STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS
ABOUT ESE Environmental Science and Engineering Partners (ESE) is an environmental consulting firm focused on responsibly moving business forward through environmental problem solving. ESE is headquartered in Houston, Texas with offices in Austin and San Antonio. Our growing team of environmental engineers and scientists provide support to clients in need of assessment, remediation, compliance, natural resources and industrial hygiene related services.
ESE’s purpose is to responsibly move business forward through environmental problem solving.
ESE’s promise is to recognize and deliver opportunity to stakeholders while improving the community’s quality of life.
RESPONSIBLY MOVING BUSINESS FORWARD THROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM SOLVING
OVERVIEW ESE PARTNERS CORE VALUES
Fully understand the problem at hand.
Deliver the highest quality possible.
Deliver services that exceed the expectations of the client and team.
Utilize the best people for the task at hand.
Consider innovative and alternative approaches.
Take time to celebrate success with the client and team.
ESE’s commitment to safety is achieved through behavioral-based safety training and site specific risk management policies and procedures.
SERVICES DUE DILIGENCE REMEDIATION COMPLIANCE
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Engineering Firm Geoscience Firm Corrective Action Specialist Asbestos Consultant Agency Mold Assessment Company OSHA HAZWOPER
NATURAL RESOURCES INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE www.esepartners.com
ESE’s experts understand environmental challenges faced by commercial real estate, land developers, oil and gas firms and governmental agencies.
ESE Partners is dedicated to serving the following industries amongst many others: • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Commercial Real Estate - Multi-Family - Retail - Office - Industrial - Mixed Use - Land Home Builders Agriculture Food Services Medical/Healthcare Insurance Providers Private Equity/Capital Investors Financial Institutions Attorneys Oil and Gas - Upstream - Midstream - Acquisitions - Drilling/Completion - Production/Operations - Legacy Sites - Divestitures Land Developers Brownfields Developers Alternative Energy - Solar - Wind Local/State/Federal Government Agencies
STRUCTURE ESE has a multi-disciplined team of world-class environmental professionals which is comprised of engineers, geologists and scientists. Below is a representation of ESE’s management structure.
Chief Executive Officer Bryan Gay* Chief Technical Officer
Chief Operations Officer
Tim O’Neil, PE*
Kathryn O’Gorman, PG*
Tim O’Neil, PE*
Industrial Hygiene Jason Binford*
Support Staff Staff Environmental Scientist I Ethan Norsworthy Hannah Knapp Ryan Hostak Project Environmental Scientist I Jennifer Mucci GIS Technician II Eddie Perez
Staff Environmental Scientist II Ana Cardenas Paige Baker Project Environmental Scientist II Nathan Hoppe Project Environmental Geolgist II Aaron Munsart
Senior Biologist I Nevin Durish Health & Safety Officer Colton Beall Administrator Stephanie Stinebower * Brief resumes included
Chief Executive Officer
Bryan Gay is the CEO and Principal Scientist of the firm. Mr. Gay has over 23 years of environmental consulting and executive leadership experience. After receiving a degree in Bioenvironmental Science from Texas A&M University, he worked as an environmental consultant providing site assessment and remediation services to the commercial and industrial real estate markets and oil and gas industry. His primary technical experience is in the areas of environmental due diligence, remediation, bioremediation and risk based corrective action. Additionally, he has extensive experience in leading Brownfields reclamation efforts.
Tim Oâ€™Neil, PE
Chief Technical Officer, Remediation Lead
Tim Oâ€™Neil, PE is the principal engineer with over 26 years experience in environmental consulting. Mr. Oâ€™Neil has diverse experience in design, engineering, field operations, project management, compliance, regulatory interaction and negotiation, and reporting for a wide variety of clients including private residential and commercial/industrial developers, exploration & production, drilling & completion, industrial facilities, school districts, financial institutions, city, county, and state governments/agencies and federal facilities.
Chief Operations Officer, Industrial Hygiene Lead
Jason Binford has more than 23 years of experience in the environmental consulting and laboratory industry. Mr. Binford has experience in program and project management, field operations, regulatory interaction, negotiations and technical reporting in support of soil, soil gas and groundwater assessments associated with risk-based regulatory closure programs. Representative clients have included commercial/industrial developers, multifamily developers, various industrial interests, financial institutions, federal agencies, municipalities and county agencies. Mr. Binford is also highly experienced in providing asbestos, mold and lead consulting services inclusive of material hazard identification, evaluation, management, specification development, abatement/protocol design/oversight and flood/disaster related response.
Kathyrn O’Gorman, PG Due Diligence Lead
Kathryn O’Gorman, PG has over 10 years of experience with environmental due diligence and environmental compliance assistance. Ms. O’Gorman is responsible for managing the Due Diligence Group and conducting site assessments and due diligence investigations on undeveloped, residential, commercial, industrial, and oil and gas properties through performance of various types of Environmental Assessments including Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs). Additionally, Ms. O’Gorman oversees the coordination and delivery of expanded scope items including Property Condition Assessments (PCAs), wetland determinations, threatened and endangered species reviews and cultural resource reviews.
Vidhi Singhal the Compliance Group Lead and is responsible for coordinating permitting and compliance activities for various clients through the identification of technical resources and program management. Additionally, Ms. Singhal’s responsibilities encompass all aspects of environmental problemsolving through process evaluation, facility and equipment design, and regulatory feasibility studies. Other responsibilities include the interpretation of collected data and its organization into technical reports, interpretation of emerging environmental issues/regulations and impacts to industry, and quality assurance/control of all reports, permits, and documents.
Natural Resources Lead
Patrick Kainer is an environmental scientist with over 16 years of experience, 11 years in environmental consulting and 5 years as a regulator. Mr. Kainer has a diverse environmental consulting background, including participation on remediation, due diligence and natural resources related projects. In recent years, Mr. Kainer has served as a Project Manager, task manager, and report preparer on multiple remediation, due diligenc and natural resources projects.
Environmental due diligence is an essential process with any major commercial real estate transaction, including the sale, purchase, lease or refinancing of a â€œrealâ€? property. ESE utilizes government standards and environmental industry expertise to identify potential environmental liabilities within a property, such as soil and groundwater contamination. Many lending institutions require some form of environmental due diligence prior to financing. ESE offers various levels of due diligence, the most common being Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments. Other services include Transaction Screens, Record Search with Risk Assessments (RSRAs) and desktop reviews.
Phase I Environmental Site Assessments ESE provides lender approved ASTM-E1527-13 and similar Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) and related transaction screens which are often required when a property is financed. The purpose of a Phase I ESA is to identify Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs) associated with a parcel of commercial real estate with respect to the range of contamination within the scope of CERCLA and petroleum products.
Phase II Environmental Site Assessments A Phase II ESA is often warranted when a Phase I ESA identifies a REC requiring further investigation. The purpose of a Phase II ESA is to confirm or deny the presence of chemicals of concern in the environment. The Phase II ESA involves the sampling and laboratory analysis of multiple medias, often including soil, soil gas, and groundwater. The analytical testing results are compared to regulatory limits and criteria established by the applicable government agency. Further remedial action may be warranted based on the results of the Phase II ESA.
We have used ESE on many complicated environmental projects and have found Bryan and his team to be very thorough and timely on their work as well as providing options for resolutions. ESE is always my first call when we are evaluating a property for purchase or remediation.” Scott Wilkerson Managing Broker
Property Condition Assessments Costs for replacement or repair of major systems, components or equipment at a property can blindside buyers. ESE provides Property Condition Assessments (PCAs) on a variety of commercial structures to educate a buyer or lender with valuable insight related to costs to remedy physical deficiencies. PCAs are conducted in accordance with ASTM E2018-15 and are often conducted concurrently with a Phase I ESA.
Additional Due Diligence Services • Transaction Screens • Record Search with Risk Assessments (RSRAs) • Desktop Reviews • Pre-Acquisition Assessments
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Oil & Gas Pre-Drill Assessments Wetlands and Waters of the US Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) Surveys Lead & Lead Based Paint Consulting Services Indoor Air Quality Services
DUE DILIGENCE PROJECTS
DUE DILIGENCE PROJECTS
Gas Station Portfolio
Houston, Texas and surrounding areas ESE prepared a portfolio of reports for fueling station facilities that were designated for acquisition as well as existing sites that were being refinanced. Each of the locations evidenced an extensive operating history and almost all were legacy Leaking Petroleum Storage Tank (LPST) sites registered with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The intent of the acquisition and refinancing was to fund upgrades associated with the existing fuel dispensing equipment and to renovate each location to allow for the continued commercial viability. ESE’s scope of work included providing the client with a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment inclusive of regulatory file reviews and a limited compliance evaluation associated with the ongoing use of the operation of underground storage tanks at each facility.
Navarro County, Texas ESE assessed a total of 276 well pad sites located within 1,940 acres on an existing oilfield as part of a due diligence effort in preparation of a purchase of oil field assets. Many areas of the oil field had been in operation since the 1940s and various operators have maintained the wells over the past 70 years. ESE’s scope of work included providing the client with Phase I ESAs for the various production sites associated with the historic and ongoing use of the assets for oil and gas exploration and production activities. A baseline of existing environmental conditions was established and documented within the reports in the preparation for the client’s acquisition.
Little Cypress Creek Watershed Portfolio Houston, Texas
ESE conducted Phase I ESAs for a governmental agency on a portfolio of properties associated with the Little Cypress Creek watershed. Phase I ESAs were conducted in accordance with ASTM E1527-13 standard for approximately 13 separate tracts of land and watershed segments over a four-year period. The portfolio of Phase I ESAs consisted of a total of approximately 2,500-acres and included tracts of land ranging from 8-acres to 600-acres as well as watershed segments ranging in length from 500-feet to 7,000-feet. The properties assessed included areas proposed for channel improvements, detention basins, county parks and regional drainage improvements. The Phase I ESAs included user and owner/occupant questionnaires and review of site history records, regulatory database reports, physical setting sources, county appraisal district information, city directory information, county pollution control and emergency response documents, and regulatory file review documents pulled from TCEQ central records. ESE conducted site inspections of the subject properties to assess and identify any conditions meeting the ASTM definition of RECs. RECs identified by ESE were discussed with the governmental agency personnel and recommendations were made to the scope and projected cost of further investigations needed. 11
Buffalo Bayou Park Corridor Houston, Texas
ESE conducted a Phase I ESA on a 2-mile stretch along Buffalo Bayou to the west of downtown Houston for a governmental agency. Historical research was conducted back to the 1930s and indicated uses of fueling stations, dry cleaning facilities and auto repair facilities. Owners of environmentally sensitive businesses located within the study area were interviewed regarding their activities and knowledge of the history of the area. Additionally, the interior of historic underground water reservoir was visually inspected for evidence of contamination. The report was finalized and submitted to the agency on time and under budget. The client utilized the findings of the report as part of a risk assessment for financial backing for improvement projects.
PCA and Phase I Portfolio
Bexar, Dallas, Fort Bend, Harris and Travis Counties, Texas ESE prepared PCAs and Phase I ESAs for a portfolio of 18 properties located in metropolitan areas of Texas. The types of properties ranged from 15,000 to 460,000 square foot structures and consisted of office/warehouses, heavy industrial manufacturing, and large-scale food storage and distribution facilities. The PCAs defined equipment and infrastructure replacement responsibilities between the property owner and the tenant, and provided estimates for life expectancy and cost of replacement for equipment and structural components. The Phase I ESAs provided a determination of the potential risk for environmental liabilities. This information was utilized by the client’s financial institution for determining risk for loan modification. The portfolio was delivered within the agreed timeframe and within budget. Significant findings where further investigation was recommended were discussed with the client and ESE consulted the client on a plan of action to satisfy their financial institution’s requirements.
Dry Cleaners Municipal Settings Designation Houston, Texas
ESE was retained by a national retail developer and property manager to conduct a Phase II ESA on a property located along Westheimer Road in West Houston. The Phase II ESA was requested by the client in response to an on-site dry cleaner that was identified as a REC in a previous Phase I ESA. ESE Partners’ Phase II ESA confirmed the presence of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in shallow soils and groundwater at concentrations greater than TCEQ Protective Concentration Levels (PCLs). As a result of the Phase II ESA findings, ESE on behalf of the client enrolled the site into the TCEQ’s Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) and proceeded with site characterization activities in accordance with 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §350 Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP). Upon completion of soil and groundwater plume delineation and characterization, ESE completed a Municipal Setting Designation (MSD) application that was accepted by the City of Houston. The MSD effectively eliminated the groundwater ingestion pathway by means of institutional control, allowing the site to receive a Certificate of Completion from the TCEQ’s VCP, upon approval of the Affected Property Assessment and Response Action Plan.
REMEDIATION DUE DILIGENCE
ESE is committed to recycling land and revitalizing our cities and neighborhoods by making the unusable usable. ESE conducts site assessments, feasibility assessments, bench tests and pilot tests to determine the most beneficial technology or processes available to mitigate site contaminants. These evaluations can identify open exposure pathways which may be mitigated through the use of risk based assessments, institutional and/or engineering controls, eliminating the necessity for costly remediation. ESE is experienced in conducting corrective action projects under the jurisdiction of U.S. EPA, TCEQ and the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) for various programs including Corrective Action, Industrial Hazardous Waste and Voluntary Cleanup Program.
Risk Based Corrective Action Risk assessments can be utilized to mitigate property contamination in lieu of physical remediation. Risk based corrective action involves thoroughly evaluating the property and contaminant characteristics and pathways through which potential receptors may be exposed to contaminants. Services: • Site Investigations • Affected Property Assessment Reports (APARs) • Response Action Plans (RAPs) • Response Action Completion Reports (RACRs) • Tier 2 and 3 PCL Evaluations • Groundwater Plume Stability Monitoring
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Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA) Fate and Transport Modeling Municipal Setting Designations Plume Management Zones Non Aqueous Phase Liquid (NAPL) Assessments
Physical Remediation Remediation involves contaminant removal or the reduction of contaminant concentrations from environmental media at a site. ESE conducts feasibility assessments, bench tests, and pilot tests to determine the most beneficial technology and/or processes available to remediate site contaminants.
Services: • Underground Storage Tank (UST) Removals • UST Corrective Action and Cleanup • L/D NAPL Recovery • Vapor Extraction • Vapor Barriers • Slurry Walls • Source Area Removal
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Reactive Barriers Excavation Land Farming In-Situ Chemical Oxidation Bioremediation In-Situ Immobilization
Brownfields Reclamation ESE enables our clients to realize unconsidered financial opportunity associated with environmentally blighted real estate. ESE increases the value of property and delivers new development options through environmental risk management and engineering.
Services: • Feasibility Studies • Environmental Program Management • Notice of Registration (NOR) Closeout
• Opportunity Zone Assessments • Bid Support and Demolition Oversite • End Use Strategic Development
MAKING BROWNFIELDS GREEN Reclaim
ESE assists with the acquisition of environmentally distressed infill sites. ESE provides negotiating leverage for buyers by identifying and quantifying environmental liabilities that can be used to reduce the purchase price of a piece of real estate.
ESE uses engineering expertise to remediate sites through riskbased approaches, striving to reduce costs while achieving project goals. Every dollar saved through innovation is equity built.
ESE delivers dirt ready sites for redevelopment. The result of ESE efforts include increased wealth for clients and an improved quality of life for the community. ESE makes the unusable usable. www.esepartners.com
REMEDIATION PROJECTS DUE DILIGENCE PROJECTS
Petroleum Storage Tank (PST) Removal Houston, Texas
ESE performed emergency removal of five underground storage tanks at a luxury apartment complex in Houston, Texas. The unregistered ghost tanks were improperly left in place after several fueling stations ceased operations decades prior to the redevelopment of the property as a multi-family residential complex. The tanks were encountered within areas of the structural foundation footprint for the seven-story residential building, and could have presented significant construction and environmental setbacks to the project. ESE addressed contamination and health concerns, minimized construction delays, and provided regulatory closure of the tanks on an expedited time-frame.
Genco Power Plant (Brownfields) Webster, Texas
ESE was contracted by a large development client to provide environmental engineering services for the redevelopment of a 750-acre power plant site listed as a Brownfields site. ESE performed pre-acquisition due diligence support including Phase I ESA, facility permits review and budget/schedule projections. The scope of work included facility demolition, asbestos abatement support and management including: technical specifications, development of scope of work, on-site management and engineering certification of project completion, regulatory closure of facility permits and waste handling, storage, treatment and management units.
Commerce Street LPST Houston, Texas
ESE conducted a Phase I ESA on a former meat packing facility in downtown Houston along the banks of Buffalo Bayou. The results of the Phase I ESA identified the possible presence of a historic underground storage tank (UST) in the basement of the building. ESE conducted an electromagnetic and ground penetrating radar (EM/GPR) survey in the vicinity of the reported tank location which confirmed the presence of the tank underneath the basement concrete slab. ESE removed the UST utilizing specialized equipment (due to access limitations) and prepared and submitted a Release Determination Report to the TCEQ. Due to hydrocarbon impacts to soil underlying the UST and dispenser, the TCEQ assigned a Leaking Petroleum Storage Tank (LPST) ID number. ESE prepared and submitted a Plan A Risk-Based Assessment Report to the TCEQ documenting no apparent threats to receptors including groundwater and the adjoining Buffalo Bayou surface water body. Based on the information submitted in the Plan A Risk-Based Assessment Report, the LPST site received TCEQ closure with no further corrective action necessary.
White Oak Bayou Houston, Texas
ESE served as environmental engineers for the assessment and remediation of incinerator ash that had been deposited into a former oxbow of White Oak Bayou during historical rechannelization activities. ESE completed a Phase II ESA, affected property assessment and prepared an Affected Property Assessment Report (APAR) for submittal to TCEQ. Following approval of the APAR, ESE prepared a Response Action Plan (RAP) for submittal to the TCEQ. The response actions detailed in the RAP included soil excavation, risk-based assessment, and implementation of a Municipal Setting Designation (MSD) which were designed to achieve a residential closure of the property. ESE also conducted surface water (bayou) sampling and analysis upstream, adjacent to, and downstream of the contamination to evaluate potential impacts to the bayou and demonstrated that heavy metals soil and groundwater contamination at the site was not negatively impacting White Oak Bayou.
Heights Redevelopment (Brownfields) Houston, Texas
ESE served as environmental engineer and brownfields program manager for the decommissioning, demolition and redevelopment of a 10-acre heavy industrial property that had operated as a specialty machining and forge facility for over 50 years. Prior to commencement of demolition activities, ESE conducted an asbestos containing material (ACM) survey of the facility. Based on the results of the ACM survey, ESE prepared asbestos Abatement Technical Specifications for use prior to and during the demolition process. Following completion of asbestos abatement activities, ESE conducted clearance sampling and prepared an Abatement Closeout report.
Imperial Sugar Refinery (Brownfields) Sugar Land, Texas
ESE served as Environmental Engineer and Brownfields Redevelopment Program Manager for the decommissioning, demolition and redevelopment of a 60-acre heavy industrial property in Sugar Land that operated as a sugar refinery since the early 1900s. ESE conducted a preacquisition Engineering Evaluation and Estimate of redevelopment costs including structure demolition, asbestos abatement, environmental investigations, and regulatory closure. ESE program managed the facility demolition process and prepared Engineering Technical Specifications and Bid Documents for the public bidding of six (6) separate phases of demolition and asbestos abatement. Additionally, ESE conducted a detailed evaluation and ranking of asbestos abatement/demolition bids and provided an engineering recommendation for Award of Contract for all phases of demolition.
ESE’s team delivers expert compliance related services, in a world of ever-changing environmental regulations. Through experience, licensing and continued education, ESE is an invaluable resource to those responsible for environmental facility compliance. This assistance is delivered through the services of permitting, auditing and inspection of facility operations which are regulated by environmental statutes, policies, and regulations.
Air ESE provides a wide range of air services to the oil & gas, energy, chemical, and manufacturing market sectors. Our air expertise includes air permitting (Permits by Rule, Standard Permits, New Source Review, Title V Permits), air dispersion modeling, on-site auditing and inspections, federal and state regulatory analysis, emissions inventory, GHG analysis, and deviation and periodic reporting. Services: Permitting • Permits by Rule • Standard Permits • Non-Rule Standard Permitting • New Source Review • Title V Permitting • PSD/NNSR
Field Inspection • AVO (NSRP and NSPS OOOO Inspections) • LDAR Inspections
Compliance Reporting • Quarterly and Semi-Annual Reporting • Deviation Reporting • Annual GHG Reporting • Emissions Inventory Reporting • Annual Compliance Certification • Air Quality Audits
Water ESE’s water compliance capabilities include industrial and construction stormwater permitting, stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) preparation, Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans, Facility Response Plans (FRPs), Risk Management Plans (RMPs), Tier II reporting, Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reporting, AST/UST registration/permitting, wastewater permitting and reporting, on-site inspections and compliance audits, drinking water assessments, wetlands determinations, and water sourcing/acquisition planning. Services: • Wastewater Permitting • Railroad Discharge Permits • Stormwater Permitting and Reporting • Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans 17
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EPA/USCG Response Plans PHMSA Oil Spill Response Plans Oil Spill Contingency Plans Industrial Stormwater Permitting Construction Stormwater Permitting
Waste ESE provides comprehensive waste permitting, planning, and compliance services to assist oil & gas, energy, chemical, and manufacturing clients in addressing federal, state, and local requirements. ESE waste services include waste characterization, industrial/ hazardous waste registration, waste management support, pollution prevention planning and other state or federally required waste permitting, waste reporting, onsite inspections, and compliance auditing. Services: • Industrial/Hazardous Waste Registration Notification • Waste Permitting
• Waste Minimization Planning • Waste Characterization
Multimedia ESE provides comprehensive waste permitting, planning, and compliance services to assist oil & gas, energy, chemical, and manufacturing clients in addressing federal, state, and local requirements. ESE’s waste services include waste characterization, industrial/hazardous waste registration, waste management support, pollution prevention planning and other state or federally required waste permitting, waste reporting, onsite inspections, and compliance auditing. Services: • Risk Management Plans (RMP) • Tier II Reporting • TRI Reporting • Emergency Planning/Community Right to Know Support • ISO 14001 Audits • EHS Management Systems
• EHS Compliance Audits • Compliance Assurance Tool Development • Regulatory Applicability Assessments • Compliance Program Design and Implementation
Sustainability ESE’s sustainability services include life cycle & carbon footprint assessments for manufacturing clients to assess the environmental aspects and potential environmental impacts associated with the client’s raw material acquisition, operation, use and end of life treatment of the product. Services: • Carbon Footprint Assessments • Life Cycle Assessments
• Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Reporting www.esepartners.com
COMPLIANCE PROJECTS DUE DILIGENCE PROJECTS
Response Plan Preparation Houston, Texas
ESE developed the Spill Preparation, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC), Oil Spill Response Plans (OSRP) and Facility Response Plans (FRPs) for several pipelines and terminals located in Texas, New Mexico, Mississippi, Wyoming, Alabama, Florida and Louisiana, which were subject to U.S. EPA, USCG, PHMSA, DOT and other state agency regulations. ESE’s services includes project management, site investigations, storage tank inventories and inspections, and preparation of the SPCCs and the response plans. ESE’s project management services included coordination with the terminal’s representative and other personnel, and conducting field visits to document the layout of each facility. The information obtained during the site visits and personnel interviews was used to generate the response plans.
Environmental Compliance Assistance for Aggregate Facilities Gulf Coast Region, Texas
ESE assisted a business involved in aggregate materials sourcing, crushing, and distribution with various compliance issues. This client operated approximately 15 facilities located through the Gulf Coast Region of Texas. The client required Notices of Intent (NOIs) and Construction Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWP3) for construction stormwater permits needed for the construction of new facilities; NOIs, SWP3s, and quarterly and annual inspections for general industrial stormwater permits for actively operating facilities; and the generation and implementation of SPCC plans for actively operating facilities which exceed a volume threshold for the storage of petroleum products. ESE’s assistance with these compliances items are renewed on an annual basis for all facilities. ESE’s environmental compliance consulting provided the client with the implementation of best management practices and the documentation needed to undergo city, county, or state environmental regulation inspections and be found in compliance with general requirements.
Industrial Wastewater Permitting Brazoria County, Texas
ESE assisted the client with seeking the vendors and soliciting proposals for the construction of a wash-bay at their facility. The scope of work included discussion of several conceptual options with the qualified vendors and vetting the contractors at the facility for needs assessment. ESE also assisted the client with the preparation and submission of industrial wastewater permit applications to the TCEQ. The permit scope of work included information collection, preparation and submission of the permit application, correspondence with the TCEQ, and permit review.
Regulatory Permitting and Compliance Various Counties, Oklahoma
ESE assisted a major exploration and production (E&P) company evaluate their production operations for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) compliance/reporting in accordance with 40 CFR Part 98 Subpart W, Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans and determined the appropriate level of air quality permitting necessary to comply with the federal and state Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) requirements. ESE prepared permit applications, permit-exempt packages for submission to the agency, calculating and reporting of GHG emissions, review of equipment and appurtenances at each facility including compressor engines, and prepared SPCC plans in accordance with the requirements set forth in 40 CFR 112 for the facilities.
Carbon Footprint Assessment Houston, Texas
ESE conducted various product life cycle assessments/carbon footprint assessments for an oil and gas sector client to assess the environmental aspects and potential environmental impacts associated with company’s raw material acquisition, operation, use and end of life treatment of the product. These studies were conducted in accordance with the WRI/WBCSD’s GHG Protocol Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard. Using the results of these studies, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) were established to assist the company with setting emission reduction targets and minimizing overall environmental impacts. The results of the analysis were communicated to the company’s stakeholders to assess the potential environmental impacts of the company’s operations to the environment and climate change. The fresh water use from the operations was minimized and subsequently eliminated as part of minimizing the environmental impacts from drilling and completion activities.
Environmental Compliance Auditing Harris County, Texas
ESE assisted the client with the submission of Notice of Audit & Disclosure of Violation letters to the TCEQ under the Texas Audit Act. ESE’s scope of work included an in depth environmental compliance review to identify missing permits and registrations. ESE also assisted with the preparation and submission of necessary permit applications and other environmental documents.
ESE provides a wide range of custom-tailored and innovative approaches for natural resources permitting and assessments related to renewable energy, upstream and midstream oil & gas, transportation and residential/commercial development markets. ESE’s in-depth experience and high quality services aid in assisting clients with addressing federal, state and local requirements.
Wetlands and Waters of the US ESE provides a wide range of water resources services to our clients. Our extensive background in multiple United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) projects provides diverse experience, allowing us to complete the most challenging projects. ESE’s Natural Resources Team is experienced with the USACE permitting process preparing requests for Jurisdictional Determinations and conducting waters related to field work. Services: • Wetland Delineations and Determinations • Jurisdictional Determinations
• U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Permitting • Mitigation Monitoring
Protected Species and Wildlife ESE provides a wide range of protected species and other wildlife related services for our clients. ESE’s seasoned biologists are permitted for presence/absence surveys and habitat assessments for several federally endangered species. ESE’s staff has conducted acoustics monitoring and analysis for bat and herpetological species. Our experts provide federal and state regulatory consultation services as requested by our client’s needs.
Services: • Endangered Species Surveys and Federal Consultation • Threatened and Endangered Species Habitat Assessments
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Eagle, Raptor and Songbird Studies Bat Acoustic Monitoring Biological Monitoring Post-Construction Mortality Studies
Regulatory and Planning Documentation ESE has experience with preparing a variety of reports and associated field investigations required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) including Environmental Assessments and Categorical Exclusions. ESE is also experienced with City of Austin and proposed renewable energy projects requirements. Services: • NEPA Environmental Assessments and Categorical Exclusions • Critical Issues Analyses (CIA)
• Environmental Evaluation Studies • City of Austin Environmental Resource Inventories (ERI)
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Wetland Training Institute Basic Wetland Determination Wetland Training Institute Plant Identification Bat Conservation International Bat Acoustic Monitoring USFWS Recovery Permit – Threatened and Endangered Species presence/absence Surveys for Golden-cheeked Warblers and Houston Toads Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – Scientific Collection Sub-permit WAFWA-Certified Lesser Prairie-chicken Technical Service Provider TxDOT Pre-Certification Categories: - Protected Species Determination (2.6.1) - Biological Surveys (2.6.3) - Hazardous Materials Initial Site Assessment (2.13.1)
NATURAL RESOURCES PROJECTS
DUE DILIGENCE PROJECTS
Proposed Commercial Development Katy, Texas
ESE completed a Water Resources Evaluation and an Approved Jurisdictional Determination for a proposed 14.6-acre commercial development. Specifically, following completion of a Phase I ESA, ESE coordinated a Jurisdictional Determination with the USACE and the findings were approved.
Energy Development Site Various Counties, Oklahoma
ESE conducted an aerial eagle nest survey, followed by a nest ground-truthing survey. ESE also led an American Burying Beetle (ABB) presence/absence survey effort. Specifically, ESE surveyed for eagle and other raptor nests by flying transects in a capable helicopter through high probability areas within the project boundaries. ESE has also provided US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) consultation throughout the course of the project, as requested by the client.
Proposed Solar Site Fort Bend County, Texas
ESE is currently conducting a Water Resources Evaluation, submitting an Approved Jurisdictional Determination request, preparing a Nationwide Permit (NWP) application, and conducting an environmental review of an approximately 4,000-acre proposed solar site in Fort Bend County, Texas. Specifically, ESE will delineate any areas subject to USACE jurisdiction, and will consult with the USACE on the jurisdictional determination and the NWP process. ESE will also determine if there is potential habitat for any state or federally listed threatened or endangered species.
Renewable Energy Development Project Childress County, Texas
ESE conducted a Water Resources Evaluation, Biological Evaluation, Environmental Management Plan (EMP), and Cultural Resources Assessment of an approximately 3,970-acre proposed solar farm in Childress County, Texas. Specifically, ESE identified any area subject to U.S. Corps of Engineers (USACE) jurisdiction, assessed potential habitat for all federally and state listed species, provided oversight of a cultural resources field assessment, and prepared an Environmental Management Plan to provide recommendations on best management practices and other steps necessary if a protected species or cultural resource is encountered during site construction.
Environmental Evaluation Webb County, Texas
ESE conducted a wetland delineation, threatened and endangered species habitat assessment, Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Phase II Environmental Site Assessment, and oversaw cultural resources studies for a proposed 3,925-acre solar farm in South Texas. A wetland delineation and jurisdictional determination was conducted in accordance with the USACE guidelines. Threatened and endangered species habitat evaluations included assessment of the project area for suitable habitat for special listed species and assessing species observations that have been documented by USFWS. The evaluation documented existing site conditions and assessed the areas for the presence of the specific habitat types required for state- or federally-listed rare, threatened, and endangered species, as well as migratory birds.
ESE provides a variety of services to identify, manage and provide mitigation options to a variety of potential issues associated with the risks and liabilities related to the occupancy, management, and operations of structures and utilities. ESE’s licensed and accredited staff routinely consult with building owners/engineers, potential purchasers, architects, property managers and municipalities/ counties to deliver results of surveys, assessments and evaluations in support of practical solutions. ESE’s goal is to implement strategic solutions that are protective of human health and the environment while fully optimizing the value of any project.
Asbestos Consulting Surveys Once extensively used in building, insulation, and fire-protection applications, asbestos is a known carcinogen. Regardless of the date of construction, federal, state and municipal regulations require building and facility owners to assess and manage the presence or the potential for the presence of Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACM). ESE provides a diverse range of asbestos consulting services to public and private sector clientele as stated below. Services: • Building Surveys and Facility Inspections • Management Plans • Operation and Maintenance Programs • Development of Abatement Specifications and Design
• Abatement Bid Solicitation and Contractor Qualification • Abatement Project Management and Oversight • Air Monitoring and Sample Analysis
Mold Consulting Services Moisture intrusion, water damage, HVAC issues, and construction defects can result in the occurrence of mold or related fungal growth. ESE’s state licensed professionals work with building owners and facility managers to promptly identify mold and/or moisture damage to ensure that issues are assessed and dealt with in a safe and satisfactory manner. During the mold remediation process, ESE professionals work to ensure that the structure is restored in a fashion that will not result in the reoccurrence of amplified microbial growth while keeping occupants safe and building contents protected.
Services: • Assessments for Mold Affected • Remediation Project Management Building Materials • Post Remediation Verification and • Remediation Protocols Sampling • Remediation Contractor Solicitation and Selection
Over the past several years, ESE Partners has completed numerous environmental reports for us in a timely manner, but more importantly guided us with their expert analysis to reach our goals. They are second to none.” Corey Ferguson, CCIM President
Lead & Lead Based Paint Consulting Services Lead and lead compounds have been used in a wide variety of products found in structures including paint, coatings, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials. ESE’s accredited professionals are experienced and adept at providing clients with timely, cost-effective practical solutions to lead related issues.
Services: • Worker Protection Monitoring and Compliance • Lead Based Paint Inspections • Lead-Based Paint Management Plans
• Development of Abatement Specifications • Project Management and Oversight • Water Testing
Indoor Air Quality Services Modern buildings are designed and engineered to be dynamic and complex systems. Structures constructed over the past several decades rely heavily on ventilation and ongoing management to dilute indoor air contaminants. ESE works with building owners and property management companies to determine the indoor air quality (IAQ) both proactively and in response to tenant complaints. ESE provides a diverse range of consulting services to commercial and industrial building owners and operators as stated below.
Services: • Baseline and Ambient Air Measurements • Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOCs) • Particulate Matter • Bioaerosols • Carbon Monoxide
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INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE PROJECTS
DUE DILIGENCE PROJECTS
Mold Remediation (Storm Response) Houston, Texas
Between August 26 and 29, 2017, Hurricane Harvey deposited more than 40 inches of rain over Houston, Texas. As the result of the storm, catastrophic flooding occurred throughout much of southeast Texas. In the post storm response, ESE’s state licensed mold professionals provided restoration and mold consulting services to a nationally known multifamily development and management company. One of the company’s communities had been completed in west Houston just the year prior to the storm. The property was located within the immediate proximity of the primary spillway/outfall of the Barker Reservoir, a regional flood control structure within the Buffalo Bayou watershed. Concerns associated with the integrity and discharge of the Barker Reservoir received extensive national attention, both during and after the storm. As the result of the storm, the property was affected with floodwater from the hurricane and from the large volume of storm water released from the Barker Reservoir. The property was inundated with approximately three (3) feet of flood water. Residual flood waters remained within the structure for a period of several weeks due to the continuous discharge of water from the Barker Reservoir. Once flood water receded, ESE worked with a restoration contractor’s catastrophe team to salvage the year old 400-unit multifamily structure.
Central Prison Unit Sugar Land, Texas
ESE performed a comprehensive asbestos survey at a century old fifty-five (55) building historic prison facility. Based upon the type, use, and age of the facility, structures were highly variable in size and former use, spanning a construction period of seven (7) decades with the newest portions of the facility being completed prior to 1980. The services included thorough ACM surveys, development of ACM abatement specifications, pre-abatement bid solicitation with subsequent project management and air monitoring services during abatement. The consulting services were completed in support of a regional municipality to facilitate the redevelopment of the property for future us as a master-planned industrial park combined with the expansion of a regional airport. Services were provided over a period of a yearlong effort which was completed on time and on budget.
Children’s Museum Sugar Land, Texas
ESE’s completed lead-based paint consulting and abatement services to convert a 1920s era industrial structure into a children’s museum. ESE completed a pre-renovation survey of the structure utilizing an X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer to locate, identify, and quantify leadbased paint coatings. Upon completion of the survey, ESE developed technical specifications for the abatement of the structure. ESE further solicited abatement costs on behalf of the building owner for the removal of the lead-based paint film coatings from several accredited and qualified contractors. Working with the building owner’s renovation team, ESE selected the best value contractor for the abatement project. Services provided by ESE also included leadbased paint abatement contractor oversight and post abatement verification of the removal of the targeted paint film coatings. The successful completion of the abatement project eliminated lead-based paint hazards by providing a structure that was safe for use as a children’s museum. 27
Former Retail Store Houston, Texas
ESE completed a comprehensive pre-acquisition and renovation asbestos survey with budgetary estimates for future renovation and demolition options of a 200,000 square foot 1960s era anchor structure situated within a regional mall development in Houston, Texas. Due to the 1960s era construction, asbestos containing materials identified in the structure were extensive and included spray-applied fireproofing, various forms of thermal systems insulation, duct mastic, floor tile, floor tile mastic, plaster, and Transite paneling. The consulting services were completed on a rush basis in support of a year-end real estate closing. Service provided by ESE allowed for the acquiring entity to negotiate contingency funds from the seller for the future asbestos abatement prior to the real estate closing.
The Grove at Shoal Creek Austin, Texas
ESEâ€™s national accredited and state licensed asbestos professionals completed asbestos consulting services associated with the pre-demolition abatement of a 1950s era 15-building campus. The campus of structures formerly known as the Texas Department of Transportationâ€™s Bull Creek Facility had formerly been utilized for centralized administration, engineering, and maintenance services. As the proposed redevelopment project required the demolition of all existing improvements, ESE completed thorough surveys for ACMs. The surveys identified and quantified ACMs associated the existing improvements. ESE further solicited abatement contractor costs on behalf of the landowner for the removal of the ACMs. ESE worked with the landowner to select the best value contractor for the abatement project in terms of schedule, qualifications, and lowest cost. Services provided by ESE further included project management, air monitoring, abatement contractor oversight, and post abatement visual inspections and air clearance sampling. The successful completion of the abatement project allowed for structural demolition and redevelopment of the site.
Former 1940s Era Industrial Site Houston, Texas
ESE completed environmental regulatory closure services related to the repurposing of a 1940s era asbestos textile mill. During repurposing of the former textile mill, it was determined that the former mill operator had deposited concentrated friable asbestos containing debris into the subsurface. In conjunction with participation within the TCEQ Voluntary Cleanup Program, ESE initiated asbestos assessment, remediation, and risk-based evaluations of the site. In accordance with regulatory guidance, soil samples were collected and submitted for analysis. Soil sampling demonstrated that certain portions of the site, up to a depth of six (6) feet, were impacted with asbestos related mill debris. Based upon the results of sampling, a Response Action Plan was developed which defined the objectives of the planned removal activities. At the completion of the soil removal, approximately 3,000 cubic yards of asbestos affected soil and debris was excavated, packaged and disposed of at a permitted landfill. Upon the completion of the removal, additional soil sampling supported by Activity Based Sampling was completed to further confirm that the asbestos debris had been successfully removed. www.esepartners.com
Environmental Science and Engineering Partners (ESE) is an environmental consulting firm focused on responsibly moving business forward thro...
Published on Jul 3, 2019
Environmental Science and Engineering Partners (ESE) is an environmental consulting firm focused on responsibly moving business forward thro...