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Protect Environmental Receives Patent on Environmental Remote Monitoring System

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Vapor Sentinel Remote Monitoring System provides more efficient and effective solution for meeting long-term stewardship and continuing obligations on contaminated radon and chemical vapor intrusion sites

Louisville, KY, January 29, 2020 – Protect Environmental announced today issuance of the official patent on its environmental remote monitoring system. The system, known as Vapor Sentinel, is now available to monitor and optimize vapor mitigation systems installed on radon and chemical vapor intrusion contaminated sites.

The traditional approach to meeting regulatory requirements and maintaining landowner liability defenses on contaminated sites is costly and provides minimal assurances that building occupants are safe from exposure to radioactive radon and toxic chemicals. On average, mitigation systems are verified to be functioning correctly only one time each year, and contaminants of concern may only be confirmed to be below the applicable exposure limit one time every few years. This approach creates liability management challenges for the responsible party and makes obtaining and managing site closure difficult, if not impossible. In fact, most contaminated sites never achieve site closure, costing the responsible party hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, to meet ongoing long-term stewardship obligations.

The Vapor Sentinel Environmental Remote Monitoring System tracks the ongoing operation of vapor mitigation systems, providing 24/7/365 real-time monitoring to verify system functionality and confirm building occupants are safe from exposure to vapor intrusion. The system effectively addresses the liability management challenges associated with the traditional approach while providing a pathway to site closure that benefits the responsible party and provides peace of mind to building occupants. Likewise, the system facilitates redevelopment of contaminated sites by providing a cost-effective option to satisfy continuing obligations of the new owner or tenant.

Environmental monitoring and mitigation is a multibillion-dollar market. As of 2017, the U.S. EPA and its partners reported overseeing approximately 640,000 to 1,319,100 facilities to prevent releases into communities. However, no single comprehensive data source tracks the full extent of contaminated land in the United States. 

“After many years in the product development cycle, we’re excited to be delivering a better, more protective solution to our clients to manage the significant liability associated with radon and chemical vapor intrusion contaminated sites,” said Kyle Hoylman, Managing Partner at Protect Environmental. 

“The Vapor Sentinel Environmental Remote Monitoring System is a game-changer for our clients seeking to gain closure on contaminated sites and to help satisfy continuing obligations to maintain CERCLA liability defenses,” said David Gillay, Partner at Barnes & Thornburg and head of the Remediation, Redevelopment, and Environmental Transaction practice groups for the firm.

Key features of the system include: 24/7/365 real-time monitoring, user-defined condition notifications, secure cloud-based data storage, reliable wireless connectivity, convenient client portal access, instant historical data access, customized automated reporting, durable weathertight enclosure, quick and easy installation, and proprietary patented technology. Full specifications for the system can be found at protectenvironmental.com.

About Protect Environmental

Protect Environmental is a leader in the environmental consulting and construction industry, focusing on radon and chemical vapor intrusion management. With a proven track record spanning 15 years and more than 5,900 completed projects across the country, the company provides expert service from its trusted professionals to provide peace of mind protection to property owners seeking efficient and effective management of environmental risks and liabilities. For more information, call 502-410-5000 or click on to https://www.protectenvironmental.com.

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National Radon Action Month

A call to action.

The colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive radon gas that may be in your home, has overstayed its welcome. 700 Kentuckians are diagnosed with radon-induced lung cancer every year.

January is National Radon Action Month (NRAM) and all month long we will be sharing facts about what radon is, why testing is important, and how mitigation works to reduce the levels in your home.

Our social media pages will be sharing staggering statistics about the cancer-causing gas, so follow along with us!

National Radon Action Month not only reminds all of us of just how dangerous the radioactive gas is, but it also highlights the importance of testing our homes.

Kick radon out.

It is a naturally occurring gas that is emitted from the breakdown of Uranium metal underground. It is dangerous to be breathing in at home.

When breathed, it damages the lungs and can lead to lung cancer. Although, the process to reduce levels in the home is relatively simple, straightforward, and inexpensive.

If you have not tested your home, January is the best time to do so! The levels in your home are more concentrated in the winter when doors and windows stay shut against the cold.

Experiencing the health risks of radon is completely preventable.

During the month of January, the Kentucky Radon Coalition is offering free test kits to all Kentucky residents. And when test kits aren’t offered for free, the process is relatively inexpensive, quick, and simple. There are a couple of ways to test.

Disposable charcoal tests, like the one pictured here, hang undisturbed for 3 days before you mail them off to the lab.

Team up with Team Green

Here at Protect Environmental, we use a device called a CRM to conduct an electronic test. We work with you to determine the best course of action for your home for your peace of mind. Schedule an appointment with one of our certified professionals to know if your home is at risk.

Know your number and know your risk. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends mitigating a home when radon levels are tested at a level of 4.0 pCi/L of air. The only way to know if your home has elevated levels is to test. Contact us to schedule an appointment or go to freeradontestkit.com to register for a free test today.

Be a part of the conversation

Testing for radon in homes is the focus of National Radon Action Month, although it does not end there. Spreading awareness is one of the greatest hurdles when it comes to protecting Kentuckians and the greater United States from the radioactive gas.

You can help by sharing this post with your friends and family! Their homes could be at risk, too.

Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that causes damage to our lungs when breathed. Test your home and tell your loved ones to do the same.

And don’t forget! You can receive a free radon test kit through the Kentucky Radon Coalition through January 31st.

January is National Radon Action Month. Take action to protect your family and yourself from the harmful effects of exposure to radioactive gas.