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NWA has completed many environmental compliance audits. These are completed directly through clients or through legal counsel. NWA has completed environmental program or media audits, comprehensive EHS audits, management system audits, and third party vendor audits.
Compliance audits have been completed for mining, aerospace, chemical, semiconductor, utilities, recycling, hazardous waste facilities, landfills, manufacturing and service clients.
Typical audit scope includes recommendations for continuous improvement and enhancement to the management system for sustaining compliance.
Follow up client requested activities may also include the development of management plans, operational procedures and training as necessary.
NWA has an established expertise in permitting and regulatory compliance and offers an expert perspective on challenging permit conditions and unexpected excursions. We maintain associate relationships with a diversity of specialty consultants and service contractors, including engineers and industrial hygienists. We provide a robust consulting team able to meet a wide variety of client needs for support communicating with regulatory agencies. The technical and regulatory team is mutually supportive and provides the client with a deliverable through in-house staff and our associates. If there is work that can be handled more effectively by any of our other associates, we will gladly provide the client with a referral.
NWA develops plans for various types of clients including emergency response and contingency plans, spill prevention control and counter measure plans, storm water pollution prevention plans, waste management plans, waste analysis plans, hazardous materials management plans, and pollution prevention plans. The plans have been developed as stand-alone plans for a particular program or integrated. In addition, we develop and implement emergency response exercises to test response capabilities of emergency response teams.
NWA's understanding of the training requirements and regulatory requirements associated with the plans provide value-added service. We strive to tailor the plans to meet regulatory requirements, and the level of response and training required to meet client needs.
Environmental and Safety training can be customized for site specific client needs. Our services have included training needs assessments, development of training packages for delivery by the client and training presentations.
Types of training have included:
NWA provides short-term temporary staffing for environmental, health and safety related support. Typical assignments are on an as needed basis and may range from several days a week for several weeks to many months as a contingent EHS onsite worker. NWA has provided this type of service to mining, aerospace, semiconductor and manufacturing clients.
Working on a client's site allows us to better understand client needs and allows us to provide a more effective service as an immediate resource.
Examples of EHS programs we support:
NWA provides hazardous waste compliance assistance. This has included compliance reviews, development of procedures, management plans, and training. Representative hazardous waste compliance support has included the following:
Environmental site assessments (Phase I,II,III) have been completed for property transfers and acquisitions. NWA has completed a number of environmental site assessments for industrial parks, industrial properties and historic Brownfield Sites. Work has been performed for industrial manufacturing clients, law firms, and Tribal agencies. We typically will bring in some of our other technical partners when conducting site assessments that may involve subsurface sampling and site characterization. The Principal of the firm and our Senior Scientist meet the definition of an "environmental professional" under the ASTM Standards and federal regulations for environmental site assessments.
NWA provides water and wastewater monitoring and compliance support in accordance with EPA and local requirements. NWA staff have analytical research lab experience and are familiar with sampling protocols and the use of sampling equipment.
Support has included the following:
NWA provides technical support for certain types of litigation or agency administrative actions. The Principal of the firm has served as both an expert witness and expert consultant. This effort has included technical research, depositions, and court testimony.
NWA has also provided consulting services to State, Local and Tribal government agencies. This has included research projects, development of guidelines and procedures, sampling plans, health and safety plans, development of draft ordinances, draft program authorization packages, and environmental site assessments. Other expert consultant services have been provided for administrative actions involving emergency planning and community right to know reporting, solid waste landfill and recycling facilities.
Chemical spill and off-site impact assessments for planning have been performed by NWA to document general duty obligations and to meet corporate standards. NWA has also completed chemical security vulnerability assessment work as per Federal requirements.
This effort typically includes an assessment of current chemical handling practices, controls, and best practices based upon industry standards and regulations.
NWA utilizes our proprietary data management system designed to simplify chemical accounting and reporting requirements for compliance with programs such as; EPCRA Tier I/II, Fire Safety Hazardous Materials Management Plan (HMMP/HMIS), General Duty Clause (GDC), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Our platform processes the chemical information based on product characteristics (product density, percent chemical constituency, and product-state as gas, liquid, or solid) and associated hazards to generate consistent and accurate information for reporting and planning purposes.
NWA has provided consulting services to clients including written health and safety plans, emergency action plans, confined space procedures, job hazard assessments, safety manuals, lock out tag out procedures, safety surveys, health and safety training, respirator protection and hazard communication written programs.