News & Updates
Keeping you informed about environmental questions and concerns.
This section of our site includes news & articles on recent developments and advances in the field of environmental consulting. As experts in the field of environmental consulting, Clark Seif Clark is continually compiling useful information to make your environmental concern or project a successful venture for you:
Clark Seif Clark Celebrates 20 Years of Environmental Consulting Services.
In April of 1996, several of the leading environmental, industrial hygiene, engineering and building science professionals officially opened the doors at Clark Seif Clark (CSC). The environmental consulting firm quickly made a name for themselves in their home state of California before expanding and opening offices nationwide.
What immediately set CSC apart from others in the industry two decades ago still holds true today. The extensive knowledge and training of CSC’s staff and their dedication to science-based protocols and cross-training is a key component to the company. This means their personnel are comprehensive site investigators and knowledgeable compliance experts, a unique position for environmental consulting firms. CSC also has an extensive background in engineering so architects, builders, contractors, developers and realtors all appreciate their level of expertise.
Today, local, state and federal institutions, and companies ranging from start-ups to international Fortune 500 firms turn to CSC for answers and solutions to their environmental concerns. CSC’s services include everything from workplace health and safety, indoor air quality, mold, lead, asbestos and energy efficiency consulting to litigation support.
“We understand our clients’ expectations and it’s our goal to exceed them on every project,” said Franco Seif, President of Clark Seif Clark. “Having successfully completed thousands of assignments for clients from coast to coast, I can confidently say that there is not an environmental consulting firm in business today that can match our depth of project experience or level of expertise that our staff brings to each job we undertake. It’s with great honor and satisfaction that we celebrate 20 years of service and each of us looks forward to the next 20 years of providing exceptional results to our clients.”
Children in dilapidated public housing in SF visit ER more often, study shows
Date: December 8, 2014
Excerpt: It’s well known that living in public housing in San Francisco can be dangerous, but now a new report suggests The City’s outdated public housing is also hazardous to children’s health.
EPA Releases Guidance to Improve Schools’ Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency
Author:Christie St. Clair
Date: October 17, 2014
Excerpt: Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new guidance to help school districts protect indoor air quality while increasing energy efficiency during school renovations. “This guidance provides common-sense solutions for improving energy efficiency and indoor air quality in schools across the country,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “By using these guidelines, school districts can cut their energy bills and help ensure that students have a healthy and safe learning environment.”
San Diego Fails Stormwater Test, Agrees To Millions In Fines And Upgrades
Author:Leo Castaneda / inewsource
Date: September 23, 2014
Excerpt:The city of San Diego is on the hook for as much as $2.5 million in fines and upgrade costs for failing to properly enforce rules that require businesses and the city itself to make sure runoff is filtered before it drains into the ocean and the bay.
Whistleblowers can now file complaints online with OSHA
Author: United States Department of Labor
Date: December 5, 2013
Excerpt:Whistleblowers covered by one of 22 statutes administered by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration will now be able to file complaints online. The online form will provide workers who have been retaliated against an additional way to reach out for OSHA assistance online.
Transitioning to Safer Chemicals: A Toolkit for Employers and Workers
Author: United States Department of Labor
Excerpt:American workers use tens of thousands of chemicals every day. While many of these chemicals are suspected of being harmful, only a small number are regulated in the workplace. As a result, workers suffer more than 190,000 illnesses and 50,000 deaths annually related to chemical exposures.1 Workplace chemical exposures have been linked to cancers, and other lung, kidney, skin, heart, stomach, brain, nerve, and reproductive diseases.
California to Manufacturers: Replace Toxic Chemicals in Products
Author: Environmental Leader
Date:September 27, 2013
Excerpt:California regulators yesterday published a list of toxic chemicals found in hundreds of consumer products and will ask manufacturers to replace these chemicals with safer alternatives. State officials say this is the first step in implementing the Safer Consumer Products initiative, a program for identifying and reformulating products that pose a threat to public health and the environment that many are calling the most comprehensive in the US.
Widess Out at Cal/OSHA – Community Cheering
Author: Cal -OSHA Reporter
Excerpt: Ellen Widess, chief of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health at the beginning of Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration, has resigned her post mid-term, effective immediately. Widess was widely unpopular with the business and labor communities and not very well respected within the agency according to multiple sources. Most business people in the Cal/OSHA community, which Cal-OSHA Reporter has spoken with, say the positions Widess has taken on AB 2774 as well as on inspections led to her unpopularity.
EPA Fines Violators of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule
Author: Stacy Kika
Date: April 5, 2012
Excerpt: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced three enforcement actions for violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) and other lead rules. The RRP rule requires the use of lead-safe work practices to ensure that common renovation activities like sanding, cutting and demolition, which can create hazardous lead dust, are conducted properly by trained and certified contractors or individuals. EPA finalized the RRP rule in 2008 and the rule took effect on April 22, 2010.
Mold Discovered in Florence School
Author: DERRICK A. DENIS
Date: October 15, 2008
Excerpt: On August 25, 2008, it was first reported to the Facilities Administrator that there might be visible mold in a classroom at Walker Butte. The teacher and students were immediately relocated to another classroom. The affected room and the adjacent empty classroom were sealed and all ventilation was isolated from the rest of the school.
The Pinal County Environmental Health Department was contacted and confirmed that we had taken appropriate actions. The Extreme Water Damage and Restoration Company and the District’s insurance carrier, the Arizona School Risk Retention Trust, both assured us that isolating the areas was appropriate to prevent overexposure to students or staff.
Knowing the Limitations of the Tools in Your Toolbox
Author: DERRICK A. DENIS
Date: October 2008
Excerpt: Ever see someone try to drive a nail with a screwdriver? If you haven’t seen it, I’ll save you some trouble. It just doesn’t work. Either the nail is the wrong tool for the job, the screwdriver is the wrong tool for the job, or the combination of nail and screwdriver are completely wrong. You may ask, why would anyone try to drive a nail with a screwdrive
Clark Seif Clark in the news
Author: DANIEL DULLUM
Date: October 23, 2008
Excerpt: QUEEN CREEK – After conferring with indoor environmental experts in a closed meeting on Wednesday, the Florence Unified School District is continuing with its efforts to remove mold that appeared in a couple of classrooms at Walker Butte K-8 earlier this month…
Indoor Environmental Health “Around the Rock”, Part One in a Multipart Series
Author: DERRICK A. DENIS
Excerpt: Shadow rock homes are advanced residential structures in both form and function. Our homes include all the modern conveniences (indoor plumbing, electricity, central heat and air, etc.) neatly packaged in a desert resistant capsule. However advanced our homes, there is a variety of indoor environmental issues about which you should be aware…
Outdoor Air May be Dirty, but Indoor Air can be Worse
Author: CORINNE PURTILL
Date: June 2, 2007
Excerpt: Think you can step inside to get a break from dirty air? Think again. The air inside your home can be two to five times as polluted as the air outside…
Body Found in Air Duct at Sierra Vista School
Author: AMANDA FRUZYNSKI, The Arizona Republic
Date: May 26, 2007
Excerpt: PHOENIX – Police found a man’s body inside an air duct at Sierra Vista Elementary School, prompting students to be kept in lockdown and taken home early….
Why the U.S. Should Ban Asbestos Immediately
Author: Mesothelioma News, www.mesotheliomanews.com
Date: December 17, 2007
Excerpt: Senator Patty Murray is trying for the third time in six years to get Congress to ban the use and import of asbestos in the United States. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 40 countries have banned or are in the process of phasing out the use of asbestos. The United States should be in that group…..
Senate Passes Asbestos Ban
Author: The Pump Handle by CMonforton
Date: October 5, 2007
Excerpt: Nearly 7 years ago, the late Senator Paul Well stone (D-MN) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) began a legislative effort to ban asbestos-containing products. Yesterday, the “Ban Asbestos in America Act” passed the Senate* with a bi-partisan voice vote. *the bill is still in the House of Representatives