The banning of plastic straws has gained a lot of attention this summer and has become a hot topic. New York City is planning to join forces with Seattle, New Jersey, Florida and California to ban the use of plastic straws with the purpose of reducing ocean pollution. Many are concerned that this will negatively affect people with disabilities because for most it is a necessity. Many companies and local stores have opted to replace plastic straws with reusable straws such as paper straws. While this may be a great alternative for many people, they are not an option for people with disabilities. Paper straws are not temperature safe and often dissolve in water and can become a choking hazard. For more information, please click here.
Athenica is pleased to announce that we have been awarded another contract to work with the NYC DOE for inspections, sampling, testing and analysis of lead based paint. Athenica has experienced and certified USEPA lead based paint risk assessors and owns four XRF detectors that directly measures the lead content of paint. In New York City, we regularly provide LBP services to address violations issued by the New York City Department of Health, under local law 1, in response to elevated lead levels in a child. For more information on our lead services, you may contact Juraj Bardiovsky, Project Manager of the Lead Department.
We are happy to welcome Ken Wenz Jr. to the Athenica Team! Ken Wenz is a senior project manager and a Professional Geologist with more than 30 years of wide-ranging experience in the environmental field, comprising both consulting and regulatory positions. His experience has included designing, implementing, and managing a wide range of environmental investigation and remediation programs for sites in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Illinois, and California. He has conducted and managed all phases of environmental assessment and remediation projects, including due diligence/Phase I site assessments, Phase II/III investigations, and remediation/OM&M projects, ranging from individual residential properties to regional projects encompassing multiple properties.
This past Saturday, Athenica held a family and friends barbecue at Forest Park Queens. It was a nice way for us to get together and enjoy each other’s company with some good food. The weather did not disappoint either!