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ECAD Case Study: Groundwater Plume Source Investigation in Minnesota Landfill

The Problem Volatile organic compound (VOC) concentrations exceeded regulatory standards in groundwater at the property lines of a municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill in West Central Minnesota. This situation required additional investigation and possible Corrective Action (CA). The source of the VOCs appeared to be a 23-acre unlined section of the landfill.  Preliminary corrective action discussions considered a complete excavation of the waste material within the unlined section of the landfill and relocation to a new lined space area that could be built at ... Read more

Environmental Compliance Reviews

An environmental compliance review evaluates the operations and equipment at a property, determines the applicable environmental requirements, identifies where gaps exist, and presents a pathway to compliance. Compliance gaps may be caused by many factors, including acquisition of new operations, the continuous development of new environmental regulations, facility growth or expansion, and personnel changes resulting in loss of inherent knowledge. The above operations and equipment may trigger air permit requirements, EPA NESHAP requirements, water discharge permitting, spill plan development, waste disposal management ... Read more

Environmental Compliance for Emergency Backup Electrical Generators

Emergency Backup Electrical Generators, especially when operated on diesel fuel, may be subject to multiple U.S. EPA, state, or local, agency environmental regulations.  These regulations have not been  communicated very well to the regulated community.  In fact, the company that provided or installed the equipment, or the company that conducts preventive maintenance checks or re-fueling, may not even be aware of these environmental compliance requirements.  This is in part due to the continuously emerging U.S. EPA state, and local, agency regulations ... Read more

EPA Compliance Requirements for Commercial and Retail Properties

It is fairly common knowledge that the EPA and state environmental agencies have numerous regulations that apply to large industrial facilities such as oil refineries, electrical power plants and manufacturing facilities to control air emissions, hazardous waste disposal and wastewater discharges.  However, EPA and state environmental regulations have increasingly been imposed on a much wider range of facilities including commercial and retail properties.  In addition, there has been an increasing trend of enforcement of these regulations on business sectors that have ... Read more