SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS…For your business and the environment
CEC’s coordinated team of experienced engineers, scientists, geologists, hydrogeologists, and technicians helps you manage environmental liabilities, regulatory obligations, risk management, and environmental stewardship. With a focus on protecting human health and the environment, we identify practical remediation technologies for hazard mitigation, negotiate with regulators, and implement remedial plans to obtain site closure certifications.
We work with commercial and industrial clients, as well as community and economic development agencies to assess, remediate, and redevelop properties and Superfund sites. Using advanced statistical analysis and computer groundwater modeling, we can provide solutions to contamination problems.
Our Environmental Services Expertise
Phase I/Due Diligence Services:
- Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
- Property Condition Assessments
- Environmental Liability Assessments
- Ecological & Human Risk Assessments & Modeling
- Risk Screening
- Litigation Support
- Natural Resource Assessments
- Regulated Materials Surveys
Environmental Site Investigation & Remediation
- Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
- Remedial Investigations
- Site Characterization
- Site Rehabilitation
- Groundwater Condition Characterization
- Data Acquisition and Analysis
- Regulatory Interface & Risk Management Assistance
- Alternatives Analyses, Risk Assessments & Remedial Design
- Sampling & Characterization of Affected Media
- Soil & Groundwater Sampling and Investigations
- Superfund Site Remedial Designs
- Brownfield Redevelopment Services
- RCRA/CERCLA Feasibility Studies
- Grant Application Preparation and Amendment Assistance
- Asbestos and Lead Abatement
- Soil & Groundwater Remediation
- Contaminant Fate & Transport Analysis
- Spill Containment Design and Construction
- Waste Treatment, Disposal & Transportation Coordination
- Site Closure Certification
- Decommissioning of Storage Tank Facilities
Hydrogeology & Groundwater Modeling
- Groundwater Monitoring & Assessment
- Hydrogeologic Investigations, Exploration & Assessment
- Aquifer Testing & Evaluation
- Groundwater Studies
- Groundwater Flow and Solute Transport Modeling
- Monitoring Well Network Design & Installation
- Well-field Siting and Expansion Projects
- Well-field Evaluation Studies
- Well-head Protection Plans & Studies
- Pumping Well and Network Design
- Large-Scale Pumping Tests
Environmental Permitting & Compliance
- Auditing & Compliance Plans
- Permit & Regulatory Compliance Status
- Environmental Compliance Audits & Hazard Assessments
- Hazardous Material Surveys
- RCRA, CERCLA, CWA, CAA, TSCA, SDWA, OSHA, and State/Local Requirement Compliance
- Stormwater Sampling & Permitting
- NPDES Permitting Support
- Environmental Management Systems Development
- Environmental Policy Development
- Preparation of Health & Safety Plans
- Storage Tank Permitting & Closure Documentation
- Monitoring Plans
- Spill Contingency Plans
- Overfill Protection Design
Please our environmental consultants for your environmental projects pertaining to facility inspections, compliance programs, permitting, testing, maintenance plans or design of underground and above ground storage tank systems, and Phase I, II and III environmental assessments and remediation. We are a turn-key full-service environmental engineering company, completing all the required tasks from the design, regulatory compliance, permits and construction to the closing documentation for the projects. Our experience with the regulatory agencies allows us to ensure that all necessary documents are in place. Call today at (865) 244-2877.
What Is Environmental Engineering?
Environmental engineering is the branch of engineering that is concerned with protecting people from the effects of adverse environmental effects, such as pollution, as well as improving environmental quality. Environmental engineers work to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health, and water and air pollution control.
The practice of environmental engineering dates back to the dawn of civilization. Ever since groups of people began living in semi-permanent settlements, they have had to deal with the challenges of providing clean water and disposing of solid waste and sewage. With the growth of cities and the advent of large-scale farming and manufacturing, people have also had to worry about air quality and soil contamination.
What do environmental engineers do?
Environmental engineers use the principles of engineering, soil science, biology and chemistry to develop solutions to environmental problems.
One of the most important responsibilities of environmental engineering is to prevent the release of harmful chemical and biological contaminants into the air, water and soil, the BLS says. This requires extensive knowledge of the chemistry and biology of the potential contaminants as well as the industrial or agricultural processes that might lead to their release. With this knowledge, new processes can be designed, or existing processes can be modified, to reduce or eliminate the release of pollutants.
Another important function performed by environmental engineers is detecting the presence of pollutants and tracking them back to their source, the BLS says. In some cases, this can present a significant challenge. For instance, the source of contamination in a lake could be anywhere within several thousands of acres of land surrounding the lake and its tributaries. Contamination of oceans can present even greater challenges in identifying the source.
Once the environmental engineer identifies a source of contamination, it must be stopped or significantly reduced. Simply shutting down a business is not always a viable option, because of the potential for severe economic consequences. Environmental engineers often work with businesses to determine ways to avoid or reduce the production of pollutants or to separate them so they can be disposed of in a safe manner.
Critical skills needed by environmental engineers include a working knowledge of chemical engineering, fluid dynamics, geography, geology and hydrology. Also, because of the numerous legal issues involved and the prevalence of litigation in environmental issues, environmental engineers must be familiar with applicable laws, and many of them are also practicing attorneys.