Environmental

CEQA air analysis

“Our clients seek us out for projects because of our timely contribution to their projects.”

JECSI’s comprehensive array of CEQA related air quality services includes pre-project baseline calculations, project emission calculations, including construction and operational emissions, air dispersion modeling, health risk assessment, and project mitigation planning. Our clients seek us out for projects because of our timely contribution to their projects. We are able to evaluate the data requirements, aggregate and synthesize the data, and report on the impacts of small and large local and regional projects.

Our work often involves using complex air quality, meteorological, emissions, and statistical models to determine the concentration of air contaminants contributed by a mobile or industrial source or model potential health risks.

  • Air dispersion modeling of NAAQS contaminants
  • Air dispersion modeling of toxic and carcinogenic air contaminants
  • EIS/EIR/EIA integration of results
  • Line-source carbon monoxide modeling
 

Decontamination and decommissioning

“Our approach benefits the client with competitive costs while still ensuring that the project is performed accurately and completely given the scope.”

Facility decontamination and decommissioning projects can be complex and lengthy, sometimes with uncertain outcomes. Whether the project is a simple underground storage tank or wastewater clarifier removal, JECSI decommissioning teams manage environmental risks and costs together with the clients. Our approach benefits the client with competitive costs while still ensuring that the project is performed accurately and completely given the scope. JECSI employs a proven strategy with the simulatneous and compatible objectives of keeping sampling and analytical costs down while protecting the environment and human health & safety.

Our completed projects have been as varied in their challenges as in the types of facilities: chemical manufacturers, asphalt plants, electroplaters, metal finishers, spray coating, printing, and many others.

Clients benefit from the credibility and trust that we have earned through many years of successful interactions with regulators at local, state, provincial, regional, and national levels.

  • Decontamination of surfaces, structures, and equipment
  • Removal of clarifies/underground tanks
  • Oversight of remediation contractors
  • Overnight of sampling and analysis
  • Closure plans and reports
  • PCB decontamination
  • Liaison with regulatory agencies
 

EHS information management

“Our professionals develop and deploy solutions for corporations, government agencies, trade associations and other clients with a wide variety of EHS information management needs…”

JECSI offers an array of customized EHS information management solutions built on our highly regarded [Cloud]® EHS system to help clients improve efficiency, optimize and reduce risk of business exposure. From concept through delivery, we work together with clients, drawing on our expertise in environmental sciences, knowledge of our client’s business and goals, and depth of experience in cutting-edge information technology.

The result is a tailored solution built on IT industry standards that makes relevant EHS information readily accessible and reportable—delivered on time and within budget. Our professionals develop and deploy solutions for corporations, government agencies, trade associations and other clients with a wide variety of EHS information management needs, including:

  • Web portals to manage documents, maps, and analytical data
  • Environmental management systems to collect, compile and organize data across all media: air quality, wastewater, stormwater, plant conditions, and waste management
  • Health and safety data management including injury reporting, job safety analysis, and accident investigation
  • Tools for energy monitoring and targeting and greenhouse gas emissions calculation and tracking
  • Workflow applications, with inspection and audit functionality, tracking, reminding, and prompting
  • VOC and air emissions management
  • SDS management
 

Food safety programs

“We strive to provide our clients with a food and safety training program that will aid in meeting regulatory requirements.”

ISO 22000 specifies the requirement for a food safety management system where an organization is required to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards and to ensure that food is safe and complies with the requirements of applicable food safety regulations. Our food safety programs are dedicated to educating food safety and environmental health professionals on proper manufacturing practices and implementing training programs that will facilitate your organization in meeting various health and safety standards. We strive to provide our clients with a food and safety training program that will aid in meeting regulatory requirements.

  • Hazard assessment and critical control points
  • Good manufacturing practices
  • Development of training programs, including web-based training programs
  • Compliance auditing
 

ISO 14001 EMS programs

“We work with our clients to set performance objectives and targets for the management system…”

ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) is a management tool that allows an organization to identify and control potential environmental impact resulting from its activities, improve environmental performance, and implement a systematic approach to setting and managing environmental objectives.

We work with our clients to set performance objectives and targets for the management system, establish a program to periodically audit the operation of the EMS, develop a Corrective Action Preventative Action (CAPA) tracking system, and periodically review the EMS to ensure its continuing performance.

  • CAPA tracking system
  • Procedure for EMS
  • Audit history
  • Milestones or tasks
 

Litigation support

“JECSI professionals have assisted client legal counsel in numerous high-profile criminal environmental cases, helping to provide key elements to the defense.”

Litigation related to occupational and environmental exposures is now commonplace, including administrative, civil and criminal actions. JECSI professionals have assisted client legal counsel in numerous high-profile criminal environmental cases, helping to provide key elements to the defense. The technical issues in such matters are usually complex. JECSI scientists have extensive experience in providing clients and their legal counsel a thorough understanding of the relevant technical aspects of such litigation and the relationship or implications of technical facts to litigation strategy.

JECSI isn’t always the expert witness in litigation cases; often we work more directly with legal counsel to help fashion a litigation strategy. JECSI has also assisted clients in understanding the testimony offered by experts and in identifying aspects of such testimony that may not be based upon sound scientific data or methodology.

  • Criminal defense assistance for legal counsel
  • Civil lawsuit assistance for legal counsel
  • Presence at air board variance hearings
  • Presence at OSHA appeals board hearings
 

Phase I site assessment

“We are able to provide clients with the information and professional insights they need to make real-world decisions while meeting strict deal deadlines.”

JECSI is well-known by law firms and other financial participant’s for its Phase I assessments that may extend beyond the guidance provided in ASTM E1527-05: Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process. Because of our expertise with environmental compliance requirements, our assessments may include an evaluation of a company’s compliance with environmental, health and safety laws and regulations. We are able to provide clients with the information and professional insights they need to make real-world decisions while meeting strict deal deadlines.

If a potential issue is identified during a Phase I assessment or if a goal is to establish a baseline of conditions prior to the acquisition, we also work with the client to develop and execute a Phase II investigation scope that balances transactional risks and costs.

  • Phase I site assessment per ASTM standards
  • Pre-acquisition site assessments including lead, PCBs, and asbestos
  • Phase I site assessment with limited sampling
 

Transaction due diligence

“JECSI is well-known by law firms and other financial participant’s for its Phase I assessments…”

JECSI conducts assessments of potential environmental liabilities associated with industrial and commercial properties. The transactions associated with our engagements range in size from small, single-site greenfields to multibillion-dollar deals involving industrial facilities located throughout the United States and Canada and in almost every industrial sector.

JECSI is well-known by law firms and other financial participant’s for its Phase I assessments that may extend beyond the guidance provided in ASTM E1527-05: Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process. Because of our expertise with environmental compliance requirements, our assessments may include an evaluation of a company’s compliance with environmental, health and safety laws and regulations.

If a potential issue is identified during a Phase I assessment or if a goal is to establish a baseline of conditions prior to the acquisition, we also work with the client to develop and execute a Phase II investigation scope that balances transactional risks and costs. We are thus able to provide clients with the information and professional insights they need to make real-world decisions while meeting strict deal deadlines.

  • Phase I site assessment
  • Oversight of phase II site assessment
  • Compliance auditing
  • Environmental cost, permit condition and sustainability analysis
 

Underground storage tanks

“JECSI will work with your company to coordinate inspections and develop a proper monitoring plan specific to the UST(s) at your facility.”

The management of underground storage tanks (USTs) containing petroleum and other hazardous substances is essential in preventing the potential threat of leaks and spills which could result in impacts to soil and groundwater. Regulations require that facilities inspect and test USTs to prevent releases that could occur during filling of USTs and leaks directly from the USTs. JECSI will work with your company to coordinate inspections and develop a proper monitoring plan specific to the UST(s) at your facility. In addition to monitoring and testing requirements, JECSI provides assistance in the closure and removal of USTs. JECSI can also prepare reimbursement claims from cleanup funds for costs associated with remediating impacts from leaking USTs.

  • UST system inspections
  • UST monitoring plans
  • Oversight of UST closure and removal
  • Reimbursement claims under UST cleanup fund or similar reimbursement mechanism
 

Violation self-disclosure process

“JECSI has been successful in completing the self-auditing and self-disclosure process for dozens of facilities — all of which resulted in a 100% reduction of agency penalties.”

A violation of EPCRA for failing to timely file a Form R report carries a penalty of up to $32,500 per chemical per year for up to five years. USEPA created a program in which companies can voluntarily audit and self-disclose the violations. By self-auditing and self-disclosing any violations in a timely manner a company can eliminate the penalty entirely. JECSI has been successful in completing the self-auditing and self-disclosure process for dozens of facilities — all of which resulted in a 100% reduction of agency penalties.

The self-audit and disclosure process follows guidelines contained in the USEPA Audit Policy dated 11 May 2000. Audits involves a detailed review of files, records, and documents at the facility. Resulting reports contain threshold planning quantity calculations of each substance listed pursuant to EPCRA in 40 CFR part 372, as well as a determination for each listed substance whether: (1) a Form R or Form A report was filed for the chemical for the applicable reporting years, (2) the Form R or Form A filed was erroneously filed, and (3) whether the Form R and Form A reports that were actually filed are accurate and correct based on chemical usage information.

JECSI prepares the necessary Form R reports for the five year period , and corrects (or redacts if appropriate) previously filed Form R reports. During preparation of the Form R reports, JECSI develops emission estimation methods to be used at the facility. JECSI also coordinates the submission of the necessary Form R reports to USEPA and state agencies.

 

Water quality

“Our regulatory expertise enables us to provide value-added strategic services to clients grappling with complex compliance issues.”

JECSI offers innovative solutions and unparalleled service from leading water quality experts, encompassing environmental engineering, risk assessment, regulatory compliance solutions, and innovative tools to monitor and evaluate surface water quality issues.

We also provide services related to contaminated water supplies, industrial storm water, and other non-point discharges, including contaminant source identification, risk evaluation, treatment, and sewage system planning and sewer integrity investigation and upgrade.

Our regulatory expertise enables us to provide value-added strategic services to clients grappling with complex compliance issues.

  • Stormwater pollution prevention plans
  • Stormwater quality reports
  • Stormwater and surface water sampling and inspectio.
  • Local wastewater discharge permits
  • Variances for land disposal/surface impoundments
  • Mining permit evaluation and consulting
  • NPDES permits
  • Development of Best Management Practices
  • Wastewater engineering
  • Wastewater permitting
  • Wastewater sampling and analysis
 

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