POTESTA's Air Project Team has a multi-disciplined background, including civil and mechanical engineering and environmental sciences, with experience from governmental regulatory agencies, consulting and industry. We provide air services to a wide variety of clients, such as Petroleum and Petrochemical Operations, Chemical Manufacturing, Natural Gas Compressor Stations, Electric Utilities, Mining, Asphalt and Concrete Plants, and more. Our engineers and scientists can provide the following services:
Our professionals at POTESTA have been involved with hundreds of asbestos inspections and reports as well as several asbestos abatement design plans. POTESTA has developed strong working relationships with the regulatory agencies for the asbestos abatement projects. We can assist you with:
POTESTA scientists have backgrounds in toxicology, aquatic ecology, fisheries, botany, wildlife science, geology and hydrology. We are prepared to utilize our combined resources to develop projects to meet the clients' individual needs such as:
Biological and toxicological assessments will be conducted using both traditional and innovative methodologies. We generate high quality data that meet our clients' needs in a cost-effective manner. The tools used to collect data during our evaluations include:
POTESTA has extensive experience in biological assessments related to the Endangered Species Act. We utilize a combination of in-house professionals and recognized experts to complete projects for our clients. The experts have specialized in the study of their species of interest for many years and are familiar with life cycle, habitat requirements and sampling techniques for the species. POTESTA supplements these individuals with our experienced field staff to constitute an effective team. POTESTA provides final reports with additional information from the expert and relevant mapping and other supporting information. Our biologists within our office have experience in bat surveys, echo location, bat identification and mussel surveys.The team approach allows for an evaluation of the potential impact a project may have on a particular species. Evaluations include:
POTESTA is experienced in the coordination of environmental emergency response projects involving various levels of contamination and chemical hazards throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. We have conducted coordination of emergency response, cleanup, and/or follow-up monitoring of incidents involving:
POTESTA has master service agreements with several highly regarded emergency response companies throughout the region to facilitate quick response to incidents.
POTESTA is experienced in managing all phases of an Environmental Management System (EMS) and our professionals can develop a system to meet the specific needs of our client. POTESTA has the ability to provide the following components of an EMS program:
Depending on the client, the needs may range from POTESTA setting up and managing the entire system to a turnkey program with training for the owner's personnel.
POTESTA has a diverse staff which includes biologists, civil engineers, hydrogeologists, wetland specialists, mining engineers, aquatic ecologists, geotechnical engineers, geologists and ecologists to meet the multi-disciplinary demands required for preparing an environmental report. Actual field surveys of project areas are conducted to identify sensitive environmental resources such as waterbodies and wetlands, construction constraints (shallow bedrock, landslides, and residences or structures in close proximity to project) and to collect land use data. Environmental reports include:
POTESTA reports the quantified environmental data in a manner which is replicable to facilitate an efficient and timely review process by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
POTESTA professionals have performed numerous Phase I and Phase II site assessments designed to assist clients with property assessments and are experienced with many different remediation technologies.
Phase I site assessments are conducted in accordance with ASTM Standard Number E 1527-05. Phase I Assessments generally involve only non-intrusive methods such as:
Phase II site assessments involve sampling and are generally conducted when potential contaminants or sources of contaminants have been indentified in the Phase I process. Samples may be collected from:
POTESTA professionals review the analytical results to determine if additional site assessment is necessary. Data generated during the Phase I and Phase II assessment processes are utilized to establish the nature and extent of environmental liabilities.
The presence of regulated contaminants exceeding regulatory limits may require the development of a remedial action plan. Interaction with regulatory agencies is often vital to the success of remedial activities.
When contemplating the purchase of large acreages of mineral or timber property, the buyer is wise to complete an assessment of the potential environmental and/or reclamation liabilities associated with that property. POTESTA has an impressive resume when it comes to evaluating such properties. Our staff has experience in site characterization; environmental, civil, mining and geotechnical engineering; groundwater, hydraulic/hydrologic services; remediation; permitting; surveying and GIS/mapping. Our clients include major coal, timber, oil and gas companies, utilities, chemical companies and public agencies on tracts ranging to more than 250,000 acres.
POTESTA works with the client to customize the scope and detail of the evaluation as well as the form of the report. The process includes:
Our value is in how efficiently we can distill large amounts of data to the essential decision-making facts that clients can use.
Geospatial information is the key component that facilitates the mapping, integration, and analysis of datasets. This information allows the client to solve problems and make sound business decisions by looking at data in ways that is quickly understood and easily shared. POTESTA regularly utilizes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to support many of our projects. Our GIS specialists work creatively and efficiently with Project Managers to resolve project challenges through highly effective GIS applications.
POTESTA uses commercially available GIS software to provide working solutions for our clients.
POTESTA services for GIS include:
The following are examples of how POTESTA can provide the client with useful GIS applications.
The use of Global Positioning System (GPS) is an efficient method of locating and mapping environmental resources. POTESTA field staff routinely use GPS to locate wetlands and streams, project areas, and other natural resources. Our GIS specialists incorporate this site-specific information into ArcGIS and generate professional, customized maps for displaying the spatial arrangement of the resources.
The development of accurate, functional, and professional maps is a critical step in distributing project information to landowners, regulatory agencies, project engineers and other project stakeholders. The high-quality maps POTESTA produces can provide a clear visual impression of zoning and parcel data, infrastructure, natural resources and physical features.
Accurate and current floodplain maps can be the most valuable tool to prevent social and economic losses from floods and the key to better floodplain management. GIS-based floodplain mapping is useful in capturing a vast amount of information such as elevation, parcels, contours, topography, water bodies and floodplain classes. This information is vital to initiate disaster plans and remedial efforts.
POTESTA geologists, engineers and environmental specialists are knowledgeable of existing legislation and regulatory requirements for groundwater activities to meet the needs of both the general public and industry.
We will complete a background evaluation prior to on-site activities. A site evaluation may include methods such as:
POTESTA can effectively evaluate and offer remedial actions to mitigate groundwater problems. Our specialists also maintain appropriate knowledge of regulatory requirements needed to aid in prevention of impacts to groundwater as well as assist with maintaining appropriate industrial groundwater plans and reports. POTESTA can complete groundwater evaluation and characterizations for:
Our hydrogeologists and engineers have accumulated many years of design experience in varying environmental conditions that will meet both industry and public monitoring requirements. Their experience includes:
The performance of a hydrogeological site assessment is required for most construction projects. Various study methods include:
POTESTA's staff has the experience and expertise to design and implement remedial plans and actions to correct environmental impacts to soil and groundwater. Our technical expertise includes:
We can also aid with groundwater related and regulatory required completion of groundwater pollution prevention plans, stormwater pollution prevention plans, groundwater protection plans, and spill prevention, control and countermeasure plans.
With our diverse group of experienced scientists and engineers, POTESTA can provide advice to clients and/or their legal counsel on technical positions and, when necessary, support those positions in formal or informal proceedings with local, state or federal agencies. We can provide litigation support in the following areas:
If it should become necessary, our experts can offer testimony on your behalf in formal or informal proceedings. Our team can provide expert testimony on a broad range of environmental and engineering topics, including:
POTESTA offers occupational safety and health and industrial hygiene services to help our clients establish and maintain a safe, healthful work environment. We can provide our clients with the latest information on compliance priorities, collect and analyze data to help identify problems, and develop methods and procedures to reduce or eliminate illnesses and incidents, therefore reducing injury and minimizing economic loss. POTESTA offers the following safety and health services:
POTESTA offers its clients exceptional expertise and experience when it comes to the permitting process, including all phases of application preparation, negotiations, modifications, compliance and renewal at all levels of government. Our permit services cover air, mining, water and waste disposal permits.
Our staff has experience in identifying, characterizing and permitting of air pollution sources for a variety of industries, including:
Our air quality experts have comprehensive knowledge of federal, state and local regulations, as well as experience in complex Title V applications. Our services include:
POTESTA's staff has broad experience in mining techniques, engineering, environmental regulations, benthic studies, hydrogeology and hydrology to provide innovative solutions to complex mining permits. We work with the clients to ensure that your operational needs are met while allowing for essential flexibility. POTESTA has experience to work on permits that are operation based and more acceptable to the client, develop modification submittals and can expedite permit renewal applications with minimal input from the busy clients.
POTESTA has extensive experience in water permitting projects, including industrial and municipal wastewater and storm water discharges. Our personnel are familiar with both state and federal permitting strategies and can help the client decide which type of permit coverage is required for a given project. POTESTA can prepare a draft NPDES permit for submission prior to the appropriate agency. This gives the client more input regarding the permitting requirements.
POTESTA is highly knowledgeable of the challenges faced in receiving a permit to allow proper disposal and/or use of your waste products. Our staff has experience with municipal and industrial solid waste and construction demolition waste and hazardous waste. They have designed landfills, transfer stations, recycling facilities, closure plans and corrective action plans.
We have experience in:
Our staff of civil, geotechnical, environmental and mining engineers; geologists; hydrogeologists; biologists and surveyors strives to obtain the maximum flexibility for your facility, whether it is a new operation, the modification of an existing facility, or a permit renewal. Regulatory liaison assistance is a key component in our efforts.
POTESTA professionals have completed many remediation projects and are qualified to assist you with:
POTESTA personnel have completed remedial projects for sites impacted with:
Several technologies may be used to effectively remediate a specific site. POTESTA will identify, design, install and operate safe, cost-effective treatment technologies. Data accumulated during site characterization activities are used to evaluate and select the most appropriate technologies based upon soil types, contaminant types and concentrations and regulations.
POTESTA personnel have worked closely with state agencies during the development of the clean-up standards established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), having served on various regulations development committees. Our staff is experienced in applying similar standards to various types of industrial sites throughout the region.
Clean-up standards rely heavily upon risk-based assessment methodologies. POTESTA's professionals incorporate both human health and environmental assessments into the overall site assessment plan to ensure that shared informational needs, such as chemical sampling and environmental setting, are coordinated to support the two assessment processes. This approach has proven to be most cost-effective and minimizes the time required to perform an assessment.
The establishment of final clean-up levels and monitoring requirements will be negotiated with appropriate environmental regulatory agencies. Our professionals possess the experience and knowledge of environmental regulations to successfully guide clients through the risk-based assessment process.
Many environmental projects involve the collection of samples. POTESTA professionals have completed numerous sampling events involving air, soil, water, waste materials and other media. POTESTA's strict quality assurance/quality control sampling procedures and protocols have been established to assure that samples are obtained which are representative of the sampled matrix and are free from external contaminants.
Established regulatory and industry procedures and protocols have been incorporated into the QA/QC Plan. Trip blanks, field blanks, equipment rinsate blanks and duplicate samples are utilized where applicable. Strict decontamination procedures have been established to assure that no cross contamination of samples occurs. A chain-of-custody form is completed and accompanies the samples from collection to delivery to the analytical laboratory.
Air samples may be collected to evaluate initial atmospheric hazards prior to development of a site-specific health and safety plan, to monitor air quality during site activities, to evaluate air quality in the work place, and to conduct leak detection and repair (LDAR) surveys. POTESTA personnel possess the necessary experience with test methods and sampling equipment to complete these sampling events.
Asbestos containing material should be considered when renovating institutional, industrial, commercial, and residential facilities. Demolition of structures also involves consideration of asbestos. POTESTA can perform asbestos inspections and sampling, and provide construction oversight during abatement work.
Soil samples may be collected manually with sampling scoops or a hand auger, with a rotary drill rig equipped with a split spoon sampler or with a direct-push sampling rig. Samples are collected by qualified personnel and field screened where applicable. Soil samples collected during the drilling and sampling activities are visually classified and logged by an experienced geologist, engineer, or technician in accordance with the Unified Soil Classification System. Samples are placed in appropriate containers for subsequent physical and/or analytical testing.
Groundwater samples may be collected from direct-push sample borings, piezometers, or groundwater monitoring wells. Specific sampling procedures and protocols have been established for each method. Samples are filtered when required, placed in appropriate laboratory supplied containers prepared with the appropriate preservative where applicable, and placed in a temperature-controlled cooler for shipment to the laboratory.
POTESTA has extensive experience in the collection of both grab and composite drinking water, process wastewater, sanitary wastewater, storm water and surface water sampling. Our firm is quite knowledgeable regarding proper collection techniques and methodologies, including required containers, chemical preservatives and sampling holding times. Analytical parameters such as pH, total residual chlorine, turbidity, specific conductivity, dissolved oxygen and temperature are measured in the field using electronic equipment that is acceptable to regulatory agencies. These instruments are calibrated prior to use and, as required by these agencies, the calibration procedures and chain-of-custody forms (completed for each sampling event) are documented. POTESTA also has the equipment and experience necessary to conduct accurate short and long-term flow measurements of process wastewater, sanitary wastewater and surface water, such as streams and rivers.
The sampling methods and protocols used to collect samples from drums and tanks vary with the type, size, and disposition of the drum or tank, as well as with the type of material present. Site-specific protocols for drum and tank sampling are developed as a part of the project QA/QC and work plans. Samples are obtained from drums with a metal, glass or compatible plastic sampler tube. Samples may be obtained from tanks with a sampling tube or from a valved fitting. Drum and tank samples are placed in laboratory supplied containers as specified for the chemical analysis procedure.
POTESTA's staff of professionals has completed numerous UST-related projects. Our qualified personnel can assist you with:
USTs that have been permanently taken out of service must be closed with environmental regulations. POTESTA can assist you with tank closure services including regulatory negotiations, filing of closure notification forms and filing of regulatory reports.
Certain investigations are required to be conducted if a release of a regulated substance is suspected per UST regulations. When a release is confirmed at an UST site, the owner/operator must also initiate investigations and submit reports as required by the regulatory agency.
Our staff is knowledgeable with respect to these regulations and can guide you through the investigations, regulatory negotiations and reporting requirements.
The release of a regulated substance into the environment requires remedial action to remove the source of the release and to clean up the affected area. POTESTA personnel have completed many remedial projects involving soil vapor extraction, air sparging, in-situ and ex-situ bioremediation and other innovative technologies.
POTESTA has a qualified staff of scientists and engineers who are trained and experienced in:
Wetland investigations and delineations are conducted by POTESTA's scientists as part of pre development site investigation and environmental impact assessments. During a wetland investigation, the site is examined for the presence of wetland indicators, including specific hydrology, soils and vegetation. Any wetlands discovered are delineated in accordance with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wetlands Delineation Manual (1987).
Once wetlands have been identified and delineated, POTESTA can prepare application packages for permits to fill and/or dredge these areas for further development. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) is the agency responsible for granting wetland permits under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. In addition to the COE permit, individual states must approve each permit granted, certifying that it meets the state's water quality standards.
Our employees have established working relationships with both the federal and state agencies in this region. We are very familiar with the data required and can work with the agencies to obtain timely review and issuance of permits.
Wetland mitigation and design come into play when wetlands being displaced or filled are large enough to require mitigation under state and federal standards. In some cases, wetland mitigation can be achieved solely through the payment of a fee to a mitigation bank or fund, established for the creation, protection or enhancement of other wetland areas. In this case, POTESTA can prepare an appropriate mitigation offer and negotiate with state and federal authorities for its approval.
Depending upon the availability of suitable sites, wetland mitigation can also consist of the actual design and construction of new wetlands, or the enhancement of existing wetlands. Our staff includes qualified engineers experienced in the design of created wetlands. Working as a team with staff biologists, we can produce a cost-effective functional design for presentation to state and federal authorities. Once approved, we can provide construction monitoring of the new wetlands.