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Process Safety Management: Can We Please Stop Saying, “If You Didn’t Document It, It Didn’t Happen”?

Ask ten people about process safety management (PSM), and chances are at least seven of them will tell you about mountains of paperwork designed primarily to keep auditors happy. They might say, “I spend so much time doing paperwork that I…

Bill Beadie, CIH Food Processing, Health & Safety
Federal Brownfields Program Moves Through Congress. What Does This Mean For Your Projects?

The reauthorization of the Federal Brownfields program is starting to wind through Congress and was recently passed by the US House of Representatives. The current proposal (HR 3017) being reviewed by the Senate, which is always subject…

Jim Darling Brownfield Redevelopment
OSU-Cascades Brownfield Redevelopment and Campus Expansion Plans Reach Key Milestone

Oregon State University-Cascades and Deschutes County have reached an important milestone in their negotiations for the sale of an inactive construction and demolition debris landfill to OSU. On October 30, 2017, Deschutes County…

Ted Wall, PE Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Planning & Community Development
Vancouver’s Lower Grand Employment Area is Booming

When you think of job creation and economics, look no further than the Lower Grand Employment Area (LGEA). The City of Vancouver, Washington recognized the potential for the LGEA to help preserve jobs in the city’s core and drive regional…

James Maul, RG, LG Engineering, Environmental, Local and State Agencies, Planning & Community Development, Real Estate
All Systems Can Go: Cities risk losing critical information when staff retire

This article originally appeared the September/October edition of CityVision Magazine. Take a minute to think about the staff at your city with the most experience and expertise. Do you rely on them to provide context for projects and…

Tyler Vick GIS & Data Management
MFA Awarded Best Presentation at NCASI Conference

MFA is pleased to announce that Senior GIS Analyst, Erik Strandhagen, was awarded the honor of best presentation at the National Council for Air and Steam Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) West Coast Regional Meeting after serving as a speaker at the…

Steven P. Taylor, PE Awards, Engineering, Forest Products, GIS & Data Management
Communication and Outreach Services: Another MFA Evolution

Since MFA’s founding as a small group of mostly engineers and scientists conducting environmental investigations and design work, we have grown not only in number of people but also in scope of services.  We have also grown in our…

Charla Skaggs Planning & Community Development
Learn What’s New With The Oregon 1200-Z Stormwater Discharge Permit

Looking for the most recent information about the Oregon 1200-Z Stormwater Discharge Permit? Read our blog post about modifications to the permit in October, 2018. After issuing two draft permits and reviewing two rounds of public…

Ada H. Banasik, PE Environmental, Stormwater
Wenatchee Brownfield Transforms into Hilton Garden Inn

Wenatchee visitors will have a new and stylish place to stay, and the City will have a new revenue source via sales and lodging taxes, as a former brownfield transforms into a new hotel. The August 4th groundbreaking for construction of a new…

Victoria O'Daniel Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental, Planning & Community Development
MFA Economists: Evaluating Data to Inform Smart Decisions

Our best work happens when we help clients implement solutions that benefit not only the bottom line, but also community, jobs, economic and environmental health.  To that end, we have added four new staff members who form MFA’s economics…

Steven P. Taylor, PE Economics
Skagit County Celebrates the Return of a Brownfield to Productive Use

Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. (MFA) wishes to congratulate Skagit County on the recent completion of its new community justice center, which was developed on a former truck stop fueling station brownfield. The need for a new jail facility to…

Yen-Vy Van, LHG Brownfield Redevelopment, Local and State Agencies
Plan Revealed for Up-Close Views of Willamette Falls

Many Oregonians are surprised to learn that Willamette Falls ranks just after Niagara Falls—it is the second-largest waterfall in the country by volume. MFA is happy to share the great news that just this month, final design was unveiled for…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Planning & Community Development
Congrats to Three Cities, a Port and a County

Q: What do City of Hoquiam, City of Aberdeen, City of Sedro-Woolley, Port of Skagit, and Skagit County all have in common?  A: They recently were named 2017 Governor’s Smart Communities Award Winners – and they are all MFA…

Michael P. Stringer, AICP Environmental, Planning & Community Development
Underground Storage Tanks Move Out, Redevelopment Potential Moves In for Josephine County and Grants Pass

Every so often, a project comes along that illustrates exactly what MFA’s Founder, Jim Maul meant when he said, “One of my biggest joys as a consultant is when we nail a problem in a way that is exactly right for our client and the…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Uncategorized
Woody Guthrie would be proud of the Port of Camas-Washougal’s Development Plan

Composed by Woody Guthrie and adopted in 1987 as Washington’s official state folk song, “Roll On, Columbia, Roll On” paints a poetic picture of the river cutting through green douglas firs and of the “mighty men” who worked on the river,…

Michael P. Stringer, AICP Uncategorized
Oregon Air Toxics Rulemaking Framework Released

On March 21, 2017, the Oregon DEQ released a draft framework outlining the air toxics program in Oregon. http://cleanerair.oregon.gov/state-releases-draft-framework-for-new-health-based-air-toxics-standards/ At a high level, the draft…

Chad Darby Air Quality
American Planning Association Spotlights MFA Project

Thanks to the American Planning Association (APA) and author Katharine Logan, LEED AP, we are proud that our work in Spokane’s 500-acre Hillyard industrial district is one of three examples featured in the February 2017 Planning magazine…

Michael P. Stringer, AICP Brownfield Redevelopment, Press Releases
Oregon State University Plans Expansion on Reclaimed Demolition Landfill Site

Kudos to Oregon State University’s Cascade Campus for thinking creatively to reclaim underutilized property in the newly-released plan to expand OSU’s Bend campus to meet future enrollment projections. We have been fortunate to work…

Stacy J. Frost, PE Press Releases
Have Air Quality Issues? MFA is here to help!

We extend a warm welcome to six new staff members, all of whom specialize in air quality services. Adding expertise in these services further integrates MFA’s engineering and consulting services for facilities that have air emissions and…

Steven P. Taylor, PE Press Releases
Metro Regional Snapshot Focuses on Brownfields

As part of its quarterly “regional snapshot” series, Metro has published a reader-friendly look at brownfields and their impact on economic growth and development in the Portland metropolitan region. While the region continues to see…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Brownfield Redevelopment
Whatcom County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan

The Whatcom County Council unanimously adopted an update to its Comprehensive Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan (the Plan) during a meeting held on January 24, 2017. The adoption is the culmination of a two-year effort led by Whatcom…

Kaitlyn Bruno Solid Waste and Recycling