Environmental Permitting and Compliance for Government Facilities

Trinity provides a variety of services to government entities, including environmental permitting and compliance management, air dispersion modeling, environmental training, and emergency planning. In June 2003, Trinity was awarded a Federal Supply Schedule contract with the General Services Administration (GSA). Under this contract, Trinity is eligible to serve as an environmental services contractor for federal agencies that acquire services, products, technology, and other resources through the GSA. Trinity has already completed more than 100 projects for government clients, and our services for this sector continue to expand.

Environmental Support - Project Profiles

  • Trinity has provided air quality permitting and compliance support to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) since 2004. Engagements have included Title V permit renewals, RACT evaluations, and general environment assistance. Trinity has also provided professional training to CDC environmental staff.

  • Trinity’s Washington, D.C. office is currently assisting a federal agency with the design and implementation of an environmental management system (EMS). An EMS is a set of systematic processes and practices that enable a facility to effectively manage its interactions with the environment. The most common and widely recognized EMS standard is ISO 14001. The standard contains specific requirements (such as policy, responsibilities, training, monitoring and measuring and management review) but remains flexible enough that a facility can integrate its own business goals. Enhancing compliance with regulatory requirements through improving employee awareness, formalizing responsibilities, and the setting of specific environmental goals, is the most obvious benefit to implementing an EMS. In this case, Trinity first assisted the facility by conducting an environmental gap analysis of current practices against the ISO 14001 standard. Based on the recommendations, Trinity worked with the facility to create an EMS policy, define environmental objectives based on an aspects and impacts evaluation, craft standard operating procedures (SOPs) to enhance the current practices and procedures in place, and develop and perform EMS general awareness training. The overall goal upon completion of this project is to have an ISO 14001-certified EMS at the facility.

  • For several years, Trinity has provided onsite assistance with environmental compliance and permitting requirements for a government facility. Trinity's support includes preparing all air quality reports that are required by the facility's Title V permit, preparing air permit applications for new equipment at the facility, and performing emissions calculations and reporting required under the Greenhouse Gas Mandatory Reporting Rule. From a compliance standpoint, Trinity is onsite at the facility regularly to assist with the filing of environmental records, auditing of environmental programs, tracking environmental compliance, and conducting weekly SPCC tank inspections. In addition, Trinity developed several environmental and safety related plans, including the Emergency Action and Response Plan, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan, RCRA Contingency Plan,and Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) plan. Finally, Trinity conducts custom courses annually on emergency preparedness and hazard communications and leads emergency preparedness drills and exercises for the site.

  • Trinity is assisting a federal government agency on an air quality regulatory applicability analysis project. The scope of the project includes inventorying all emission sources and reviewing all of the agency's facilities' records and work practices in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia for a total of 30 assessments. Trinity is preparing a report summarizing the review and assessment of each facility, along with recommendations for the agency's consideration.

  • For a municipal pump station, Trinity conducted required air dispersion modeling for a minor NSR permit application associated with the installation of diesel generators. The project involved converting existing ISCST3 files to the AERMOD format and to conducting modeling for nitric oxide (NO), nitrogen oxides (NO2), particulate matter (PM10), and sulfur dioxide (SO2) using the AERMOD-PRIME model. Modeling results were compared to both the Acceptable Source Impact Level (for NO) and the modeling significance levels (for NO2, PM10, and SO2) to determine if maximum concentrations were below these thresholds.

  • For a major military technical applications center, Trinity’s BREEZE software group developed a custom air dispersion modeling system that manages model setup, data acquisition, model execution, and analysis via user-friendly data input forms. The system includes the AERMOD, CALPUFF, HYSPLIT, and SCIPUFF air dispersion models and ties directly into data and structures within the agency’s existing modeling environment.