EQM provides environmental assistance to a number of institutional facilities including colleges and universities, hospitals, research and development facilities, and prisons. Our professional staff has a wealth of experience in multimedia compliance issues, and is familiar with the unique environmental challenges faced by institutional facilities. We are available to provide assistance on an ongoing, as-needed basis serving as part of a client’s environmental staff, or for specific projects.
EQM offers expertise in the following service areas:
- Multimedia Compliance Auditing
- Permitting, including dispersion modeling
- Air permit compliance assistance
- Air regulation evaluation, applicability determination, and summarization of applicable requirements (Boiler NSPS/MACT, Generator NSPS/MACT, HMIWI regulations, state and local air regulations)
- Emissions testing
- Refrigerant management compliance and leak tracking calculations
- Storage Tanks
- UST assessment, replacement, removal, and closure reporting
- AST structural integrity testing
- Waste Management
- Hazardous and solid waste management assistance and biennial report preparation
- Annual Tier II hazardous material storage reporting
- Removal, drainage, transportation, and disposal of PCB transformers
- Waste reduction analyses, pollution prevention plans, and sustainability programs
- Water Management
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWP3)
- Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans
- Industrial hygiene, microbial assessment, and mold inspection and abatement programs
Greenhouse Gas (GHG). Prepared GHG Monitoring Plan and provided additional related assistance.
Performance Tests. Performed particulate testing on Nos.1, 2, and 3 boilers. Performed NOx and O2 RATA on Boiler No. 4. Also performed NOx RATA on the Plant Monitoring System.
Performed sampling on two new natural-gas-fired engines to determine levels of NOx, CO, and THC. Also performed particulate sampling on coal-fired boilers. Conducted performance tests on new baghouses.
MACT Compliance. Performed MACT standard testing on the inlet and outlet of the ESP serving the No. 1 coal-fired boiler. Testing was conducted to determine the presence of metals, HCl, and CO.
General Regulatory Support. The university has two new large reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE) installed at their power plan which are subject to MACT standards for HAP control. Prepared all reports, procedures, and other compliance documents to ensure the commissioning and starting of units met all regulatory requirements.
- SPCC audits
- Multimedia support
- Emissions Testing
Site Remedial Activities/Demolition. Completed a project involving site assessment, demolition and soil removal for a private school for an approximate 1/2-acre piece of property in an urban area. The site had lead contaminated soils/fill from unknown site operations pre-1950. Completely characterized the horizontal and vertical extent of contamination for excavation and disposal purposes. Conducted both total and TCLP analysis for lead and arsenic at the site. Prior to beginning excavation activities, conducted the demolition of a building on site which needed to be removed because lead contamination was discovered underneath the building. Also conducted an asbestos survey prior to conducting any demolition activities. After demolition, removed the top layer of soil at the site to a depth of 3 feet. Approximately 750 tons of soil was removed and disposed of as either hazardous waste (D008) or special waste depending upon the TCLP concentrations. Then, the entire site was backfilled to a depth of 3 feet with crushed limestone to eliminate possible exposure to any residual lead contamination. Prepared all reports and assisted the school with permitting and notification requirements for hazardous waste generation including obtaining a hazardous waste ID number and preparing a hazardous waste manifest. Also worked closely with the city government for all construction and restoration activities.
Public School District
Microbiological Assessments. Conducted microbiological assessments at five schools in a public school system. The surveys included air sampling for culturable fungi and total fungal (viable and nonviable) spores, bulk samples and tape lift samples for culturable fungi, and a visual inspection of the structure and air-handling system to identify areas of water-damage. Moisture measurements were conducted using both direct probe and radio frequency-based techniques. The latter technique was used to identify moisture areas inside the building envelope. Sampling was conducted in accordance with the procedures specified in AIHA 1996 and AMS 1997. Detailed written reports were prepared for each school including specific recommendations for corrective actions. At an elementary school, EQM prepared bid specifications for the remediation of mold (including Aspergillus versicolor and Stachybotrys chartarum) in the building envelope. EQM also provided the remediation oversight, conducted clearance testing, and prepared the final clearance report.