May 4th, 2015

Gabriel is considering launching a webinar series. We need your feedback.

webinar clipartDue to the popularity of our ongoing seminar series, Gabriel is considering launching a webinar series on various environmental issues.  We understand that not everyone can easily join us in person at our Chicago headquarters.

Would you be interested in attending free webinars hosted by Gabriel?  We welcome your opinions in the quick 7 question survey below:


Thank you for your feedback. We will keep you posted on topics and dates for upcoming webinars, depending on results of the survey.

Survey will close May 8th, 2015.

February 25th, 2015

Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) Overview Course

Gabriel is pleased to sponsor the upcoming Certified Hazardous Materials IHMM logoManager (CHMM) Overview Course at DePaul University.

This course provides a thorough overview of the major topics and concerns in hazardous materials management.  Completion of this course will enable attendees to take the CHMM exam, satisfy training requirements, enhance their competence in the profession, and get updated information.

This three-day course will be taught by approximately 25 hazardous materials management professionals who will cover the following topics:

  • Hazardous Waste Treatment Technologies
  • Environmental Law & Regulation Overview, including Liability and Compliance
  • Industrial Toxicology
  • Chemistry of Hazardous Materials, Proper Laboratory Practice and Data Validation
  • RCRA
  • RCRA Corrective Action
  • Hazardous Waste Storage
  • Storm Water & Oil Pollution Prevention Act
  • Management of Underground Storage Tanks
  • Clean Water Act (CWA) & Safe Drinking Water Act
  • National Contingency Plan/Worker Right-to-Know
  • Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
  • OSHA Requirements Pertaining to Hazardous Materials Management
  • Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA)
  • Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA) and Hazardous Waste Transportation
  • The Clean Air Act (CAA) and 1990 Amendments
  • Radiation Principles
  • Facility Environmental Audits and Environmental Site Assessments
  • Waste Minimization and Pollution Prevention
  • Superfund:  The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) with 1986 Amendments (SARA)
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-know Act of 1986 (EPCRA)
  • Environmental Management Principles & ISO 14000
  • NEPA
  • Incident Response
  • Hazardous Waste Treatment Storage and Disposal
  • Oral Sample Examination


Comprehensive 3-Day Overview Course
March 25 – 27, 2015
8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2015

Cost for course $595

Groups of three or more from the same organization receive a 10% discount.  Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) attendees for recertification receive a 25% discount.

DePaul University
McGowan South Room 401
1110 W. Belden Ave.
Chicago, IL  60614

Offered by:
DePaul University
Department of Environmental Science and Studies
in cooperation with the Chicago Chapter of the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals
Gabriel Environmental Services


For registration and other information, visit margaretworkman.weebly.com/chmm-course-information


For Further Information:
Margaret Workman
DePaul University

(773) 325-7445

Course Content
Steven Sawyer, CHMM
Gabriel Environmental Services

(773) 486-2123

Institute of Hazardous Materials Management

(301) 984-8969


June 18th, 2014

Illegal Asbestos Removal Leads to Jail Time and Major Financial Penalties

Property owners beware: if you have a building with any suspected asbestos-containing materials, be sure to have it properly tested and removed by a licensed firm, or you could face jail time and/or major financial penalties.

Suspected asbestos-containing materials

Suspected asbestos-containing materials

Last year, a building owner and its non-licensed contractor were found guilty of several felony counts for failure to properly remove asbestos insulation.

Michael Pinski pled guilty to violations of the Clean Air Act related to illegal and unsafe asbestos removal from a Kankakee building he owned. He was sentenced to 6 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release including six months of home detention.

Pinski hired Origin Fire Protection to remove the asbestos-containing pipe insulation in the 5-story building he owned in Kankakee. Origin’s owner and operator, Duane “Butch” O’Malley subsequently arranged for James Mikrut to recruit and oversee workers to remove the asbestos. During O’Malley’s trial, evidence was presented that Origin Fire Protection was not trained to remove asbestos and that it agreed to do the work for substantially less money than a licensed abatement firm. Furthermore, after improperly removing the asbestos-containing
insulation, Mikrut and his crew dumped more than 100 trash bags in an open field in Hopskins Park, causing soil contamination.

O’Malley was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of five felony counts. In addition, he was ordered to pay $47,086 in restitution for the cleanup of the asbestos materials by the EPA and a $15,000 fine. Mikrut pled guilty to five felony counts and was sentenced to 12 months plus one day in prison, followed by one year of supervised release under home detention.

Gabriel has licensed asbestos inspectors who can assist you with determining if asbestos exists and recommend licensed firms for the abatement process if it does. If you have any questions about asbestos, contact Steve Sawyer (ssawyer[at]gabenv.com or 773-486-2123) or Bill Gray (bgray[at]gabenv.com or 219-972-1110).

More information: www.justice.gov/usao/ilc/press/2013/01january/20130116.html