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ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

environmental_management_thumbOVERVIEW

FRM Risk’s environmental engineering staff includes experienced registered Professional Engineers and Engineers-In-Training that can assist in most regulatory compliance and sustainability opportunities including the following examples:

EMERGENCY PLANNING AND COMMUNITY RIGHT TO KNOW (EPCRA)

Section 311/312 of EPCRA requires facilities that have MSDSs for chemicals held above certain threshold quantities to submit annually a Tier II report form stating the locations and approximate quantities stored during the reporting period.  EPCRA 313 requires facilities that manufacture, process or otherwise use toxic chemicals above certain thresholds to report annually how much of each chemical they managed through recycling, energy recovery, treatment and environmental releases.  FRM professionals are experienced in assisting clients with the following EPCRA reporting tasks:

  • - Chemical storage and usage inventories
  • - MSDS review and component determinations
  • - Threshold applicability calculations
  • - Documentation preparation
  • - Tier II and Form R report preparation
  • - Online report submittals
WATER QUALITY AND SPILL PREVENTION

The protection of the beneficial uses of water is mandated by the Clean Water Act and is paramount to the sustainability of our natural resources and economy.  At FRM, we offer a range of water quality and spill prevention services to industry as follows:

  • - NPDES direct discharge permit applications and renewals
  • - Surface water withdrawal permit applications and renewals
  • - Surface water discharge sampling and data evaluation
  • - Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWP3)
  • - Storm water benchmark monitoring data evaluation
  • - Storm water Best Management Practices Plans
  • - Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans (SPCC)
  • - Negotiations of permit conditions with regulating agency

FRM’s staff of scientists and engineers is able to evaluate both the potential effects of water quality contamination, as well as the means to address the challenges required to mitigate a problem. Our primary focus is providing cost-effective solutions for facilities that require water quality and spill prevention permits and plans.

HAZARDOUS WASTE/RCRA

FRM provides a full range of hazardous waste services to our industrial, commercial, retail and institutional clients.  We assist clients with hazardous waste generator program development and compliance plans.  Our experience and extensive interaction with state and federal agencies enables us to effectively address our clients’ waste management challenges.

Listed below are services provided by FRM’s staff of engineers and scientists:

  • - RCRA Generator Compliance
  • - Waste Determination Plans
  • - Biennial Reports
  • - Waste Reduction Planning
  • - RCRA Storage Inspection Assistance
CERTIFICATION COURSES & EMPLOYEE TRAINING

FRM offers both local and on-site classroom training on selected environmental media designed to meet the unique needs of a particular facility. In most cases, the training programs are developed as a supplement to a particular compliance plan such as an SPCC Plan, a Hazardous Waste Contingency Plan or a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan.  Training sessions can be scheduled to accommodate all operating shifts.  Each session includes written handouts for the participants.

FRM also administers the Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission Education and Certification courses for construction site erosion and sediment control.  This certification is required for all companies/individuals involved in construction land disturbing activities.  All initial certification courses last one to two full days and include a test that requires a 70-percent passing rate to be certified.  The certification must be renewed every 3 years.  The following certifications are offered by FRM under this program:

  • - Subcontractor Awareness (white card) – for subcontractors of another permittee
  • - Level 1A Fundamentals (blue card) – for developers, contractors, site superintendents, monitoring consultants, etc.
  • - Level 1B Advanced Fundamentals (red card) – for regulatory inspectors
  • - Level 2 Introduction to Design (grey/tan cards) – for plan reviewers and plan designers
  • - 4-hour Recertification courses for all levels
 FACILITY COMPLIANCE AUDITS

Environmental compliance audits are an excellent way to determine your success in achieving your environmental goals.  Evaluation of the facility’s current status in high-risk areas reduces those risks.  In addition, the facility’s internal tracking system must encourage sustaining and improving environmental compliance.  Key aspects of a successful environmental management system include:

  • - Periodic internal environmental audits
  • - Third party mock agency inspections
  • - Corrective action tracking and implementation
  • - Training