Environmental Consulting Company Texas
Berg Compliance Solutions is a full service environmental consulting firm located in Texas.
We provide environmental services through the state including Austin, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and beyond.
We specialize in helping the manufacturing industry comply with TCEQ and EPA regulations
In our experience, the most common environmental compliance violations in Texas involve the following regulations:
- Stormwater Permits: Storm water permit regulations are triggered by SIC codes, and virtually all manufacturers SIC codes trigger, yet a vast majority of small Texas manufacturers are unaware of the regulation. The biggest regulatory requirement is development and managing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). Requirements include drafting a customized SWPPP which addresses all of your facility requirements, training employees, conducting regular inspections to insure SWPPP compliance, stormwater testing, etc.
- Hazardous Waste Management: The most common violations include failure to determine the company’s generator status, failure to properly label hazardous waste containers, and failure to complete waste determinations for all industrial waste streams generated at a facility.
- Air Permitting; The vast majority of Texas manufacturers and unaware of TCEQ’s air permitting regulations. The most common violations involve failure to claim Permit by Rules, or PBR’s. TCEQ has approximately 300 PBRs which address virtually all common air emissions from manufacturing. These aren’t actual air permits, but companies must determine which PBRs apply to their operations, and then claim and document the appropriate Permit by Rules. Most are very simple, but many require extensive emission tracking requirements. The most common such PBR is for Surface Coatings and Painting. Companies who exceed PBR emissions may have to apply for a New Source Review Air Permit, or NSR. This is a complicated and costly air permit that can take up to 2 years to obtain.
- Hazardous Materials Reporting: The most common violations include failure to submit TRI and Tier II annually. These hazardous materials reporting requirements trigger when companies exceed storage and/or usage of certain hazardous materials.
Failure to manage these environmental regulations is very common, especially for small manufacturers, but can result in major environmental fines and penalties.
For companies who are unsure if they’re managing these regulations, we recommend participating in TCEQ’s Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Privilege Act.
The Texas EHS Audit Privilege Act is a TCEQ incentive program which provides non-compliant companies full immunity from environmental fines and penalties if they do 3 things:
- Provide notice of intent to conduct an environmental audit, including dates and locations, prior to start of audit
- Provide a disclosure of violations, specifying all environmental compliance violations.
- Follow through with all needed corrective actions within a “reasonable amount of time” which normally means within 90 days. Extensions can be granted for valid reasons.
Berg Compliance Solutions has helped many small Texas manufacturers navigate the TX EHS Audit Privilege Act and stand ready to help yours too.
We’ve helped many small companies through this environmental audit process, as well as assisting with all environmental compliance corrective actions identified during the audit.
Texas companies who complete this environmental audit process will achieve environmental compliance, and thus protect themselves from potentially devastating environmental fines and penalties, as well as protect their local communities from potential damage and contamination.
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