The types of services provided by EAI include:
- Auditing (Property and/or Business Acquisition and Regulatory Compliance)
- GHG Verification
- Hazardous Substances Management and Remediation
- Compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act Including Environmental Impact Reports and Negative Declarations
- Health Risk Assessments
- Air Quality Management and Permitting
- Water Quality Discharge Controls, Limitations and Permitting
- Regulatory Compliance Review
Air Quality Management and Permitting
Environmental Audit, Inc. has provided consulting services for a wide variety of air quality management and permitting issues. Environmental Audit, Inc. staff has both the expertise and experience to provide effective services for all types of studies on air quality, ambient air emissions, compliance with regulatory agencies' requirements and procedures, assessing air quality problems, and determining equipment capabilities.
Air quality issues are of extreme concern in almost all portions of the United States. The Clean Air Act established the federal regulations and standards for all areas of the country, and it gave authority for implementation to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). States can establish their own regulations and standards which are at least as stringent as those of the federal government.
The state agencies, such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB), have the authority to establish and regulate air quality standards in their jurisdictions. The state agencies are responsible for the State Implementation Plan which establishes regulations which must be imposed to attain both state and federal ambient air quality standards. In California, CARB also has authority to control air emissions from mobile sources such as vehicles, airplanes, trains, marine vessels, etc. Stationary sources of air pollution are controlled by local (regional) air pollution control districts, e.g., South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD), and San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (SDAPCD). These regional agencies directly regulate air contaminants from stationary sources of emissions.
The extent and nature of air quality problems vary with the geographic location and with each specific facility. It is important to determine which regulations apply to each operation, planned modification or new facility so that adequate operational and management procedures can be designed and implemented.
Environmental Audit, Inc. has prepared numerous air quality analyses, modified plant designs to add best available control technology, and prepared air emissions inventories for facilities varying from small dry cleaning establishments to major incineration projects. Environmental Audit, Inc. has analyzed air pollutant impacts on painted vehicle surfaces, prepared studies on acid rain, tracked the development of state and federal regulations designed to reduce the content of lead, sulfur and benzene in fuels, and developed greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventories.
Environmental Audit, Inc.'s air quality services include:
- Regulatory Analysis/Permitting
- Emission Inventories (criteria pollutant, toxic air contaminant, and GHG)
- SARA Title III
- Risk Management Planning
Environmental Audit, Inc. has prepared and tracked hundreds of applications for permits to construct and/or operate from regional, state, national, and international agencies for a variety of facilities located in 14 States and in the Caribbean, Western Pacific and South America. Examples of these facilities include incineration projects, refinery modifications, spray booths, can manufacturing facilities, carpet manufacturers, vehicle import facilities, and hazardous waste treatment, transfer and disposal facilities.
Environmental Audit, Inc. has assisted facilities in complying with Title V Operating Permits for various facilities. Environmental Audit, Inc. has achieved operational flexibility in Title V permitting, prepared emission inventories to determine Title V applicability, and completed compliance evaluations to determine if facilities are in compliance with all applicable rules and regulation.
In addition, Environmental Audit, Inc. provides extensive consulting services for facilities in Southern California that are subject to some of the most stringent air quality rules and regulation under the SCAQMD. Environmental Audit, Inc. is familiar with the rules and regulations that are particular to the SCAQMD including New Source Review for criteria and toxic air contaminants and the RECLAIM regulations.
Environmental Audit, Inc. has prepared emission inventories for criteria pollutants for various types of industrial facilities including paint manufacturers, refineries, hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities, polyvinyl chloride manufacturing companies, plastics manufacturers, circuit board manufacturers, electronics company, defense contractors, food production facilities, and cement kilns. These emission inventories have been used to determine annual emission fees, applicability with Title V requirements, the need for additional controls, and the need for new or modified air quality permits.
Environmental Audit, Inc. has prepared inventories for toxic air contaminants for industrial facilities to determine compliance with regulations, the potential for health effects, and the need for additional controls. Environmental Audit, Inc. has conducted ambient air quality monitoring for a variety of toxic air contaminants as well. Facilities that Environmental Audit, Inc. has assisted in preparing toxic air emission inventories include refineries, hazardous waste treatment and storage facilities, cement kilns, defense contractors, electronics manufacturers, cadmium plating facilities, secondary lead smelter, lead acid battery manufacturer, marine terminals, film restoration facility, cement terminals, truck washing facility, and paint manufacturers.
Environmental Audit, Inc. has prepared emission inventories for GHG emissions for industrial and commercial projects. The Emission inventories have been used to determine applicability with AB32, significance under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and applicability with U.S. EPA's Prevention of Significant Deterioration Requirements.
SARA Title III
Environmental Audit, Inc. has assisted facilities in meeting the reporting requirements of SARA Title III. Environmental Audit, Inc. has determined the ambient concentrations of routine emissions of air toxics, investigated the effectiveness for various control methodologies to reduce releases, developed potential accidental release scenarios, and provided information on potential health effects related to the releases.
Environmental Audit, Inc. staff has both the expertise and experience to provide effective services for all types of studies on air quality, ambient air emissions, compliance with regulatory agencies' requirements and procedures, assessing air quality problems, and determining equipment capabilities.
Risk Management Planning
Environmental Audit, Inc. has assisted facilities in complying with risk management analyses. Studies have analyzed the potential and impacts related to a worst case or maximum reasonable release scenario, the potential health impacts, and the availability of mitigation measure to reduce potential exposures.
Risk management analyses have been prepared to comply with California's Risk Management Prevent Plan requirements, federal Clean Air Act Amendments Risk Management Program (Section 112(r)) requirements, local rules and regulations, and to determine project impacts in Environmental Impact Reports.