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UEG Consulting Services

  • Environmental Consulting
  • Engineering Design
  • Soil & Groundwater Remediation Design
  • Wastewater/Stormwater Permitting & Compliance
  • Clean Water Act 316(a) and 316(b) Strategic Support
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits
  • Significant Industrial User (SIU) Pre-Treatment Permits
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs)
  • Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plans
  • Litigation Support
  • Regulatory Compliance Training
  • Water Sustainability

Selected Project Experience of UEG Personnel

Industrial Wastewater and Stormwater Compliance/Evaluations

  • Permitted multiple complex water and wastewater projects including:
    • Obtaining NPDES permits for peak-generating, coal-fired, and gas-fired combined cycle power generation facilities in multiple states, including a provision to allow a facility to utilize treated POTW influent as the power generation facility’s influent.
    • Permitting discharges from a wet corn milling facility that discharges to Lake Michigan, an outstanding state resource water that requires facilities to comply with stringent end-of-pipe (no mixing zone allowance) limitations. The permit allows the facility to continue to operate at capacity.
    • Permitting discharges from a coke plant in Pittsburgh, PA that was driven by a Consent Order between the client and PADEP, USEPA, and the local health department resulting in compliance with a Consent Order with minimal to no fines.
    • Obtaining NPDES Permit with a waiver to allow a chemical manufacturing facility in Illinois to increase their discharge while maintaining compliance with stringent anti-degradation requirements.
  • Obtained temperature variances under Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 316(a) for several Indiana clients to allow them to discharge to effluent-dominated streams saving the clients millions of dollars in chiller systems.
  • Provided strategic compliance services for compliance with the newly promulgated CWA Section 316(b) regulations for existing manufacturing and electric generation facilities clients. Support includes implementing intake monitoring field studies, providing technology design assistance, and preparing the information necessary for compliance with the CWA Section 316(b) rule, resulting in millions of dollars in savings for client facilities.
  • Developed a multi-stage strategic compliance approach for an oil re-refining facility to comply with stringent pre-treatment permit cyanide limits. The approach, which consisted of re-developing the cyanide limit, obtaining a site-specific criterion modification from the State of Indiana, and assessing treatment options for cyanide, averted an impending “cease and desist” order.
  • Conducted multiple waste minimization evaluations, prepared Spill Contingency Plans, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, and Facility Response Plans for multiple industrial sites throughout the U.S.

Conceptual Engineering Design

  • Implemented engineering evaluations for several clients including:
    • Conducting conceptual engineering evaluations for different make-up and discharge scenarios for a future gas-fired combined-cycle power generation facility to be located along Lake Manassas in Virginia.
    • Providing conceptual-level costs for several scenarios to meet stringent effluent nutrient limits for either direct discharge to the lake or to maximize the re-use of the water (via treatment) for subsequent discharge to the local POTW.
    • Evaluating potential treatment options/water discharge scenarios for an integrated steel mill in northwest Indiana, including the impacts of effluent water quantity and characteristics associated with current and future shutdown of coke batteries at the steel mill’s coke plant. This evaluation was used to assess cost impacts to wastewater permitting/treatment related to the shutdowns.
    • Evaluating existing pre-treatment system process for removing fats and oil and grease (FOG) from a waste stream at a chemical plant originating from a process that produces shave gel products. The evaluation included in-lab jar tests of polymers and other chemicals to test effectiveness of treatment, operation of a pilot unit consisting of batch tanks and a pilot-scale filter press, conduction of a treatability study on the full-scale system, and data evaluation for preparation of a report for recommended improvements.
    • Evaluating flow and quality of a blast furnace recycle system for an integrated steel mill along Lake Michigan which consisted of chemical addition to control scale and corrosion, clarification, settling, and dewatering utilizing vacuum filtration.
    • Evaluating technologies to remove total suspended solids (TSS) containing lead from waste stream originating from a basic oxygen furnace gas cleaning system. Duties included site visits to sample stream, surveying available space for installation of treatment equipment, and vendor consultations.

Remedial Study/Design

  • Conducted pilot studies at a former oil shale retorting site located in Rock Springs, WY. Designed a pilot-scale system to test the effectiveness of in-situ bioremediation of organic contaminants in the groundwater. Interacted with the construction vendor during construction and operation, data evaluation, and preparation of a remedial alternative analysis report.
  • Implemented a focused feasibility study (FFS) at a former waste management area at an air force base in San Antonio, TX used to manage solvents primarily consisting of chlorobenzenes. Primary author/lead engineer for the preparation of 30 percent conceptual design documents for the chosen alternatives.
  • Conducted a treatability study to test the effectiveness of removing light non-aqueous phase liquid (LNAPL), ground water containing dissolved constituents of LNAPL, and soil vapor under vacuum-enhanced extraction using vacuum enhanced removal technology (“bioslurping”). Prepared specifications and drawings for bidding, obtained vendor quotations, worked with the vendor during design, and implemented the system.

Water Sustainability Experience

  • Developed a program to allow an international clothing manufacturer to assess their water use footprint at their owned and operated (O&O) facilities throughout the world. The O&O portion included their sewing and washing facilities, their administrative offices, and their multiple retail stores. The information was used by the client as the first step for a world-wide water stewardship program that was successfully implemented.
  • Evaluated an international bottling corporation’s water use, proposed opportunities for water reduction, and acted as primary technical advisor in developing a corporate-wide goal for optimization of water use.
  • Estimated water footprints for the airline and amusement industries which will be used to implement a corporate-wide water sustainability program for each industry.