The High Cost of Conversions - Changing Public Parks to Other Uses Could Stir Up Legal Troubles for Townships

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Revenues are down, costs are creeping higher, and your township has to come up with a solution — and funding— fast. Maybe the answer lies in leasing out areas of your public parks or selling some of your recreational facilities. Watch out, though, because your township could be on the verge of stepping on a legal landmine, one that can be easily avoided with a little research and a few phone calls.


This article was written by Kevin J. Starner, CEP, senior project manager and land conversion specialist at Skelly and Loy, Inc. He can be reached at (717) 232-0593 or kstarner@skellyloy.com.


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Do Not Disturb - Managing Asbestos Prior to Renovation or Demolition

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Failure to take protective measures before encountering asbestos during building renovation or demolition may have serious consequences. Proper identification and management of asbestos containing materials (ACM) must be a priority for architects, engineers, planners, developers, property management firms, and building owners since the unknown presence of ACM may adversely affect workers, the public, and the environment. Overlooking this concern may also lead to fines and delays in project goals and add significant costs when ACM is discovered or mishandled late in renovation, demolition, or project development. It is essential that ACM hazards within, on, and/or beneath structures is identified prior to “swinging the wrecking ball” or breaking ground on a project.


This article was written by Greg A. Orris, Asbestos Designer with Skelly and Loy. With 22 years of experience, Mr. Orris is a licensed EPA AHERA Asbestos Inspector and Asbestos Project Designer in Pennsylvania and Maryland, performing asbestos building inspections, preparing asbestos abatement project designs, as well as performing air monitoring and supervising remediation efforts. He can be reached at gorris@skellyloy.com.


This article was published by the Bill Gladstone Group of NAI CIR in Harrisburg Commercial Real Estate Report, October 2014. It is reproduced here with the publisher’s permission. The Bill Gladstone Group of NAI CIR is made up of five professionals who use their years of market knowledge, well-refined negotiating skills and proven marketing programs to help clients and customers meet or exceed their commercial real estate objectives. www.billgladstone.com/.

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Optimizing Your Coal Ash Recovery Operation

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The materials left over from coal combustion processes are called coal combustion by-products or coal combustion residuals (CCRs) if the material is recycled for another process. An earlier article (“Constructing and Managing Coal Ash Landfills,” January/February 2012) discussed the process of sluicing the waste ash to a settling pond to collect the ash for permanent storage or until the ash is recycled. The sluicing operation creates a mixture of water and ash at some collection point between the boiler and the pond.



This article was written by Rex A. Peppler, P.E. and published by Coal POWER Magazine on May 30, 2012. It is reproduced with the publishers permission. COAL POWER is brought to you by the editors of POWER magazine and the Website and Webzine contain in-depth information specifically for the coal-fired power generation market. At www.coalpowermag.com you’ll find technical stories, blogs, analysis, opinion pieces, news stories, and searchable archives. www.coalpowermag.com/plant_design/392.html.

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Constructing and Managing Coal Ash Landfills

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Boilers fired on solid fossil fuels will produce solid waste that's usually referred to as coal combustion waste or ash. The waste material, a residual of the burning process, has popularly been called coal combustion byproduct (CCBP) and, most recently, coal combustion product (CCP). The latter term is employed as part of the campaign to utilize the waste material in some post-combusion application, because the other option is to landfill the material, which is costly.



This article was written by Rex A. Peppler, P.E. and published by Coal POWER Magazine on February 1, 2012. It is reproduced with the publishers permission. COAL POWER is brought to you by the editors of POWER magazine and the Website and Webzine contain in-depth information specifically for the coal-fired power generation market. At www.coalpowermag.com you’ll find technical stories, blogs, analysis, opinion pieces, news stories, and searchable archives. www.coalpowermag.com/plant_design/374.html.

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