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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,…

Kaitlyn Bruno 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…

Kaitlyn Bruno 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…

Erik Bakkom, PE Solid Waste and Recycling
MFA Voted Best in Business 2016

MFA is honored to receive the Vancouver Business Journal’s award for Best in Business 2016 in the Urban Planner category. “The list of winners was determined by Vancouver Business Journal readers who cast their votes for the companies that…

Alistaire Clary, PE Awards
EPA Responds to my Last Blog Post and Finalizes RMP Rule

Clearly EPA is reading my blog, because only nine days after I posted a summary of lingering questions about proposed PSM/RMP changes (link), EPA has responded with a final version of the updated rule (link) and a summary of frequently asked…

Bill Beadie, CIH Health & Safety
PSM/RMP Update: Major Events, Rule Changes, and Donald Trump

PSM/RMP for the uninitiated: The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) both enforce similar requirements for facilities that have more than the threshold quantity of…

Bill Beadie, CIH Health & Safety
MFA Honored with Award in Support of National Guardsman

MFA was a 2016 Nominee for the Secretary of Defense, Employer Support Freedom Award. This award was given “in recognition of exemplary support of National Guard and Reserve member employees.” This Veterans Day, we want to recognize…

Alistaire Clary, PE Awards
Congratulations to Port of Skagit, City of Sedro-Woolley, and Skagit County on Planning Award

During the Joint Oregon and Washington Planning Conference on Thursday, October 27, the Planning Association of Washington and the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association honored the Port of Skagit, the City of Sedro-Woolley,…

Kaitlyn Bruno Awards, Planning & Community Development, Press Releases
Washington Brownfield Projects in the News

Leading brownfield experts Michael Stringer and Jim Darling were recently featured as guest writers in the Seattle DJC. Communities across Washington State are increasingly looking at vacant and shuttered former industrial sites as…

Steven P. Taylor, PE Brownfield Redevelopment, Press Releases
CCIM Commercial Real Estate Conference

MFA staff led sessions on brownfield development at the most recent Certified Commercial Investment Managers (CCIM) Conference, held on September 29 and 30, 2016, in Bend, OR. Jim Maul, Ted Wall, and Seth Otto prepared a dynamic, informative,…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Planning & Community Development, Real Estate
The Oregonian Names Maul Foster & Alongi A Winner of the Oregon 2016 Top Workplaces Award

Maul Foster & Alongi has been awarded a 2016 Top Workplaces honor by The Oregonian. The Top Workplaces are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a research firm that specializes…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR Awards, Press Releases
Zidell—The Past, Present, and Future

Hats off to Zidell Marine Corporation for over 50 years of success in the barge-building industry and everything they have given to the Portland community and economy. They announced this week that they will be exiting the barge-building…

James J. Maul, RG, LHG Press Releases, Sediment
Washougal Waterfront Park and Trail Grand Opening

Tomorrow the Port of Camas-Washougal will celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Washougal Waterfront Park and Trail. MFA is excited to see this project completed, which began with an Integrated Planning Grant that MFA assisted…

Alan R. Hughes, RG, LG, PG Engineering, Press Releases
Community Service at Clark County Food Bank

The work MFA does helps our community every day, from cleaning up brownfield sites to planning and designing new neighborhoods. MFA goes beyond that, enabling and supporting their employees to volunteer in our community supporting causes we…

Emily Hess, LG, RG Events
Brownfields in Clark County

The Vancouver Business Journal published an article on brownfields in Clark County. MFA is proud to be the leading brownfield consulting business in the Pacific Northwest. In the article we expand on the concept of the 4th  Generation of…

James J. Maul, RG, LHG Brownfield Redevelopment, Press Releases
Updates on Washington State Department of Ecology’s VCP- Part II

Ecology has made some big changes in their Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). In an effort to balance staff shortages with increasing workloads, Ecology has raised the bar for entry into the VCP and is implementing new policies to streamline…

Alan R. Hughes, RG, LG, PG Environmental
Maul Foster & Alongi Celebrates 20 Years

In honor of Maul Foster & Alongi’s 20 year anniversary the Vancouver Business Journal published the article below celebrating MFA’s innovation and growth through the years. ‘Before it was just cleanup for the sake of cleanup’,  said…

James J. Maul, RG, LHG Press Releases
Ragnar Relay 2016

We here at MFA are familiar with the race against time. Every week, we come together as a team to produce quality designs, reports, and action plans on time and on budget. However, this weekend some MFA’ers worked overtime to race to the…

Emily Hess, LG, RG Events
Seeing Results in Silver Valley, Idaho

Everything is crisp and fresh. I take a cold breath in and can only respect the awe and unforgiving beauty of the woods I call home. I can’t say I know what it is, but there is something about the woods that will always captivate me. It’s…

Haley McDaniel Uncategorized
Lead in drinking water

James Peale, RG, LHG, Principal Hydrogeologist at MFA, authored the recent article, Lead in Drinking Water: Steps to take as a Business Owner, published in the Vancouver Business Journal July 8, 2016. Click the link below to read his full…

Alistaire Clary, PE Environmental, Health & Safety
Updates on Washington State Department of Ecology Voluntary Cleanup Program

Here are updates from my recent meetings with Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) staff to discuss the status of Ecology’s Voluntary Cleanup Program.   New Checklists and Templates for Voluntary Cleanup Program…

Alan R. Hughes, RG, LG, PG Environmental
Economics Driving Brownfield Cleanup – MFA featured in U.S. Green Building Council Article

Several MFA projects, including Columbia Memorial Hospital/Astoria Landfill Sports Complex, Lake River Dioxin Cleanup, and Zidell Remediation are highlighted in an article by Katharine Logan published in the May/June 2016 issue of USGBC+,…

James J. Maul, RG, LHG Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental, Press Releases
Astoria Municipal Landfill Redevelopment Wins Oregon Brownfields Outstanding Project Award

MFA is excited to announce the Astoria Athletic Complex project is the recipient of the 2016 Oregon Brownfields Outstanding Project Award! The award will be presented at the 11th Annual Oregon Brownfields Conference May 16th, 2016. This award…

James J. Maul, RG, LHG Awards, Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering
MFA’s Hands-On Approach in the News

MFA’s planning efforts on the St. Helens Waterfront Redevelopment project are making the news. Working with our partners from Walker Macy, MFA led a group of St. Helens residents, Waterfront Advisory Committee members, and city council…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental
Short Term Fix Proposed for MTCA Funding

The Governor’s proposed Supplemental Capital Budget includes $25 million for cleanup funds to partially cover the recent shortfall in Remedial Action Grants. The source of the funds will be State issued bonds. The $25 million represents 29…

Jim Darling Brownfield Redevelopment
Western States Industrial Stormwater Permitting

EPA recently launched the new Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) to regulate industrial stormwater, but the already more-stringent state permits in California, Washington, and Oregon leave the MSGP a moot-point. Industrial stormwater permit…

Ada H. Banasik, PE Engineering, Stormwater
Northern State Redevelopment Project

Plan Adopted for Redevelopment of Historic Northern State Hospital The Sedro-Woolley City Council has unanimously adopted the Subarea Plan for the Center for Innovation. This is the capstone of two years of planning for redevelopment of the…

Jim Darling Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental
MFA’s Sediment Solutions in the News

The Wahkiakum County Eagle newspaper recently published an article highlighting MFA’s work. After testing sediment the question has arisen, what to do with the material, read about the possible creative solutions MFA has collaborated with…

Steven P. Taylor, PE Environmental, Sediment
MFA’s Aquatic Adventures

Characterizing and cleaning up contamination in the aquatic environment can present significant logistical challenges. A sampling of MFA’s recent high adventure aquatic experiences includes:                               …

Erik Bakkom, PE Environmental, Sediment
Making the Case for Environmental Forensics

“Forensics” is a term that may evoke images of an awkward detective linking the dots between crime scene evidence and laboratory DNA results to solve a crime. Environmental forensics applies the same general principle of criminal forensics…

Phil Wiescher, PhD Environmental, Sediment
Incremental Sampling Methodology

Incremental Sampling Methodology is becoming a go-to approach – for responsible parties and regulators alike – for efficient and robust contaminant characterization. While the method is fairly established for soil characterization, the use of…

Phil Wiescher, PhD Environmental, Sediment
Oregonian Media Group Names Maul Foster & Alongi A Winner Of The Oregon 2015 Top Workplaces Award

Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. (MFA) has been awarded a 2015 Top Workplaces honor by the Oregonian Media Group. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a…

Jennifer King, PE, SPHR Awards, Press Releases
Hood to Coast—Running in the Rain

A 198 miles course with heavy rain and thrashing winds may not sound like fun to most, but MFA’s 2015 Hood to Coast team would argue differently. On the weekend of August 28th MFA’s team, Must Finish Alive, participated in the 34th annual…

Jerry J. Oelerich, EIT Events
Thomas Mullen Appointed to Idaho Board of Registration for Professional Geologists

Thomas Mullen, PG, senior hydrogeologist at Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. (MFA), has officially been appointed by the governor’s office to the Idaho Board of Registration for Professional Geologists. The board’s mission statement is “to…

Alistaire Clary, PE Awards, Press Releases
Astoria Municipal Landfill Redevelopment Wins Brownfield Phoenix Award

At the 2015 National Brownfield conference that was held in Chicago in September, the Astoria Municipal Landfill closure and sports complex redevelopment project was awarded the Phoenix Award for USEPA Region 10. MFA is honored to have led the…

Stacy J. Frost, PE Awards, Brownfield Redevelopment, Engineering, Environmental
MFA to Accept National Brownfields Leadership Award on behalf of OBC

The Oregon Brownfield Coalition is the 2015 recipient of the Brownfield Leadership Award for Innovation & Resiliency, in the category of Statewide Brownfield Innovation. The award is presented by NALGEP (National Association of Local…

Seth Otto, AICP, LEED AP Awards, Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental