Energy Environment Group (EEG), is a ECS subsidiary company, committed to serving all environmental aspects of ECS' large-scale EHV energy infrastructure projects and development. This exclusive environmental services group supports ECS clients with an inside view of environmental needs pertaining to transmission line, substation and switchyard construction. Experience in this specialized construction field allows EEG to customize site-specific environmental plans, generate and execute Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), install and maintain erosion and sediment controls, and implement best management practices (BMPs). EEG is committed to providing industry leading service and quality while simultaneously protecting the environment and maintaining the strictest construction schedules. Proactive efforts between EEG environmental and ECS construction personnel strengthen ECS's ability to successfully deliver highly technical and complex turnkey EHV projects in environmentally sensitive locations. EEG’s goal is to provide the highest quality of service to our clients while simultaneously protecting the environment and maintaining the strictest construction schedules. To ensure this goal, we consistently maintain close communications with our clients to ensure contractual compliance with the project's Federal, State, and local rules and regulations. Proactive efforts with construction and environmental personnel promote the successful completion of these highly technical and complex projects.
EEG understands the importance of proactive, comprehensive environmental protection, especially when related to construction projects. To achieve this level of assurance, EEG will employ dedicated onsite environmental professionals who are on call 24 hours a day and ready to respond to an environmental emergency whether it occurs in the material yard or miles down the right of way.
EEG’s primary focus is environmental compliance at construction sites. Our management team provides comprehensive, on-site compliance on all aspects of power lines or station projects. Compliance services commence with technical assessment of prepared pre-construction plans and permits, developing site-specific construction policies and procedures, and assisting the safety department with project orientation and training materials. Another very critical component of our environment compliance program is emergency response to ROW accidents. Our onsite staff provides immediate incident response and management, which significantly mitigates the impact to sensitive resources.
- Provide Preconstruction Environmental Compliance Training.
- Coordinate all Surveys and Monitoring of Sensitive Resources.
- Respond and Manage of Accidental Spills and Clean Up.
- Submit Final Project Compliance Report to Client
Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
The SWPPP is a requirement of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit. In most States, the permit is required on construction sites larger than one acre. General requirements of the NPDES general permit are as follows:
- Submission of Notice of Intent (NOI), Site Location Maps, and Fee;
- Development, Implementation, and Maintenance of a SWPPP;
- Install, Maintain, and Remove BMPs and;
- Submission of Notice of Termination (NOT) after Achieving Stabilization.
Erosion and Sediment Control
To maintain water quality and protect aquatic resources, the onsite staff effectively designs and implements erosion and sediment controls on all disturbed areas during construction. Erosion control measures employed by EEG include culvert installation, rock lined low water crossings and ditches, silt fence installation, soil stabilizers, slope stabilization, vegetation protection, and land restoration.
- Scheduling of Construction Activities
- Selection and Installation of BMPs
- Monitoring and Maintenance of BMPs
- Removal of Temporary BMPs After Stabilization
The sensitive resource monitors actively implements, maintains, and monitors all biological, cultural, and paleontology resources as required under Federal, State, and local law. The environmental team has experience working with sensitive resources and managing professional third-party monitors to ensure environmental compliance regarding sensitive species and habitat. EEG’s staff will conduct new employee and visitor training on biological, cultural, and paleontological resources, and alert them on their responsibilities under the law. Environmental Training will cover key components of resource protection ranging from sensitive species identification and recognition of construction exclusion zones to contact information when encountering a possible artifact or fossil.
- Preconstruction Surveys on right of way, office sites, and storage yards for Biological, Cultural, and Paleontological Resources.
- Construction Monitoring for Sensitive Biological, Cultural, and Paleontological Resources.
- Identification and Confirmation of Biological, Cultural, and Paleontological Resources.
- Mitigation Measures for Biological, Cultural, and Paleontological Resources.
- Final Report and Resource Cataloging.
Land Management and Right -of- Way Management
EEG understands that for a project to meet completion dates, the construction crews must have access to the site. After obtaining the environmental permits, our staff is on site preparing plans required to gain access to the right of way or substation site. Our team has working experience with a wide variety of land use areas to include wildlife habitat, recreational, historic, and agricultural. Mitigation activities utilized during construction include the following:
- Speed limits on access roads, weed washing, and spill response-fire prevention materials located with construction crews.
- Construction disturbances are kept within the ROW and access road easements. BMPs are installed and maintained to prevent erosion.
- Construction areas are shifted, whenever possible, to nonagricultural land or less sensitive crops and are timed, when practical, to minimize disruption.
EEG personnel will expedite the access road construction and right of way clearing activities by personally managing the installation of culverts, silt fence, Arizona crossings, construction entrances, and other BMPs. EEG’s civil group possesses the experienced personnel and fleet of heavy equipment to self perform all aspects of access road and tower pad construction.
Dust Control - Air Quality
As air quality becomes more prevalent, our team takes a proactive approach in planning and managing the dust control and equipment emissions from our project. EEG’s onsite staff, in coordination with the road and foundation construction crews, actively prevents and reduces anthropogenic dust emissions through the implementation of a Dust Control Plan.
All onsite combustible materials are managed by the project’s Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans. Through the use of regularly scheduled meetings, onsite personnel are made aware of all potentially hazardous materials and are instructed in proper handling procedures. These measures are instrumental in preventing onsite accidental spills, spontaneous burning, and the release of objectionable odors or fumes.