ENVIRONMENTAL

        E-NEWSLETTER

Environmental Issues affecting Real Estate, Land Use, and Manufacturing

January 8, 2015 - In This Issue:
         
Environmental and Permitting Services
Permitting and Land Use
  • Water Management District ERP
  • FL Dept of Environmental Protection ERP
  • US Army Corps of Engineers Dredge and Fill
  • Local County and City Permits
  • Docks, Bulkheads, Dredging, and Marinas
Wetlands and Wildlife
  • Wetland Delineation
  • Wetland Mitigation
  • Threatened and Endangered Species and Wildlife
  • Authorized Gopher Tortoise Relocation Agents
  • Land Management and Vegetation Control
  • Submerged Aquatic Vegetation and Reef Assessments
Environmental Site Assessments and Restoration  
  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
  • Phase II Environmental Investigation
  • Site Remediation and Restoration
  • Soil and Groundwater Sampling
  • In-Place Treatment
  • Encapsulation or Fixation
  • Offsite Treatment
Archaeology and Cultural Resources  
  • Initial Database Search
  • Phase I and II Assessments
  • Phase III and Recovery
  • Historical Building Assessments
  • Historical Reviews
  • Underwater Archaeology
  • Cemetery Services
 
Industrial Environmental Compliance  
  • Air Resources and Permitting
  • Reporting Requirements (AOR, Tier II, DMR, TRI, etc.)
  • NPDES-Compliance, Permitting, Sampling
  • Plan Development-ICP, EAP, FRP, SPCC, SWP3, RCRA
  • Industrial Hygiene Services 
  • Indoor Environmental Services 
  • Asbestos, Lead-based Paint, Mold

 

Environmental Management Systems 
  • Facility and Operation Sustainability
  • "Green" Compliance and Certification
  • EMS Design, Audits, Workshops and Training
  • Public Relations and Awareness
  • Environmental Aspects & Goal Tracking
 Environmental & Safety Training 
  • 40 Hour HAZWOPER
  • 8 Hour HAZWOPER Refresher
  • HAZCOM Hax Communication
  • OPA (FRP) and SPCC Training
  • EPCRA and TRI Training
  • Employee Emergency Action Plan (EAP) or ICP

 For Information on Environmental and Safety Compliance: Contact Leesa Gerald for more information.
 

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Company News
LG2 Takes the Plunge
LG2 Diving and Off-shore Capabilities

LG2 provides submerged cultural resource services and aquatic natural resource diving services in-house. In October of 2014, LG2ES conducted a cultural resource diver identification of selected targets at the Miami Harbor, Fisher Island Turning Basin, located in Miami-Dade, Florida, in support of the Miami Harbor dredging and widening project under United State Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) contract. A historic cannon, appearing to date to the 18th century, was recovered from dredge material originating in the Fisher Island Turning Basin of the Miami Harbor channel. A second artifact that possibly came from a historic shipwreck was also recovered. A number of magnetic targets were identified in this area in 2002. LG2ES conducted the target testing over a total of five days of diving. To verify the anomalies, LG2 divers conducted hydro-probe testing along with visual inspections at a total of 6 targets.

 

As a result of historic research conducted by the LG2ES cultural resource division, it has been determined that the likely source of the cannon has been linked to the original dredging of Government Cut in 1919. Information provided by the Biscayne National Park from an article in the Daily Miami Metropolis dated September 3, 1919: "Fourteen old Spanish cannons, recovered by Captain {James} Webster in 30 feet of water... will be used as mooring anchors for tugs, barges and buoys while working on Government Cut."


 
LG2ES diving capabilities also include aquatic biological assessments. In-house equipment includes SCUBA and Surface Air Supply capabilities.  New equipment also includes a Kirby Morgan diver air control system with communications, umbilical hoses, Interspiro AGA Divator Full Face Masks and other required diving equipment necessary to conduct underwater studies. LG2ES conducts submerged aquatic vegetation, hard bottom and reef studies.

 
Earlier in 2014, LG2ES conducted a remote sensing survey utilizing side-scan sonar, magnetometer and sub-bottom profiler to survey Big Sarasota Pass.  This remote sensing survey was conducted to determine if cultural and historical resources could be present in this inlet.  This work was conducted in preparation of future USACE beach renourishment/dredging projects.

 

For more information about LG2's diving capabilities, please contact Marty Healey at (904) 288-8631.

Manufacturing
Tier II EPCRA-March 1st, AOR and Fees-April 1st
'Tis the Season for Reporting . . .

Fa-la-la-la-la, the 2014 holidays may be over, but the reporting season for 2014 activities is just beginning.  Before March 1, 2015, facilities are required to submit Tier II reports under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) that provide State, local officials, and the public information on the types of hazards and locations of hazardous chemicals present at their facility during the previous calendar year.  LG2ES has access and experience using the E-Plan software required by many states for Tier II Reporting, including Florida and Georgia, for the submittal of this information.

 

Before April 1, facilities covered by Florida Air Operation permits for air emissions must complete their 2014 Air Operating Reports (AORs) and Title V facilities must calculate their annual fees due to the State based on the quantities of air pollutants emitted.  This requires engineering calculations to properly determine the quantities of criteria pollutants, such as SO2, NOx, particulates (PM), and other hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) emitted from each type of emission unit located at the facility.  LG2ES has the expertise to perform the calculations and the EAOR software to upload the data to the FDEP.

Other types of reporting, such as Risk Management Plans (RMP), may be coming due for updates at your facility. 

 
Real Estate and Development
Don't Let Your Permits Expire!!!
Check the expiration dates and permit conditions 
The last 5 years or so have been dismal for site development in Florida. Many projects have received permits from the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Florida DEP, the Water Management Districts, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, and the projects have stalled due to depressed economic activity. We are all hoping and expecting a dramatic improvement in 2015. However, during this down time, take care to assure that all of the costly permits that were obtained have not expired. Many permits can be extended if they have not expired. However, even if permits have expired, LG2ES can take reasonable steps to get permits re-issued. Sometimes, a permit modification may be beneficial.
 

If you do have to re-apply for an expired permit, this may be a good time to re-evaluate your mitigation plan. A positive result of the down economy is a sharp drop in prices of mitigation bank credits. If your permit is conditioned upon a mitigation plan that includes wetland creation, enhancement or other costly mitigation measure, mitigation credits may be less costly with much less effort and liability. Remember that active permits can also be evaluated for alternative mitigation plans. You may be able to save significant time and money by modifying your permitted mitigation plan.

 

Additionally, you should perform a compliance check of your permits to assure that they are up-to-date. Pay attention to the long list of permit conditions that accompany your permit that require status forms, as-built surveys, conservation easement recordation, mitigation requirements, etc.

 

LG2ES can examine your permits to determine the best course of action for your project. Call Brian Spahr at (904) 288-8631.

 
 


LG2 Environmental Solutions, Inc.
14785 Old St. Augustine Road, Suite 4
Jacksonville, Florida 32258
904.288.8631