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WWTF Permitting Requirments

IS YOUR TIME RUNNING OUT???? MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS YOUR DEADLINE
Running Out of Time

FDEP requires you to submit a complete operating permit package 180 days prior to the expiration date of your existing permit.  These permit packages need to include the following:

1. Operations and Maintenance Performance Report*

2. Capacity Analysis Report*

3. Reuse Feasibility Report

4. Domestic Wastewater Operating Permit Applications Form 1 and Form 2A*

5. Current Sludge Hauler Agreement or Agricultural Use Plan

* Requires Certification by a Registered Engineering

For more information on how to start your WWTF Permit Renewal process contact us at info@excelengineers.com

Excel Engineering Consultants, LLC Assists Local Doctor with Medical Center Development

In a recent Orlando Business Journal article,  Dr. Kalidas discussed his vision for a “Medical Tourism” development.  Excel Engineering has the pleasure of  assisting  Dr. Kirti Kalidas and KMP Land Corp. with the Land Planning, Civil Engineering, Permitting and Construction services for the proposed 107,000 square foot Hotel and Medical office development.    Excel Engineering completed site plans for the on-site stormwater management system, water distribution system and sanitary sewer system.  Permitting for this project is through Orange County, St. John’s River Water Management District, the Orlando Utilities Commission, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida Department of Transportation.  We are proud to assist Dr. Kalidas in accomplishing his vision for this innovative medical experience.

Excel Engineering Consultants, LLC is now LEED® AP

The Orlando-based land planning, civil and environmental engineering firm, Excel Engineering Consultants, LLC, is pleased to announce that it recently achieved LEED® Accredited Professional (LEED® AP) certification for its principal Julian Coto, P.E. Mr. Coto is principal engineer and Professional Engineer Registered in: Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina.

Excel Engineering Consultants, LLC provides land planning, civil and environmental engineering services to private, institutional, industrial and public clients. Services include land planning; land use feasibility studies; planning and engineering of commercial, residential, institutional and industrial campuses; water supply, treatment and distribution; wastewater collection, treatment and disposal; and project management.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation is an important achievement in reinforcing the firm’s mission of “Sustainable Communities by Design.” For more information about Excel Engineering Consultants, LLC services, visit us on the web at http://www.excelengineers.com.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings and communities that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

For information about USGBC and LEED®, please visit http://www.usgbc.org.

Do Consent Orders have you over a Barrel ?

You try as hard as you can to stay in compliance, but every once in a while things don’t work out. You get enforcement letters from the local or state environmental department and then they call you into a meeting to talk and they throw a consent order in front of you. What is a Consent Order, you may be asking. Consent Orders are issued by the Department as a means of achieving enforcement of a serious violation without going into litigation. A Consent Order is just that; both parties consent to certain terms and conditions. For instance the state or local agency consents not to press charges or fines for a period of time and to allow you to continue operating the facility until the terms of the Order are fulfilled and the facility is operating in compliance with the rules and regulations. On the other hand, the permittee consents to completing certain tasks or making certain upgrades within a time frame.

It is important to note that you are not totally powerless when this happens and you should not be intimidated by the process. Many times the terms proposed by the agency are very detrimental to the permittee and in some cases not even achievable. Therefore, it is important to have professionals that understand how to deal with these matters. Since a Consent Order is a legally binding document which may have significant ramifications, a team composed of an experienced and competent engineer and attorney will save you from giving away the farm.

What’s in a Consent Order.

A Consent Order is a legally binding document that should be taken seriously because it binds the permittee to a course of actions, fines and penalties. It is important that you retain a professional engineer and an attorney that have experience working through Consent Orders. The Consent Order is a legal document but has many technical matters that need to be interpreted by a professional engineer. The Consent Order should be changed from its original form to be mutually viable for both the Agency and the Permittee. This typically requires several iterations and several meetings between the parties. The Consent Order typically has two parties the Complainant (Agency) and the Respondent (Facility Owner, or Permittee). A Consent Order is typically organized as follows:

* Description of Agency with its powers and duties.
* Description of Permittee with its organizational form and location.
* Description of the Facility.
* Chronological description of all of the violations being charged.
* Ordered – the description of the commitments, actions and
schedules being ordered by the Agency.
* Settlement- statement of the fines to be paid now and
penalties to be paid on any subsequent violations.
* General Terms and Conditions of the Consent Order.

Read the Consent Order thoroughly. Verify that all of the information is accurate. For instance, is the Permittee being referenced accurately. Also verify that the violations that you are being charged with are accurate. (This is one of the reasons that it is so important to respond to every non-compliance letter in a responsible manner and challenging any matters that are not accurate. Eventually, non-compliance letter may turn into Consent Orders). If the charges are not accurate or if there are mitigating circumstances that were addressed in previous responses to those charges now is the time to bring that up. Narrow the violations down as much as possible.

Consult with your Engineer to verify the ramifications of the commitments, actions and schedules being Ordered. Many times these are not stated in terms that are achievable or may be very difficult for the permittee to comply with. Also some of the actions may not be feasible. If this is the case then explain this to the agency and work on terms that both can live with. Remember that once you sign it it is binding. Lastly, negotiate a settlement that makes economic sense. Agencies many times rather see you put the money into fixing the deficiencies rather than pay fines which present a hardship for the Permittee to make the repairs. So work this out with the agency and let them know of your situation and propose alternatives in making repairs sooner rather than later in working out a settlement. The document should be two-sided so that both parties can live with the result and achieve the mutual goals of compliance at a reasonable cost.

Governor Rick Scott’s First Actions in Office

Scott Suspends Agency Rule-Making

In one of his first major actions since his inauguration last week, Florida Governor Rick Scott has issued an Executive Order that freezes all new regulations and establishes the Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform, which will review all rules prior to promulgation as well as agency practices and contracts. The order immediately suspends rulemaking for all agencies under the direction of the Governor; imposes 90-day suspension on execution of any contracts with a value in excess of $1 million, without prior approval from the Office; and prohibits agencies from promulgating rules unless they obtain prior approval from the Office. The order is part of Scott’s overall plan to reduce government regulation, remove regulatory burdens on small businesses, and enhance Florida’s economic development opportunities.

Buzzett Named New DCA Secretary

Florida Governor Rick Scott has named former St. Joe Co. executive Billy Buzzett to lead the state Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Buzzett is a civil engineer and land-use attorney who served as a vice president of strategic planning for St. Joe up until 2009. In making the appointment, Scott said Buzzett was “well-positioned to manage the consolidation of DCA into other state agencies.” Buzzett is no stranger to government having served on the 1998 Constitutional Revision Commission and as an administrative law judge and associate general counsel for former Gov. Bob Martinez. Buzzett succeeds another land-use attorney, Tom Pelham, as DCA secretary.

FHBA Newsletter January 10, 2011

Land Development Engineer

Excel Engineering Consultants is soliciting a civil engineer proficient in Land Development Projects and having completed more than 15 projects.

If you are looking for full time, part-time, contract, or even if you are just looking to make a little extra money on the side check this out. Do you have experience preparing stormwater management reports, designing drainage systems, grading plans, water distribution and wastewater collection systems?

Have you completed enough of these to be proficient……say 15 or more?

You don’t have to be a PE. You just have to know how to do these types of projects and show us with experience.

Of course, we expect that you will be proficient at MS Word Office applications (Word and Excel), ICPR, EPA- NET and have good communications skill (verbal and written) in English. If you know AutoCad it will be a plus.

We are willing to pay a fair price for good people. So even if you are happy doing this at another firm, you can make some extra Money on the side and work for us as a sub in strict confidence.

Here is all you need to do. Send us a resume in MS Word format. In the cover email provide us with a summary of who you are and what you are about and let us know what category you fit in…….full time, part-time, or sub. If you don’t do this step then I’ll know that you did not pay attention.

We can talk about all of the details when we meet. Look forward to hearing from you.

Water and Wastewater Engineer

Excel Engineering Consultants is soliciting Water and Wastewater Engineers having performed water and wastewater treatment plant evaluations and completed more than 15 OMPR’s and CAR’s for WWTF permitting.

If you are looking for full time, part-time, contract, or even if you are just looking to make a little extra money on the side check this out. Do you have experience preparing wastewater treatment facility permits including OMPR, CAR and/or Design Engineering Reports? Have you completed enough of these to be proficient……say 15 or more?
You don’t have to be a PE. You just have to know how to do these types of projects and show us with experience.

Of course, we expect that you will be proficient at MS Word Office applications (Word and Excel) and have good communications skill (verbal and written) in English.

We are willing to pay a fair price for good people. So even if you are happy doing this at another firm, you can make some extra Money on the side and work for us as a sub in strict confidence.

Here is all you need to do. Send us a resume in MS Word format. In the cover email provide us with a summary of who you are and what you are about and let us know what category you fit in…….full time, part-time, or sub. If you don’t do this step then I’ll know that you did not pay attention.

We can talk about all of the details when we meet. Look forward to hearing from you.

Environmental Engineer

Excel Engineering Consultants, LLC is looking for an environmental engineer that has performed water and wastewater treatment plant evaluations and Completed more than 10 OMPR’s and CAR’s for WWTF permitting.

If you are looking for full time, part-time, contract, or even if you are just looking to make a little extra money on the side check this out. Do you have experience preparing wastewater treatment facility permits including OMPR, CAR and/or Design Engineering Reports? Have you completed enough of these to be proficient……say 10 or more?

You don’t have to be a PE. You just have to know how to do these types of projects and show us with experience.

Of course, we expect that you will be proficient at MS Word Office applications (Word and Excel) and have good communications skill (verbal and written) in English.

Look…….we are willing to pay a fair price for good people. So even if you are happy doing this at another firm, you can make some extra Money on the side and work for us as a sub in strict confidence.

Here is all you need to do. Send us a resume in MS Word format. In the cover email provide us with a summary of who you are and what you are about and let us know what category you fit in…….full time, part-time, or sub. If you don’t do this step then I’ll know that you did not pay attention.

We can talk about all of the details when we hook up. Look forward to hearing from you.

FDEP’s Focus on Change 2011

I just got back from the Focus on Change 2011 FDEP’s wastewater regulatory update sponsored by the FRWA. The sessions dealt with the new FDEP regulations that will affect how you manage and operate your wastewater treatment facilities (WWTF). Most of the changes in the regulations deals with biosolids (used to be called residuals). This is the sludge that is wasted out of the wastewater plant on a regular basis. The main change is that sludge haulers will no longer be required to maintain the Nutrient Management Plan (used to be called the agricultural use plan). Sites that accept biosolids will be permitted separately from the biosolids treatment facility. Currently, most WWTF, contract with a residuals management facility (RMF) which hauls away the sludge, treats it and then disposes of it in an agricultural site. The RMF is responsible for record keeping, not only on the treatment process, but also on the agricultural field used for disposal of the treated sludge (biosolids). This will change which will require a better quality assurance process of the biosolids to be field applied, but will affect your plant.
How does this affect you? Let’s clarify the terms Residuals will now be referred to as Biosolids. Residual Management Facility (RMF) will now be called Biosolids Treatment Facility (BTF). This will require, that as part of the permit application, a Biosolids Storage Management Plan to be required to quantify that there is enough available storage of biosolids either at your plant, the BTF or the field, in case of the field being out of service. If the relationship between the BTF and the Agricultural Field owner deteriorates and the BTF is without a field then that will also impact you. As agricultural sites become less available this may become more of an issue. The trend is to process Biosolids into fertilizer.
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Florida sues EPA over new water pollution controls. A lawsuit initiated against the EPA by environmental groups led the EPA to levy very strict and somewhat impossible water quality regulations on Florida. These regulations if implemented will have a significant financial impact on Florida’s economy. Florida is the only State that the EPA has enforced these draconian regulations. Governor Rick Scott sued the EPA based on the merits of the regulations. The complaint, filed in federal court in Pensacola, accuses the EPA of trampling over the state’s rights while seeking to impose rules that would cost taxpayers and local agricultural business too much. “Throughout this rulemaking process, EPA has failed to disclose the rulemaking’s technical basis, regulatory implications, and economic impacts,” the lawsuit said. “Studies produced by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as well as two independent studies all show that the impact to Florida’s economy will be in the billions,” the statement from the attorney general’s office said.

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