CES prepares site assessment reports (SARs) and remedial action plans (RAPs) for sites impacted by petroleum, solvents, heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals. Our geologists and engineers stay up to date on the latest technologies and regulations and always find the most cost-effective strategies for reaching site closure. All assessment and remediation projects are conducted in accordance with Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). CES is one of the contractors selected by the FDEP to conduct State-funded petroleum cleanup under the Petroleum Restoration Program (PRP).
Almost any construction project, excavation, water use, water discharge, or environmental impact requires a permit from one or more agencies. CES obtains permits from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACOE), Florida Water Management Districts (WMDs), and municipalities. CES also prepares Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, Best Management Practices Plans, and Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Plans for industrial and commercial facilities. CES professional engineers and geologists sign and seal plans and reports that support the permit applications.
CES undertakes hydrogeologic studies to predict how certain activities might affect the natural resources that depend upon a steady flow or level of clean, fresh groundwater. More than 90% of Florida’s drinking water comes from underground sources. Groundwater quality and quantity are important to multiple users ranging from individual homeowners to municipalities, farmers, ranchers, industrial facilities, and recreationalists. This same groundwater also sustains the flows in our springs, rivers, and maintains high water levels in our lakes and ponds.
CES conducts Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) on large and small parcels to protect buyers, sellers and lenders from liability. The goal of the Phase I ESA is the identification of Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs) associated with the property. The goal of the Phase I is to determine if impacts from the RECs have actually occurred. CES follows the standard methods outlined in ASTM E1527-13 for most sites and in ASTM E2247-08 for large, rural tracts.
CES conducts rock and mineral evaluations that range from simple file and map reviews to field reconnaissance, sample collection and analysis, and full reserve calculations. Florida is blessed with economically viable deposits of limestone, dolomite, shell, Fuller’s earth, specialty clays, quartz sand, phosphate, and heavy minerals. Granite, mica, vermiculite and kaolin occur in states north of Florida. CES works with mining companies and land owners to identify and exploit these valuable commodities.
CES conducts geotechnical investigations to determine the cause of soil instability and recommend solutions for stabilization. The investigations are crucial to properly preparing a parcel for construction. Structures built on unstable soils can collapse gradually or catastrophically, walls and foundations may crack, and doors and windows may cease to open. CES can help developers identify and remediate problems prior to construction and can likewise help owners of existing structures that are in distress.
Unpermitted activities in wetlands and impacts to listed, threatened and endangered species is illegal. Local officials and state and federal regulators take a dim view of such behavior. Many violations result in cease and desist orders than can kill projects dead. CES provides the services that farmers, miners, and developers need to protect themselves and their companies from liability. Ideally, this work (and any required permitting) is completed prior to site activity so impacts can be avoided or legally mitigated.
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