Community Right-to-Know Compliance

Community right-to-know laws, such as the SARA Title III and the North Carolina Hazardous Chemicals Right-to-Know Act, can place tremendous inventory management and reporting burdens on industry.  EHS Associates can ease that burden by surveying and identifying all reportable substances manufactured, processed, or used by a facility and then completing required reports such as extremely hazardous substance notifications, Tier 2 reports, and Toxic Chemical Release Inventory Forms. In addition, EHS Associates provides complete documentation for all calculations and release estimates to comply with recordkeeping requirements and provide the client with a basis for completing the following year's reports. 

We have performed community right-to-know audits and developed dozens of SARA Title III reports for the electronics, metal finishing and assembly, fiberglass, textile, plastic, and chemical industries.

Environmental Permitting

EHS Associates, in partnership with RTP Environmental Associates, solves complex environmental permitting problems. We conduct surveys to determine which wastewater discharges or air emissions sources require permits.  We also prepare synthetic minor and operating permit applications for air emissions and NPDES permits for wastewater and storm water discharges.  We also prepare compliance documents such as storm water pollution prevention plans, best management practices plans, air toxics surveys, and hazardous waste management plans.


Waste Minimization and pollution prevention

According to EPA and the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, the generation of waste should, in order of priority, be reduced at its source; recovered and reused or recycled; treated; or disposed of in an environmentally safe manner to prevent threats to human health or the environment.  Many state laws now require generators of hazardous waste to develop and implement waste minimization or pollution prevention plans to identify how they will reduce the generation of waste at its source, or recover and reuse their solid and hazardous wastes.

EHS Associates conducts waste minimization surveys for any type of manufacturing facility, completes waste minimization assessments where minimization options are generated, analyzes the technical and economic feasibility of each option to determine which are viable, and reports the results to the client.  We also develop written waste minimization plans that satisfy state and federal requirements.  
Spill Prevention and Emergency Response Plan Development

EPA, DOT, and OSHA regulations require facilities handling hazardous chemicals to develop plans for preventing releases to the environment, as well as action plans for response to hazardous substance emergencies. 

EHS Associates has developed hazardous material emergency response plans in accordance with OSHA requirements for dozens of different industrial facilities.  These integrated plans also included RCRA contingency plans, best management practices plans, and employee emergency action (evacuation) plans as required by applicable EPA and OSHA regulations.  We also conduct both technician- and operations-level emergency response training for personnel designated to respond to hazardous substance emergencies.  EHS Associates, with RTP Environmental Associates also develops and updates SPCC plans to meet new EPA requirements.

EHS Associates can help you develop the following types of spill prevention and emergency response plans, or can update and integrate your existing plans into one emergency procedures document.  Engineering reviews of SPCC plans are conducted by RTP Environmental Associates, Inc.

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC)Plans                                 
Required by EPA for facilities storing and using oil and petroleum products 
Contingency Plans
Required by EPA for hazardous waste generators, and treatment, storage or disposal facilities
Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans
Required at facilities with storm water discharge permits
Hazardous Substance Emergency Response Plans
Required by OSHA for employers who have in-house spill response teams
Employee Emergency Action and Fire Prevention Plans
Required by OSHA for facilities that evacuate employees during an emergency
Oil Pollution Response Plans
Required by DOT for carriers who transport oil in bulk packages
Risk Management and Process Safety Management Plans
Required by EPA and OSHA for facilities which have highly hazardous, toxic, reactive, and flammable chemicals present above threshold quantities

Development of Facility or Corporate Environment Policies
and Procedures

EHS Associates helps companies take a proactive approach to environmental management by developing corporate- or plant-level environmental policies and procedures to simplify compliance.  These procedures address typical areas of concern such as hazardous waste management, SARA Title III reporting, and environmental permit compliance.  Procedures are designed to provide easily understood guidance to the local environmental coordinator.

Of course regulations are constantly changing. EHS Associates, Inc. stays up-to-date by reviewing the Federal Register and numerous national and state publications to help clients stay in compliance.  We prepare quarterly reports for several companies on changes in federal and North Carolina environmental, health, safety, and hazardous materials transportation regulations potentially impacting their operations.  

3301 Bentwillow Drive | Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526 | 919.389.6000  | email EHS