Environmental

Environmental Permitting

EMTEC has extensive experience in preparing Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs), Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans (SPCCP), National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits, Air Permits and Mining Permits.  EMTEC’s staff provides our clients with the experience and knowledge necessary for all aspects in relation to the permitting of their facility(s).  EMTEC’s staff can prepare the initial permit required for their facility(s), renewals, updates, changes to the permits or facility(s), testing and monitoring requirements in accordance with Federal and State regulations.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits are a requirement of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Water Act.  The Clean Water Act prohibits anybody from discharging “pollutants” through a “point source” into a “water of the United States” unless they have an NPDES permit. The permit will contain limits on what you can discharge, monitoring and reporting requirements, and other provisions to ensure that the discharge does not hurt water quality or people’s health. In essence, the permit translates general requirements of the Clean Water Act into specific provisions tailored to the operations of each person discharging pollutants.

  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permits (NPDES)
    • General Permits
    • Individual Permits
  • General Stormwater Permitting
    • Construction Permits
    • MS 4 Permits
    • Industrial Permits
  • Stormwater Compliance Monitoring
  • Annual Stormwater Testing
  • Completion of Discharge Monitoring Records (DMRs)
  • Comprehensive Site Compliance Evaluations
  • Stormwater Annual Report

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans (SCCP) are required under the authority of §311 of the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation sets forth requirements for the prevention of, preparedness for, and response to oil discharges at specific non-transportation-related facilities.  The goal of this regulation is to prevent oil from reaching navigable waters and adjoining shorelines, and to contain discharges of oil. The regulation requires these facilities to develop and implement Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasurr (SPCC) Plans and establishes procedures, methods, and equipment requirements.

  • Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plants (SPCCP)
    • Containment Calculations
    • Containment Design

Air Permits: There are two types of air permits: Minor Source and Major Source/Title V.  The permit is written to meet state and federal regulations to include information on which pollutants are being released, how much may be released, and what kinds of steps the source’s owner or operator is taking to reduce pollution. All permits will include a mechanism to demonstrate compliance with the permit conditions.

  • Title V Permitting
  • Minor Source Air Permitting
  • Air Permit Compliance Testing
    • Stack Testing
    • Visible Opacity Reading

Environmental Site Assessments

Phase 1 Environmental reports are prepared for real estate and business transactions such as: land purchases, building purchases, leases, business purchases, new residential developments and bank loans.  A Phase I ESA is conducted to evaluate environmental concerns caused by past or present on-site and off-site activities. Phase I ESAs can assist in evaluating environmental liabilities associated with real property acquisition and ownership. Information obtained through environmental site assessments can greatly impact the economics of a property transaction, affecting the owner, buyer, seller and lender.

A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I ESA) is conducted in general accordance with the criteria listed in the ASTM Standard E1527-13 (the Standard) to evaluate properties for the possible presence of contaminants as defined by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA, 42 USC Section 9601). A Phase I ESA is also conducted to evaluate the possible presence of petroleum products which are not regulated by CERCLA. In addition to the regulations identified above, a Phase I ESA is also conducted in general accordance with the All Appropriate Inquiries (AAI) criteria as defined by 42 USC Section 9601.

EMTEC’s Phase I Environmental Site Assessments are conducted and prepared by an Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Registered Environmental Professional.

  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs)
  • Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs)
    • Soil Sampling for Contaminants
    • Groundwater Sampling for Contaminants
  • Phase III Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs)
  • Transaction Screens
  • Environmental Auditing
  • National Environmental Policy Act Assessments (NEPA)

Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a major concern to businesses, schools, building managers, tenants, and workers because it can impact the health, comfort, well-being, and productivity of the building occupants.

EMTEC performs indoor air quality evaluations in all types of buildings and occupational settings. EMTEC utilizes the latest sampling and analytical equipment to determine if contaminants that cause indoor air and environmental quality issues including carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde, fungal spores and particulates are present at levels that can cause a problem for inhabitants. EMTEC can provide personal monitoring of employees to assess exposure of specific air quality constituents for regulatory compliance purposes. We can also perform Personal Exposure Limit (PEL), Time Weighted Average (TWA), and Short Term Exposure Limit (STEL) monitoring and assessments.

  • Fungal (Mold) Contamination Evaluations
    • Identification of Moisture Sources
    • Sampling for Airborne Mold Spores
    • Contact Sampling for Suspect Fungal Growth
    • Remediation Protocol for Fungal Growth
    • Remediation Protocol for Moisture Sources
  • Post Fungal Remediation Evaluations
  • Hazardous Air Pollutant/Contaminant Evaluations
  • Employee Exposure Monitoring
  • Industrial Hygiene

Asbestos and Lead

State and federal regulations hold building owners and employers responsible for protecting employees, occupants and outside contractors from exposure to asbestos and lead-based paint. Asbestos is regulated under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and State (Arkansas-ADEQ) Regulations.  Lead-Based Paint is regulated under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and State (Arkansas Department of Health) Regulations.

EMTEC assists our clients by working with them to understand the regulatory requirements pertinent to their property and to develop programs to ensure their compliance with regulations. EMTEC is a leader in providing asbestos and lead-based paint consulting (surveys), abatement design and project management (oversight & air monitoring) throughout the State of Arkansas.  EMTEC’s asbestos and lead-based paint team is comprised of State Certified personnel and has performed thousands of projects involving the identification of hazardous materials and abatement oversight of materials prior to demolition or renovations.

  • Building Surveys & Collection of Samples
  • Hazard Assessments
  • Cost Estimates
  • Project Designs & Abatement Specifications
  • Abatement Project Oversight
  • Bid Administration & Procurement
  • Air Monitoring (PCM, TEM, & Lead)
  • Final Inspections
  • Close-out Documentation