What We Do – Part 3: Operation and Maintenance

#1 pressure washing AlphaEFS has experience with the installation, operation and maintenance of remediation and pollution control systems. EFS is capable of taking designs prepared by others and constructing remediation systems in accordance with client specifications. Following installation, EFS personnel will operate and maintain these systems during their operating life. In the area of pollution control, we provide inspection, monitoring and maintenance services for all types of industrial, air, water and wastewater pollution control systems.

Our Operation and Maintenance Services include:

  • Remediation System Start-Up and O&M
  • Facility Decontamination/Industrial Cleaning
  • AST & UST Cleaning
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation
  • Groundwater Monitoring
  • Drum Sampling, Overpacking, & Removal

To learn more about our services, click here.

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EPA releases new landfill emission standards

landfill-879437_960_720New rules for solid waste landfills are expected to reduce methane emissions by 334,000 tons a year beginning in 2025- the equivalent of reducing 8.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to a recent press release from the EPA.

Municipal solid waste landfills are the second-largest industrial source of methane emissions in the United States, according to the EPA, and accounted for 20 percent of methane emissions in 2014. To reduce this number, certain landfills will soon be required to install and operate a gas collection control system within 30 months after gas emissions reach 34 metric tons of non-methane organic compounds or more per year. The previous threshold was 50 metric tons per year.

The new rules will apply only to landfills constructed, modified or reconstructed after July 17, 2014, with a capacity of 2.5 million metric tons and 2.5 million cubic meters of waste or more.

To learn more about EFS’ landfill services, click here.

Corrosive well water prevalent in half of U.S. states

wellHalf of U.S. states have a high prevalence of well water that’s corrosive enough to leach lead from pipes, according to a report published Wednesday by the Associated Press. The findings come from a new study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey that included an analysis of more than 20,000 wells nationwide, and found that 25 states have groundwater with a “…high prevalence of being potentially corrosive.”

Consuming corrosive water can cause health-related problems when it reacts with pipes containing lead or copper; metals from plumbing materials can mix with the water. Signs of metal in drinking water include bluish-green stains in sinks, metallic taste and small leaks in plumbing fixtures, according to the study.

The study found the highest prevalence of corrosive water primarily in the Eastern and Southeastern U.S. states, including Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island and South Carolina, as well as the District of Columbia.

It is important for well owners to maintain and monitor the water quality of wells to ensure the safety of their drinking water. Click here to learn about EFS’ well monitoring and installation services.

FREE Webinar Thurs 8/7: Identifying Your Hazardous Waste

cynthia_s_webinar_graphicBoth Federal and State laws provide for a “cradle to grave” regulation for hazardous waste disposal. At the Federal level these laws fall under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976. It is important that industries understand their responsibilities under this legislation. Join us for a free webinar August 7, 2014 that will review the means for determining what is a waste; whether Listed or Characterized. We will explore the confusing options for the management of solvent contaminated rags and wipers, management of Universal Waste, and include a case study.  Register now!

OSHA Mission Statement

With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)* to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. 

Each year, America generates tons of garbage.  Out of all that trash, there is a clean, resourceful, bright side! This bright side is commonly known as recycling.  Through recyling, the things that we thought were no longer used, become useful again!  Things such as glass, plastics, and paper are just a few of the items that can be recycled.  We should all help contribute to bettering the environment by recycling what we can, when we can.  You would be amazed at the impact your recycling can have.

Underground Storage Tank Closure & Corrective Action

Being the owner and/or operator of an underground storage tank (UST) can be overwhelming at times. Since the compliance, closure, and corrective actions are constantly changing, it poses a challenge to UST owners to not only know and follow the regulations, but to do this while being profitable. As UST owners and/or operators, one of the worst things you can hear is that there has been a release at your property. These are typically discovered during UST closure activities or other subsurface work. However, if the regulations have been followed and money has been paid into the UST fund, the good news is that financial help may be available.

The two main types of UST closures are temporary and permanent. Temporary closures occur when an UST is taken out of service for a limited period of time for one reason or another.  When an UST system is temporarily closed, you must continue operation and maintenance of corrosion protection, continue operation and maintenance of any release detection (unless the UST is empty), submit an amended registration, and the reporting requirements are still applicable.

For more information about UST, or help with tank removal, contact EFS at 317.896.1116.  Also, don’t forget to visit our website at http://www.envfied.com