Monthly Archives: January 2015

January 29th, 2015

No Water No Beer

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Gabriel was a proud sponsor of the “No Water No Beer” event hosted by the Illinois Section of the American Water Works Association (ISAWWA) and Haymarket Pub & Brewery earlier this week.

          “90% of beer is water.  Without clean water, you can’t make great beer.”

This networking event kicked off ISAWWA’s new “No Water No Beer” initiative to bring together more than 75 people from the brewing industry, sustainability leaders, and water & wastewater engineering/consulting firms.  The evening offered an opportunity for representatives of these fields to discuss ideas to bring about better usage of water in the brewing industry.

Ian Hughes (Goose Island Beer Co.), Pete Koszulinksi (Gabriel) and Antonio Tabacchi (Gabriel)

Ian Hughes (Goose Island Beer Co.), Pete Koszulinksi (Gabriel) and Antonio Tabacchi (Gabriel)


January 22nd, 2015

Innocent Vacant Lot? Or Contaminated Superfund Site?

Occasionally we get Phase I orders from developers or others interested in purchasing a vacant lot, and they wonder why they are spending money on the environmental assessment when there is barely anything to inspect. No building or structures. No visible signs of drums or fly dumping. Just a standard urban lot, waiting for development.

economy plating siteSometimes this innocent looking vacant lot can actually be masking an environmental problem. Take, for example, a vacant lot located on a busy stretch of Elston Avenue, just south of Fullerton. Nothing on this property indicates that there are any potential issues – just weeds and a chain link fence. A less-savvy investor may purchase the property for cash  without any environmental due diligence and think they’re getting a steal. What they’re actually getting is an EPA Superfund site.

The Economy Plating site was first cited in 2009 by the Chicago Department of Environment for its hazardous waste violations, and then referred to U.S. EPA when the owner could not conduct cleanup activities on his own. EPA found 195 drums and 12 chrome plating vats holding hazardous chemicals. Several containers were leaking and holes were found in the ceiling and walls of the basement. Markings indicated that the containers held potentially dangerous and harmful substances, such as chromic acid, hydrochoric acid, and methyl acetate.

EPA officials coordinated the removal, disposal and clean up of these hazardous materials, including the demolition of the building and excavation of impacted soil and groundwater. Their total cost for these clean-up activities and testing was over $800,000. economy plating drums

Analysis from the site after the cleanup was completed shows that the site is now clean to commercial standards, so a developer would be free to build any commercial or industrial structures on the site. Residential units or other sensitive uses (such as a day care or school) would not be advised, however, due to the former use of the site and any remaining contamination from the hazardous materials.

Without having done a Phase I on the property prior to purchasing the property, the developer may not know about any of these environmental concerns and land use restrictions. Furthermore, the new owner would also be responsible for any remaining contamination on the property or that migrated to neighboring sites, including the cost of any future testing, cleanup or lawsuits. Spending a little bit of money on a Phase I now could save this potential developer a lot of money and headaches in the future.

January 13th, 2015

MWRD Seeking Feedback from Users

MWRD has launched its 1st Annual Industrial Waste User Survey to allow the User community an opportunity to provide feedback on their services.

This survey was mailed out with RD-925 forms and is also available online.

MWRD is seeking feedback on:

  • Overall satisfaction with MWRD programs (User Charge, Compliance and Enforcement)
  • MWRD personnel
  • Degree of difficulty completing MWRD forms (eg: RD-925)
  • MWRD website
  • Two most important aspects of the Industrial Waste Division for improvement

Gabriel encourages all Users to take advantage of this rare opportunity to let MWRD know the real world impacts of their policies and implementation strategies by completing this survey either online or by returning the paper survey.

January 8th, 2015

MWRD Reorganizes Enforcement & User Charge Sections

Effective January 12, 2015, MWRD will merge its Enforcement and User Charge Sections to more efficiently provide its new strategic goal of excellent customer service.  By combining the two departments, each User will have one point of contact at MWRD who will have complete knowledge of their User profile.

Updated list of Account Specialists:

Users Account Specialist Phone Number
A – Ard Max Cole 312-751-5936
Are – Brh James Bugajski 312-751-3025
Bri – Cis Saeed Farooqui 312-751-3005
Cit – Dom Anna Tchoryk 312-751-3283
Don – E Lolita Thompson 312-751-3009
F – Gf Michael O’Brien 312-751-5926
Gg – H Christopher Thomann 312-751-3017
I – K Sandra Diller 312-751-5952
L – Mer John Sobczyk 312-751-3021
Mes – Nop Carol Migalski 312-751-5924
Noq – Pan Preet Mittal 312-751-3004
Pao – Rn Barbara Scapardine 312-751-5938
Ro – Sm Valerie Young 312-751-3026
Sn – Tr Myrrick Golliday 312-751-3019
Ts – Un Ilyse Mackoff 312-751-3030
Uo – Z Patrick Molony 312-751-5951


Contact MWRD’s Section Leaders Gregory Yarnik (312-751-3044) or Edwin Ignacio (312-751-3000) with any questions regarding this new account organization.