Blog

Read up on the latest environmental consulting news from Paul Sakson Environmental.
And if there’s a particular topic you want us to blog about, let us know.

school drinking water lead testing nj

Lead Water Testing in NJ:
Is Your School Drinking Water Safe?

By Paul Sakson / August 24, 2021

We all want to believe our children are drinking safe water while at school or in day care – but how do you really know? What’s the protocol for ensuring New Jersey school water sources are lead-free and safe to drink? That’s where state regulations on water testing in New Jersey come into play. Back in 2019, both the New…

Read More
how to recognize radon symptoms in your child

How to Recognize Radon Symptoms in your Child

By Paul Sakson / August 10, 2021

Schools and childcare centers around the country are supposed to be safe environments for children to learn and play. However, this is not always the case, as the invisible risk of radon could be putting your child’s health at risk. In addition, radon symptoms are an indicator of long-term exposure – so parents need to know whether or not their…

Read More
how long does environmental compliance take

Opening a Child Care Center in New Jersey: How Long Does Environmental Compliance Take?

By Paul Sakson / July 19, 2021

To open a new child care center in New Jersey, the owner must perform some basic environmental tasks for compliance with regulations. Let’s talk about what that means. Environmental compliance shows that a child care center is adhering to New Jersey’s laws in order to obtain a license to operate. In addition, compliance helps ensure that the child care center…

Read More
Money

Make sure you received your Grant money

By Paul Sakson / April 27, 2021

Child care center operators who have paid for a Preliminary Assessment for child care licensing requirements are eligible for a $1,500 Grant through the Hazardous Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF). Reviewing some of the sites that were completed years ago, we’re finding that quite a few child care centers have not received their funds.  This could have occurred by not filing…

Read More
Tools

Search Tool Now Available For Child Care Centers

By Paul Sakson / April 27, 2021

The State of New Jersey has developed a search tool for child care center inspection reports. The reports include the results of physical inspections, including environmental compliance, and deficiencies the New Jersey Department of Children and Families may have noted. The tool may be of use to families looking for suitable child care centers as well as facility owners and…

Read More
Image Coming Soon

Guidance Document

By Paul Sakson / April 27, 2021

The NJDEP has released a Technical Guidance Document for Investigating Child Care Centers and Educational Facilities. The Guidance Document is useful for Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRPs) and child care operators looking to open or expand a child care center or school. Mr. Paul Sakson is a participant on the Guidance Document Committee. The full Guidance Document can be found…

Read More
Day Care Blocks

Why does the NJDEP inspect my site?

By Paul Sakson / April 27, 2021

If you have a new child care center, State licensing requirements require an environmental assessment.  Usually, this entails hiring a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) to issue a Response Action Outcome (RAO) to satisfy NJ Department of Environmental Protection requirements.  The RAO is the final document. So why does the NJDEP inspect the site and review the file after the…

Read More
Image Coming Soon

An Easy Fix

By Paul Sakson / July 1, 2020

As many of you are aware, water samples are required to be collected from faucets at child care centers and analyzed for lead and copper. These are common contaminants that may leach from facility piping or solder, even if water is supplied by the city or private company. But what if you receive a result higher than the 1,300 part…

Read More
PCBs

PCBs

By Paul Sakson / May 10, 2020

PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, have been used as a coolant and lubricating fluid in a variety of electrical products due to their good heat insulation properties. Hence they have historically been used in pole mounted and ground transformers, fluorescent lighting fixtures and equipment using hydraulic oils. PCBs are generally odorless and colorless and tend to persist in the environment. Aroclor…

Read More