Show Construction SWP3’s Some R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Planning construction activity in Texas? You are likely required to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) and implement a Construction Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3).  You also may be automatically permitted to discharge under the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) General Permit TXR150000.  W&M Environmental has assembled team of professionals to assist clients in these areas. Stormwater discharges from construction sites are regulated according to the area of land disturbed, which can be divided into three levels: Large (greater than 5 acres), Small (1 to 5 acres), and Less than 1 acre. When planning construction activity, the site owner is legally responsible for knowing what regulations apply to their site.  For certain sites less than 1 acre, you may be automatically permitted to discharge.  However, for larger construction projects, the requirements vary.  Typically for small and large construction activities, you will be required to notify the Texas Commission on
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TCEQ Changes for Storm Water Permits

  • Storm Water
    June 23, 2016
    11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for a lunchtime webinar as Heather Woodward and Jennifer Adams discuss the TCEQ’s renewing of the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for industrial facilities, and TXR050000 (Storm Water MSG), which expires August 14, 2016.  This webinar will go in detail on what companies should expect and what they need to do to follow these new (more…)

Fort Worth-Based Oil Company

W&M worked on several proposed urban gas drilling sites located in the Town of Flower Mound. Our work has included Phase I ESAs, EPPs, Emergency Response Plans (ERP), HMMPs, NMPs, and noise monitoring. W&M utilized the Bruel & Kjaer noise monitor to determine drill rig noise levels while operating at a location outside the town. These measurements were then used to model noise levels for the site within the town to determine compliance. Noise abatement measures were specified to obtain compliance at the drill pad and compressor site.

International Oil-Service Company

W&M performed a wide range of environmental services for the pre-acquisition of proposed urban drill sites located in north Texas in the Barnett Shale. W&M completed Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA), Environmental Protection Plans (EPP), Hazardous Materials Management Plans (HMMP), storm water pollution prevention plans (SWP3), Noise Monitoring Plans (NMP), and noise monitoring at the drill sites. Because of variances associated with some of the drill sites and stringent municipal requirements, W&M assisted the client with the review process and public meetings. As a result of our work, many of the drill sites were approved. Additionally, W&M conducted noise monitoring to optimize compressor locations and ensure that their operation met local noise ordinances.

Aggregate Supplier, Texas

W&M developed SWP3s for over 100 concrete batch plants and associated aggregate mines across Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Site visits were conducted at each facility over a period of approximately three weeks. In addition, non-compliance issues were also noted and communicated to the Client. SWP3s were developed in accordance with each state’s General Permit. Budget and scheduling goals were achieved by developing report templates for each type of facility and conducting Site visits according to geographical areas.

Cosmetics Manufacturer, Texas

W&M works at this cosmetic manufacturer (hair care products) on a daily basis serving as the in-house Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) manager. Our duties include general regulatory compliance, plant safety, and environmental training. W&M has also conducted a Phase I ESA, Phase II Investigation, remediation, closure through the TCEQ, and development of SWP3 plan for the facility.

Battery Recycler, North Texas

W&M has worked on a wide range of projects at a secondary lead smelter in North Texas (hazardous waste Transfer, Storage and Disposal facility). Our work has included Phase II Investigations, remediation of impacted soil, soil sampling to evaluate air monitoring impacts, development of SWP3 plan and annual updates, spill prevention, control and countermeasure (SPCC) plan development, source reduction/waste minimization (SR/WM) plan, assistance with their Environmental Management System (EMS) plan, completion of their TPDES permit, and design and contractor oversight of landfill cell construction.

Cable Manufacturer, Plano

W&M performed a wide range of environmental services for this former copper wire manufacturer while it was still in operation and after it was shut down and ultimately sold to a real estate investor. W&M provided a full range of environmental services to this facility while it was still in operation including development of their SWP3, SPCC plans, asbestos surveys, Petroleum Storage Tank (PST) management, removal and closure of Leaking PSTs (LPSTs), and general regulatory assistance (e. g., waste classification). Following plant shut down, W&M assisted the client with Phase II sampling, remediation of impacted soil, and closure through the TCEQ Correction Action Program. The Site has been cleaned up and closed and ultimately sold to an investor.

W&M Participates in Arbor Day for TCCD

On, April 25, Lance French and Kathryn Saucier of W&M’s Plano Office participated in Arbor Day with Tarrant County College District’s (TCCD) South East Campus in Arlington. W&M previously wrote TCCD’s Storm Water Management Program and was invited to host a booth at this year’s campus event. The W&M stand was the most elaborate and well-equipped, as students received t-shirts, water bottles, wildflower seeds, pens, and handouts of the importance of storm water pollution prevention. Lance and Kathryn educated students on the causes and effects of storm water pollution, as well as individual opportunities for pollution prevention involvement. For more information on Storm Water Management please contact Lori Siegelman.

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Audit for Storage and Distribution Terminal

W&M recently was tasked to review a client’s storage and distribution terminal facility operations and provided them with assurance of regulatory compliance under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and Clean Water Act (CWA).  W&M successfully conducted an environmental compliance audit to determine regulatory applicability and potential compliance gaps with state and federal environmental regulations.  The audit was conducted under the Texas Environmental, Health, and Safety Audit Privilege Act.  The results of the audit also provided suggestions for future management practices aimed to help them save time and money. Areas covered in the audit included: Client’s Wastewater Permit and Wastewater Treatment Plant operations; Storm water discharge permitting and an existing Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) were reviewed; RCRA compliance including waste classification and waste handling practices; The client’s Industrial and Hazardous Waste Notice of Registration (NOR) was evaluated for potential gaps, discrepancies, and completeness for waste codes and
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