Permitting, Planning, and Compliance Auditing

An Environmental Compliance Audit is typically performed to measure a commercial facility's compliance, management practices and systems with potentially applicable local, state, and federal environmental requirements and permits. dse audits the facility through permit reviews, interviews with knowledgeable site personnel, review of the records and reports, and an on-site assessment.

Soil Amendment Facility Compliance Audit

City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, New Mexico

A worker takes soil samples in Albuquerque, New MexicoThe ABCWUA SAF and RRA are located on a 5,640 acre site west of Albuquerque. The facilities utilize a two phase program comprised of dedicated land disposal and composting for a portion of the biosolids generated by the Water Reclamation System. dse conducted sample collection at the SAF and the RRA to determine the nitrogen levels in the soils on the Site for ABCWUA’s compliance auditing process. Direct-push technology was utilized to sample the soils. dse recorded and provided to ABCWUA the GPS coordinates for each SAF and RRA sample location and coordinated documentation and chain-of-custody efforts with management staff at the client’s laboratory. A portion of the area to be sampled was historically used as a bombing practice range. dse developed safety protocols and screened each sample location for un-exploded ordinance prior to initiating drilling at each sample location.

Waste Classification Compliance

Turbine Resources

Euless, Texas

dse was asked by Turbine resources to examine their waste streams and determine if their waste classification, RCRA generator status and disposal operations were in line with Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) rules and regulations. Personnel from dse met with Turbine resource managers to interview them and then check the waste streams currently in place. dse personnel then interviewed waste transportation disposal companies used by Turbine Resources to determine what practices were being used and the rationale behind those practices. Using these data, dse was able to sort through the waste stream processes and report back to Turbine Resources on how their current waste stream process was being handled and how best to modify it in order to protect the company and their employees while ensuring that Turbine Resources utilized cost effective waste disposal and recycling methods.

Compliance Audit

DFW International Airport

Dallas, TeXas

A satellite map of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airportdse personnel performed an Environmental Compliance Audit of DFW Airport’s Environmental Management Department in conjunction with several other consultants. This audit included a walk through of many on-site facilities as well as completing document review of a wide variety of environmental segments including, but not limited to, wastewater, underground storage tanks, aboveground storage tanks, storm water, and hazardous waste generation and disposal.

Dry Cleaner Compliance Audit

Ty Equity Group

Lewisville, Texas

A dry cleaner site in Lewisville, Texasdse has extensive experience in conducting dry cleaner compliance audits. These audits are designed to determine how well a particular dry cleaning facility is following the recommended practices for the use of particular dry cleaning solvents that they are using. They also determine the likelihood of a major environmental impact to the site where the facility is located. Audits cannot indicate how well a facility will be run in the future or the likelihood of a future release of dry cleaning solvent. Included in these audits are interviews with the facility owner/operator and their employees, a survey of the site conditions and status of the equipment and supplies stored on site, a review of the facility’s records to ensure an understanding of record keeping procedures and to establish a “track record” of proper solvent and waste handling procedures, and a review of dry cleaning solvent purchasing and use records to determine if there are any anomalous records that may indicate a chronic or catastrophic release of dry cleaning solvent.

Environmental Health and Safety Training Services

dse personnel have developed, participated in and/or taught a variety of environmental occupational training courses. These courses have been in response to regulation, such as initial or yearly license updates for various OSHA and TDSHS asbestos and lead-based paint courses as well as underground storage tank management training. dse has been responsible for curriculum development, electronic presentation, follow-up certifications and continuing education for various clients.

Underground Storage Tank (UST) Compliance Audit and Management

United States Postal Service (USPS) and Weston Solutions, Inc. (Prime Contractor)

Tennessee, Georgia, Florida

USPS site containing an underground storage tank (UST)dse personnel evaluated and documented the UST installations at nine USPS sites in Tennessee, Florida and Georgia. After the inspections dse prepared OMM Plans tailored to the needs of each of the facilities. The reports included site photographs, UST system drawings, summary tables and site specific recommendations for operating, maintaining and managing each facility’s USTs. Approximately one month after delivering the reports to the facilities, dse personnel revisited the sites and provided training to key personnel.

Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Training

United States Postal Service (USPS) and Weston Solutions, Inc. (Prime Contractor)

Texas, Oklahoma

Cover of an Asbestos Operations and Maintenance Worker Refresher Training course manualOSHA requires maintenance workers who are performing operations and maintenance activities on asbestos-containing building materials in the workplace to undergo sixteen hours of initial training and an annual eight hour refresher. dse personnel, who are Texas Licensed Asbestos Inspectors, taught the sixteen hour and eight hour training classes required by OSHA to approximately one hundred fifty (150) USPS workers and supervisors at various locations within Texas and Oklahoma. Training included lectures, hands-on exercises with HEPA vacuums, heat guns and hammer drills as well as a final exam. The training included rules and needs, and was focused on the specific asbestos-containing building materials identified in USPS facilities.

Voluntary Cleanup Program Closure/Innocent Landowner Protection

Several states offer programs, such as TCEQ VCP, which allows the responsible party to remediate a site at their own pace. If the site is cleaned up to the program’s specifications, the state will grant "closure" for the site, thereby indemnifying any future owners of the site from environmental liability. dse understands that the substantial costs associated with environmental compliance can be prohibitive, and provides a long term Scope of Work that will minimize costs, while maintaining compliance with all local, state and federal laws.

Brownfields Cleanup

Austin Steel

Houston, Texas

Austin SteelOne of dse’s largest turn-key remediation projects was the closure of Austin Steel’s metalworking plant which involved soil contamination from 75 years of on-site manufacturing activities. This project included 27 different chemicals including various VOCs, cuttings, lubricant, and hydraulic oils, heavy metals (lead, cadmium, chromium) and TPH. This project was one of the earliest examples of a privatized Brownfield’s Initiative. Aggressive use of statistical methods and modeling techniques were used to demonstrate the achievement of cleanup goals which included: 1) Historical review of plant operations to determine the probable locations and identities of impacts, 2) Soil and groundwater sampling in order to delineate impacted soils and document the lack of impact to groundwater as well as confirming and documenting achievement of remedial goals, 3) Design of a remedial plan, preparation, review and negotiations of a bid package for potential remediation subcontractors to remove 6000 cubic yards of soil, and 4) Ongoing negotiations with the site buyer, their consultants, attorney, neighbors, and the TCEQ during site cleanup.

Voluntary Cleanup Program Closure

Several states offer programs, such as TCEQ VCP, which allows the responsible party to remediate a site at their own pace. If the site is cleaned up to the program’s specifications, the state will grant "closure" for the site, thereby indemnifying any future owners of the site from environmental liability. dse understands that the substantial costs associated with environmental compliance can be prohibitive, and provides a long term Scope of Work that will minimize costs, while maintaining compliance with all local, state and federal laws.

Dry Cleaner Remediation

Montfort Shopping Center - Former Elegant Cleaners

Dallas, Texas

A view of a strip mall that was the former site of an Elegant CleanersElegant Cleaners operated on this property from January 1992 to March 2003 using PCE as a dry cleaning solvent. The Elegant Cleaners is no longer doing business at this location. However, the shopping center owner desired to remediate the site so that he could sell the property. dse prepared and submitted the VCP application, APAR, negotiated with the TCEQ and obtained a site closure letter.

Site Investigation, Monitored Natural Attenuation, Plume Management Zone, TCEQ Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP)

Former Craig's Cleaners

Katy, Texas

Workers install a groundwater monitoring wellThis site is a former dry cleaner that used PCE. A prior site assessment at the property indicated that PCE had been released. dse performed an extensive assessment of the affected soil and groundwater that included the installation of 18 groundwater monitoring wells located both on-site and off-site. dse prepared and submitted the APAR to the TCEQ and performed extensive quarterly groundwater sampling using low-flow techniques. The sampling results enabled dse to design a monitored natural attenuation program for the site. A PMZ was designed and proposed based on the results of groundwater modeling performed by dse.

Municipal Setting Designation and Affected Property Assessment Report, TCEQ Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP)

Gables Property Management

Dallas, Texas

A map of a site in downtown Dallas that has been used for various purposes over the years, including a parking lot, a hotel, brick retail facility, and for metals equipment manufacturingdse provided local technical support for a MSD application, and developed the APAR for an approximate 4.6 acre site located north of downtown Dallas. While the site is currently used as a parking lot, historic uses included a brick retail facility, a hotel, and metals equipment manufacturing. Groundwater for this site is impacted by VOCs including PCE, TCE, and benzene above regulatory levels from apparent off-site sources. dse reviewed prior site investigation reports and Phase II Environmental Assessments prepared by others, and used these materials to prepare the MSD application, and the APAR for this site. dse personnel testified at the public involvement meeting, and at the City Council meeting concerning this site.

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P.O. Box 584
Rowlett, Texas 75030-0584
Phone: 972-412-8666
Fax: 972-412-8660