BEA Staff
Our dedicated team includes 

Licensed Site Professionals, Third Party Inspectors, Licensed 
Asbestos Inspectors, Professional Engineers, 

Wetland Consultants, Registered Sanitarians, Professional Geologists, Environmental Scientists, Public Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment Operators.


 

For a complete list of team members and their credentials, click Here.



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Environmental Permitting
Spills in Our Experience
As 'Licensed Site Professionals', prepared to assess and mitigate Spills,  BEA's mobile unit comes fully equipped to address emergency response/releases of oil and/or hazardous materials (OHM) within 2 hours on the Cape.

David Bennett is one of the only LSPs on Cape Cod, and our experienced team has remediated more than 300 releases of oil and/or hazardous materials. 

Our investigative approach to site characterization allows us to cost-effectively determine the nature, severity and extent of contamination and the controlling subsurface geologic pathways.

Our project managers conceptualize, design, permit, implement, and operate and maintain a remedial solution tailored to your specific site by using existing technology, developing new technology, or combining multiple techniques.

These integrated site remediation solutions minimize costs because they are site-specific, technically defensible and innovative based on technologies that optimize cost-effectiveness.

It has been our experience that many property owners, both residential and commercial, first become aware of the lack of Escaped Liquids insurance coverage at the worst possible time -- after the spill has occurred!

BEA's Favorites
BEA recommends these local resources for information worth sharing:

Love Your Local Water sponsored by the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension

Silent Spring Institute  for ongoing research

BCDHE posts information in all areas of health and environmental interests, from beach sampling programs, tickborne illnesses, water and wastewater issues, etc.


PSA Newsletter
Welcome to BEA's complimentary edition of our Newsletter with helpful information about the protection of your property.

Our specialized staff offers our insights to preserve our common interests in protecting health and the sensitive Cape and Islands environment, shared here with YOU -- the community of homeowners, businesses, and concerned agencies or NGOs.

Insurance Coverage for Residential Fuel Oil & Kerosene Releases
Did you know there are hundreds of home heating oil and kerosene spills each year on the Cape and Islands.  And that most insurance policies don't automatically cover them?  Cleanup can cost up to $200,000.00 or more, with homeowners having to dip into their retirement or children's college fund to pay for it.
 
For less than $100 a year, you can add an Escaped Liquids Endorsement to your homeowner's policy - a small price to pay, compared to potential cleanup costs.
 
In 2015, BEA was involved in 8 residential heating oil spills where the homeowner had no coverage.  They didn't realize this until AFTER they filed the claim.  

If you have oil or kerosene heat, we urge you to contact you insurance agent TODAY, and add and Escaped Liquids Endorsement to your policy to prevent this from happening to you.  
 
Learn more at our website!  
 
You may also refer to

Contact our office directly with any questions or concerns regarding your fuel oil heating system.
Drinking Water Testing
Many properties on the Cape & Islands are served by on-site drinking water wells.  In light of the  water crisis in Flint , Michigan, frequent screening is urged, to assure the quality of your precious water supply. While use of lead pipes has long been discontinued, there may still be some installed in older homes, or lead solder seams used in plumbing, which can be vulnerable to leaching with the Cape's lightly acidic natural groundwater.  An estimated 6 million homes in the US receive their drinking water through lead pipes. 

BEA offers drinking water testing and will make recommendations for treatment where necessary.  Call for a proposal today to know what is coming out of your tap!

Soil Testing, Especially Near Pre-1980 Homes
Have the soils you rely on for gardening tested to assure they are contaminant free, especially if you are growing crops near pre-1960 homes. Many of these homes contain lead-based paint which can peel or flake as well as leach to the ground.  Plant roots can then take up the lead through the soil.  Lead is a neurotoxin which gets into the brain and causes damage particularly in children.  An estimated 37 million homes in the US still contain lead-based paint.  For a soil testing price proposal, give BEA a call today!

Be a good steward in your own practices
Many households and businesses have embraced recycling and composting to reduce solid waste streams. We have also become more concerned about the p roper disposal of h ousehold hazardous waste, unwanted medications, mercury products, flares, and sharps. 

See the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension website at
for upcoming dates and locations. 

We hope you find these and upcoming articles that BEA will share with you to be useful, and we welcome your suggestions -- tell us what you wish to hear more about! Perhaps your idea will be discussed in an upcoming edition.

Sincerely,
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Kara Risk,
Business Manager
Bennett Environmental Associates

Responsible Gardening and Landscaping Best Management Practices

With our sensitivity to the protection of groundwater, fresh and marine resources, alternatives to chemical applications for controlling pests and weeds are an important tool in the kit of any home gardener, professional landscaper or commercial property manager.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices rely on monitoring and prevention of targeted pests, and use of non-toxic or least toxic products where necessary. Avoid the products at the garden center with scary warning labels, and check out The Six IPM Program Essentials with links for detailed information about the uses of boric acid, diatomaceous earth (DE) and other favorites of gentle gardeners. 

Other strategies include sprinkling table salt on pesky slugs, companion plantings, and attracting beneficial insects. 

Marigolds, lavender, tansy and other aromatic herbs act as a repellent inter-planted with your crops, and add visual interest while discouraging the various leaf eating or sap sucking insects. And there is the sacrificial lamb or 'decoy' approach: nasturtiums, dill or fennel next to tomatoes and veggies offer insects something more attractive to munch on instead of your crop.

Ladybugs, Green Lacewings and Parasitic Wasps are beneficial insects worth enticing to take up residence in your garden, to prey upon the pest species. If you have ever noticed a Tomato Hornworm that appears to have grains of rice attached to it, you have seen the work of those wasps in action ... and if you had sprayed, you would more likely harm the beneficials than the bugs you were targeting. Let Queen Anne's Lace stay in your garden instead of pulling as a weed, and allow herbs like dill, cilantro and fennel to go to flower to really invite the predator insects.

For weeds, avoid dosing your lawn and garden with toxins to leach into the water table.   Pull weeds as soon as they are identified and before setting seed.  Leave them to dry out in the sun before tossing in your compost heap.

 

Salt water, boiling water or a soapy water mixture is an effective and low impact way to remove weeds. See this resource with ideas that include using vinegar or borax for heartier weeds.

Landscaping and plantings should be kept away from septic systems ...
Do not cover septic system components with hard structures, like decks, porches or stairs, which will then need to be removed for access. 

Bennett Environmental Associates, Inc. | | krisk@bennett-ea.com 
 Mail: P.O. Box 17431 Location: 1573 Main Street
Brewster, MA 02631