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EEC to Present at 22nd Annual CUPA Conference February 3-6, 2020

EEC will be presenting at the 22nd Annual California Unified Program Annual Training Conference (CUPA) February 3-6, 2020 in Burlingame, California. EEC’s Emily Vavricka will be presenting on the emerging contaminant PFAS, focusing on PFAS sampling procedures, analytical methods, and current regulatory updates.


The California CUPA Forum is a non-profit 501(c)(6) statewide association that works with the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the California Office of Emergency Services, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, the State Water Resources Control Board and Cal EPA to update and continuously improve the Unified Program for the agencies, businesses and the communities that are served. For the past 21 years, the California CUPA Forum Board has invited both government entities and industries to attend and receive the same training at the annual training conference.

EEC is a nationally recognized leader in the field of soil, soil vapor, and groundwater assessment, remediation, due diligence, and compliance through “Out of the Box” unique technical solutions blended with industry proven strategies.


For more information on the 22nd Annual California CUPA Training Conference, please click here.

EEC exhibited at the 28th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite, CA to Feature PFAS

EEC Environmental (EEC) exhibited at the 28th Annual Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite at the Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, October 17-20, 2019.

The Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite® is nationally recognized as the largest and most prestigious gathering in California of leaders in environmental, land use, and natural resources law.

EEC featured our expertise in tackling Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) which pose a serious human health risk leading to stringent action levels in California and throughout the US. 

EEC provides a broad spectrum of litigation support ranging from scientific investigations to expert testimony in state and federal courts. EEC’s ability to provide a reliable scientific basis for overcoming or minimizing contentious issues includes experience in matters related to contamination of soil, soil vapor, and groundwater; geologic and hydrogeological issues; industrial wastewater; historical document research and PRP Identification; CERCLA cost allocation; and insurance cost recovery.

Click the following link at https://calawyers.org/section/environmental-law/yosemite/ for more information.

Tina Bickerstaff joins EEC to head up east coast operations

EEC Environmental is pleased to welcome Ms. Tina Bickerstaff, CPG, PG to its Mid-Atlantic Team of environmental professionals. Tina joins EEC with more than 29 years of professional experience as its East Coast Regional Branch Manager. She is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) with national and state registrations and has held responsibility for the coordination, management and completion of all aspects of site investigations, remediation, environmental compliance programs, and regulatory negotiations. Tina is a Subject Matter Expert for due diligence Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), RCRA Corrective Action, and has extensive experience in coastal plain, karst, and bedrock geology.

As a Sr. Managing Geologist at EEC, Tina will draw upon her extensive experience in leading multi-disciplinary project teams at complex, dynamic industrial and commercial properties to provide high quality solutions to EEC’s valued clients.

Latest News: California Sets the Lowest Notification Levels for PFAS in the Country

The California State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water (DDW), has accepted the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment’s (OEHHA) recent recommendation on new lower Notification Levels (NLs) for PFOA and for PFOS. On August 23, 2019, the DDW announced it established notification levels for PFOS and PFOA at 6.5 parts per trillion for PFOS and 5.1 parts per trillion for PFOA. These new levels are set at the lowest levels at which they can be reliably detected in drinking water using currently available analytical detection methods.

More information can be found here.

Joseph Jenkins of EEC Presented for WEF on the Implementation of FOG Control Programs May 30

EEC presented in a webcast hosted by the Water Environment Federation (WEF).  EEC’s Joseph Jenkins shared his expertise about the proper implementation of plumbing code requirements to prevent blockage of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) that can be accumulated in sewer lines. The abstract for the presentation can be found here.

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Engineering Intern

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EEC Environmental is seeking a self-motivated engineering student for a paid summer internship at our office in Orange, CA. The ideal candidate will have completed at least 2 years of undergraduate level courses at an ABET-accredited university in a civil engineering program (or other related field). Take this opportunity to gain real-world experience at an exciting, national environmental consulting firm while working alongside staff engineers and geologists on a variety of challenging projects.
Responsibilities
• 20-30 hours per week (up to 40+ hours per week possible)
• Successful candidate will work alongside staff engineers and geologists on a variety of projects throughout the Southern California area
• Scan, review, and organize existing drawings
• Prepare figures for environmental reports
• Misc. project related field support/local travel (own vehicle, mileage reimbursed)
Qualifications
• Must have completed at least 2 years of coursework at an ABET-accredited university in a civil engineering program (or other related field)
• Knowledge of AutoCAD required
• Knowledge of ArcGIS a plus
• CADD standards experience a plus
• Work requires knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Access)
• Advance knowledge of Microsoft Access a plus
• Authorized to work in the US
• Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance required
Skills and Abilities
• Must be able to work in a team environment
• Self-motivated and able to work without being micro-managed
• Strong written and verbal communication skills

Submit Resumes to:

EEC Environmental
1 City Boulevard West Suite 1800 Orange, CA 92868
Attn: Human Resources
Fax: (714) 667-2310
Email: Jobs@eecenvironmental.com

Environmental Project Manager

EEC is a national environmental consulting firm that specializes in assessment and remediation of soil, soil gas and groundwater; environmental compliance; and storm and wastewater design and consulting.

EEC is headquartered in Orange, California, and has a regional office in Annapolis, Maryland. The firm has experienced consistent growth throughout its 24-year history that has been driven by a philosophy of providing high-level, rapid turnaround, cost-effective environmental services for clients while providing a comfortable and rewarding experience for the firm’s environmental professionals. Additional information can be found on the company’s website at www.eecenvironmental.com.

Our principals and senior management team bring more than a century of experience to each project, making EEC a leading national full-service firm, offering one-stop, turn-key solutions for projects of all sizes.

EEC is seeking motivated Environmental Project Managers to join our team in Orange, CA. The Environmental Project Manager plans, directs, and coordinates activities of designated projects (site assessment, remediation, & due diligence) and provides quality control and quality assurance for assigned projects on a daily basis to ensure that goals or objectives of the project(s) are accomplished on time and within the prescribed budget.

The Environmental Project Manager is expected to take ownership of assigned tasks and demonstrate leadership through technical expertise, flexibility, and competency. Candidates should have strong geologic, environmental, or compliance background, be familiar with applicable environmental regulations, proven experience solving problems, have the ability to work alone or with a team, have strong time management skills, promote a positive and collaborative work environment, and exhibit a reliable work ethic. Project managers with a strong business development mentality are preferred.

This is a great opportunity for motivated individual who feels trapped in the a big consulting environment where they do not have the ability to provide their clients with the response and service they deserve.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Perform analysis for complex environmental and engineering projects related to subsurface contamination.
• Implement Phase I & II site assessments, including field work and sampling activities.
• Perform feasibility testing and prepare remedial action plans.
• Human health risk assessment experience a plus.
• Manage and interpret laboratory data and investigation-related data.
• Coordinate extensively with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, local CUPAs, and other regional agencies.
• Manage projects within scope/budget/schedule expectations and ensure EEC’s high quality standards on project deliverables.
• Competency in a combination of areas, including field supervision, technical knowledge, and project management
• Proven ability to support safe work practices in a high-pressure environment while maintaining project quality, schedule, and budget.
• Perform environmental due diligence and compliance assessments at industrial and commercial facilities, and implement follow-up corrective actions to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
• Manage hazardous and non-hazardous waste.
• Provide clients with regulatory guidance and assist them with maintaining regulatory compliance.
• Use excellent interpersonal skills to work with diverse personalities.
• Strong written and verbal communication with technical writing experience
• Must be able to work in a team environment.
• Manage and communicate results, budget, and schedule information to the client, program managers, and company leadership.
• Identify new clients and/or develop additional work within an existing project or with an existing client (i.e., business development).
• Represent EEC and interact in a professional manner with client, subcontractors, and regulatory personnel.
• Attend conferences and seminars.
• Mentor junior EEC staff members.
• Participate in professional organizations.
• Business Development

REQUIREMENTS:
• Bachelor’s degree in engineering, geology, environmental science, or related discipline.
• 5 to 15 years of experience in environmental consulting, working on environmental projects.
• Solid knowledge of technical area of expertise.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills; experience writing comprehensive technical reports.
• Ability to develop and maintain long-lasting relationships with clients and identify and capitalize on sales opportunities.
• Self-driven and self-motivated
• Ability to multi-task, maintain flexibility, travel, and work independently with minimal supervision.
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook).
• Local candidates preferred.
Physical Demands:
• Required to sit or stand at an office workstation, sometimes for extended periods of time
• Required to work on keyboard, using mouse while looking at computer screens/monitors, sometimes for extended periods of time
• Comfortable working outdoors and able to perform field work on uneven surface
• Required to work with tools and appropriate and materials used for sample collections
• Be able to lift up to 25 lbs

TO APPLY: jobs@eecenvironmental.com
Please submit your resume and brief cover letter. Thank you for your interest in EEC!
Job Type: Full-time
Job Location: Orange, CA
Required education: Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
Compensation: Commensurate with experience
Benefits offered:
• Competitive market-based salary
• Medical
• Dental
• Life/Long Term Disability
• 10 Paid Holidays
• 401(k) Retirement Plan after 1 Year
• 5 Sick Days
• 2Wks Vacation

EEC Environmental is an E-Verify Employer.

Keywords: Site Assessment Remediation Skills, Phase I, Phase II, Report Writing, Project Management, Project Manager, Technical Writing, Regulatory Compliance, Environmental Storm Water, Waste Water PFOS, PFOA, Water Treatment, Quality Control, Analysis, Business Development

Submit Resumes to:

EEC Environmental
1 City Boulevard West Suite 1800 Orange, CA 92868
Attn: Human Resources
Fax: (714) 667-2310
Email: Jobs@eecenvironmental.com

Staff Environmental Scientist

EEC Environmental is seeking a self-motivated, self-sufficient entry-level geologist, environmental engineer, or other related discipline at our office in Orange, CA. The ideal candidate will be motivated to develop and build their personal knowledge and skills to assist with the growth and success of the office. 

Excellent teamwork and organizational skills are required, attention to detail is critical for this position. A successful candidate will work alongside engineers and geologists on a variety of projects throughout the Southern California area.

We offer a friendly, professional atmosphere with excellent benefits and a salary commensurate with experience.

STAFF GEOLOGIST/SCIENTIST

Responsibilities

  • Mainly local field work but some travel required.
  • Complete field sampling and remedial equipment monitoring. Experience using hand tools and equipment maintenance a plus.
  • Prepare engineering drawings, specifications and scopes of work for construction.
  • Assist with cost estimating, report preparation and task management, as required by the project manager.
  • Perform and check engineering calculations.
  • Support the office project work and collaborate with Project Managers and staff to service clients and complete projects on time and on budget.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required from an accredited university in geology, engineering, or other related field.
  • 0 – 3 years environmental consulting experience.
  • Capable of working in the field and managing subcontractors.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Project).
  • Strong written and verbal communication with technical writing experience.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance required.
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD and ArcGIS a plus.
  • Completion of 40-hour HAZWOPER certification a plus.

Skills and Abilities

  • Must be able to work in a team environment
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • The Company encourages all of our engineers to work toward and obtain a PG or PE license. We will fully support their efforts to accomplish this, including; help with gaining the necessary experience, reimbursement of approved expenses and paid time off to take the exam.

Physical Demands:

  • Required to sit or stand at an office workstation, sometimes for extended periods of time
  • Required to walk, stand & carry work related items, sometimes for extended periods of time
  • Required to work on keyboard, using mouse while looking at computer screens/monitors, sometimes for extended periods of time

Job Type: Full-time

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Benefits offered:

  • Competitive market-based salary
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Life/Long Term Disability
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan after 1 Year
  • 5 Sick Days
  • 2Wks Vacation

EEC Environmental is an E-Verify Employer.

TO APPLY: jobs@eecenvironmental.com

Please submit your resume and brief cover letter. Thank you for your interest in EEC! 

Keywords: Site Assessment Remediation Skills, Phase I, Phase II, Report Writing, Project Management, Project Manager, Technical Writing, Regulatory Compliance, Environmental Storm Water, Waste Water PFOS, PFOA, Water Treatment, Quality Control, Analysis, Business Development

Submit Resumes to:

EEC Environmental
1 City Boulevard West Suite 1800 Orange, CA 92868
Attn: Human Resources
Fax: (714) 667-2310
Email: Jobs@eecenvironmental.com

Construction Technician

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EEC Environmental is seeking a self-motivated, self-sufficient entry-level to mid-level construction technician at our office in Orange, CA.  The ideal candidate will be motivated to develop and build their personal knowledge and skills to assist with the growth and success of the construction team. A construction technician will perform general labor duties in all weather conditions and will collaborate with the other crew members to complete work safely and efficiently.

We offer a friendly, professional atmosphere with excellent benefits and a salary commensurate with experience. A successful candidate will work alongside other laborers, staff engineers and staff geologists on a variety of projects throughout the Southern California area.

Responsibilities

  • 50% to 75% local field work during first two years
  • Perform general construction tasks. Assist to prepare site and be able to perform all manual labor functions such as:
    • Installation and replacement black and galvanized pipe threading
    • PVC and copper piping installation and repair
  • Assist with cost estimating, task management, as required by the project manager
  • Support the office project work and collaborate with project managers and staff to service clients and complete projects on time and on budget

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Working knowledge of health, safety and environmental protection practices and procedures as they apply to related construction processes
  • Commitment to following safety policies and procedures and to wearing required personal protective equipment, essential for performing duties in a safe manner
  • Proven ability to support safe work practices in a high-pressure environment while maintaining project quality, schedule, and budget
  • Proficient with hand tools and familiar with current construction practices and standard construction documents
  • Must possess and maintain a clean driver’s abstract and valid full-driver’s license appropriate to the requirements of the vehicle being driven
  • Ability to operate company vehicles and properly tow/back-up trailers
  • Ability to communicate clearly and collaborate with multiple project managers
  • Use excellent interpersonal skills to work with diverse personalities
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products such as Excel, Word & Outlook are helpful, other construction or spreadsheet software also helpful.
  • Working knowledge of office machinery such as laptop or PC, copy & fax machine
  • Be able to schedule via online calendar and/or use smart phone for communications
  • Ability to track materials and communicate daily production results
  • Must be able to lift up to 51 pounds on a regular basis and perform other physically demanding tasks, as needed
  • Comfortable working outdoors in all weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, snow, and sleet) and able to perform work on uneven surfaces; experienced with climbing ladders, on/off equipment and work from various heights
  • Must be a self-starter and demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team as well as with minimal supervision

Physical Demands:

  • Required to climb and stand on ladders, sometimes for extended periods of time
  • Required to work with tools while reaching above your head for extended periods of time
  • Required to lift up to 51 lbs
  • Occasional office work includes sitting and working on laptop/pc with use of monitors, mouse & keyboard

Job Type: Full-time

Job Location: Orange, CA

Experience:

  • 0-5 Years related experience and/or training
  • High school diploma, GED or vocational school training

Benefits offered:

  • Competitive market-based salary
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Life/Long Term Disability
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan after 1 Year
  • 5 Sick Days
  • 2Wks Vacation

EEC Environmental is an E-Verify Employer.

TO APPLY: jobs@eecenvironmental.com

Please submit your resume and brief cover letter. Thank you for your interest in EEC!

Keywords: Plumbing, Construction, Labor, Manual Labor, Project Work, Project Management, Equipment, Heavy Equipment, Safety, OSHA, Physical, Outside, Outdoor

Submit Resumes to:

EEC Environmental
1 City Boulevard West Suite 1800 Orange, CA 92868
Attn: Human Resources
Fax: (714) 667-2310
Email: Jobs@eecenvironmental.com

Staff Engineer

EEC Environmental is seeking a self-motivated, self-sufficient entry-level environmental engineer, or other related discipline at our office in Orange, CA. The ideal candidate will be motivated to develop and build their personal knowledge and skills to assist with the growth and success of the office. 

EEC Environmental is seeking a self-motivated, self-sufficient entry-level engineer with design experience/interest at our office in Orange, CA. The ideal candidate will be motivated to develop and build their personal knowledge and skills to assist with the growth and success of the office. 

Excellent teamwork and organizational skills are required, attention to detail is critical for this position. A successful candidate will work alongside staff engineers and geologists on a variety of projects throughout the Southern California area.

We offer a friendly, professional atmosphere with excellent benefits and a salary commensurate with experience.

STAFF ENGINEER

Responsibilities

  • 25% to 50% local field work during first two years
  • Prepare engineering drawings, specifications and scopes of work for construction by utilizing CAD and other software
  • Assist with cost estimating, report preparation and task management, as required by the project manager
  • Perform and check engineering calculations
  • Support the office project work and collaborate with Project Managers and staff to service clients and complete projects on time and on budget

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s required from an ABET-accredited university in a civil or mechanical engineering program (or other related field)
  • 0 – 3 years civil engineering consulting experience
  • FE/EIT preferred
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD required
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS a plus
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Access, Project)
  • Strong written and verbal communication with technical writing experience
  • Authorized to work in the United States
  • Valid driver’s license and proof of insurance required


Skills and Abilities

  • Must be able to work in a team environment
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision
  • The Company encourages all of our engineers to work toward and obtain a PE license. We will fully support their efforts to accomplish this, including; help with gaining the necessary experience, reimbursement of approved expenses and paid time off to take the exam.

Physical Demands:

  • Required to sit or stand at an office workstation, sometimes for extended periods of time
  • Required to walk, stand & carry work related items, sometimes for extended periods of time
  • Required to work on keyboard, using mouse while looking at computer screens/monitors, sometimes for extended periods of time

Job Type: Full-time

Compensation: Commensurate with experience

Benefits offered:

  • Competitive market-based salary
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Life/Long Term Disability
  • 10 Paid Holidays
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan after 1 Year
  • 5 Sick Days
  • 2Wks Vacation

EEC Environmental is an E-Verify Employer.

TO APPLY: jobs@eecenvironmental.com

Please submit your resume and brief cover letter. Thank you for your interest in EEC! 

Keywords: AutoCAD, Engineering, Engineering drawings, Project Work, Project Management, Consulting, Design, Communication, Task Management

Submit Resumes to:

EEC Environmental
1 City Boulevard West Suite 1800 Orange, CA 92868
Attn: Human Resources
Fax: (714) 667-2310
Email: Jobs@eecenvironmental.com

TSCA and the Pollution Prevention Act Compliance

Understanding an Environmental Site Assessment

ESA and the Pollution Prevention Act ComplianceAn ESA, short for Environmental Site Assessment, is an evaluation of a property for the purposes of identifying any existing or potential environmental issues. ESAs are ordered during the due diligence period of the sale of a property by lenders and purchasers to avoid contamination liabilities. ESAs are completed for commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential properties as well as undeveloped land. The Phase I ESA is also completed to support the “innocent landowner defense” pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The evaluation begins with a Phase I ESA and is followed by a Phase II ESA if necessary.

What Is a Phase I ESA?

The objective of the Phase I ESA is to assess the environmental condition of the property and identify recognized environmental conditions (RECs), as defined by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), in connection with the property.  The Phase I ESA comprises the following steps:

  • Site inspection for petroleum products, hazardous chemical storage areas, chemical spills, underground storage tanks, clarifiers, sumps, and pits, among other things
  • Review of federal, state and local governmental files
  • Review of historical sources including aerial photographs, topographic maps, city directories, fire insurance maps, recorded land title records, building department records, and environmental reports
  • Interviews with tenants, current and past owners, key site managers, neighbors and government officials
  • Review of public records of neighboring properties that are hazardous or contaminated as per federal and state regulations to evaluate contamination risk
  • Review of the physical setting of the property, including general geology, topography, and hydrogeology
  • A review of recorded land title records, regulatory agency records, and State Institutional Controls/Engineering Controls databases for environmental liens or activity and use limitations (AULs)
  • Review potential vapor encroachment conditions (VECs) at the property
  • Out-of-scope, optional considerations may include mold, lead, radon, asbestos, wetlands, flood zone, and seismic hazards

What Is a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment?

If RECs are identified during a Phase I ESA, a Phase II ESA may be requested. Phase II ESAs involve sampling of groundwater, soil, soil vapor, and indoor air to check for chemicals such as petroleum hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, metals, and other contaminants. The following tasks may be conducted during the second phase to verify the existence and concentrations of hazardous substances:

  • Surficial soil and water sampling
  • Subsurface soil, soil vapor, and groundwater sampling
  • Geophysical testing to identify buried drums and tanks
  • Sampling of indoor air to evaluate health risks to occupants
  • Installation of groundwater monitoring wells to evaluate groundwater beneath the site and neighboring properties

What Standards Should Be Followed for an Environmental Site Assessment?

Phase I ESAs must meet the most updated standards established by ASTM and the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule (AAI) under CERCLA. Phase II ESAs must comply with applicable USEPA, State, and local regulatory agency requirements. The assessments must be performed by environmental experts with professional registrations who are trained in the fields of geology, hydrogeology, environmental science, engineering, biology, and chemistry, among others.

EEC Environmental has over 20 years of experience providing consulting services to a variety of clients. If you are in search of an environmental site assessment company, need remediation help with a contaminated site or simply have questions regarding any of the assessment steps or services, contact us and one of our experts will assist you.

Stormwater Management Plans

Stormwater Management Planning Steps

Stormwater Management Plans

Stormwater management plans are required for most new commercial and residential developments, provide long-term plans for rainwater harnessing, modernization of antique water management systems and reinvigoration of communities through updated waterways and green spaces. Effective management of stormwater prevents flooding and contamination of water

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Wastewater Treatment Basics

Wastewater Treatment Basics

Wastewater TreatmentWastewater is generated after human and commercial consumption of water. The domestic use produces wastewater, also called sewage, from showers, sinks, various household cleaning appliances and flush toilets. Industrial and agriculture wastewater comes from water usage for various processes and washing and cleaning of products. Wastewater is directed to a wastewater treatment plant for removing pollutants before it can be released into

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EEC Environmental Spoke at the INEF 2018 Conference

EEC Environmental (EEC) presented and exhibited at the International Network of Environmental Forensics 2018 Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 25-27, 2018. EEC’s Emily Vavricka spoke on how historical research methods are used in Environmental Forensic investigations in order to reconstruct past site histories and identify potentially responsible parties (PRPs) in environmental litigation cases.

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Implementing LID and Green Infrastructure BMPs

Implementing LID and Green Infrastructure Best Management Practices

Implementing LID and Green InfrastructureStormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in urban areas. Whatever doesn’t get soaked into the ground and filtered back into the natural water cycle floods and carries trash, bacteria, heavy metals, and other pollutants from the urban landscape into nearby water bodies.

Higher flows as a result of heavy rains can also cause erosion and flooding in urban streams that damage habitat, property, and infrastructure. One can manage stormwater runoff by engineering Blue, Grey, and Green Infrastructure.

Stormwater Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure, or Low Impact Development (LID), uses or mimics the natural processes that result in infiltration, evaporation or use of stormwater. These processes aim to create functional and appealing site drainage that treat stormwater as a resource rather than a waste product. On a broad scale, these practices can be managed so that they maintain or restore a watershed’s hydrologic and ecological functions.

Gray Stormwater Infrastructure includes the conventional piped drainage and water treatment systems that are designed to move urban stormwater away from the built environment. This separate from Blue Infrastructure, which uses small footprint high-efficiency devices installed and retrofitted within existing collection systems.

Implementing Best Management Practices

EEC Environmental (EEC) assists industrial facilities with the identification and implementation of best management practices (BMPs) to assist in consistently meeting California’s established numeric action levels (NALs).

Industrial facilities are required to implement source control BMPs. These BMPs are intended to keep pollutants out of the stormwater and could be structural or non-structural. However, when source control BMPs are not sufficient to consistently meet the NALs, a facility may need to implement advanced BMPs, which are controls intended to remove the pollutants from the stormwater. Examples of source control BMPs and advanced BMPs include:

  • Good Housekeeping (i.e., sweeping, preventing material tracking)
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Spill and Leak Prevention and Response
  • Material Handling and Waste Management
  • Erosion and Sediment Controls
  • Employee Training
  • Quality Assurance Record Keeping

Advanced BMPs include:

  • Exposure Minimization (i.e., shelters, preventing contact with materials)
  • Containment and Discharge Reduction (i.e., infiltration, reuse, diversion, LID BMPs)
  • Treatment Control BMPs (i.e., mechanical, chemical, biologic, or other treatment technology)

For more information about stormwater infrastructure and best management practices contact EEC by clicking the following link here.

Wastewater Treatment Compliance

Wastewater Treatment Compliance and Meeting Regulatory Requirements

Wastewater Treatment ComplianceThe treatment of wastewater is essential to ensuring public health and clean water. The process involves converting the wastewater into an effluent, or an outflowing of water to a receiving body of water, which can be directly reused or returned to the water cycle with minimal impact on the environment. However, before treated wastewater can be discharged to the water cycle, it must comply with local, state, and federal regulations. So, how can wastewater treatment facilities and entities that produce wastewater remain compliant with these regulations?

Federal State and Local Regulations

The Clean Water Act (CWA) prohibits the discharging of pollutants from a point source into a water of the United States unless they have a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The permit provides control for technology-based and water quality-based limits.

The national pretreatment program, a component of the NPDES program, is a cooperative effort of the federal, state, and local levels of environmental regulatory agencies that have been established to protect water quality. Local municipalities can then perform permitting, administrative, and enforcement tasks for discharges into the municipalities’ publicly owned treatment works (POTWs).

Wastewater Treatment Compliance

EEC Environmental (EEC) conducts local limits evaluations, develops industrial pretreatment ordinances and enforcement response plans, and assists in industrial user permitting. EEC also designs and builds wastewater pretreatment systems and performs pretreatment system evaluations for flows up to 2.5 millions of gallons per day (MGD).

Our team has unique expertise in developing technically based local limits and ensuring that industrial users have reasonable discharge permits. EEC has also created and conducts an operator training program for industrial wastewater dischargers and assists industries in achieving compliance with their wastewater discharge requirements.

EEC has developed a strong national reputation for helping public agencies, private industries, and commercial businesses come into complete compliance with their environmental regulations. We have experience negotiating favorable permit conditions for our clients resulting in reasonable regulations and millions of dollars in savings.

Industrial laundry washing machines in dry cleaner's workshop, PERC

Reducing PERC Contamination in Laundry and Dry Cleaning

Industrial laundry washing machines in dry cleaner's workshop, PERC ContaminationPerchloroethylene or Tetrachloroethene (PCE, PERC) has been used as an effective dry cleaning solvent in dry cleaning facilities for a number of years. Today, it is the most commonly used solvent. However, PERC can pose health hazards if exposure is not adequately controlled. So, how can one reduce PERC contamination and workplace exposure in dry cleaning and industrial laundry facilities?

Sources of PERC Contamination and Exposure

Employees in dry cleaners can be exposed to PERC while performing routine maintenance on machines and conducting various tasks such as removing clothes (especially thick items) before the drying cycle is finished or transferring solvent-laden garments into the dryer.  Working around uncontrolled “fugitive emissions” from dry cleaning machines can also expose workers to high levels of PERC.

Reducing PERC Contamination and Exposure

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has implemented mandatory standards such as Hazard Communication (29 CFR 1910.1200); General requirements for personal protective equipment (29 CFR 1910.132); and Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134) in order to reduce PERC exposure with employees. Laundry and dry cleaning facilities also must comply with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations to control the release of PERC into the environment.

Machine operation and maintenance, building design and ventilation, work practices, as well as PERC storage and disposal are ways in which these facilities comply with these regulations. Air monitoring for PERC release, recordkeeping, and PERC use reporting are also critical when reducing contamination.

Environmental Solutions for Dry Cleaners, PERC Contamination

EEC Environmental (EEC) has significant experience with the evaluation of industrial laundry facilities that have been impacted by petroleum, chlorinated solvents, and other contaminants. EEC performs a wide range of activities for the laundry industry, including Phase I Environmental Site Assessments‎ (ESAs), compliance services, Phase II subsurface investigations, insurance cost-recovery, remedial services, regulatory negotiations, and litigation support. EEC provides a broad base of general compliance services to the industrial laundry industry, including regulatory compliance, permitting, emergency business plans, emergency response, safety, Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) compliance, and state-specific compliance such as compliance with California’s SB989.

EEC prides itself on working with landowners, managers, and individual dry cleaner owners to evaluate potential contamination and provide remedies, when necessary, in a manner that allows business to continue uninterrupted so that both the landowner and dry cleaner owner do not lose essential revenue. When dealing with an operating dry cleaner, decisions cannot always be driven by environmental factors alone.

EEC’s overall project goal in supporting the dry cleaning industry is about smart, common sense decisions that meet regulatory requirements that are manageable for the client.

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Regulatory Closure, Compliance & Negotiation for Litigation, EPA

EPA Compliance Requirements for Real Estate Construction and Property Development

Environmental and land use regulations can, frequently, become overwhelming. Understanding and complying with these regulations take away from time-sensitive projects, and unwanted fines ranging into the tens of millions of dollars for larger commercial or retail property can be more than daunting. So what are some of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance requirements for real estate construction and property development?

Clean Water Act (CWA) Permit Coverage
Regulatory Closure, Compliance & Negotiation for Litigation, EPA, Construction

If your real estate construction activity disturbs one or more acres of land, you may have to obtain Clean Water Act (CWA) permit coverage for discharge of stormwater runoff from your construction site. The EPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program or the state NPDES permitting authority issues general permits for stormwater. However, to obtain permit coverage, you will need to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) or permit application to develop and implement a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and provide a Notice of Termination (NOT), if required by your permitting authority.

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

If your site or project generates or handles hazardous wastes, such as lead-based paint (LBP); fluorescent lamps that contain mercury; and construction/demolition (C&D) wastes, such as wood, roof material, insulation, plaster, or sheet rock, then you may have to check their allowed concentrations are in the regulations that implement the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

Assistance Meeting EPA Compliance

Industrial Wastewater – CERCLA Allocation ProjectThere are a number of other laws and regulations under the construction sector (NAICS 23) of the EPA. However, there’s help to meet the requirements. EEC Environmental (EEC) has assisted real estate and property developers throughout the United States on all aspects of environmental-related issues. Our professionals understand the nuances of this business sector, including the need for rapid response, quick turnaround, and discretion that must be maintained throughout the process. EEC’s services are utilized at the earliest stages of the real estate transaction and development process, often even before the due diligence phase, when we do a “Phase 0” to quickly determine if there will likely be significant environmental issues.

We have extensive experience in large portfolio and specialized due diligence necessary for property transactions, evaluation of costs associated with environmental liabilities, evaluation of fast-track remediation alternatives, evaluation of risk-based remedial strategies, and installation of preventive mitigation equipment such as those to prevent vapor intrusion. Further, EEC assists our clients in determining if the utility infrastructure (electrical, sewer, stormwater) and permitting abilities are sufficient for the intended property use, developing and implementing SWPPPs, and conducting facility audits.

Our construction personnel has diverse backgrounds, which include mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural concrete experience. All construction staff works under the direct supervision of a construction manager with more than 20 years of experience and are 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations, and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) trained to work at contaminated sites.

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What Is GIS And How Is It Used?

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Hundreds of thousands of organizations are using GIS to solve problems. But what is GIS, and how is it being used?

GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, is a technological field that incorporates geographical features with tabular data for one to map, analyze, and assess real-world problems. According to Esri, the company that builds and manages ArcGIS, “a geographic information system (GIS) is a computer-based tool for mapping and analyzing things that exist and events that happen on earth.” However, GIS is more than just a generated computer system and, in many ways, GIS can change the way we view the world.

Geographic information systems operate on various levels.  On the most basic level, geographic information systems technology is used as computer cartography or straightforward mapping. The real power of GIS is through using spatial and statistical methods to analyze attribute and geographic information giving one a deeper understanding of the layers of collective data.

GIS works as a tool to help frame an organizational problem. The tool can help organizations make various analysis with acquired data, and to share results that can be tailored to different audiences through maps, reports, charts, and tables and delivered in printed or digital format. Geographic information systems allow organizations of all sizes and in almost every industry to better visualize, question, study, interpret and understand the relationships, patterns, and trends in their data.

GIS Integration

Geographic Information System (GIS) and Data ManagementEEC Environmental’s (EEC) technology professionals assist in all phases of new application development and adoption of GIS design and asset management software implementation. We match the appropriate technology to our clients’ business needs and deploy these solutions to ensure that they remain sustainably effective.

EEC retains business partnerships with companies like Esri, Cityworks (CMMS), and Amazon Web Services which gives us access to the latest in GIS and information technology software, infrastructure, and best practices. EEC’s engineers utilize computer-aided design (CAD) software for drafting and updating As-Built plans, and database technologies to support and manage a variety of projects across all divisions of the company.

The technology services team at EEC can provide the tools to meet their mission whether they have a small-scale project or need enterprise implementation. Our team of expert consultants will help our clients establish their organization’s vision for their GIS and craft a pragmatic, budget-conscious, step-by-step approach to getting the most out of all software investments.

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Stormwater Pollution Prevention

What Is Stormwater Management and Why Is It Important?

Stormwater Pollution PreventionStormwater management is the effort to reduce runoff of rainwater or melted snow into streets, lawns and other sites and the improvement of water quality, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

When stormwater is absorbed into the soil, it is filtered and ultimately replenishes aquifers or flows into streams and rivers. However, when heavy rainwater hits, ground saturated by water creates excess moisture that runs across the surface and into storm sewers and road ditches. This water often carries debris, chemicals, bacteria, eroded soil, and other pollutants, and carries them into streams, rivers, lakes, or wetlands.

So, how does stormwater management help?

In urban and developed areas, impervious surfaces such as pavement and roofs prevent precipitation from naturally soaking into the ground. Instead, water runs rapidly into storm drains, sewer systems and drainage ditches and can cause flooding, erosion, turbidity (or muddiness), storm and sanitary sewer system overflow, and infrastructure damage. However, stormwater design and “green infrastructure” capture and reuse stormwater to maintain or restore natural hydrologies.

Detaining stormwater and removing pollutants is the primary purpose of stormwater management. Pervious Surfaces that are porous and allow rainfall and snowmelt to soak into the soil, Gray infrastructure, such as culverts, gutters, storm sewers, conventional piped drainage, and Blue/Green infrastructure that protect, restore, or mimic the natural water cycle, all play a part in stormwater management.

How can you help?

Educating yourself on where rainwater and snowmelt flow on your property when it doesn’t get absorbed into the ground is a huge first step. Implementing best management practices to reduce runoff and to make sure that it is clean when it leaves your property is the next step.

Stormwater MS4 InspectionsOur staff at EEC Environmental (EEC) has been specializing in stormwater compliance for more than 20 years. EEC can aid anyone looking to improve stormwater management on their property with our experience in developing stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs), sharing best management practices (BMPs), assisting with design, municipal separate storm and sewer systems (MS4), conducting inspections, and helping clients with Level 1 & 2 ERAs compliance.

Our staff has assisted both MS4 programs and industrial facilities with compliance issues as part of these services. EEC develops Local Implementation Plans (LIPs) that include program management and the inventory, prioritization, and inspection of industrial, commercial, and municipal facilities.

EEC’s Stormwater/National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) group has developed and implemented municipal, industrial, commercial, and construction programs to achieve full compliance with federal, state, and local stormwater regulations.

Successful implementation and management of a stormwater program demand a clear understanding of the NPDES permit requirements and solid teamwork between staff and consultants/contractors. EEC stands poised to support any city or industrial facility with their stormwater compliance needs, having supported other cities and industrial facilities with the development and implementation of their stormwater/NPDES programs, as well as having developed multiple LIPs.

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