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AUGUST 16, 2013
PROGRESS CONTINUES ON ERIE STREET REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT IN TOLEDO
  
A public-private partnership is leading the way to redevelop a 5.49-acre former coal gas manufacturing plant along Swan Creek in Toledo's Warehouse District - a property that will serve as the future home of Hull's new Toledo office. The site is the former location of the Toledo Gas Light & Coke Company, where coal gas was manufactured from 1887 through 1918. Columbia Gas of Ohio purchased the property in 1963 to support its natural gas distribution business, and vacated the building in spring 2010 to relocate personnel to other locations throughout northwest Ohio.

Working with Hull to complete the property transfer, redevelopment plans, and grant application, the City of Toledo was awarded $3 million in Clean Ohio Revitalization Funds (CORF) in November 2010 to clean up a 3.62-acre portion of the property. Columbia Gas of Ohio contributed more than $2.5 million toward property cleanup, $1.4 million of which served as the CORF grant match. The grant helped fund asbestos abatement and demolition of an obsolete 80,340-square-foot building constructed in 1947, and the implementation of remedies to address soil, soil gas, and groundwater contamination caused primarily by previous manufactured gas plant operations. As part of the redevelopment plan, Columbia Gas sold the property to River Road Redevelopment II, LLC, a development company that is managing the demolition and remediation activities to prepare the site for redevelopment.

Today, the majority of this cleanup work is now complete and the property is ready to begin transitioning into the redevelopment process.

Hull is planning to acquire a portion of the property from River Road Redevelopment to build a new 25,000-square-foot office and relocate our 35 Toledo-based professionals to this location. The redevelopment plans currently call for constructing a green building following LEED standards and creating a walkway along Swan Creek, an important section of the City's planned 1.5-mile Swan Creek Riverwalk. The City expects that Hull's $2.8 million office construction commitment will help revitalize Toledo's promising Warehouse District. Redevelopment of this property will help maximize many public and private property improvements in the Warehouse District, including the adjacent Erie Street Market; the City of Toledo's Quilter Environmental Center, home of the Toledo Division of Environmental Services; and many new apartments and condominiums constructed in converted warehouse space.
 
 
JULY 26, 2013
COAL INDUSTRY LEGISLATION MOVING THROUGH CONGRESS
  
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives approved HR 2218, the "Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013."  Originally filed by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) along with 54 co-sponsors, the bill is based on regulations developed for municipal solid waste disposal and would create the first-ever national regulatory standards for coal ash disposal.  Currently on its way to and if passed by the Senate, the legislation will set national regulations enforceable under Subtitle D of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and eliminate any designation of coal ash as "hazardous waste."  Hull has continued to participate in advocacy efforts to support responsible, workable legislation related to the management and beneficial use of coal combustion residuals, and supported the American Coal Ash Association by signing on to a multi-industry group letter backing the bill during the House committee process.
 
U.S. EPA Extends Effluent Limitation Guidelines Public Comment Period
 
Separate from the HR 2218 legislation, another key issue that rule makers are addressing relates to Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) management systems, and specifically the effluent standards for discharges from wet ponds.  Hull is closely following the rulemaking process for U.S. EPA's proposed Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELGs).  U.S. EPA published the proposed rule in June and recently extended its deadline for public comments on this issue until September 20.  If approved, this rule would update standards for coal-fueled power plants that have been in place since 1982 under the Clean Water Act.  U.S. EPA is bound by a consent decree to take final action on the ELGs by May 22, 2014, but has no set deadline for the CCR issue. Additional information from U.S. EPA on the ELGs issue is available here.
 
 
JULY 18, 2013
CONGRESS TAKING STEPS TO MODERNIZE TSCA REGULATIONS
 
On May 22, 2013, a bipartisan group of United States senators including Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and the recently deceased Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced the "Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013" (CSIA) in an effort to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  Created in 1976, TSCA mandated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) to protect the public from "unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment" by regulating the manufacture and sale of chemicals.  TSCA has not been updated since the 1980s. 
 
If approved, the CSIA will make dramatic changes to TSCA.  The proposed CSIA would give U.S. EPA considerable new authority to regulate both existing and newly introduced chemicals, including the use of administrative orders and consent agreements to require additional chemical testing and restrict or prohibit the manufacture and sale of chemicals that do not meet certain safety standards.
 
Among other requirements, the CSIA would:
  • Establish a process for regulating the manufacture, sale, and use of chemicals based on guidelines, methodologies, evaluation criteria and a schedule that will be developed and implemented soley by the U.S. EPA;
  • Establish a new "safety standard" for U.S. EPA's evaluation of risks posed by new and existing chemicals, namely to ensure that "no unreasonable risk of harm to human health or the environment will result from exposure to a chemical substance" based on its "intended conditions of use."  Evaluations are expected to use "best available science" and consider the life-cycle of the chemical;
  • Require U.S. EPA to establish a "Prioritization Screening Process" for developing a list of chemicals that are "low priority" (likely to meet the safety standard) or "high priority" (will be subject to safety assessment);
  • Authorize U.S. EPA to ban or place other restrictions on chemicals that do not meet the safety standard, subject to judicial review;
  • Grant U.S. EPA additional authority to require chemical manufacturers to provide information regarding new and existing chemicals; and
  • Impose significant public disclosure requirements on information regarding chemicals submitted to U.S. EPA, including establishing specific procedures for protection of confidential business information.
Stakeholder concerns over the sweeping changes embodied in the CSIA include a regulatory framework devoid of deadlines, provisions that preempt the role of states in regulating chemical safety, how U.S. EPA will interpret and implement the safety standard concept of "unreasonable risk of no harm," and the lack of a funding mechanism to ensure U.S. EPA's work is done in a timely manner that does not adversely impact commerce.
 
For more information on the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 and how it may impact the manufacture, sale, and use of chemicals, please contact Dr. William Rish at the Hull Risk Analysis Center, at wrish@hullinc.com or 614.793.8777.  
 
 
JUNE 26, 2013
HULL ANNOUNCES NEW ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OHIO OFFICE
 
Hull announced the opening of a new office in St. Clairsville on June 26 during the Ohio Valley Oil & Gas Association's June luncheon at the Belmont Hills Country Club.
 
Hull Chief Executive Officer Craig Kasper shared the insight leading up to the strategic decision to open a St. Clairsville office with OVOGA members, local business leaders, and elected officials in attendance before introducing A.J. Smith, an engineer and project manager with Hull who will manage the new office.
 
"Opening an office in St. Clairsville not only positions Hull strategically to service our current and prospective clients in the shale oil and gas industry, it also gives us the ability to create and develop regional projects in our alternative energy, brownfields, environmental, and waste management markets," Kasper said. "We were patient, listened to the needs of our clients, and studied the developing Utica Shale play in Ohio for two years before arriving at this decision. It was extremely important for us as a company to ensure that we located an office in the region that is fully capable of servicing all of our markets and clients. We believe we've made a sound decision in locating that office here in St. Clairsville and we're excited to be a part of this community."
 
The new office, which officially opens July 1, is located in the heart of downtown St. Clairsville at 146 West Main Street, Second Floor, St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950. The main office number is (800) 241-7173 and the fax number is (614) 793-9070. A.J. Smith, PE, can be contacted locally at the office, or by email at ajsmith@hullinc.com.
 
JUNE 21, 2013
HULL RAISES $3,406 FOR OKLAHOMA TORNADO DISASTER RELIEF
 
We've all been touched by the devastating images and stories of those who were impacted by a series of deadly tornadoes that cut a destructive path through numerous communities in Oklahoma starting on May 19.  Several of our clients are based in this region and some of our employees have loved ones, family, and friends who were in the direct path of and have been displaced or suffered a loss as a result of these storms.
 
A mission of Hull & Associates, Inc.'s Giving Back Program is to band together in a time of need – whether locally or nationally – to make a positive contribution to help those who require it most.  Between May 22 and June 14, 2013, Hull raised funds company-wide to dedicate to the American Red Cross in support of tornado victims in Oklahoma.  We are extremely pleased to share that Hull raised $3,406 through employee donations and company match to support the American Red Cross and disaster relief efforts in Oklahoma.
 
For this, we want to publicly recognize and sincerely thank our employees for your generosity! Disaster relief work is still continuing in Oklahoma one month after the storms, with more than $26.5 million raised nationally to support the cleanup efforts. Read more
 
For more information on how to make a contribution to support the American Red Cross in providing disaster relief to impacted communities, please visit: http://www.redcross.org/charitable-donations.
 
Hull's Giving Back Program is an extremely valued part of our company.  Our contributions not only touch the lives of the people we support but also inspire our employees and their families by giving them a chance to make a difference in the world.
 
Hull strives to give back to the communities that directly contribute to our success by engaging in volunteer work and supporting local charities.  By focusing on our strengths – education, leadership, environmental stewardship, and community involvement – we help to strengthen our own communities in lasting and meaningful ways.  Visit Hull's Giving Back Program for more information. 
 
JUNE 7, 2013
HULL CHARITY EVENT RAISES $43,000 FOR NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
 
Last Thursday, thanks to the support and generosity of 77 sponsors and 132 golfers, Hull raised $43,000 for Nationwide Children's Hospital – a new record amount for our annual Charity Memorial Golf Outing! Over the past 13 years of hosting this event, we've raised $180,000, the proceeds of which benefit Kinder Key, a volunteer organization supporting The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. As one of the largest and most advanced cardiac centers in the United States, The Heart Center treats patients with congenital heart disease. In just the past two years alone, Hull and our sponsors have raised more than $75,000 for Nationwide Children's Hospital through our annual golf outing and Giving Back program.
 
To help in recognizing this exceptional milestone, Hull honored 13-year-old Kylie Loeffler of Reynoldsburg, Ohio as our "Heart Warrior." Kylie was just hours old when her heart defects were discovered in March 2000. At just five days old, Kylie had a life-saving heart surgery performed at The Heart Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital to correct the most serious of her heart defects; two subsequent surgeries followed when Kylie was 6 months and 3 years old. Today, Kylie is a happy, healthy 13-year-old girl who loves American Girl dolls and just finished 6th grade at Waggoner Road Middle School in Reynoldsburg. Read Kylie's story in her own words.
 
This event would not be possible without the generosity and support of our employees, clients and friends. We would especially like to recognize 52 of this year's sponsors who have supported Kinder Key and The Heart Center with their repeat donations to Hull's annual Charity Memorial Golf Outing: American Electric Power; ALS Environmental; Baesman; Bowen Engineering; Bricker & Eckler; Carlile Patchen & Murphy, LLP; Columbus Office Solutions; CW Design Group, LLC; Duke-Hemisphere LLC; ESC Labs; Environmental Management Specialists, Inc.; Environmental Reclaim; Fedeli Group; Field Environmental Instruments; FirstMerit Bank; IGS Energy; Independence Excavating; Jeff DeLeone & Associates; JM Sorge, Inc.; Kwest Group LLC; Lonesource; Pace Analytical; Parallel Technologies; Prater Engineering; Rea & Associates; Red Hat; Renard & Associates, LLC; RHK Group; River Road Renewables, LLC; Shirk & O'Donovan; Steptoe & Johnson PLLC; Tartan Fields Golf Club; The Allison Family; The Baltzer Family; The Bonifas Family; The Carter-Cornell Family; The Crowell Family; The Gerdeman Family; The Hull Family; The Kasper Family; The Mustafaga Family; The Okonta Family; The Petruzzi Family; The Richards Family; The Rish Family; The Russell Family; The Stuart Family; The Turley Family; The Wildman Family; The Zuch Family; Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP; and White Castle. We are tremendously grateful to all of our sponsors for your support! "Giving Back" is an extremely valued and important part of our corporate culture and the funds raised annually from this event directly benefit children and families in need of life-saving medical care.
 
To read more about the event, visit Hull's website at: http://www.hullinc.com/charity-golf-outing. To view pictures and video from the event, visit Hull's Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/HullInc.
 
 
MAY 28, 2013
OHIO EPA RELEASES CONCEPTUAL BENEFICIAL USE RULES
 
On May 24, 2013, Ohio EPA's Division of Material and Waste Management released its new beneficial use program draft conceptual rule language for public review and comment.  Following stakeholder review and rule approval, the new regulations may allow for long-awaited improvements in the beneficial use program, while continuing to support our community's recycling, reuse and conservation goals.  Hull and other stakeholders have been working with the agency over the last several years to develop improved beneficial use regulations.
 
Currently, the beneficial use program is directed under the Integrated Alternative Waste Management Program (IAWMP).  The new rules address some of the limitations of the IAWMP relative to scope and implementation.  A key provision of the proposed new beneficial use rules is the characterization of the term "unwanted" within the definition of a solid waste.  In this conceptual draft, unwanted does not include a select waste that has been beneficially used – meaning if a select waste is beneficially used, it is no longer a waste, which differentiates the proposed program from existing rules.
 
As was discussed in the early stakeholder meetings, the rules establish three tiers of classification based on the characteristics of the select waste and the end use.  The first tier requires select waste to be incorporated into construction materials, thereby being excluded from regulation under the chapter.  Tiers two and three require a general or individual permit, respectively, for the beneficial use of the select waste.  Applicants will need to demonstrate that the select waste will be managed and stored as a valuable commodity, is not accumulated speculatively, and is used over the timeframes established in the authorization.
 
The public comment period will close on June 21, 2013.  Hull is initiating our review of the proposed rules and will evaluate the intricacies of the new rules and their implications on the regulated community.  Ohio EPA will host a stakeholder meeting on June 12, 2013, in Columbus, Ohio to answer any questions prior to the comment period deadline.  Following the agency's review of the initial round of comments, the revised rules will be submitted to the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) for further evaluation over a 60-day period.
 
If you are interested in discussing the proposed program, sharing your comments with us, or have potential beneficial use opportunities within your operations you'd like Hull's experts to evaluate, please contact Bill Petruzzi at bpetruzzi@hullinc.com or John Hull at jhull@hullinc.com, or 419.385.2018.
 
MAY 24, 2013
HULL INTRODUCES NEW INDIANA BAT ACOUSTIC MONITORING SERVICE
 
Hull's Ecology & Wetlands Practice is expanding. Our experienced ecology staff has the hardware, software, and training to provide Indiana Bat acoustic monitoring per the new May 2013 United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) protocols. The new protocol emphasizes the use of acoustic recording and software analysis of bat echolocation calls as an initial screening step to identify bats. If Indiana bats or suspected Indiana bat calls are detected, traditional mist netting will still be necessary to establish presence or probable absence of the species.
 
The new protocol is driven by the desire to minimize the handling of Indiana bats, which is required when mist netting is performed. Reducing the physical handling of bats will hopefully help reduce the spread of white nose syndrome, which is decimating many bat species and endangering the already rare Indiana bat population. Using acoustic monitoring, large areas can be screened for the presence or absence of bats simply by leaving recorders overnight in specific areas followed by a software analysis of the data. Smaller areas or individual trees can be screened by observing dusk emergence of the bats from roosts, supplemented by the acoustic monitoring units.
 
For information on Hull's new Indiana bat acoustic monitoring service, please contact Hugh Crowell, Ecology & Wetlands Practice Leader, at hcrowell@hullinc.com or 614.793.8777.
 
MAY 21, 2013
HULL AND ODNR DEVELOPING APPROACH FOR WITHDRAWALS FROM STATE-MANAGED SURFACE WATERS
 
Hull recently contracted with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to assist in developing a consistent approach to handling withdrawals from state-managed surface waters. ODNR has been given a specific charge from the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact to develop a means for implementing permitted withdrawals and consumptive uses, while ensuring no significant individual or cumulative adverse impacts in state-managed waters.
 
Hull is working with ODNR to develop a water withdrawal management tool that the department can use for evaluating permitted withdrawals. This tool will be scientifically-based in an appropriate model, which will be thoroughly evaluated during the course of this study. As part of developing this tool, Hull will assess existing ecologically-based flow models developed by other states and organizations and recommend to ODNR specific components or methodologies that will ultimately result in a water withdrawal modeling approach.
 
For more information on Hull's work with ODNR, contact Cheryl Green, PE, Senior Project Engineer, in our Dublin Office at 614.793.8777.
 
MAY 10, 2013
Drumroll, please! We are very happy to announce that Hull's new website is now live at http://www.hullinc.com. In addition to freshening up the platform, we've updated our logo and added new information to highlight our five market areas: Alternative Energy, Brownfields, Environmental, Shale Oil and Gas, and Waste Management.
 
We've added sections to the site to describe who we are, who we serve, and what we do. And we feature links to our Project Development (http://www.hullinc.com/hull-project-development) services and our affiliates, including Hull Energy (http://www.hullinc.com/hull-energy), HullRAC (http://www.hullinc.com/hull-risk-center), and AquaBlok (http://www.hullinc.com/aquablok).
 
The Online File Manager feature that our clients and staff depend on for securely transferring and reviewing documents continues to function without any changes. We've also added new links to a Library and a Search feature. The Library will be populated with materials in the very near future; the Search function will display information currently active on the new website.
 
Transforming Hull's website would not have been possible without the support and input of our CEO Leadership and Strategic Planning Teams; our incredibly dynamic contractor, Offenberger & White, Inc. (http://offwhite.com/) from Marietta, Ohio; and countless hours of hard work behind the scenes from Susan Fisher, Teresa Crego, Kara Allison and Anna Messinger here at Hull.
 
Please take a few minutes to explore our new website. Get to know our people, our culture, and our core values. Review our projects, catch up on our latest news, and come see us at an upcoming event. We'd love to hear your feedback (http://www.hullinc.com/contacts)!
 
MAY 2, 2013
DEMOLITION BEGINS AT FORMER DELPHI PLANT IN WEST DAYTON – HISTORIC WRIGHT BUILDINGS TO BE PRESERVED
 
Demolition of 1.2 million square feet of former Delphi manufacturing buildings on Home Avenue in Dayton has begun, paving the way for commercial redevelopment and historic preservation.  Still standing and to be preserved on the 54-acre industrial campus are two century-old buildings originally constructed by the Wright Company, the aircraft manufacturing enterprise established by Dayton's Wright brothers.
 
"In December 2012, Home Avenue Redevelopment, LLC took title to this site and in doing so, took a major step forward in preserving a significant piece of Dayton's aviation history," said Brad White, a principal with Home Avenue Redevelopment and vice president of brownfields at Hull & Associates, Inc. – an Ohio-based project development, energy, and engineering company.  "Today, we begin the next step in the process of restoring this brownfield property to a productive economic reuse by demolishing the blighted buildings on-site and protecting the historic structures for the public."   
 
The company is working closely with the City of Dayton, the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park and the National Aviation Heritage Alliance (NAHA) to redevelop the site for commercial and industrial use while preserving the historic Wright Company factory buildings for eventual public use as an element of the national park.
 
APRIL 26, 2013
SEE YOU IN ATLANTA MAY 15-17 FOR BROWNFIELDS 2013!
 
The organizers of Brownfields 2013 – scheduled for May 15-17 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta – have assembled a jam-packed educational program of nationally-recognized experts to present on the latest hot topics in the industry. You won't want to miss out on Hull's top brownfields experts, who will be on-site and part of several key presentations at this year's conference.
 
Based on more than 25 years of experience in brownfields redevelopment, Hull's resident project development experts Craig Kasper and Brad White have joined the Advisory Panel Consultations to provide individualized project guidance as part of the conference's Economic Redevelopment Forum (ERF).  These exclusive panels will provide advice on topics including acquisition, development, remediation strategies, liability issues, funding, and formulating creative deal structures in association with revitalizing blighted properties.  Additional information is available at Advisory Panel Consultations.
 
Kasper also is scheduled to co-present with a panel of national redevelopment experts in a town hall meeting on "Maximizing Redevelopment Financing Through Public-Private Partnerships" at 2:30 p.m., May 16.  More information on this session is available here.
 
In addition, Kasper and White will jointly present a roundtable discussion at 4 p.m., May 16 on "Have I Got a Deal for You! The Fine Art of Brownfields Dealmaking."  Information about this session is available here.
 
Christine Russell, Hull's director of development services, is part of town hall meeting with a panel of client experts from Dayton, Ohio, focusing on redevelopment projects in the region.  "Looking Back and Looking Forward: Remaking Our Industrial Past" is scheduled for 11:15 a.m., May 17.  More information on this session is available here.
 
It's not too late to register for Brownfields 2013.  Additional conference information is available online at http://www.brownfieldsconference.org.  Don't forget to drop by Hull's booth in the exhibit hall to visit with our experts throughout the conference.  We'll see you in Booth 707!
 
APRIL 19, 2013
STATEHOUSE ROUND-UP: OHIO HOUSE ISSUES MAJOR REVISIONS TO $63.3B BUDGET BILL
 
Earlier this week, the Ohio House of Representatives issued a comprehensive package of revisions to House Bill 59, also known as the "biennium budget bill." The $63.3 billion state biennial budget package was first introduced in February and included several proposed environmental rule changes containing potential impacts for Hull's markets and clients. The major revisions to the bill - as originally put forth by Governor John Kasich - come on the heels of more than a month's worth of committee and subcommittee hearings stemming from the House Finance and Appropriations Committee, where Hull previously testified on portions of the bill package.
 
Quoting the March 15 issue of Inside Hull: "Among the more than 4,200 pages of bill language are additional provisions for managing drilling wastes from the oil and gas industry; cost recovery items that may be included in administrative consent orders from Ohio EPA; delegated authority for Ohio EPA assuming the 404 permitting program from USACE; and a proposed severance tax changes for the oil and gas industry."
 
Among the significant changes of interest to Hull's markets and clients, the bill:  
  • Provides a 7 percent, across-the-board income tax reduction beginning in FY13 in place of the tax proposal contained in the introduced bill;
  • Removes the $25,000 horizontal well impact fee;
  • Removes provisions related to technologically-enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material;
  • Strikes language in the introduced version related to the assignment or transfer of an oil or gas lease;
  • Removes proposed changes to brine disposal requirements;
  • Omits changes related to production reports for oil and gas wells;
  • Creates the Oil and Gas Fund and directs proceeds from drilling on state lands to be distributed evenly between the Clean Ohio Fund Program and for the maintenance of state parks;
  • Authorizes local parks to use money from oil and gas leases to underwrite long-term expenses associated with park maintenance;
  • Lowers the motor vehicle fuel tax on liquefied natural gas to 28 cents per gallon from 44 cents per gallon;
  • Extends by five years the deadline by which an owner of a qualified energy project must submit a property tax application to qualify for the exemption;
  • Exempts wells that are not used for human consumption from certain regulations;
  • Deletes the proposed changes to the Section 404 permitting process; and,
  • Deletes language regarding the recovery of costs incurred by the Ohio EPA to abate or prevent pollution, among many other provisions. 
 
The House Finance Committee will hold additional hearings through the remainder of this week on the substitute bill, now known as Sub. H.B. 59, with plans for committee and floor votes next week. Additional tax policy changes are anticipated in this bill package before it is forwarded to the Senate for debate.
 
For a partial listing of proposed changes in Sub. H.B. 59, click here. This document does not reflect all appropriation changes in the revised bill; for the complete bill package, click here. In addition, the state's Legislative Service Commission has prepared a comparison document of the changes in Sub. H.B. 59, available here.
 
MARCH 29, 2013
APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS…AND SEVERE WEATHER SEASON!
 
It might not look like it now in many parts of the country, but spring is here.  And although severe weather can occur at any time of the year, these conditions are most common during spring and summer months.  Health and Safety is a primary core value at Hull and because of this, we are diligent about weather conditions when planning and executing our daily tasks.  This means being alert to hazards posed by lightning, thunderstorms, high winds, and tornadoes, which can result in power outages, property damage, injuries, or even death.  In this edition of Inside Hull, we're sharing some facts regarding the potential impact of severe weather to serve as a reminder for everyone to take precautions when weather advisories are posted.
 
Thunderstorms and Lightning
 
Thunderstorms affect relatively small areas at any given time.  The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes before it passes over a given location.  Despite their small size, all thunderstorms are dangerous. Hazards of thunderstorms come from lightning, high winds which may cause tree limbs to break or other flying debris, hail, and hypothermia caused by the combination of wet and windy conditions and the typical drop in air temperature which occurs during the storm.  Lightning causes an average of 58 fatalities and 300 injuries each year in the United States.  Most lightning fatalities and injuries occur when people are caught outdoors.  If you find yourself outdoors when a thunderstorm is approaching or passing nearby, always seek shelter in a substantial building or in an enclosed vehicle.  Lightning can strike more than a mile from the edge of a thunderstorm, so if you hear thunder, it's time to move to cover.  Stay indoors for 30 minutes after the last thunderclap.  If you are not near a substantial building or vehicle, stay away from single tall trees and other tall objects, such as cell towers or light poles.  If no shelter is available, find a low-lying area, get as low as possible, squat to the ground on the balls of your feet, cover your ears and place your head between your legs.  Do not lie down.
 
Tornadoes
 
Although tornadoes generally travel from west to east, they have been known to move in any direction at a groundspeed of up to 70 miles per hour.  The strongest tornadoes have rotating winds of more than 250 miles per hour.  It is important to always heed tornado warning sirens, or warnings on the radio or Internet, when available.  If outdoors, seek shelter, preferably below ground level or in a reinforced interior space without windows and, if possible, cover yourself and others to protect yourself from flying debris.  If traveling in a vehicle, leave the vehicle and find a depression in the ground for protection, such as a roadside ditch or culvert.  Do not use an underpass for shelter as the wind strength can be increased under overpasses during severe storms, acting as a wind tunnel.
 
For more information on Hull's Health and Safety culture, visit us on the Web at:  http://www.hullinc.com/about/healthsafety.asp
 
MARCH 15, 2013
STATEHOUSE ROUND-UP: BROWNFIELDS AND ENERGY ISSUES A FOCUS FOR LEGISLATORS THIS SPRING
 
The 2013 legislative session is off to a fast start, with hundreds of bills already introduced in the state legislatures followed by Hull. Here is a brief summary of a few significant pieces of legislation already garnering attention in committee hearings:
 
Ohio
House Bill 59, also known as the "biennium budget bill," includes several proposed environmental rule changes that will impact Hull markets and clients. Among the more than 4,200 pages of bill language are additional provisions for managing drilling wastes from the oil and gas industry; cost recovery items that may be included in administrative consent orders from Ohio EPA; delegated authority for Ohio EPA assuming the 404 permitting program from USACE; and a proposed severance tax changes for the oil and gas industry. The bill is currently in the House Finance and Appropriations Committee, and Hull testified earlier this week on the Clean Ohio Fund in a House subcommittee hearing. Click here for testimony.
 
Senate Bill 58, introduced by Senator Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), is "placeholder" legislation for a review of Ohio's energy portfolio and energy efficiency standards. At Senator Seitz's request, Hull has already provided initial input into the bill package and will testify in committee later this month. The Senate Public Utilities Committee is currently conducting hearings on the bill, which will continue through this month.
 
Pennsylvania
A coalition of representatives in the House have re-introduced and expanded a "Marcellus Works" legislative package in the form of House Bills 301-309. The package is aimed at cleaning up the environment, creating jobs, and providing various tax incentives, including a tax credit for private company natural gas fleet vehicle conversions. The bill package is currently in the House Committee on Finance.
Senator Patrick Browne (R-District 16) has introduced Senate Bill 608 to target the tax sale of abandoned properties and require purchasers to address delinquent sites. The legislation would require tax sale purchasers of blighted properties to enter into redevelopment agreements with the local municipality or redevelopment authority to put sites back into productive use to benefit the community. The bill is currently in the Senate Committee on Finance.
 
Indiana
Representative Wes Culver (R-District 49) has introduced legislation aimed at providing redevelopment authorities located in counties other than Marion County with the ability to use their program funds to clean up brownfields. House Bill 1556 would allow a redevelopment commission to use TIF funds to pay the costs of environmental remediation of a brownfield located in an allocation area. The bill is currently in the House Committee on Local Government.
 
For more information on Hull's involvement in the legislatures we cover, contact Kara A. Allison, APR, Director of Government and Community Relations, at kallison@hullinc.com or 614.793.8777.
 
MARCH 1, 2013
HULL EXPERTS JOIN ADVISORY PANEL CONSULTATIONS AT BROWNFIELDS 2013
 
Got a tough question about your brownfield redevelopment project? The organizers of Brownfields 2013 - scheduled for May 15-17 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta - have assembled a team of nationally-recognized brownfields experts to provide individualized project guidance through Advisory Panel Consultations at the conference's Economic Redevelopment Forum (ERF).
 
Based on more than 25 years of experience in  brownfields redevelopment, Hull's resident project development experts Craig Kasper and Brad White have joined this exclusive panel to provide advice on topics including acquisition, development, remediation strategies, liability issues, funding, and formulating creative deal structures in association with revitalizing blighted properties.
 
The Advisory Panels are offered at no cost to registered Brownfields 2013 Conference participants through online sign-ups, which are currently available at Advisory Panel Consultant Sign up.
 
There are two meeting formats available for private sessions, including presenting to a panel of consultants with cross-sectional expertise, or private consultations with specific experts. To view the assembled panel of experts and their bios, go to About the Advisory Panel Experts.
 
All of the consultation meetings will take place in a private room located within the ERF. Additional information is available at Advisory Panel Consultations.
 
Kasper and White's investments in brownfield transformation projects extend well beyond traditional environmental and engineering consulting. At Hull, we take our commitment to brownfield redevelopment seriously and have ownership interest in a number of brownfield projects. We've even built Hull offices on brownfields that we revitalized.
 
FEBRUARY 15, 2013
OHIO EPA RELEASES SUMMARY OF POTENTIAL NATURAL GAS REGULATORY OVERSIGHT AUTHORITY
 
Today, Ohio EPA released a summary of potential regulatory oversight authority for waste streams generated during the exploration and production of natural gas in Ohio (Click here). The summary was developed by an inter-agency workgroup that has met periodically regarding regulations and policies that apply to various waste and water compliance programs in Ohio. Hull has taken a proactive role over the last year in communicating directly with the state's regulatory agencies to evaluate their rules in an effort to better advise our clients on waste and material management strategies to assure both compliance, and protect human health, safety, and the environment.
 
While not inclusive of every potential waste stream, the summary does include the following information:
 
  1. Waste Types - A listing of the regulatory authority for 5 specific waste types including drill cuttings coming into contact with refined oil-base muds; refined oil-based muds; spent frac sands and sludges; brine; and spent pipe scale.
  2. Activity/Location of Waste - An outline of the activity or location where the material is managed including processing; solidification; disposal; and other (i.e. off-site beneficial use, off-site recycling).
  3. Regulatory Authority and Division - The matrix is populated with a color-coded listing of the regulatory agency and specific division that has authority for the different waste types relative to the activity or location where the material is managed.
  4. Disclaimer - A disclaimer stating "This chart is designed as a starting point to help companies identify the correct agency to contact regarding regulatory requirements..." and, "It should not be the only source of information regarding the regulations or be used in place of assistance available from experienced consultants and/or legal counsel to help you fully understand and achieve compliance with Ohio's laws and regulations."
  5. Contact Information - Specific contact information is included for each of the regulatory agencies who have authority over waste from oil and gas exploration and production in Ohio.
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Through our discussions with the regulatory agencies, Hull has developed a progression chart that closely aligns with the Ohio EPA summary and maps out our understanding of both applicable regulations and waste and material management alternatives that we use in advising our clients.
FEBRUARY 12, 2013
OHIO'S BUDGET BILL INCLUDES PROPOSED STATUTE CLARIFYING TESTING REQUIREMENTS FOR DRILLING WASTES
 
Ohio already has some of the most stringent regulations in the country as it relates to the management of shale oil and gas waste and materials, and producers and other stakeholders continue to work diligently to maintain compliance with the state's waste management regulatory criteria. The release today of the state's budget bill language includes a proposed new statute clarifying testing requirements for drilling wastes – specifically Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) and Technically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (TENORM). A full copy of House Bill 59 is now available online at: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText130/130_HB_59_I_Y.pdf.
 
The current statute regulating off-pad management of waste and materials from oil and gas well development, exploration and production is contained within the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). The proposed language included in House Bill 59 would revise the ORC to provide for greater oversight and coordination between the Ohio Departments of Health (ODH), Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) in ensuring the safe management of oil and gas wastes, including earthen materials, earthen materials contaminated with refined oil-based substances, and drilling muds. A brief NORM/TENORM Information Sheet from ODH is available here.
 
To summarize the proposed clarifications currently in the bill:
 
·         A well operator will be required to sample any wastes potentially containing TENORM for radium prior to shipping wastes off-site to ensure proper waste management and disposal;
·         If accepting TENORM waste from the oil and gas industry, analytical results must be received and reviewed by the landfill to ensure compliance with regulatory limits established by ODH;
·         The legislation also provides authority to the Director of Ohio EPA for the creation of additional rules, if deemed necessary, for management of TENORM materials at the solid waste landfill, including requirements for leachate and ground water analysis of radium and management of TENORM materials in a separate monocell at the landfill. ODNR and ODH may also have future corresponding changes.
 
For more information on the proposed statutory changes, or to discuss waste and materials management strategies, please contact William Petruzzi, Hull's Waste Management Division Leader, at 419.385.2018 or bpetruzzi@hullinc.com.
 
FEBRUARY 1, 2013
OHIO WORKING TOWARD BENEFICIAL USE PROGRAM IMPROVEMENTS
 
Ohio EPA is currently developing a new regulatory program for the responsible beneficial use of industrial byproducts and is working on this effort with significant input from industry stakeholders, including Hull's Waste Management market. This comprehensive beneficial use program would not change, replace, or undermine existing programs within current waste-specific state rules for hazardous waste, scrap tires, compost, sewage sludge, and clean hard fill, but will address other industrial byproducts such as oil and gas exploration and production waste, foundry sand, dredge materials, coal combustion byproducts, slag, alum sludge, and flue gas desulfurization. The new rules are intended to replace the Integrated Alternative Waste Management Program authorizations. 
 
Proposed program concepts released by the agency in June 2012 specified that material to be considered for beneficial use must be characterized based on its end use, and that standard sampling, processing, and analytical methodologies must be used. As part of these concepts, Ohio EPA is considering a three-tiered approach for beneficial use approvals of industrial byproducts, with each tier reflecting increasing regulation and permitting requirements. 
 
Ohio EPA completed early outreach meetings in November and December, and held a Beneficial Use Rule Team (BURT) stakeholder group meeting last month. Because of Hull's relevant, technical expertise in the fields of waste management, conservation, and sustainability, we are actively involved in this process and participate in the BURT stakeholder group. At the January meeting, Ohio EPA emphasized that the beneficial use rule development must be established within existing statutory language to expedite the process. Key beneficial use program issues include:  definition of a solid waste; waste as a product; storage and speculative accumulation; codification under multi-rule program; waste characterization; and end use and compliance limits. Ohio EPA plans to use industry and stakeholder input to help develop an approach that will be economically viable while protecting human health and the environment. 
 
The BURT stakeholder group meets monthly, with the next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ohio EPA Central District Office in Columbus. Topics for discussion include the definition of a solid waste, materials and uses that should be pre-approved (Tier I), materials that should be covered under a general permit (Tier II), appropriate chemical and physical standards of materials for different beneficial use applications, and sampling protocols. Ohio EPA and the BURT stakeholders will continue to review beneficial use programs from other states and evaluate aspects that could be beneficial in developing Ohio's program. 
 
Over the last several years, Hull has worked with Ohio EPA to assess and implement beneficial use projects around the state, including dredge materials, drill cuttings and other industrial byproducts.  For more information on this process or beneficial use opportunities, please contact William G. Petruzzi, P.G., Hull's Waste Management Division Leader, at 419-385-2018 or bpetruzzi@hullinc.com.
 
JAUNARY 18, 2013
MAKING HISTORY: TRANSFORMING THE HISTORIC WRIGHT COMPANY AND DELPHI PROPERTIES IN DAYTON, OHIO
 
What happens when you combine a priceless piece of Dayton's aviation history with cleaning up and redeveloping a former Delphi Automotive Systems manufacturing facility? A really special project takes shape.
 
The Dayton Aviation Heritage Redevelopment Project is a 54-acre brownfield redevelopment project located on the west side of Dayton in the Arlington Heights neighborhood. The property has a manufacturing history that spans more than a century. But beneath the layers of decaying steel and concrete left behind by an idled parts manufacturing facility lies a gem of national historical significance. This property is also home to the world's first factory constructed specifically for manufacturing airplanes – the original Wright Company, founded by aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright.
 
Working together with the City of Dayton, the U.S. National Park Service, DPH Holdings Corporation, the National Aviation Heritage Alliance, and the Clean Ohio Fund, Hull's Vice President leading brownfields redevelopment, Brad White, developed a strategy to acquire, clean up, and redevelop the site while preserving the historic treasure that is the original Wright Company facility – which still stands today at the heart of the Delphi facility. White started Home Avenue Redevelopment LLC to specifically acquire the property from DPH Holdings, the entity formed to own Delphi's brownfield properties following bankruptcy. With the title transfer completed late last year, the project is now moving forward with asbestos abatement, demolition, and soil remediation funded in part by a $3 million Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grant awarded in summer 2012. Additional matching sources of funds for the cleanup were contributed by the City of Dayton, DPH Holdings and Home Avenue Redevelopment.
 
The National Park Service has been authorized by President Barack Obama to purchase the historic Wright Company factory buildings and surrounding property as part of the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park. The site will become the seventh unit in the National Park, which preserves historical and cultural structures, districts, and artifacts associated with the Wright brothers, the invention and development of aviation, and the life and works of Paul Laurence Dunbar. There is also additional interest from local entrepreneurs who plan to expand their businesses on to the Delphi portions of the site once cleanup is complete. These manufacturers could collectively create 55 new jobs and retain 22 current jobs in the area.
 
Cleanup work on the project is expected to begin this spring.
 
For more information on this project, or other potential redevelopment projects, please contact: Brad White, Vice President, at bwhite@hullinc.com or 513.459.9677.     
 
JANUARY 4, 2013
HULL DEBUTS NEW RISK ANALYSIS CENTER
  
Hull is kicking off 2013 with a new venture dedicated specifically to providing risk analysis services for our clients. Led by Environmental Market Leader Bill Rish, the Hull Risk Analysis Center (HullRAC) is a multidisciplinary center for excellence in risk analysis comprised of scientists and engineers who work together to analyze human, ecological, technological, and financial risks. The HullRAC team includes highly-experienced, credentialed, and recognized professionals in:
  • Human Health Risk Assessment,
  • Exposure Assessment,
  • Environmental Fate and Transport Modeling,
  • Toxicology and Pharmacology,
  • In vivo and in vitro Bio-availability Studies,
  • Radiological Risk Assessment,
  • Ecological Risk Assessment,
  • Risk-based Decision Analysis,
  • Systems Failure and Accident Analysis,
  • Analysis of Uncertainty and Variability
  • Environmental Liability Analysis (Financial Risk), and
  • Risk-Based Policy Analysis.
The HullRAC team features industry and risk experts Bill Rish, Ed Pfau, Monica Williamson, and Hugh Crowell from Hull, and John Mauro from SC&A. HullRAC's experts apply their experience in a wide range of risk analysis methods to support real-world decisions, primarily focusing on issues impacting private sector clients.
 
In addition, these experts have been actively involved with the development of national and state rules, standards, guidance, and policies involving risk analysis and risk-based approaches, and are regular contributors for expert reports, opinions, depositions, and testimony.
 
For more information about HullRAC and available services, contact William R. Rish, Ph.D.,
Hull's Vice President, Environment, at wrish@hullinc.com or 614.793.8777.
 
DECEMBER 21, 2012
HULL EXPERTS SHARE INSIGHT ON SHALE INDUSTRY REGULATIONS
 
Last week, Hull CEO Craig Kasper and Environmental Market Leader Bill Rish were featured speakers at a half-day seminar in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania focusing on state and federal initiatives in the shale industry. Co-sponsored by Blank Rome LLP and Hull, "What's On the Horizon: State and Federal Initiatives and Litigation Affecting Development in the Marcellus & Utica" featured legal experts, industry leaders, and key government officials, including Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pigleggi; Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's Energy Executive Patrick Henderson; and Scott Perry, Deputy Secretary of the Office of Oil and Gas Management from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
 
With Ohio having just finalized an extensive legislative package earlier this year, Kasper focused his presentation on the development and implementation of the state's shale industry regulations as approved in 2012's OH Senate Bill 315 and previously in 2010's OH Senate Bill 165. Specifically, Kasper provided a summary of the key differences between shale industry regulations in Ohio and Pennsylvania, considerations for resource development including water withdrawal, and the potential severance tax issues facing the industry in Ohio. He also opened a dialogue on potential impacts of federal regulations with the 65 attendees in the audience.
 
Rish provided a detailed analysis of the pending debate between balancing state and federal roles in industry regulation, noting that the outcome of the U.S. EPA's current study of possible risks associated with hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources will be influential in determining potential future federal regulations. U.S. EPA conducted technical roundtables on the topic back in November and a first progress report from the agency was anticipated to be released this week. Rish advised attendees to expect more federal regulation in the industry, starting with an administration initiative to inventory regulatory authority within existing environmental statutes, followed by the development of a process under which rules could be promulgated within those statutes.
 
Copies of both presentations are available by contacting Kara Allison at kallison@hullinc.com or 614.793.8777.  For more information on the topics covered during this half-day seminar,  please contact Craig A. Kasper, Hull's CEO, at ckasper@hullinc.com or 614.793.8777 or William R. Rish, Ph.D.,  Hull's Vice President,  Environment, at wrish@hullinc.com or 614.793.8777.
 
DECEMBER 7, 2012
RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECT OPERATIONAL AT AKRON'S CLOSED HARDY ROAD LANDFILL
 
The former Hardy Road Landfill in Akron, Ohio is now supplying electricity to an adjacent city-owned wastewater treatment plant as part of a new waste-to-energy project designed specifically for the closed landfill. Hull hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility on November 21, 2012 to unveil the new project. Officials speaking at the event included Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic and representatives from Hull and IGS Energy.       
 
"This waste-to-energy project provides about 40 percent of our electricity needs at the wastewater plant," said Mayor Plusquellic. "By mid-2013, through two innovative green projects, we will be able to generate, on-site, about 95 percent of the electricity required to operate the wastewater plant. This is just another example of how we are working to improve our operations and preserve our environment, so our grandchildren and their children's children can enjoy a 'green' and prosperous community."
 
Hull and the City of Akron entered into an agreement last fall to develop and install a 1,100 kilowatt electrical generation and distribution system designed to capture methane gas from the landfill and convert it to electricity. Landfill gas is comprised of approximately 50 percent methane, which is produced as solid waste decomposes in a landfill. Closed in 2002, the former Hardy Road Landfill produces approximately 17,500 standard cubic feet per hour (scfh) of landfill gas which the city previously flared off from the facility. This new project, which is now converting the gas to electricity, will produce approximately 8,600 megawatt hours of electricity annually for the wastewater treatment plant, or the equivalent of enough energy to power approximately 700-800 homes.
 
Located at 2460 Akron-Peninsula Road, the project is being managed by Hull Energy, LLC, an energy project development and asset management company. An affiliate of Hull & Associates, Inc., Hull Energy has been established to develop, operate and own a diversified portfolio of energy projects for municipal, commercial and industrial clients.
 
"By capturing the gas from this closed landfill and converting it to energy to help power the city's wastewater treatment plant, this project truly is the definition of recycling," said Hull Energy's Steve Giles. "We've taken a previously unused resource and converted it into an energy-producing and environmentally-beneficial project for the community."  
 
Hull, along with IGS Energy, supported the costs for acquiring, installing, and operating the waste-to-energy system. Additional financing was provided by FirstMerit Bank. As part of the agreement, Hull is selling the electricity generated by the system to the city at a reduced rate, with the city also having rights to use any excess landfill gas produced. Hull broke ground on the project at the end of 2011 and began operating the system in August. The project was installed by Ohio workers, with all major components of the system being manufactured in the United States.
 
If you have questions regarding renewable energy projects, please contact Steven E. Giles, Hull's Vice President, Alternative Energy, at sgiles@hullinc.com or 614.793.8777
 
DECEMBER 1, 2012
HULL RAISES $5,000 FOR SUPERSTORM SANDY RELIEF
 
We've all been touched by the devastating images and stories of those who have been impacted by Superstorm Sandy, and the subsequent Nor'easter that hit the same area in early-November. Several of our clients are based in this region and many of our employees have loved ones, family, and friends who were in the direct path of and have been displaced or suffered a loss as a result of the storms.
 
A mission of Hull & Associates, Inc.'s Giving Back Program is to band together in a time of need - whether locally or nationally - to make a positive contribution to help those who require it most. Between November 8 and 30, 2012 Hull raised funds company-wide to dedicate to the American Red Cross in support of Superstorm Sandy victims. I am extremely pleased to share with you that Hull raised $5,000 through employee donations and company match to support the American Red Cross and the Superstorm Sandy disaster relief efforts.