Environmental Services

Environmental Services - Power Facilities - Versar, Inc.

Power Facilities

Versar has worked on state and federal power plant licensing, permitting, and assessment issues in 16 states. Our staff has detailed knowledge of the licensing and permitting issues encountered by power generating and transmitting facilities; the related environmental issues that attract public interest; and the attributes of the natural environment that are sensitive to power-related effects. Versar power consultants have worked in this area for four decades. We routinely prepare or analyze environmental review documents for proposed facilities; draft testimony for licensing proceedings; and provide expert witness testimony on power facility environmental impacts.

Versar has prepared numerous types of power facility documents including:

Clean Water Act 316(a)(b)

  • Overview of CWA Section 316(a) Evaluations of Power Plants with Thermal Discharges in Maryland, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Workshop on Clean Water Act Section 316(a)
  • State of Maryland Perspectives on Cooling Water Intake Technologies to Protect Aquatic Organisms, EPRI conference on Clean Water Act Section 316(b)

Transmission Line Siting and Evaluation

  • Using GIS to Support Environmental Stewardship Objectives in Maryland Rights of Way in the 7th International Symposium on Environmental Concerns in Rights of Way Management.

We have supported Clean Water Act compliance in six states including Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, North Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia. Versar scientists developed expert review of impingement and entrainment studies, thermal impact studies, and proposals for information collection and comprehensive demonstration studies for several recent projects. We evaluated hydrothermal and biological components of a demonstration project for the State of Vermont, and reviewed compliance of thermal discharges and cooling water intake structures for Delaware facilities with state water quality standards and CWA 316(a).

For transmission line siting and evaluation, Versar has developed accurate digital geographic databases, LiDAR analysis tools, spatial evaluation metrics, advanced siting algorithms, and National Environmental Quality Act-like cumulative impact assessments; and enhanced the EPRI transmission line siting method to incorporate stakeholders' input and regulatory conditions. We are also identifying tools that the Maryland Power Plant Research Program can use to evaluate the effects of underwater transmission lines.

Versar also has experience with radiological monitoring, where we determine the behavior and fate of individual radionuclides in an ecosystem and determine the transport of radionuclides within the food web. For these types of efforts, Versar evaluates radiation dose to humans through the ingestion pathway associated with normal operations of nuclear power plants in Maryland's vicinity and monitors radionuclides in air, potable water, milk, and precipitation.