program. The final rule will become effective January 26, 2017 unless EPA receives adverse comments by November 28, 2016. Class II wells under the UIC program are used to only to inject fluids associated with oil and natural […]


Brownfield Success Story – Economic Alliance takes empty manufacturing to productive warehouse

Karen Thompson, P.G.

In 2013, Economic Alliance contacted SMG to assist them in turning an empty manufacturing facility in Harrodsburg, Kentucky with contamination into a productive site. SMG suggested a then new approach that allowed them to manage contamination liability onsite without further site investigation, remediation or risk assessment. The approach involved using the bona fide prospective purchaser […]


Are You Ready for a Waste Management Inspection? Is Your Documentation in Order?

Karen Thompson, P.G.

While there is no one national list of the most common violations, several sources keep track of various state violations issued. These violations can be broken out into waste handling, tracking (documentation) and training, and labeling. Lack of documentation is one of the easiest violations to correct. Simply, have all of your documents in order and […]


Kentucky EEC’s BIG MOVE!

Karen Thompson, P.G.

The Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet (EEC) will start moving June 1, 2016 to their new building at 300 Sower Boulevard. The new five story building will house the entire Cabinet under one roof with the exception of field offices located throughout the state. EEC has posted on their website that the process will take […]


Louisville in Top 25 Energy Star Cities for 2016

Karen Thompson, P.G.

Louisville is ranked 5th among mid-size cities and is tied with Austin, TX. Louisville is ranked 25th in the nation this year for the number of Energy Star Buildings, with 55 facilities certified as of this year. You will find SMG’s Louisville office list under St. Clair Construction. Take a look at the list and […]


KYDEP Tentatively Decides to Grant Regulation Exemption Variance for Solvent-Contaminated Wipes

Karen Thompson, P.G.

The Kentucky Division of Waste Management issued a public notice March 3, 2016. EPA has recently passed regulations that allow for the reuse and disposal of solvent contaminated wipes. A statewide variance allows facilities in Kentucky to operate under the new federal regulations until Kentucky regulation 401 KAR 31:010 can be amended. You can find […]


Decoding the Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements

Karen Thompson, P.G.

The EPA Administrator signed the proposed Hazardous  Waste Generator Improvements  Rule on August 31, 201 5. The rule proposes updates to the hazardous  waste generator regulations, which affect many sources in Kentucky.     This presentation will help generators understand the two key provisions in the proposed rule: 1)  hazardous  waste generator may avoid the increased burden […]


Kentucky Chamber 14th Annual Environmental Conference

Karen Thompson, P.G.

With multiple environmental reporting due at the first of the year, it’s hard to find time to attend Conferences. However, February 9-10 is the 14th Annual Kentucky Chamber Environmental Conference. Several people from SMG will be providing value information on a host of subjects including “Environmental Policy, Politics and the Courts”, “Those Containers and Areas […]


Update on Proposed Changes to RCRA

Karen Thompson, P.G.

EPA has received a number of requests to extend the comment period and in response is providing a 30-day extension. On November 5, 2015, EPA extended the comment period for both the generator improvements and hazardous pharmaceutical management proposed rules until December 24, 2015. Both of those rules were proposed in the September 25, 2015 […]


Proposed Rule: EPA RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Rules

Karen Thompson, P.G.

As we informed you in the last blog, the EPA Administrator signed the proposed Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule on August 31, 2015. A pre-publication copy has been circulated and published at http://www2.epa.gov/hwgenerators/proposed-rule-hazardous-waste-generator-improvements. The proposed changes will have an effect for large, small and conditionally exempt small quantity generators. The proposed rule was published in […]