Announcement! New Elko Office!

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Broadbent & Associates, Inc. Announces New Office Location in Elko Leading environmental engineering firm amplifies northern Nevada footprint to expand services. RENO, Nev. — Broadbent & Associates, Inc. (Broadbent), a full-service environmental, water resource and civil engineering firm, is proud to announce the opening of its new office location in Elko, Nevada on September 28. The office is located at 845 Railroad Street and will provide on-site workplaces for staff members relocating from the firm’s Reno office to better serve clients in the Elko area. “We are proud to expand to meet the growing needs and clientele that we service in and around the Elko community,” said Randy Miller, vice president and principal engineer of Broadbent. “This location allows us Read More »

What You Need to Know About the Nevada Petroleum Fund

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Underground storage tank (UST) systems are utilized at fueling stations for storing and dispensing petroleum products, mostly gasoline and diesel fuel. Tanker trucks transport these petroleum products to individual fueling stations where it is loaded into onsite USTs. The fuels are then pumped from the USTs to fuel dispensers via underground piping infrastructure. UST system owners and operators are required to comply with both State and Federal regulations designed to minimize potential for a release of petroleum hydrocarbon-based fuels into soil and/or groundwater. In Nevada, the Nevada Petroleum Fund (the Fund) was established in 1989 to provide financial assistance to UST system owners for corrective action costs associated with addressing impacted soil and/or groundwater following a release. The Fund is Read More »

Siberian Huskies Like To Howl

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Siberian huskies like to howl.  They particularly like to howl in the morning when they first see you and their howls are loud and long.  Real “Call of the Wild” stuff.  They seem particularly loud and long when they are unleashed during your first remote Monday morning staff meeting with 35 of your co-workers listening to you trying to lead a discussion during extraordinary circumstances.  And thus, the Everyone-is-Working-From-Home-Now adventure began. I have been the division manager of our Las Vegas office for around five years now and have worked at Broadbent for a total of 28.  While the recession in 2008 was not fun for anyone, particularly in boom or bust Las Vegas, the 2020 coronavirus pandemic feels very Read More »

Three Keys to Environmental Project Management

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Broadbent’s success as a firm is demonstrated by our ability to maintain long-term relationships with valued clients. Producing quality results during environmental site investigations, and other projects, is the product of careful attention to three key components of project management: 1) build a competent team; 2) define a project scope; and 3) maintaining compliance with budgetary requirements and project schedules. At the beginning of a project, it is critical to select the right Project Manager and support staff based on their individual skill sets and their ability to understand and solve the problem at hand. At the project kickoff meeting, these individuals identify and assess issues, opportunities, and provide opinions on best field and management processes to be employed, based Read More »

Forever Chemicals – How They Are Changing Procedures For Environmental Consultants

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The Broadbent Denver division attended the Emerging Contaminants Summit 2020 in Colorado in March 2020. As part of this summit there was a discussion regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a general term applied to thousands of chemicals manufactured since the 1940’s that can be found in food packaging (microwave popcorn bags, pizza boxes, etc.), stain and water resistant fabrics, non-stick products, fire-fighting foams, and many other consumer and manufacturing products, and are utilized due to their unique surfactant and oil/water repelling qualities. PFAS are one of the biggest issues on the horizon due to their classification as “Forever Chemicals”, meaning that they do not breakdown once they are in the environment. PFAS also bioaccumulate in the food chain and Read More »