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Environmental, Health, Safety, and Quality Management Services for Business and Industry, and Federal, State, and Local Government.
Federal, state, and local regulations place formidable
requirements not just on the owners and managers of industrial facilities,
but on virtually any organization that may impact the environment. Click
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Water Quality Services -- Federal, state, and local regulations regarding drinking water, surface and groundwater, stormwater, and wastewater discharges are complex with significant penalties for non-compliance. EHS Services, Inc. establishes and manages water quality programs that conform to the requirements of the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and state and regional water pollution control programs.
EHS provides a full-spectrum of water quality services to meet the environmental, health, and safety requirements of manufacturing and industrial facilities, developers and contractors, agricultural concerns, and small communities. We offer:
Permitting -- Depending on the work performed by your facility, you may need air, water, and waste-related permits issued by the Environmental Protection Agency or a regulatory authority within your state. You may also need permits required by a local environmental, health, and safety regulatory body. EHS Services, Inc. provides comprehensive services for obtaining any required federal, state, or local environmental, health, and safety permit. Including:
Air Quality Permits
The need for an air quality permit is highly dependent on the nature of your operation, and the type and amount of fuel used to operate your equipment for a particular industrial process or a heat source. The permitting process also relies heavily on the attainment status of the area in which your facility is located. EHS air quality specialists have experience with the air quality rules and regulations of many state air quality agencies. Using a multi-question decision matrix, we can determine what kind of permit your will need, or whether you need a permit at all. If you do, we know how to obtain the permit in the shortest possible time and for the most economical price. Whether yours is a major source or a minor one, whether you are in an attainment, non-attainment, or a Prevention of Significant Deterioration area, we can help you with your most complex air permitting requirements.
If you discharge waste water that could affect the surface or groundwaters of your state, you are required to have a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. These are issued for point source discharges of pollutants that are defined in the Clean Water Act. They are usually issued by your state's water authority. We can help you with the application process, and we can tell you if you qualify for a waiver or an exemption. And, when your permit needs to be renewed, we can help you obtain it quickly and cost-effectively. We can also define your responsibilities for monitoring and sampling, and recordkeeping and reporting.
The Clean Water Act was expanded in 1990 to include stormwater discharges, including runoff and drainage from rainfall and snow melt. If you have an industrial operation, you have two options for obtaining a permit: provisions for stormwater runoff may be included under your NPDES permit or you may elect to comply with the EPA's or your state's general permit for stormwater discharges. If yours is a construction site, you'll need a general construction site stormwater permit. You'll need information about your site, its soils, the materials on the site, and all outfalls for your permit application, which, of course, EHS can help you develop.
Section 404 Permits
Activities that affect the nation's wetlands are regulated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A Section 404 permit is required to discharge dredged or fill material into waters of the U.S., including wetlands. You may be required to obtain a general or an individual permit. General permits cover low-impact activities throughout large geographic areas. Individual permits are required for projects that cannot be covered by a general permit. Contact us if you think your project may impact a wetland.
Your requirements for the development and implementation
of programs, plans, and procedures depend on the work you do and the
materials that you have in the workplace. Carefully developed plans,
policies, and procedures minimize risks and potential liabilities, and
vastly reduce the threat of regulatory sanctions.
Hazardous Waste Contingency Plans
Required by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, you are required to have a Contingency Plan if you accumulate hazardous waste at your facility. The Plan deals with emergency situations, and must be designed to minimize hazards to human health and the environment if there is an unplanned release of hazardous materials into the air, soil, or surface water.
Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Plans
by the Clean Water Act, SPCC Plans must be prepared by facilities that
drill, produce, store, process, or consume oil and oil products if there
is a reasonable possibility that the oil could be discharged into
navigable waters or adjoining shorelands. There are quantity limitations,
and there may be differences between federal and state law.
your industrial facility is required to have a storm water permit, then
you are also required to have a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan. The
Plan requires you to evaluate, select, and describe the pollution
prevention measures, best management practices, and other controls that
will be implemented at your facility. You may also be required to provide
information on the chemicals stored, processed, or otherwise handled at
the facility. If you have a construction site you'll need a site
description and a discussion of how you will control erosion and sediment.
Federal environmental laws, and similar laws in many individual states, place the burden of responsibility for the remediation of hazardous chemical contamination on owners and/or operators of contaminated sites. The laws' concepts of strict, joint, and several liability virtually require that persons interested in buying and developing property invest the resources necessary to determine if the property is contaminated by hazardous materials. Lenders, too, are cautious about becoming involved in properties where hazardous chemicals may have been used, stored, or disposed. All parties are concerned that the value of the property may be reduced, or that a cleanup may cost many times more that the value of the property.
EHS staff members have extensive experience in evaluating real property for proposed purchase, sale, financing, or development. We have worked for major financial and development organizations, and for individual homeowners. Our services include: