Environmental Compliance, Pollution Prevention, and Sustainability

ERT provides environmental compliance support services to cover the entire range of environmental statutes and regulations at the Federal, state, and local levels, and includes identification of new and applicable requirements, activity/operational reviews, development of plans and permits, and requirements research.

ERT has performed pollution prevention (P2) management at numerous Federal facilities, completing reviews of available information on current and planned changes to processes or operations, amounts and types of hazardous materials used, and waste generation and management. We have applied P2 to all environmental aspects of facility operations including air emissions, energy and natural resource use, and water resources. Through total cost analysis we have been successful in ensuring there is a financial savings or cost avoidance through the implementation of P2.

ERT develops installation- to agency-wide safety and health plans, assessments of facilities and work site safety conditions, and surveys of hazardous conditions such as those posed by asbestos-containing materials, lead-based paint, mold and mercury-containing equipment.

Our environmental stewardship programs include environmental management systems (EMS) to improve environmental performance and compliance, increase efficiency, and reduce operating costs. ERT develops new EMS, reviews existing EMS, and helps customers implement EMS within their operating environment. ERT has developed electronic EMS systems including GIS-based compliance-focused EMS to allow the remote observation and assessment of compliance activities at large, multi-site facilities.

Case Studies

Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT): Following the development of a State tank management plan, ERT is performing statewide UST and OWS tank inspections, repairs, and replacements for MDOT, including a total of more than 98 systems at fueling stations, vehicle maintenance shops, and wash-bays. For each of the 98 facilities, ERT prepared a spill prevention, control, and countermeasures plan (SPCCP) which was entered into a compliance-focused EMS. ERT has also performed more than 100 surveys to locate and remove abandoned, leaking, or otherwise undocumented USTs for the state for various road widening projects, and oversaw subcontractor removal/closure of tanks while performing confirmatory sampling.

NASA’s Goddard, Johnson, Marshall and Ames Centers: ERT operates and manages air quality, wastewater, waste, drinking water, surface water, and other environmental programs to ensure environmental compliance against the Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act (CAA), RCRA, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and state and local statutes, and performs compliance audits of more than 200 facilities. ERT manages hazardous waste (more than 200,000 pounds per year) at a large and a small quantity generator site with < 90-day accumulation areas. ERT performs internal audits and routine compliance inspections, analyzes root causes of noncompliance, and recommends applicable corrective actions to prevent recurrence. ERT maintains a database that tracks non-conformances to resolution. ERT developed a severity matrix that identifies the risk of noncompliance with the potential for a regulatory citation and brought the issues requiring intervention to NASA’s attention from a funding or contractual perspective. ERT is also responsible for providing MSFC with development, implementation, and maintenance of environmental training modules; supporting environmental inspections and utilization of the Safety, Environment, and Health  database to track resolution of safety, health and environmental non-conformances to closure; supports environmental remediation activities and projects; general environmental compliance support; and tracking of Environmental Compliance and Restoration (ECR) liability using the IDEAL database.