Management of air quality programs is often the most challenging of environmental programs faced by industry today. The nature of air quality regulations in the US and the realities of environmental management system requirements both in the United States and abroad make management of air issues a continuous, complex activity. Air professionals in our clients organizations are often called on to deal with basic recordkeeping requirements (e.g., coating volatile organic compounds (VOC) content) one moment and complex regulatory permitting issues in the next moment (e.g., application of New Source Review rules to mobile ocean going vessels). Air issues have evolved from basic compliance to a position of either providing business opportunities or acting as an obstacle to corporate success. At E2 , we understand this complexity and are experienced in providing our customers with support consistent with their needs. The need for a well managed and designed air program is more critical today than it has ever been.
E2employs experienced air quality professionals with capabilities in nearly all aspects of air compliance, planning and permitting. E2 ’s approach to permitting and compliance activities is to seek the most appropriate solutions in terms of short and long term compliance costs but also in terms of risks that include community, worker and operations. E2 staff routinely are involved in the following types of air related issues:
New Source Review Permitting
New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) Compliance
National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)/ Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) Compliance
Air Dispersion Modeling and Health Risk Modeling
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Services
Air Pollution Control Evaluation, Design and Installation
Emission Reduction Credit Acquisition and Trading
Regional and National Cap and Trade Programs
Risk Management Planning
Best Available Control Technology (BACT) Analysis
Air Pollution control Evaluation, Design and Installation
Stormwater management has become a primary concern of regulatory agencies and, thus, plays an integral part of the day-to-day operations of industrial and commercial businesses, developers, and local municipalities. The evolution of stormwater management has shifted from site-specific industrial land uses to overall watershed stormwater management. This shift has made it increasingly difficult for individual property owners and facility operators to integrate their stormwater-quality measures with the greater watershed management program.
The key to stormwater management is developing a thorough understanding of the ever-changing regulatory environment, and having the experience to apply that understanding to each individual project. At E2 , we understand this dynamic and we approach stormwater management on a case-by-case basis, providing cost-effective stormwater management strategies that are tailored to each client’s environmental needs.
We remove the guesswork from the maze of current stormwater regulations allowing our clients to make educated decisions based on clear information. Our clients can be assured that the stormwater solutions E2 provides will be cost-effective while complying with current regulations. Our experience with Industrial, Construction, and Municipal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permits enables us to develop a comprehensive stormwater program, or a facility specific Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) that is consistent with the latest stormwater regulations. We recognize the importance of proactive communication between our clients and regulators to develop successful programs that are both environmentally and cost conscientious. E2 staff members routinely provide stormwater services in the following areas:
Facility-Specific Stormwater Program Development
Development of Best Management Practices (BMPs) – Industrial & Construction
Preparation of SWPPPs – Industrial & Construction
Water Quality Monitoring
Design and Implementation of Standard Urban Stormwater Mitigation Plans (SUSMPs)
Construction and Industrial Compliance Assessments
Regulatory Agency Liaison and Coordination
NPDES Permitting for Industrial, Construction, and Municipal
Preparation/Implementation of Water Quality Monitoring Programs
GHG and Sustainability Consulting
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Services
Climate change will continue to be a hotly debated scientific topic for many years. Today’s reality is that, regardless of the science of climate change, the need to address GHG in your organization is real. With the US rapidly moving towards GHG regulations, all consumers of carbon-based fuel will be impacted by a carbon-based regulatory program that will involve tracking, trending, trading and management of “carbon assets”. More than any previous environmental program faced by EHS professionals, the rapid movement towards GHG control worldwide will push GHG management and the environmental managers tasked with managing the issue squarely into the corporate “C-Level” circles of their organizations. The potential opportunities and risks associated with managing “carbon assets” correctly will necessarily escalate the need for a comprehensive, accurate and flexible GHG management system.
E2 employs experienced GHG and air quality professionals with capabilities in all aspects of carbon management. E2 ’s approach to GHG/carbon management is uniquely comprehensive. Combining E2 ’s information management capabilities with our GHG/air knowledge base allows us to formulate systems and programs for our customers that take basic GHG emissions inventories typically executed in spreadsheets and incorporate them into robust management information systems (MIS) focused on “carbon asset” management. These management tools are geared around creation and maintenance of comprehensive, controlled, defensible, and repeatable emissions tracking tools that allow for routine updates of inventory status, tracking and trending pricing, and recordkeeping of transactions associated with a cap and trade scheme. E2 staff routinely is involved in the following types of GHG related issues:
GHG Baseline Emission Inventories
Interaction with Registries and Verifiers
Tracking of Regulatory Developments
Implementation of Cap & Trade Programs
Assessment of Impacts of Non-Standard Air Quality Sources on GHG Inventories, Particularly Mobile Sources (Trucks, Trains, Ships, Planes)
Energy efficiency assessment and implementation
Air Pollution Control Evaluation, Design and Installation
Permitting and Planning CEQA/NEPA
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) have become lightning rods for controversy in the area of environmental compliance. Admired by some as important environmental protections, these laws can also be significant stumbling blocks to the schedule and budget of project proponents. The key to success in the world of CEQA/NEPA is to have the experience to foresee pitfalls at the outset of the process. E2 has the staff to see, and solve, CEQA/NEPA issues before they cause costly delays. E2 delivers prompt, cost-effective environmental compliance documentation services by using our professional expertise and current knowledge of CEQA, the NEPA, and associated statues (e.g., Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, etc.). The keys to E2 ’s successful preparation of effective and defensible CEQA/NEPA compliance documents are:
A clear understanding of the myriad applicable state, local, and federal laws and policies that regulate the industry,
A clear understanding of the proposed project or plan being analyzed in the document,
Early coordination with lead, responsible, and trustee agencies with jurisdiction over the proposed project or plan and
Our willingness to immerse ourselves in each project and create a strong relationship with our clients.
E2 ’s CEQA/NEPA professionals bring a variety of industry experience to bear on each project we face. The E2 Team has a long history of successfully permitting projects with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California, Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB). We have a familiarity with statewide industry standards and practices as they relate to CEQA/NEPA decision making. Our team has a track record of successfully completing complex and controversial projects for our clients. Whether we are working for a lead agency or directly on behalf of the project proponent we deliver the CEQA/NEPA support required to move projects forward.
The E2 team is pleased to be able to offer a diverse set of CEQA/NEPA services including: