Environmental Regulatory Compliance and Conservation
Overview of Environmental Regulatory Compliance and Conservation
As part of EQM’s overall environmental compliance expertise, we provide waste characterization and management; air permitting and support; storm- and waste-water permitting and compliance; and cultural resources management. EQM can successfully staff and provide equipment/material resources to complete multiple, concurrent, geographically dispersed Task Orders (TOs) at sites located across the U.S. and overseas.n.
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A key area demonstrating EQM’s expertise in environmental compliance is the Fence to Fence (F2F) services we provide under our U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center contract (AFCEC).
Under the F2F contracts, EQM provides:
- Hazardous Waste (HW) support
- Air permitting support
- Sampling, testing, analysis, and monitoring (SAM)
- Wastewater/stormwater management
- Solid waste management
- Natural and cultural resources management
- Storage tank management services
- Community outreach
EQM is also providing HW field-support activities; performing compliance inspections and desktop review of permits, reports, and supporting data to update regulatory-mandated deliverables and databases; and conducting routine monitoring of permit-required water and wastewater observation points and Best Management Practices (BMPs).
As an F2F contractor, EQM:
- Implements sustainable and environmentally responsible pollution prevention (P2) goals.
- Ensures Base compliance with Federal, state, local, and AF regulations.
- Provides input for improvements to P2 programs, including HW reduction/recycling, hazardous materials (HM) tracking, reducing air emissions, stormwater BMPs, and protection of natural and cultural resources.
- Provides HW personnel for curbside pickups; receiving and storing containers of HW; packaging and shipping HW; consolidating drums of compatible waste; collecting and processing bulk fluids; storing, managing, and recycling varying quantities of used oil, used antifreeze, used batteries, lead-acid batteries, universal waste (UW), and off-spec fuel; managing new and used containers; storing and tracking hazardous materials; preparing and reviewing waste manifests; and providing training to shop personnel.
- Provides support for Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) reporting.
- Performs soil and waste/groundwater open burn/open demolition monitoring/reporting.
- Reviews emission sources (e.g., paint booths, generators) via on-site inspections. validating materials used; ensuring compliance with all operating permits; and supporting preparation of semi-annual monitoring reports and annual compliance certification reports.
- Assesses the condition of archaeological, cultural, and historical base sites; consults with Native Americans regarding archaeological sites; maintains and archives artifacts for research and display.
Natural and Cultural Resources Management
EQM performs natural resource management services IAW the Sikes Act; Endangered Species Act (ESA); and applicable federal, state, and local laws/regulations. We support land management actions; fish and wildlife management activity; and the hunting/fishing/trapping program. We prepare program brochures and maps; inventory/monitor threatened and endangered species (T&ES) and other species of concern; support species-at-risk habitat improvement projects; and inventory/control invasive species (i.e., nuisance wildlife, feral animals, and noxious weed control). We advise on Bird/Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) reduction programs and habitat modification and installation/maintenance of bird/wildlife deterrent equipment.
EQM provides cultural resource (CR) monitoring; archaeological evaluations; Native American consultation; and management of curation facilities and associated databases. We identify, pre-serve, and protect significant CR under their jurisdiction and carefully consider the effects their actions will have on these resources. EQM assesses the condition of a site based on presence/integrity of protective fencing and signs; degree of new and previous site disturbances; and presence of cultural materials within the site boundaries.
Natural Resources Management
We perform ground-truth surveys of plant communities using a hand-held spectrometer at the same time we are collecting airborne samples. EQM collects data to determine trends and changes in species distribution and population. We also collect data on habitat type; species richness and diversity; percent cover/relative abundance of species including invasive species, sensitive species, and bare ground; habitat type; and site-specific precipitation data.
EQM conducts plant surveys and herpetological surveys for reptiles, birds, and small and large mammals. These surveys are designed to capture data for disturbances (natural and human-caused), invasive species, and sensitive species with mapping to assist in determining locational trends and fluctuations.
We have experience in designing and implementing native landscaped areas, and we provide a coordinated and comprehensive approach that will guide future landscaping efforts and emphasize the need to use native plants.
EQM can provide support in managing pests and invasive vegetative species. We are able to balance the removal of noxious species and the overuse of chemical and mechanical methods in sensitive habitats. The goal is to achieve a native environment without causing further damage. We provide habitat control using proven mechanical, chemical, and habitat restoration methods. We monitor the success of invasive species control activities. We implement a localized rapid-response/early detection system whereby new emerging non-native species are located and eradicated.
We can provide assistance with invertebrate studies that focus on new, rare, or unique terrestrial invertebrates including Monarch butterflies. EQM also conducts health studies of Dry Lakes and surface water flows. Key factors in the health of a dry lake bed are soils, hydrology, biology, and other factors.
Cultural Resources Management
In conjunction with our cultural resource (CR) services, EQM monitors and documents conditions and/or events that could adversely affect historic properties (unevaluated, eligible, and listed historic and prehistoric archaeological sites; sacred sites; historic buildings; Cold War facilities; and traditional cultural properties). We provide, deploy, maintain, collect, and deliver images from digital trail cameras that we have placed to monitor sensitive or threatened historic properties.
As part of our management of Cultural Resources, and Archaeological Evaluations, EQM collects artifacts and diagnostic materials such as ceramics, projectile points, obsidian, and items of special interest (i.e., shell or stone pendants). We understand the importance of collecting artifacts that provide insight to the age and activity at the site, while leaving updatable artifacts where they were found for prosperity.
Waste Characterization and Management
Our on-site personnel coordinate, prioritize, and schedule activities related to waste collection, processing, storage, and treatment and disposal. We determine the proper method of accumulation and disposal based on chemical compatibility, hazardous waste (HW) numbers, and hazard classes, and will monitor site plans to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal environmental regulations/laws.
EQM can characterize waste, develop HW Profile Sheets, maintain a hazardous waste stream inventory, prepare wastes for shipment, and track shipments. EQM segregates all non-compatible items based on the HW Profile Sheet, physical/chemical properties of the wastes, and the HWMP. Each HW stream is identified/classified before being stored at the CAP.
We can provide annual HW training for all essential personnel at shops having HW, non-RCRA HW, unclassified waste (UW), or specific non-hazardous wastes. We can conduct curbside pickup; properly placard vehicles during transport from sampling locations; implement strict management of HW containers identified for shipment; and properly coordinate waste transportation and disposal.
We consolidate compatible wastes to the greatest extent practicable within regulatory limits. Consolidation includes “lab-packing” of small items and combining similar waste streams to ensure the lowest possible disposal cost.
Our on-site staff coordinates the pickup of used oil stored in tanks and collects used oil stored in drums. We coordinate with shops to ensure tanks/drums are monitored, and we maintain records of used oil/off-spec fuel activities.
EQM’s on-site technicians provide cradle-to-grave services including tracking of all HW containers from initial waste generation to ultimate disposal. Tracking services include waste consolidation; segregation of HW; management of used oil/off-spec fuel, screen used oil, waste turn-in; regular container/facility inspections; equipment testing; contingency planning; preparation for shipment; housekeeping; new, used, unusable container management; and facility maintenance work orders.