Tait & Associates and Tait Environmental Services (collectively TAIT) both worked on the Standard Pacific Greenwood at Tustin Legacy project. The environmental work that we did prior to the new and vibrant community that is being developed in Orange County included the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, as well as environmental soil sampling to screen areas of the former military base that had been used for agriculture, military uses, and previously contained underground storage tanks to confirm that the soil met residential environmental standards. TAIT also closed an abandoned well that was discovered during construction, and evaluated the environmental conditions of soil to be imported during grading to ensure that it met residential environmental standards. Drive by and take a look at the new models that are now open! Here is a copy of the Grand Opening Announcement.
EPA Revises Permitting Guidance for Using Diesel Fuel in Oil and Gas Hydraulic Fracturing
WASHINGTON– Today [2/11/2014], the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released revised underground injection control (UIC) program permitting guidance for wells that use diesel fuels during hydraulic fracturing activities. EPA developed the guidance to clarify how companies can comply with a law passed by Congress in 2005, which exempted hydraulic fracturing operations from the requirement to obtain a UIC permit, except in cases where diesel fuel is used as a fracturing fluid.
EPA is issuing the guidance alongside an interpretive memorandum, which clarifies that class II UIC requirements apply to hydraulic fracturing activities using diesel fuels, and defines the statutory term diesel fuel by reference to five chemical abstract services registry numbers. The guidance outlines for EPA permit writers, where EPA is the permitting authority, existing class II requirements for diesel fuels used for hydraulic fracturing wells, and technical recommendations for permitting those wells consistently with these requirements. Decisions about permitting hydraulic fracturing operations that use diesel fuels will be made on a case-by-case basis, considering the facts and circumstances of the specific injection activity and applicable statutes, regulations and case law, and will not cite this guidance as a basis for decision.
Although developed specifically for hydraulic fracturing where diesel fuels are used, many of the guidance’s recommended practices are consistent with best practices for hydraulic fracturing in general, including those found in state regulations and model guidelines for hydraulic fracturing developed by industry and stakeholders. Thus, states and tribes responsible for issuing permits and/or updating regulations for hydraulic fracturing may find the recommendations useful in improving the protection of underground sources of drinking water and public health more broadly.
Responsible development of America’s unconventional oil and natural gas resources offers important economic, energy security, and environmental benefits. The EPA is working with states and other key stakeholders to help ensure that extraction of these resources does not come at the expense of public health and the environment. In particular, the EPA is moving forward on several initiatives, such as the diesel guidance, to provide regulatory clarity with respect to existing laws and using existing authorities where appropriate to enhance public health and environmental safeguards.
EPA released a draft of the guidance in May 2012 and held a 105 day public comment period to gain input on the guidance from a wide range of stakeholders.
To read the guidance, visit: http://water.epa.gov/type/groundwater/uic/class2/hydraulicfracturing/hydraulic-fracturing.cfm
TCEQ Issues a New Phase II MS4
The TCEQ – Texas Commission on Environmental Quality‘s publication The Advocate – writing for and about small businesses and local governments affected by environmental regulations published this update:
The new TPDES general permit for Phase II (Small) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems. TXR040000 became effective December 13, 2013. Operators of small MS4s must apply for authorization under the new permit by June 11, 2014.
Municipalities and other entities such as counties, universities, and special districts may be regulated MS4 operators if their roads, streets, gutters, ditches, channels, drains, or other stormwater conveyances are located within an urbanized area (UA). Maps identifying the urbanized areas are listed by city and state at the United States Census Bureau website.
To obtain permit coverage, submit a new Notice of Intent, a $100 application fee, and a Stormwater Management Program before June 11, 2014. Existing authorizations will remain active until the new applications are approved.
MS4s serving a population of fewer than 1,000 within a UA may qualify for a waiver. Those applications must also be submitted before June 11, 2014. Provisional coverage begins 30 days after the TCEQ receives the application.
The reissued general permit, factsheet, Response to Comments, and a Frequently Asked Questions document are now available on the TCEQ website.
The revised NOI Form No. 20368 and Waiver Form No. 20369 can be found on the TCEQ website. Forms from the previous permit period are no longer valid and will not be processed.
Additional compliance resources are available at Assistance Tools for Stormwater Permitting
For help understanding the requirements or the permitting process, contact the Small Business & Local Government Assistance Section’s compliance hotline at 1-800-447-2827 or the Stormwater & Pretreatment Team at 512-239-4671 or by email.
TAIT Statement of Qualifications
STORMWATER &WATER QUALITY SERVICES
Stormwater Pollution Prevention
Stormwater Detention & Erosion Control
Stormwater Quality & Erosion Control Certified Professionals
Spill Prevention Controls & Countermeasures
Post Construction Inspection & Maintenance
Environmental Management & Permitting
Tait & Associates, Inc.
TAIT began as a consulting engineering firm dedicated to quality over 45 years ago, offering design and environmental services throughout the Western U.S. We practiced environmental management before environmental regulations were created. As regulations were created and revised, we immediately analyzed the impacts on our clients and took it as a chance to enhance our services; whether it was a new technical approach, a better management system, or simply improving our communication with clients, our end result improved service while strengthening our existing relationships with our clients.
Today, we are a full-service, multi-disciplined firm that offers a complete array of services in Land Development, National Development Programs, Environmental Services and Public Projects. More specifically, we offer civil engineering, surveying, architecture, planning, entitlements, environmental and construction related services. We offer a comprehensive, solutions-oriented approach which meets the needs or our clients who must comply with the environmental regulations.
With offices across the country, our network of professionals can work on your projects nationwide. TAIT is routinely recognized as an ENR Top 500 Design Firm and an ENR Top 200 Environmental Firm. We have specific expertise in stormwater and water quality services for both national and international clients. We understand the specific requirements of our clients and their related compliance needs and we provide unique solutions to complete projects on time and within budget. The bottom line is that few firms can match our combination of services, in-house talent and industry knowledge. Our expertise enables us to overcome our clients’ toughest challenges and has earned us a high level of repeat business.
Stormwater & Water Quality Services
TAIT has been designing and implementing stormwater and water quality pollution prevention plans and measures for decades. Since our founding in 1964, we have designed some of the most innovative and effective systems to monitor and protect stormwater.
TAIT has specialized in fuel storage and distribution systems since 1964. We have installed and performed hundreds of projects and programs throughout the United States for an extensive selection of facilities, including: commercial and retail service stations, distribution centers, utility switching stations, corporate maintenance yards and municipal and government fleet service facilities.
As part of our design of fuel systems, we pioneered environmental services before regulations were developed. We developed designs which incorporated spill protection and stormwater pollution protection as daily activities. We understand the stormwater protection and spill prevention go hand in hand. We also understand developing a plan or designing a treatment system alone is not sufficient. Inspections, training, monitoring and reporting are required and regulators are increasing their efforts to find those that are not following their plans. Our goal is to design a system that is easy to implement and, where necessary, assist you with the compliance record keeping, operation & maintenance, training and/or stormwater monitoring.
Regulations are Complex
Stormwater discharges are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, which requires a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan be written and implemented depending on the facility’s industrial activity. However, each state and community may have its own specific requirements and regulations are changing all of the time.
TAIT is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Recent advances, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices, which includes the reuse, recycling and pollution prevention of stormwater as a major component of LEED Design. TAIT has several LEED Accredited Professionals dedicated to environmentally conscientious design.
Additional regulations such as the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) rule, requires facilities to prepare, amend and implement SPCC Plans to prevent, prepare for, and respond to oil discharges. TAIT understands the regulations and monitors each state for changes in its stormwater spill prevention regulations.
Compliance is a Must
Stormwater protection plans and spill prevention procedures are required but operation & maintenance can’t be forgotten. Regulators will visit and when they do, they’ll be looking for the documentation that O&M, inspections and required monitoring are being performed. The fines for non-compliance are expensive. Compliance doesn’t end with our design of the plan. We have developed an environmental compliance system (TECS Online) that can be customized to your needs so that the paperwork is available when it is needed.
Professionally Staffed, Geographically Diverse
Many of the tasks required to maintain compliance require trained people on a periodic basis (not full-time). Some of the tasks can be performed by on-site staff, as long as they have the proper training, but in some cases we perform the required O&M, inspections and monitoring tasks. We have the geographical presence to assist with the periodic tasks that require a trained person.
In our offices we have Professional Civil Engineers, Erosion Control Engineers, stormwater sampling personnel, and LEED AP staff to assist with the design and development of plans and treatment systems, but also the day-to-day inspections and monitoring tasks to maintain compliance. We also have Certified Professionals in Stormwater Quality and Certified Professionals in Erosion and Sediment Control.
We are also experts in training and we customize training programs that ensure your associates are properly trained.
We have offices and professional staff located all across Western and Central U.S. ready to assist with your compliance needs at a moments notice with certified and trained staff where you need it. We are continually growing to meet your needs. For remote locations, we will subcontract with qualified local firms to assist us with the inspection and O&M requirements at those sites. We offer one-stop service for your stormwater and water quality compliance needs.
Fiscally Sound, Fully Insured
TAIT has a track record of success that spans over four decades. TAIT has stood on a solid financial footing since 1964 and currently maintains a complete business insurance portfolio to protect its clients:
- General Liability – $10 million
- Professional Liability – $5 million
- Automobile Liability – $5 million
- Workers’ Compensation – Statutory
Stormwater & Water Quality Services
We have the personnel able to work on all compliance needs related to stormwater quality, detention design, erosion control, spill prevention, operation and maintenance, employee training, and monitoring and compliance. Below is a description of our capabilities.
Permitting and Compliance
Each state regulates stormwater differently. We have the staff and experience to understand the site-specific permitting and notification requirements. We subscribe to stormwater periodicals and regulatory updates to ensure that we are aware of all regulatory changes that affect our clients. We are professionally registered in nearly all of the 50 states and across a multitude of disciplines.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans
TAIT understands that the preparation of a construction and industrial stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) is a necessary component to assure compliance with the terms and conditions of the permitted construction activities. Site specific local regulatory agency will approve the SWPPP. TAIT personnel will prepare the site specific SWPPP with best management practices (BMPs) to minimize the potential for stormwater pollution that conforms to applicable agency oversight requested criteria for approval. Here is the link to review the EPA’s site for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans for Construction Activities. TAIT will prepare a SWPPP that includes procedures for conducting visual and analytical monitoring to determine the effectiveness of the BMPs. The SWPPP will also include a maintenance plan, employee training and required inspections.
Stormwater Detention & Treatment System Design
TAIT has the engineers and scientists with experience to design BMPs to treat affected stormwater runoff. We always attempt to utilize preventive measures to protect stormwater quality such as good housekeeping procedures, exposure minimization, employee training, and spill control. However, in cases where additional measures are necessary, TAIT has the Professional Engineers and Certified Erosion Control Managers, to design, contain and/or treat contaminated stormwater prior to its discharge. We have over 45 years of experience in designing oil/water separators, detention ponds, vegetative drainage channels, collection and recycling systems to treat stormwater.
Water Quality Management Plans
The Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) or the Standard Urban Stormwater Mitigation Plan (SUSMP) may be a necessary component for the initiation of your construction project. TAIT prepares and implements all aspects of the WQMP/SUSMP from local agency compliance correspondence to all site-specific scheduling, oversight, training, and maintenance activities.
Erosion Control Plans
Sediment in storm water discharges from sites is a major concern, especially during construction. An effective Erosion Control Plan compliments a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) in providing a plan and methods to prevent sediment from leaving your site. Most jurisdictions require an erosion control plan for any construction activities during the rainy season. TAIT was preparing Erosion Control Plans long before NPDES was introduced and continues to prepare more than 40 a year. An effective Erosion Control Plan that has been coordinated with the construction sequence provides a clear method for the contractor to set up erosion and sediment protections and assists in the compliance with storm water requirements. Most erosion control plans require a yearly update if construction is on going. TAIT has provided site inspections and updated Erosion Control plans to adapt to the changing nature of the construction on projects lasting more than a year. Our engineers have the experience to prepare plans that provide effective erosion and sediment protection measures. TAIT also has Certified Professionals in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) on its staff to assist on complex sites.
Spill Prevention Controls & Countermeasure Plans
Spill prevention is a major component to preventing the impact to stormwater, but at facilities that store more than 1,320-gal of oil or oil-related compounds, a spill prevention, containment and countermeasures (SPCC) plan must be developed and implemented. Again, TAIT has the experience and Professional Engineers needed to write an effective SPCC Plan, which conforms to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines and in compliance with Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 112.
Inspections & Monitoring
The creation of our plan, whether it’s a SWPPP, WQMP, O&M or SPCC Plan, is a sound start. Inspections and on-site, site-specific training must be conducted by qualified personnel to ensure that the stormwater and water quality management plans are effective and to take corrective action if they are not. Our intent when we deliver the plan is to assist our clients with the required inspections and monitoring that are specified. We have found that on-site associates may lack the experience or be too busy with their existing day-to-day activities to focus on the required inspections. We will work with you to develop a fail-safe plan to make sure the inspections and monitoring are performed when they are needed, no matter how remote the facility.
Operation & Maintenance
Proper O&M of on-site stormwater BMPs must be well documented when regulators arrive for an inspection. TAIT has the people, equipment and experience to assist your staff with O&M implementation. We design stormwater treatment equipment of all types; we know what is required and how often. We have staff with fully equipped trucks that can assist you with performing the required O&M of the treatment equipment.
TAIT has developed a web-based, proprietary online Internet compliance database record keeping system that we call TECS Online. TECS is an acronym for TAIT Environmental Compliance System. We use it every day to record and document all kinds of inspections. Using a secure identification and password, we also have clients which log into TECS Online to perform their own inspections. It is fully customizable and allows anyone with a computer to monitor that inspections are being performed and review the inspections as soon as they are complete. TECS Online allows our clients the peace of mind that the inspections have occurred and that they can access the inspections at a moment’s notice.
The database provides direct and immediate access to archived historical records, via a user-friendly menu. Authorized representatives can review inspection records from previous events, and see future scheduled compliance inspections and certifications. Permits, documents, record drawings, site photographs, and reports can be accessed, and printed or forwarded, via email to facility personnel or regulatory agencies.
TAIT is a recognized expert in providing training to our clients. We recognized a need in California to develop environmental compliance training for hazmat operators. To date, we have trained well over 3,000. We have the ability to prepare site-specific, web-based or any other electronic media to conduct the training that is necessary for each site. We will customize the training to your facility and your stormwater compliance requirements.
Complete List of Company Services
Below is a list of services that we offer related to stormwater and water quality design, operation, management, and planning. In addition to water quality services, TAIT is a full-service engineering and environmental consulting company. We have also included a complete list of company services.
Stormwater and Water Quality Services
- Oil/Water System, Stormwater Treatment System Design
Stormwater Detention / Retention Design
SWPPP Preparation and Processing
Water Quality Management Plans (WQMP)
Erosion Control Plans/NPDES
SPCC Plan Preparation
Hydrology, Hydraulic and Drainage Studies
Reclaimed Water Systems and Pipelines
Water Quality Reports
On-Site Operation & Maintenance of BMPs
Storm Water Monitoring & Laboratory Analysis
Maintenance and repair of treatment systems
On-Site or Web-Based, Site-Specific Training
TECS-Online, Web-Based, Record Keeping System
- Site Planning and Feasibility Analysis
Dimensional Control Plans
Grading and Drainage Plans
Utility Planning, Design and Coordination
- Public Water System Design
Public Sanitary Sewer Design
Public Storm Drain Design
On-Site Striping and Signage Plans
Street Improvement Plans
Urban and Rural Highway Design
Emergency Fuel System Design
Specifications and Estimating
A.L.T.A. / A.C.S.M. Surveys
Development Design Surveys
Subdivision and Parcel Maps
Boundary Control and Analysis
Record of Survey
Lot Line Adjustments/Consolidations
Planning and Permitting
- Site Feasibility Assessment
Expedited Permit Processing
Project Presentation to Agencies
Third Party Plan Check
Construction Permit Expediting / Processing
- Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
Phase II Site Investigations
Site Assessment and Remediation
Soil Gas Surveys
Lead and Asbestos
Subsurface Investigations / Site Characterizations
Soil and Groundwater Remediation
Monitoring and Sampling
Operations and Maintenance
Environmental Oversight of Construction Activities
Hazardous Materials Abatement
Fuel System Inspection Services
Hazardous Materials Monitoring Installations, Repairs and Maintenance
Tank System Installation (Including Pre-Installation Testing)
Above and Below Ground Electrical
Tank System Upgrade (EVR, Secondary Containment, Etc.)
Tank and Pipe Repair and Replacement
Comprehensive Fuel System Compliance Services
Underground Storage Tank Removal Oversight
Hazardous Materials Area Plan Preparation
Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP) Preparation
HazMAP (Online HMBP Submission & Emergency Response Tool)
We continue to exceed the heightened level of design standards for hospitals and medical facilities, knowing that our efficiency and effectiveness literally can make the difference in a successful project. We have provided civil engineering, land surveying, planning & permitting, as well as environmental management and compliance services for hospitals and medical facilities and have developed an expertise in this field.
We can submit to you, upon request, many of our projects over the past fifteen years.
TRAINING COURSE FOR UST OPERATORS – California
New environmental regulations for Underground Storage Tank (UST) training were instituted on January 1, 2005 that required all underground storage operators in California to list a Designated Operator for their facility. Certified through the International Code Council (ICC), Designated Operators are critical in maintaining a facility’s environmental comliance, providing monthly visual inspections and annual training for facility employees. TAIT identified a need to create a training program that would help their clients satisfy the new requirement. This highly successful TAIT project has been ongoing since the Summer of 2004.
The new regulations impacted over 18,000 site owners throughout California. Additionally, many sites were owned and operated by individuals for whom English may be a second language. TAIT had to distill a complex regulatory code into a curriculum that could be assimilated by facility owners and operators. The team had to understand every nuance of the regulations and build a curriculum that could successfully pass that knowledge along to its students.
TAIT’s comprehensive curriculum includes presentations, practice exams, charts and study guides among its educational tools. To date, TAIT has trained well over 3,000 potential Designated Operators throughout California and has received tremendous positive feedback and words of gratitude from the clients they have served.
ONLINE COMPLIANCE AUDIT & MANAGEMENT
TAIT performs individual on-site record inspections, compliance consulting and document management services for many companies across the US. TAIT uses TECS Online, a web-based compliance system, to expedite regulation and compliance information. TECS Online is an innovative and dynamic database system that serves as the core organizational tool to keep track of the ever changing environmental regulations and the compliance documents needed for agency approval. Through on-site visual inspections and record copying of all buildings each company identifies in the program, TAIT is able to keep current documents online, for the inspection and approval of our customers’ key personnel.
TAIT implemented their compliance management software TECS Online and made it available to various client asset managers to more effectively ensure environmental compliance. With this resource, their management personnel no longer needs to make regular site visits to create correct compliance records for their buildings. By having online access to the environmental compliance status of each of their sites, without doing the physical inspections, companies save time and money. TECS Online information records ensure the correct compliance records are in place for agency approval.
For the first time in two decades, a new fuel dock has opened on the Sacramento River giving boaters an additional location to fuel up their boats. The new Chevron Fuel Dock, offers both gas and diesel is located at Riverbank Marina and open to all boaters.
TAIT Environmental Services was instrumental in obtaining the 25 permits required to construct the state-of-the-art, self-pumping fuel system. “Every marina application is different,” said Dennis Tweedy, Project Manager with Tait Environmental Services.
“We employed a best practices approach and installed extra safety measures to ensure not only regulations were met, but that the system exceeds the baseline requirements for above-ground fuel installation.”
If you have questions for Dennis about how and his team completed such an important project, give him a call (916-436-6021) or send him and email at DTweedy@TAIT.com. He would love to share his knowledge!