Timber Creek is a “Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business”
Timber Creek has been retained by several clients / industries to provide turn-key compliance with the Texas Pollution Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for almost 50 sites covering approximately 75,000 square miles of south and south east Texas.
Timber Creek’s typical scope of work includes:
• Routine site visits and inspection of operations and records;
• Conducting storm water sampling - to include visual and chemical analyses;
• Preparation of required regulatory reports
• A review of existing Best Management Practices (BMPs) and identification of new BMPs to be implemented;
• Development/updating of site-specific SWPPP maps.
• Training for site personnel; and
• Generation of the site specific SWPPP if not already in place.
Several client facilities have been audited by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), county and/or internal auditors during the course of these projects, with positive inspection results.
Timber Creek recently completed the renewal of a Waste Water Discharge Permit for an industrial client in Houston, Texas. The renewal consisted of completion of the renewal application (with minor modifications), public notice, and response to technical comments by the TCEQ.
Timber Creek assisted a confidential client in cleaning up and closing an inactive industrial facility. The project involved the identification, consolidation, characterization, classification and disposal of XX waste streams which included hazardous, Class 1, Class 2, Class 3 and Universal wastes. Appropriate modification of waste registrations with the state were completed and all wastes shipped off-site and tracked to assure proper disposal by the waste broker. In total XX pounds of waste were removed and disposed.
Timber Creek has inspected and evaluated several public water supply wells for compliance with the safe operation of a public water system as required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). These inspections resulted in revised operations and some structural modifications to ensure safe drinking water for the on-site personnel.
Timber Creek has developed and/or revised numerous Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) plans. These have included facilities with less than 10,000 gallons of oil allowing for self-certification as well as facilities with over 10,000 gallons of oil require the stamp and seal of a Professional Engineer (P.E.).
Timber Creek completed the evaluation of a facility for compliance with the Risk Management Planning (RMP) and Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations as published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). After an evaluation of the operational considerations and the RMP/PSM requirements, the client determined that operational changes could be made to bring the facility under the 10,000 lb trigger for RMP/PSM, thereby reducing exposure and minimizing costs.
Timber Creek has completed Emission Inventory evaluations and submitted permit modification Emissions Inventory requests to the TCEQ to modify existing permits based on operational changes for an industrial client’s facilities on the Houston Ship Channel. The project involved the review and evaluation of operational changes, material substitutions/changes and calculation of emissions to ensure compliance with the existing permit.
Timber Creek provides Operations & Maintenance services for a soil/ground water remediation system used to remove Volatile and Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds from the groundwater. The scope of work includes weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual inspections, system maintenance and adjustments as required, routine reporting and response to system shut downs or failures. Through diligent maintenance and service, Timber Creek was able to increase the output of the aging system by 25% from 2013 to 2014, during Timber Creek’s first year on site.
Ground Water Remediation/Risk Assessment
Timber Creek personnel were instrumental in coordinating project efforts and regulatory negotiations with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to demonstrate that elevated levels of metals in groundwater were the result of naturally occurring background conditions (lignite formations) not the previous industrial activity at the site. This investigation and TCEQ approval were the first of its kind in Texas (according to the TCEQ) for demonstrating background conditions in groundwater. These efforts eliminated the need for costly ground water remediation and potential off-site investigations, resulting in multi-million dollar cost savings for the client.
Phase I/II ESAs
Timber Creek personnel have conducted and/or managed well over 500 Phase I Environmental Site Assessments throughout the United States for a variety of properties. Properties included: industrial; undeveloped land; nursing/retirement homes; manufacturing; trucking operations; landfills/land disposal; and hazardous waste treatment, storage, disposal facilities and greenfields. Many of the properties, due to historical impacts required a subsequent Phase II ESA, with on site sampling of soils and/or groundwater to determine the extent of historical impacts.
Risk Based Closures
Timber Creek personnel have managed or assisted with the closure of sites through the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) and the Louisiana Risk Evaluation/Corrective Action Program (RECAP). These sites have included: oil and gas field service facilities, paper mills, glass factories, and other manufacturing facilities.
Timber Creek recently assisted a client with the renewal of an Individual Permit issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The authorized activity could not be completed within the time specified in the permit and an evaluation of current conditions at the property was required before the permit could be renewed. Timber Creek reviewed existing documents, assessed and evaluated current tidal and non-tidal wetlands, conducted field studies, and submitted the findings to the Corps. The permit was subsequently re-authorized for an additional five years.
Timber Creek recently assisted a client on several project sites in Southeast Texas where pipelines crossed streams. Timber Creek conducted Wetland Delineations and Threatened & Endangered Species evaluations of each site. Detailed plant, animal and soil evaluations were completed and documented in regulatory agency compliant reports.
Pollution Control Exemption Tax Abatements
Timber Creek’s staff has managed the efforts to document, file, and negotiate Pollution Control Exemptions (PCEs) for approximately 20 clients resulting in approximately $1,000,000 in cash savings through PCEs for equipment and real estate dedicated to environmental pollution control. This little-known rule is found in the State of Texas Environmental Rules as well as the State Tax Code and allows for pollution control exemptions (similar to homestead or agricultural exemptions) for pollution control equipment that is required to comply with a Federal, State or Local environmental rule.
Our main job is education. Educating our clients about the rules and regulations they are subject to, not just WHAT they must do, but WHY, is the key to environmental compliance. In addition to this informal training, Timber Creek also provides a wide array of formal environmental training to a variety of clients. Our training packages include:
• Storm Water Pollution Prevention Compliance
• Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Compliance
• RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) Hazardous Waste
• DOT (Department of Transportation) Hazardous Materials Training
• Field sampling protocols for solid and aqueous sample collection
If you have a particular topic, we would be happy to discuss customizing a training program for you.
1011 W. Lewis Street
Conroe, Texas 77301
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• New Orleans