Environmental

ARES provides a wide range of environmental and technical services which reduce and eliminate air, water, soil, and human exposure to radioactive and chemical wastes. We’re able to solve client problems because we understand both the client’s and regulator’s perspectives and make sure our solutions comply with Federal and state regulations.

We prepare assessments and permit applications to support air and water quality and hazardous waste projects for Federal, state, and local government agencies; scientific facilities and educational institutions; and nuclear, petroleum, and mining/metals industry clients. Our licensed professional engineers, certified hazardous materials managers (CHMM), and regulatory compliance and permitting specialists and professionals have nearly five decades of environmental engineering and regulatory experience with CERCLA, RCRA, CWA, CAA, and state requirements.

Our experience in process modeling, design, and advanced technologies to address radioactive and chemical wastes includes:

  • Filtration
  • Reverse osmosis
  • Ion exchange
  • Evaporation
  • Biological treatment
  • Oxidation technologies
  • Ultraviolet treatment
  • Granular activated carbon
  • Oil and water separation
  • Zero liquid discharge (ZLD)

We design environmental protection and compliance features into our engineering solutions to address not only regulatory requirements, but also incorporate maintenance and operation features to minimize generating secondary wastes.

Selected examples of ARES’ environmental project work follow:

 

Spill-prevention Plans

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations 40 CFR 112 required a Washington-based petroleum company to prepare and implement spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) plans at its oil storage facilities. ARES conducted facility walk-downs, calculations and drawings, and PE certification to complete the plans and enable the petroleum company to meet its deadline for compliance.

100-DX Pump and Treat Project

The 100-D Area is part of the 100-HR-3 Groundwater Operable Unit, located adjacent to the Columbia River in the northeast corner of the Hanford Site.  Hexavalent chromium is the primary contaminant of concern in groundwater beneath the 100-D Area.  The 100-DX Pump and Treat Project was established to accelerate remediation of the 100-D Area in order to mitigate the impacts of contamination with respect to human health and the environment.

ARES is responsible for planning and organizing the design support for the 100-DX Pump and Treat Project to pump contaminated water from the aquifer, treat it to remove selected contaminants, and return clean water to the ground water basin. ARES is preparing drawings, treatment plans, calculations and specifications.  Specific design media consists of piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs), process flow diagrams (PFDs), piping layouts, electrical lines, remote access/wireless information systems drawings, construction specifications, procurement specifications, and test procedures.