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Pyburn & Odom MCA during the early years, primarily in the 60’s and 70’s, developed the largest locally owned environmental group in the region with emphasis on bio assay and water quality related services. With the advent of Federal and National policies and acts, Pyburn & Odom MCA has kept pace with industry needs and today is deeply involved in all aspects of environmental design.

PERMITTING AND REGULATORY ASSISTANCE

In the various areas of regulations and permitting, Pyburn & Odom MCA maintains a current set of all Federal and State Regulations. Pyburn & Odom MCA's environmental staff is well versed in Federal Regulations including the EPA RCRA, SARA Title III, CERCLA, Clean Air Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, OSHA, and FERC environmental regulations. Pyburn & Odom MCA's office is also located in close proximity to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and Wildlife and Fisheries. Pyburn & Odom MCA maintains close contact with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is located within an hour of the New Orleans District Office.

Permits have been prepared on various projects including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 and 10 permits, Part B Scenic River Permits, and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). Currently, Pyburn & Odom MCA is employed to assist clients with developing permits in accordance with the new storm water permit requirements.

 

ASBESTOS DETECTION & ABATEMENT

Pyburn & Odom MCA provides a full range of asbestos management services to assist building owners and facility operators to control and manage the hazards of asbestos-containing materials (ACM). Pyburn & Odom MCA bases recommendations for corrective action on detailed assessment of exposure risks, the impact to on-going operations, modernization, renovation and expansion plans, and consideration of the health and safety of workers or building occupants. Our services include: 

Asbestos Detection and Assessment - Utilizing experienced EPA-certified inspectors and management planners (AHERA), Pyburn & Odom MCA identifies, tests, quantifies and assesses the condition of all suspect materials.  The results of our survey are presented using computerized drawings and data bases. 

Asbestos Management Programs - Operation & Maintenance Programs (O&M) may be developed by the firm's EPA-certified management planners and designers to control the hazards of ACM in place. Programs include the appropriate abatement actions, periodic surveillance, and training. 

Building Occupant Awareness Education Training - When the presence of asbestos is confirmed in a building or facility and the owner is preparing to implement an abatement action, Pyburn & Odom MCA can deliver awareness training to educate occupants to utilize procedures to reduce the potential exposure of asbestos. 

Abatement Design and Construction Monitoring - Utilizing an architect/engineering approach, Pyburn & Odom MCA's experienced designers can achieve cost effective designs for the safe abatement of asbestos. During the construction phase of an abatement or removal project, Pyburn & Odom MCA delivers construction management to reduce the owner's risk and liability.

LEAD PAINT DETECTION AND ABATEMENT 

Pyburn & Odom MCA has developed a comprehensive approach to manage abatement of lead-containing paint in buildings, industrial facilities, and housing projects.  The technical approach to manage lead includes a survey and material assessment, risk management including initial and periodic cleaning, small-scale removals, encapsulation, enclosure, and periodic monitoring. 

Services include: 

Lead Detection and Assessment - Pyburn & Odom MCA's comprehensive survey for lead-based paints was designed to follow the HUD interim guidelines. The material is tested and quantified, the condition is assessed, and the results of the survey are presented using computerized drawings and data bases. Pyburn & Odom MCA will test for lead utilizing X-Ray Fluorescence and Atomic Absorption Spectrometry. 

Risk Management Approach - When material condition permits and occupant and renovation/modernization impact has been assessed, Pyburn & Odom MCA may recommend an in-place management program. This program may involve initial and periodic cleaning and periodic monitoring (as an interim control measure). Additionally, Pyburn & Odom MCA may specify small-scale removals, encapsulation and enclosures to extend the useful life of the program. 

Lead Abatement, Removal, and Construction Monitoring - When deciding the appropriate abatement method to employ, Pyburn & Odom MCA carefully assesses the available options.  Depending on the severity and location of the hazard, Pyburn & Odom MCA may recommend encapsulation, enclosure, or removal, followed by development of the abatement plan and monitoring of the contractor to ensure the project is conducted and completed in accordance with the contract documents. 

ENVIRONMENTAL SITE ASSESSMENTS – PHASE I, II, & III

Nationwide concern exists among commercial and private interests involving liability of purchasing or acquiring property contaminated by previous activities on or near the site.  In response to this potential liability, Environmental Site Assessments (ESA's) are performed prior to acquisition of the property. ESA's consist of three phases. Phase I determines the potential for environmental contamination from past practices on the site. This assessment is comprehensive and involves research of regulatory records, interviews with knowledgeable persons, and an on site inspection of the property. Phase II is performed for properties deemed as possessing a potential for contamination under the Phase I assessment. Under Phase II, the extent of contamination is determined. Phase III determines the methods and costs associated with cleaning the site. 

With hundreds of assessments completed, Pyburn & Odom MCA possesses extensive knowledge of the regulations and procedures associated with conducting all phases of environmental site assessments. The firm has established a team of environmental engineers and technicians for accomplishing the associated tasks. Pyburn & Odom MCA has performed ESA services for various industrial, commercial, and government agencies on properties ranging from residential to heavy industrial. Pyburn & Odom MCA's ESA protocols and reporting have been used on projects for the Resolution Trust Corporation, the U.S. Postal Service, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. 

IMPACT STUDIES

In connection with the design of pipeline water crossings and cross-country routings throughout the south and northeast, Pyburn & Odom MCA has conducted environmental impact assessments as required under the National Environmental Policy Act and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. As each project develops, Pyburn & Odom MCA assigns a team of environmental specialists, engineers, and biologists to evaluate the environmental impacts imposed by construction of the particular improvements. Pyburn & Odom MCA has prepared environmental impact reports and permit applications for major pipeline and industrial clients. It also has prepared environmental reports for governmental agencies such as field investigations for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. 

WETLAND DELINEATIONS

The Pyburn & Odom MCA team is fully qualified to gather the required vegetative, soil and hydrological data for presentation to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for final determination as to function and value of the wetland areas. Teams of professionals including biologists, soil scientists, hydrologists, and environmental and civil engineers can provide accurate delineations to accelerate the permitting process.

COASTAL EROSION & RESTORATION

The Pyburn & Odom MCA team has extensive experience in Coastal Wetlands and Restoration projects. The majority of these projects have involved the preparation of documents based upon NEPA requirements for incorporation into environmental impact studies and for use as supplemental backup for permitting of projects with impact the environment.  We have completed numerous projects for the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LADNR) for its Coastal Wetland Protection Planning & Restoration Act (CWPPRA).

UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK (UST) MANAGEMENT 

Pyburn & Odom MCA has established a UST management program to meet the requirements of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LADEQ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for owners and operators of facilities that contain USTs. Pyburn & Odom MCA's engineering team provides practical solutions to complex problems in a safe, cost effective, and professional manner. Our UST management program offers services to include: 

•Preliminary Site Investigation

• Tank Permitting, Compliance, Monitoring and Reporting

• UST Removal Plan, Tank/Soil/Water Testing and Contractor Surveillance

• Tank Closure, Site Characterization and Remedial Action Plan

• Tank Closure Report

STORM WATER RUN-OFF (SWPP)

Pyburn & Odom MCA performs investigations to define flow volume and characterization of storm water runoff from industrial sites, as well as to prepare discharge permit applications for storm water and wastewater discharges. Design of containment, collection, and storage facilities are integral services offered by Pyburn & Odom MCA. Pyburn & Odom MCA can design both physical-chemical and biological treatment systems for contaminated storm water. 

AIR QUALITY COMPLIANCE AND ENGINEERING 

Pyburn & Odom MCA's environmental services include air permitting and modeling. Pyburn & Odom MCA environmental engineers maintain current air regulations at the Baton Rouge office and are knowledgeable in EPA and LADEQ standards including recent regulations on SARA Title III and the Louisiana Air Toxics Regulations. Current projects include air inventory, reporting, dispersion modeling for air toxics, determination of Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT), and reporting under EPA SARA Title III, Form R and LADEQ requirements at an industrial facility in the Kenner - New Orleans area. Pyburn & Odom MCA also has been approved by the U. S. Coast Guard to certify vapor recovery systems for barge loading operations as mandated by LADEQ in order to accomplish the goals of the EPA Clean Air Act and has successfully completed several of these certifications. 

HAZARDOUS AND SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT 

As the regulations and methods of handling hazardous and solid waste change, there is considerable need for innovative solutions to the ever growing problem with the treatment, storage, and disposal of solid and hazardous waste. Pyburn & Odom MCA maintains current regulations governing the treatment and disposal of solid and hazardous waste and employs the most current and cost effective solutions to waste problems. The environmental team includes scientists with degrees in chemical, civil engineering, and microbiology. This team is capable of the multifaceted design associated with wastes including site assessment, remedial action plans, treatment plans, structural and general civil design, bioremediation and permitting. 

Pyburn & Odom MCA has also taken considerable interest in the area of bioremediation of hazardous waste and composting of solid waste. As the cost of landfills increase, alternative technologies must be employed to decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills. By employing bioremediation technologies, organics can be broken down into stable and nonhazardous components efficiently and economically. Pyburn & Odom MCA employees have experience in many areas involving the quantification and treatment of waste. Experience includes development of a Geographic Information System for the quantification of solid waste components within specified parishes and bioremediation of sugarcane byproducts and hazardous and non-hazardous oilfield wastes. 

Pyburn & Odom MCA routinely conducts professional engineering services in hazardous environments, including but not limited to chemical, hydrocarbon and asbestos containing areas. Pyburn & Odom MCA will comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training certifications and office of regulations. Pyburn & Odom MCA maintains on staff engineers with hazardous waste training in 20 CFR 1910-0 1910.120, levels A, B, C, and D. 

WATER QUALITY COMPLIANCE & ENGINEERING

Pyburn & Odom MCA conducts water quality investigations and sampling for various clients on a continuous basis. Typical projects include water quality sampling for pipelines, such as at the effluent stream of a hazardous waste incinerator wastewater facility on the Mississippi River. 

OSHA HEALTH AND SAFETY PROGRAMS 

Pyburn & Odom MCA can developed a workplace health and safety program designed to provide an administrative tool to help prevent injuries and illness in the workplace. To satisfy the OSHA health and safety guidelines the plan includes: 

• Employee Involvement and Management Commitment

• Job Hazard and Worksite Analysis

• Hazard Abatement and Control

• Employee Training and Performance Monitoring

• Periodic Workplace Hazard Monitoring

• Record Keeping and Documentation

Pyburn & Odom MCA will review current health and safety programs, prepare recommendations to satisfy OSHA guidelines and facilitate corporate philosophy, conduct interviews with preselected employees, and conduct a facility/site walk-through to identify possible job hazards that may exist at the time of the inspection. 

Based on the employee interviews, the site walk and the available information, Pyburn & Odom MCA will develop a plan that includes;

• Workplace Health and Safety Hazards by job classification.

• Procedures to identify occupational hazards through regular inspections.

• Administrative procedures to ensure that unsafe or unhealthy work conditions are identified and corrected in a timely manner.

• An employee communication program.

• Recommend health and safety training appropriate for each job classification.

• Procedures to document the elements of the program.

Indoor Air Quality Assessments are frequently conducted to investigate the complaints of building occupants as to eye and nose irritation, fatigue, headaches, sore throats, and general respiratory problems (sick building syndrome). Pyburn & Odom MCA has established a phased, multidisciplinary approach to determine, detect, and re-mediate air quality problems.

 

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