Many things tend to slow down in the winter, but not so with drilling! Winter can be a great time for accessing challenging areas. Sites that, in other times of year, might present access problems become accessible with the presence of frozen ground and wet areas.
As the cement supplies worldwide diminish (not just recently) and the need to reduce greenhouse gasses increases, the cement industry has been evolving and changing to meet these needs. One of these changes, is the use of blended cements like Portland Limestone Cement (PLC).
Mercury in flooring represents a concern due to the potential for emission of mercury vapor to surrounding areas of a building. Mercury is a neurotoxin and exposure can have various health effects.
ATL recently received accreditation for performing ASTM C457 – Standard Test Method for Microscopical Determination of Parameters of the Air-Void System in Hardened Concrete from AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials).
In November 2021, the ASTM E1527-21 Standard Practice for Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Process was published. This will replace the 2013 historical standard and will require a review by the EPA to verify compliance with the All-Appropriate Inquiry Rule in 40 CFR Part 312.
As winter approaches, construction sites throughout New York State that are covered under NYSDEC SPDES General Permit (GP-0-20-001) may enter a temporary suspension of construction activity. There is a specific procedure for temporary suspension of construction activity due to winter shutdown.