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Tuesday, 11.9.2010 / 11:35 AM ET / Blue & Gold Make Green
By Michael Jafari  - Graduate Assistant (2010)
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The same chemicals that can harm the environment can also be hazardous to your health.

Core Environmental is a business that investigates and evaluates company’s work sites to make sure they handle dangerous chemicals responsively and dispose of harmful particles properly.

“My husband and I started this company six years ago because we thought it was very important to clean up the environment and keep our community safe,” said Core Environmental president and co-operator Teresa Tramposch. 

As environmental consultants, their job is to investigate properties to make sure all the dangerous chemicals are properly sealed.  If they come across any violations, they put together solutions to make sure the hazardous material never reaches the environment.  Tramposch’s company has been hired as environmental consultants for companies such as the New York Power Authority, Ryder Trucking, Mendon Leasing, Franklin Company Contractors, the New York City Transit Authority, and multiple house renovating projects.

“One of the bigger company’s we have worked with was JetBlue, because they want to make sure they’re operating as environmentally-friendly as possible,” recalls Tramposch.  “We helped them store their water pollution planes for their terminals, making sure that they use their petroleum responsively and protect their cans from running off during rain storms.”

Core Environmental works with many larger companies to protect the community, but Tramposch notes that most of the violations they come across come from residential homes. One of the more harmful particles found during house walkthroughs is asbestos. According to, asbestos is made from a group of naturally occurring fibrous minerals and too much exposure can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis.  Many houses were built using asbestos to form the foundations until it was discovered to be hazardous in the 1930’s.

“Floor tile is one of the bigger sources of asbestos,” said Tramposch.  “Our work is to go through a house and take samples so we can determine how much asbestos is in the house and then to help take proper initiative to dispose of it.”

Core Environmental has 25 people on staff who go through the necessary steps to deem an area safe.  The staff includes asbestos investigators, lead inspectors, environmental professionals, geologists, hydrogeologists, hygienists, CAD designers, environmental engineers, environmental scientists and resident engineers.

Tramposch says that the most common harmful particle found in residential homes is lead. states that inhaling or ingesting lead can poison both humans and animals, specifically the younger species.  The poisoning can affect the nervous system, red blood cells, bones, and kidneys.

“Lead paint can be present at homes if they were painted before 1978.  If your house was built before that time and you have children living there under the age of six you need to be extremely careful,” said Tramposch.  “You can check if there is lead in your home by buying a lead-check mop at your local hardware store and rub it against your windows, and other painted areas of the house.”

For more information or to contact Core Environmental, you can visit their website by clicking here.
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