Hazardous Waste/ Hazardous Materials Management
Versar provides a range of services related to hazardous waste and hazardous materials management from permitting support to compliance with Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980, and from emergency response training to hazardous waste facility decommissioning.
Emergency Planning And Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA) Support
There are four major provisions of EPCRA:
- Emergency Planning (Sections 301 – 303)
- Emergency Release Notification (Section 304)
- Hazardous Chemical Storage Reporting (Sections 311 – 312)
Toxic Chemical Release Inventory (Section 313)
Versar provides a variety of services that relate to EPCRA requirements:
- The development of integrated contingency plans and emergency response plans (including Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) plans and related plans for effective emergency response)
- Risk management plans prepared under the authority of section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act) and often for extremely hazardous substances
- Toxics Release Inventory Chemical Release Reporting Form R/Form A
Chemical inventory development (EPCRA Tier I/II Chemical Inventory Annual Reporting) and database applications tracking; hazardous materials pharmacy/hazardous materials pharmacy operations; and recycling operations)
Interactions with local emergency planning commissions and state emergency response commission officials; fire departments; and other first responders to incidents involving chemical spills, explosions, or other safety hazards to public health and the environment.
Versar provides strategic regulatory services to our clients to ensure compliance with the complicated RCRA hazardous waste standards and requirements. Specific service areas include permit application development (Parts A and B); permit review; regulatory negotiations; professional engineer certification of permitted modifications and corrective actions; and implementation/certification of closure plans.
Other services routinely provided by Versar related to RCRA compliance include:
- Clean closure sampling and certification for treatment units at regulated facilities
- Part A/B permit application support to consolidate multiple permits at a complex federal facility
- Facility hazardous waste audits with management action plans
- Revisions of existing permits to add storage units at a permitted facility
- Contingency plans for generators of hazardous waste
Asbestos, Lead Based Paint, Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBS), and Mold
The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) provides EPA with authority to require reporting; record keeping and testing requirements; and restrictions relating to chemical substances and/or mixtures. TSCA addresses the production, importation, use, and disposal of specific chemicals including, PCBs, asbestos, radon, and lead-based paint (LBP). Versar's has extensive experience with PCBs, asbestos, radon, and LBP.
Versar has successfully developed, implemented, and completed more than 1,700 asbestos, LBP, mold, and PCB hazard management programs throughout the continental United States and abroad. We are capable of providing complete hazard management services, including:
- Initial building surveys and site inspections
- Laboratory analysis of bulk samples for asbestos content
- Field analysis of LBP by portable X-ray fluorescence detection
- PCB sampling and analysis plans for onsite transformers or those requiring disposal
- Identification and development of hazard assessments (asbestos, LBP, radon, mold, PCBs, and mercury)
- Quantifications of asbestos-containing materials
- Development of abatement cost estimates
- Coordination of abatement and building remediation, including closeout certification
- Preparation of operations and maintenance programs
Our experience with lead-based paint and mold is similarly impressive. Versar has performed industrial hygiene inspections, testing, and analytical services for thousands of properties nationwide for many years. Versar’s consulting business in these areas is related to our clients buying, selling, developing, and managing real estate, or our Department of Defense (DoD) customers assessing, evaluating, and improving homes, offices, and related facilities on federal installations associated with privatization. When clients evaluate property for acquisition or when they undertake redevelopment of property, it is not uncommon for asbestos, lead-based paint, PCBs, mercury-containing light switches, or mold issues to be identified. Once an issue is identified, Versar helps clients address it to enable them to comply with various environmental regulations, DoD instructions, and to facilitate business risk management decisions.
Above Ground Storage Tank (AST) & Underground Storage Tank (UST) Management
Versar’s experience with AST and UST management plans is extensive and takes full advantage of our database development and implementation skills, as well as our knowledge of environmental regulations, policies, and best practices related to the installation, operation, and maintenance of AST/UST systems.
Versar has experience with the following kinds of projects:
- Creating an integrated data management system to store positional information related to USTs, sample locations, monitoring systems, and drawing files
- Developing and maintaining an administrative record for a UST site undergoing remediation or subject to other regulatory matters
- Development of solutions for AST/UST monitoring, including supervisory control and data acquisition systems for inventory management, alarm conditions, and site access
- Preparation of facility-specific management plans that summarize current tank system conditions, identifying areas of non-compliance, and providing recommendations for corrective actions to bring AST/UST systems into compliance with applicable state regulations.
Environmental Training Programs
For many of our clients, we provide multiple-day training classes on environmental compliance and awareness in the areas of:
- SPCC and facility response plans
- Storm water pollution prevention plans and national pollutant discharge elimination system discharge reporting
- Air operating permit compliance
- RCRA hazardous waste management
- Department of Transportation/Hazardous Materials Transportation Act
- Toxics management
- AST/UST compliance
Versar can provide training assistance with every conceivable element of environmental training for your staff, in your schools or workplace, and as part of a public outreach program. Versar has provided training support for government and private sector clients for many years. We developed a complete RCRA training program for one of our Air Force customers. We compiled a set of environmental awareness videos and prepared self-directed training and learning materials for a web-based training approach. To help our customers define specific training needs, we may conduct an assessment of facility-wide environmental safety and occupational health training needs to establish a baseline of training programs, content, resources, and documentation. Our trainers will work directly with you to establish training requirements, training objectives, and certification needs, and can customize a curriculum that works for you.