Environmental Consulting and Engineering

Asbestos Management Planning
Environmental Assessments
Site Compliance Audits
Solid & Hazardous Waste Management
Surface Water Studies
Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)

 
 

Asbestos Management Planning
The hazards associated with Asbestos have long been recognized in the industrial hygiene and environmental industry, including Asbestosis, lung cancer, and Mesothelioma. Through the "Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986" (AHERA of 1986), EPA was required to establish regulations for asbestos control. As a result, schools have been required to identify and assess asbestos at their facilities. In addition, the EPA's NESHAPS regulations require an asbestos inspection of a building prior to renovation or demolition by an accredited inspector.

Environmental Assessments
The typical ruling under CERCLA (or Superfund) is that the owner of land on which contamination is located is automatically one of the parties responsible for clean-up. One of the few exceptions to this is the defense of the innocent landowner. To establish this defense, the purchaser must make appropriate inquiry, through the services of an environmental professional, into the prior ownership, previous uses and possible contamination of the site.

Site Compliance Audits
Complex environmental regulations and increasingly severe penalties have created the need for a tight rein on a company's environmental exposure. Even minor infractions of regulations, if discovered, may result in fines, penalties, and negative publicity. pH2 can determine a company's environmental short-falls and propose a program for compliance that will allow profits to remain in-house.

Solid & Hazardous Waste Management
Solid and hazardous waste management is an area which is growing rapidly in terms of regulations and their complexity. Maintaining compliance with RCRA, CERCLA and TSCA requires professional expertise in all phases of waste management, and a thorough understanding of their relationship in the regulatory scheme.

Surface Water Studies
Companies involved in development along streams, rivers, and low-lying areas of the United States should be well versed in the regulations governing these waterways. Regulations mandating protection monitoring of surface water and wetlands areas often require detailed studies before permits are granted. New rules governing stormwater run-off may require comprehensive plans prior to construction and development or as part of discharge permitting currently in effect.

Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)
Releases from underground storage tank (UST) systems can result in fire, safety, and environmental contamination incidents. Of the approximately 4 million tanks in service today, approximately 30% are leaking. One gallon of gasoline released from an UST can contaminate up to 1,000,000 gallons of groundwater. With approximately one-half of the U.S. population depends on groundwater as their primary source of drinking water, the environmental impact of a leaking tank is harsh. Clean-up costs can be staggering, over $1 million. To prevent unnecessary groundwater contamination, the underground storage tank rules were put into law in 1988, under RCRA. These rules require notification of existing tanks and releases, remediation measures, specific procedures for taking tanks out of service as well as covering financial responsibility for the tank owner/operator.

 
 
 
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