ES Engineering Services, LLC has acquired GC Environmental, Inc.
Based in Anaheim, California, GC Environmental, Inc. professionals have an extensive experience in managing complex process engineering, environmental engineering and geotechnical engineering problems. In addition, GC Environmental, Inc. has offices in Reno and Portland.
About GC Environmental, Inc.
GC Environmental is a highly specialized engineering firm with multi-disciplinary environmental engineering services provided to renewable energy developers, financial institutions, industrial clients, and municipalities. GC Environmental services cover all aspects of earth, air, gas, and water sciences. GC Environmental qualifications in landfill gas system design, landfill gas processing and treatment design, installation, start-up and troubleshooting, long term operations and maintenance, as well as CQA services, permitting, site evaluations, and other aspects of solid waste engineering are unparalleled in the industry. For more information, visit http://www.gc-environmental.com.
General Contractor for Republic Services
The Solid Waste & Recycling group was the successful bidder as General Contractor on three storm water projects for Republic Services in the Los Angeles area division.
These three projects, along with two other projects, were designed by ES earlier in the year to help Republic Services improve their storm water Best Management Practices (BMP’s). The projects consist of installing underground storm water infiltration basins that will screen-off any surface sediment, collect and hold the rainwater runoff, and let it soak into the ground naturally.
Another aspect of the projects include modifying roof gutters and downspouts to collect all roof runoff and directing it into “Grattix Boxes” which are bins containing layers of drain rock, pea gravel, sand, compost, oyster shells and mulch. These Grattix Boxes were designed by ES and they will remove over 90% of metals from the roof runoff.
These BMP improvements will help manage our client’s storm water runoff, prevent flooding and downstream erosion, and improve the water quality of our ground water and ocean. These types of projects will increase in the coming year when the new Industrial General Permit for storm water in California is implemented in July 2015. This is another way ES will be expanding environmental consulting services to our clients in 2015 and beyond.
Full-Scale DPE System
ES’ Site Assessment & Remediation (SAR) team installed a full-scale dual-phase extraction (DPE) system designed to remediate petroleum-impacted soil and groundwater at an active gas station facility in Orange County.
ES prepared the engineering design drawings and bid specifications for all phases of the system installation. Our team members have been working closely with our construction subcontractor, local permitting agencies, utility providers, and the property owner throughout the ongoing construction to ensure that the requirements and expectations of all parties are being met.
Challenges of the project have included: minimal disturbance to the operating business, requirements for underground utilities conduits and large tree roots conflicting with trench locations (the trees were saved!).
Activities completed so far have included onsite trenching, piping installation, well head connections, sewer connection and construction of the equipment compound and sampling manifold. During trenching, impacted soil was encountered, segregated, profiled and disposed offsite. Additional design and permitting with the electrical and gas service providers were recently completed and the offsite trenching and underground electrical installation will be completed in June, followed by installation of the gas line and DPE equipment.
Using ES To Fix An Old Problem
ES Site Assessment & Remediation (SAR) team finally received regulatory site closure at the Master Auto Care facility located in Anaheim.
The project began 20 years ago with an apparent leak in one of the product lines. After numerous site assessments, well installations (23 to be exact) and various methods of remediation and most of the money allocated to the project being spent, the client didn’t think the project would ever end.
In 2010, the client requested that ESCI take over. After ESCI reviewed all of the previous reports of work done to date, removed the remediation compound and tried one additional remediation effort, we were able to work with the local oversight agency (Anaheim Public Utilities Department – APUD) and the Regional Waterboard to reduce the sampling frequency and number of wells to be sampled and thus reduce the cost. During all of this Laura and Marla worked diligently to update and keep on track all of the State Fund Reimbursement paperwork and help allay the client’s fears that the money would run out before the work was completed.
In March 2014, we received notice from APUD that the site was eligible for closure, but we had to get the well destruction completed before the end of June 2014. We were able to get the well destruction permit, the encroachment permit, get a budget change order approved from the Fund and get the report to APUD by June 5, 2014. On June 11, 2014 we received notice that the site had been granted a ‘No Further Action’ status.
Alcoa Solid Waste & Clean Energy Project
ES’ Solid Waste and Renewable Energy group (SWRE) has landed a project with ALCOA, the third largest aluminum manufacturer in the world. We are providing storm water engineering and tank certification services for two of ALCOA’s facilities in Southern California (Los Angeles and Orange County).
Nick Caniglia, P.E. is the project manager and has obtained approval for various work scopes for ALCOA at both locations and is continuing to expand the scope of work including innovative designs of storm water treatment systems at their sites. The ALCOA client representatives have been very receptive to ES’ ideas and concepts and are now asking us to provide the same services at their other manufacturing facilities.
The SWRE group is providing storm water consulting services to various industrial clients and continues to expand the types and number of industrial clients that we are servicing in the metal manufacturing field. This is the first time ES has provided consulting services for a metal manufacturer and we hope to expand into this field in the future.
Water & Wastewater Project
The wastewater group has signed a contract with Hollandia Dairy in San Marcos for the operation of their wastewater plant.
Ryan, Jeff, Brian and Christian met with the client and are now training the operations staff. ES has already started with an odor minimization study and remote monitoring/telemetry project for the wastewater system. ES’ Water team was able to bring the plant performance back to optimum levels by adjusting the chemicals and improving the DAF operations.
Recycling Done Right!
ES has successfully secured the building permit with the City of Fullerton Building Division for the JACO Environmental, Inc. (JACO) Foam Degassing System.
The new system will be installed at the JACO facility located at 331 South Hale Avenue in the City of Fullerton, California. The system involves a proprietary technology and a process that has never been done before by any similar recycling company in the US. JACO and ES has a long relationship dating back during JACO’s early years of expansion.
During the recycling process, the refrigeration and air conditioning units are demanufactured and reduced to parts consisting of valuable commodities, such as iron, copper, aluminum, and plastic, in addition to foam insulation, refrigerant, oil and CFC’s, at the end of the process.
The new degassing technology provides JACO the ability to process the polyurethane (PU) insulating foams collected from the recycled units into a new product that has several potential environmental benefits and could create higher revenue for the company. The JACO degassing system begins by grinding the foam, releasing the blowing agent trichlorofluoromethane (CFC-11), capturing the CFC-11 as liquid, and loading the clean ground foam into super bags. The ground foam is sent to an offsite facility and marketed as an oil absorbent material (i.e., for oil spills) while the liquefied CFC-11, which is an Ozone Depleting Substance (ODS), is recycled or sold as Carbon Credits.
It is anticipated that the success of this project will result to JACO deploying similar technologies to all their 30 facilities all over the US and retaining ES’ services for the individual permitting requirements. With approximately 10 million refrigeration units replaced in the US every year, there is an enormous potential for growth for the company.
JACO Environmental, Inc. (JACO) is a privately owned company based in the Seattle, WA area and is currently the largest recycler of household appliances in the US. The company has been in the business for over 20 years and covers 33 states across the country and recycles over 600,000 units every year. ESCI has been performing consulting services for JACO for over 8 years including engineering and permitting.