Environmental Consulting

Negotiating the complexities of environmental issues can be challenging and time consuming. Terracon relies upon demonstrated experience and knowledge of local conditions and regulations to deliver solutions that are timely, practical and make good business sense.

Services


Environmental Site Assessments and InvestigationsBack to Top

Terracon conducts assessments and investigations ranging from ASTM Phase I environmental site assessments (ESAs) to limited site or extensive subsurface investigations, complete with field service capability and a diverse staff of environmental assessment professionals. To support quality field efforts, Terracon owns and operates some of the most advanced technological equipment available (mobile Geoprobes, vapor analyzers, geophysical instrumentation, etc.) plus a fleet of truck and track mounted drill rigs and remedial service trucks.


Remedial Design and ImplementationBack to Top

A recognized leader in the environmental industry, Terracon develops remedial solutions that give you a competitive advantage in your specific market. Our solutions combine proven engineering services with forward thinking and innovative technologies when dealing with soil and groundwater remediation. Our ability to provide environmental engineering services for a wide variety of tasks ensures strong technical support throughout all phases of the project. Our clients benefit from cost-effective, timely solutions that balance economic resources to environmental challenges. Remediation services include:

  • Corrective Action Plans
  • Remedial System Design Development
  • Remedial Construction
  • Remedial System O&M


Brownfields and Site RedevelopmentBack to Top

Brownfields, environmental assessments, cleanup and stigmatized collateral are all part of the same business dilemma: how to make sustainable redevelopment happen on contaminated properties. Terracon’s knowledge and proven experience combines reconstruction with environmental remedy. Through consulting “beyond the chemistry,” Terracon provides our brownfields assessment and redevelopment clients with property-specific solutions at the pace required of business, not environmental regulation. Local governments or private developers desiring to capitalize on Brownfields programs as part of their redevelopment strategy can benefit from Terracon’s award-winning private and public site redevelopment experience, including:

  • Grant Writing, Management, and Reporting
  • Brownfields Program Management and Support
  • Community Involvement Plans, Outreach, and Engagement
  • Brownfields Inventories/Property Prioritization and Ranking 
  • EPA Brownfields Property Eligibility Analyses
  • All Appropriate Inquiries and Continuing Obligations Support
  • Quality Assurance Project Plans 
  • Phase I and II Site Assessments
  • EPA Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives
  •  Electronic Data Systems Design and Management
  • Institutional Controls
  • Strategic Corrective Action
  • Environmental Property Stewardship Documents and Management
  • Property Acquisition Negotiation and Transaction Support


Natural Resources and NEPA ServicesBack to Top

Many of Terracon’s industrial and corporate clients, as well as our public agency clients, need to close and transfer properties that they own, or update existing resource management plans for those properties. Terracon’s ecologists and environmental scientists have the expertise and experience to prepare resource management plans and guide our clients through the associated regulatory processes. NEPA The requirements established under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) can present a formidable obstacle to development projects. Our experience has shown that a carefully considered review of environmental concerns can provide an effective framework for both development and conservation of natural resources. We have assisted clients with natural resource management through the performance of multi-disciplined analyses, planning and design projects. Wetlands Delineation Terracon also offers a full range of wetland services, ranging from the initial wetland determination to developing a wetland mitigation plan and submitting a permit application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). In order to achieve the project goals, we work closely with clients and the USACE to determine optimal use of the property, while taking into consideration existing wetlands and proposed mitigation areas.

  • National Environmental Policy Act, NEPA, (EIS, EA,CE)
  • Threatened and Endangered Species Surveys
  • Natural Resources Management Plans
  • Preliminary Wetland Assessments/Delineation
  • Wetland Permitting, Mitigation, and Design
  • Permit Application Preparation
  • Wetland Construction Specifications and Contract Documents
  • Annual Wetland Monitoring
  • Stream Delineation and Mitigation
  • Water Quality Assessments
  • Critical Issues Analysis
  • Avian and Bat Surveys
  • Bat Monitoring
  • Mist Netting
  • Raptor Nesting Surveys
  • Natural Resource Damage Assessments
  • Biological Assessments
  • Wildlife Hazard Assessments
  • Habitat Assessments


Cultural ResourcesBack to Top

As an additional benefit to our clients, Terracon offers Cultural Resource Management in our scope of services. Terracon’s archaeologists and historic preservation experts specialize in identification, survey, research and evaluation. They provide comprehensive assessments and appropriate recommendations, while considering the budget and time constraints of the client. Archaeological services include:

  • Archaeological Archival Research
  • Pedestrian Surveys
  • Phase I Archaeological Investigations
  • Phase II Archaeological Investigations
  • Artifact Analysis
  • Report Preparation
  • Site Registration

Historic preservation services include:

  • Historic Structure Surveys
  • Design Guidelines
  • Development Histories
  • Architectural, History and Attrition Analysis
  • Heritage Education
  • Section 106 Process
  • National Register of Historic Places (NHRP) Nominations
  • Guidance for the Establishment of a Certified Local Government (CLG) program

The Cultural Resource Management staff has been a vital component of the Terracon service line since 2003. With specially trained staff in the areas of architectural and cultural history, as well as historic preservation, the Cultural Resource Management group can shepherd clients through the maze of federal and state regulations to achieve an outcome that bridges the preservation requirements of national law and the business needs of our clients. Our investigations have spanned the Southeastern United States in both rural and urban areas. In addition to full-scale archaeological and historic preservation surveys, we can assist clients with additional services such as publication production, public educational meetings and presentations to civic organizations and neighborhood groups.


Industrial Hygiene and Occupational SafetyBack to Top

Industrial Hygiene Services

Occupational health is a critical part of a productive and safe workplace. Exposures to chemicals, noise, vapors, hazardous materials, and biological contaminants can result in serious health problems. Our qualified staff of Certified Industrial Hygienists and occupational health specialists has extensive experience detecting hazards, monitoring exposures, evaluating risks, and formulating measures to correct problems. Terracon has established itself as one of the strongest and most responsive providers of industrial hygiene services in the western United States. This reputation has been gained from decades of experience and a wide variety of projects ranging from individual employee exposure evaluations to community-wide health research projects. 

Terracon has one of the largest occupational health and safety consulting groups in the country with 22 Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIH) and 13 Certified Safety Professionals (CSP). Our qualified industrial hygiene consultants assist clients in addressing various questions that include: What hazards are present in the workplace? How should these hazards be addressed? How must employers reduce worker risks? What legal, economic, and regulatory liabilities are present? How can a company improve the link between management and safety culture?

  • OSHA Compliance Surveys
  • On-site Health and Safety Management
  • Noise Surveys and Hearing Protection Programs
  • Developing Training and Compliance Programs
  • Ionizing/Non-ionizing Radiation (EMF/ELF)
  • Hazard Communication Programs
  • Ventilation System Evaluations
  • Confined Space Evaluations
  • Respiratory Protection Programs
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Worker Exposure Evaluations
  • Chemical Hygiene Plans
  • Heat/Cold Stress
  • Expert Witness
  • Indoor Air Quality Testing
  • Building Ventilation Evaluations
  • Employee Evaluations and Questionnaires
  • Microbiological Assessments

Asbestos and Lead Services

In the past, asbestos, lead-based paint, and other hazardous materials were used during the construction of schools, office buildings, churches, hospitals, and other structures. Asbestos is found in surfacing treatments, pipe insulation, and a wide variety of other building components. Lead-containing products are present in paint, glazes, plumbing fixtures, and steel structures. As these materials age, they deteriorate, and if not managed properly by experienced professionals, may present health risks to building occupants and maintenance workers.

Terracon is one of the premier providers of asbestos management and lead-based paint consulting services throughout the western U.S. Our experience includes thousands of projects involving the identification and abatement of hazardous materials prior to demolition and renovation activities. Terracon offers a full-spectrum of asbestos consulting services that include inspections, assessments, specifications development, abatement monitoring, and clearance testing.

  • Comprehensive Surveys
  • Abatement Design/Specification Development
  • Abatement Management and Monitoring
  • Operations and Maintenance Plans
  • Respiratory Protection and Worker Hygiene
  • Lead-Based Paint Survey
  • X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Surveys
  • Lead Abatement Design and Management
  • Soil and Dust Sampling Programs
  • Lead Risk Assessments
  • Community Lead Exposure Surveys
  • EPA and OSHA Required Training


Regulatory ComplianceBack to Top

Terracon can be your most cost-effective environmental due diligence resource for the preparation of compliance documents such as permit applications, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans, wastewater discharges or air emissions as well as plans for stormwater pollution prevention, chemical accident prevention, emergency response and waste management unit closures. With a professional staff of environmental engineers, regulatory compliance specialists, chemists, hydrologists, geologists and risk assessment specialists, Terracon can help you evaluate and resolve the regulation and management of hazardous materials required to get your project off the ground and moving.


Environmental Management SystemsBack to Top

Terracon’s IT Solutions Department has the expertise to design custom web-based applications that categorize, organize and schedule the seemingly endless tasks and deadlines required by environmental permits, regulations, or internal policies and procedures. These solutions provide simple and effective tools that help an organization audit the quality of environmental compliance and associated management systems. Using such systems helps assure and maintain compliance while promoting lower cost and proactive environmental management. These cost savings translate directly into increased profits. These applications are developed to provide end-users with an easy-to-use interface to make data entry efficient and intuitive. Reports are generated in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format so that they can be easily printed, saved or e-mailed. Terracon works with each client to develop the appropriate roles and security levels within each application. Terracon’s implementation process is a cornerstone for developing a cost-effective environmental management system. After a thorough review of all source documents provided by the client, Terracon identifies the tasks that are necessary to maintain compliance. The task is then entered into a database with other important information. Reporting responsibilities are clearly identified including external reports to regulatory agencies and internal management reports.


Solid Waste Planning and DesignBack to Top

It is inevitable that we will always produce and dispose of solid waste. However, more stringent regulations and increased public scrutiny have made locating and designing new solid waste facilities quite challenging. Terracon offers a full array of environmental consulting engineering services to municipalities, counties and private entities involved in solid waste management. Our local expertise, paired with our national network of offices, can provide you with innovative and cost-effective solutions to meet all of your waste management needs. We can assist clients through all phases of landfill development. In addition to registered professionals who perform landfill design, we can provide geotechnical engineering, hydrogeologic, construction quality assurance and construction materials testing services.


Negotiating on behalf of client mergers and acquisitionsBack to Top

Your Priorities

Mergers and acquisitions are time-critical endeavors that often require a skilled environmental team that is able to identify and address business and environmental issues on behalf of buyers or sellers. Experience and successful closings count when selecting the environmental professionals on the deal team. Not only do you need experienced professionals, but a firm that has the skills to identify and quantify environmental risk and cost so that the deal team can make informed decisions.

Our Experience

We have assisted with assessing site conditions, outlining likely remedial and compliance issues, developing costs to implement applicable response actions, and assisting in the negotiation of contractual responsibility for environmental matters. We are often retained to implement the required or agreed to responses at a site on behalf of our clients.

Meeting your needs

Our experience with a broad range of industry types and a broad range of buyers, sellers, and their representatives provides us with a unique perspective. That perspective allows us to understand both sides of the technical arguments and develop effective representation of our client’s interests. We also routinely complete projects on a very fast track, and are comfortable in meeting scheduling needs while maintaining high quality of findings and conclusions.