Environmental Policy

Policies and Procedures

Consolidated Contracting Services, Inc. (CCSI) and its employees are committed to owning the environmental stewardship of every project we undertake. Our goal is to exceed regulatory requirements, as well as those requirements set forth by our clients.

The CCSI environmental policy is to identify and comply with all regulatory requirements that apply to any aspect of the construction operation. This may include federal state, regional, and/or local regulations. At each level of government, there are several different regulations that impact many segments of the environment the protection of air, water, land and natural resources.

CCSI is dedicated to protecting the environment and the health of our employees on all projects. We strive to reduce the impact of our work on the environment, make efficient use of energy and natural resources, and minimize our carbon footprint.

CCSI has identified the following areas of environmental impact and has adopted specific procedures in order to comply with federal, state, and local laws. All CCSI employees and subcontractors are required to adhere to these procedures. Where local or state regulations require different or more stringent controls, they shall be incorporated.    

Air Pollution

Construction-related air pollution can be caused by dust, vapors, fumes, mist, gas, smoke, or odorous substances. Therefore, an air pollution control plan will be developed to ensure air pollution does not extend the site boundary in quantities and/or duration that exceed or contribute to exceeding government laws, regulations and standards, or that cause deterioration of the "quality of life" and create a nuisance in neighboring properties.

The following are examples of construction-related activities that potentially generate air pollution:

  • Site preparation and civil engineering work (e.g., grubbing, clearing, scraping, excavating, piling and filling) that can produce dust or emissions
  • Vehicular traffic dust from exposed earth and gravel surfaces
  • Soil treated with lime, pesticides, fungicides, dust suppressants or fertilizers
  • Surface preparation and coating that can create dust, vapors or spray from sand/bead blasting, painting, epoxy coating, hot tar roofing, and asphalt paving
  • Mobile equipment that generates dust, vapors and spray to include portable concrete batch plants, rock crushers, chippers, thermal treatment of debris and soils, tank vents and portable electrical generators
  • Demolition activities that can create dust, asbestos or lead during removal of buildings, structures, pipes and tanks

Site Preparation and Traffic

Often, in some jurisdictions, a dust control permit must be obtained prior to commencement of work. A building permit will not be issued unless a dust control plan has been prepared and submitted. If this is the case, CCSI will obtain a copy of the applicable dust control plan/permit from the subcontractor prior to beginning of construction.

At a minimum, an effective dust control plan must include:

  • Criteria and frequency for applying water to potentially dusty areas of the site subject to vehicular traffic (e.g., access roads, internal site roads, areas disturbed by heavy earth moving equipment, etc.)
  • A log that specifies the location, the time(s) of day, number of times per day and amount of water to be applied per day to each location. The log is to be filled out by the driver of the watering truck and remain onsite at all times for inspection
  • Provisions for determining when additional dust control is necessary (e.g., windy days, increased traffic, newly exposed soil, etc.)
  • Areas that require the placement of aggregate to keep dust down (e.g., heavily traveled roads, equipment staging areas, etc.)
  • Copies of permits required by local agencies for on-site water storage. (Some water storage arrangements (e.g., surface impoundments) require significant permitting lead time or are disallowed by local agencies)
    • NOTE: NEVER use dust suppression chemicals (including oil) without prior approval of site EHS personnel

Construction Material Surface Preparation and Coating

The construction of roads, buildings and other structures often requires the surfaces to be prepared prior to applying surface coatings. These activities, along with the surface coatings themselves, can result in the generation of air pollutants. In preparing the surfaces, sand or bead blasting is often used, which generates aggregate and metal dust particles. The application of surface coatings (e.g., epoxy coatings, paint, hot tar roofing and asphalt paving materials, etc.) can generate fumes, vapors and strong odors.

Key elements associated with these activities include:

  • Owner pre-approval for all material/chemical to be used for bead and sand blasting, for coating or painting, and for any solvents associated with these activities prior to any of these materials arriving on the project site
  • Dust or particulate suppression control for all bead/sand blasting and spray painting activities to prevent material from traveling beyond the immediate work area. Sheeting material should be used to separate the work area from the rest of the site
  • Surface preparation and coating activities performed outdoors should not be performed during windy conditions unless performed within enclosed, protected areas. Precautions must be taken to ensure that dust, particulate and other air-borne pollutants never impact sensitive receptors (e.g., employees, residents, local creeks, lakes, estuaries, wetlands or protected flora or fauna, etc.)
  • Waste produced by surface preparation and coating activities must be taken to the site hazardous waste accumulation area

Demolition

The demolition of buildings, tanks, piping systems, etc., can often result in the release of air pollutants. Depending on the age of the building, the materials of construction could contain asbestos or lead-based paint. Ductwork or pipes may contain residual chemicals of concern (e.g., arsenic, adhesives/coatings, solvent or petroleum vapors, etc.). Tanks may contain materials that can release vapors or pose a potential hazardous situation when being removed.

Key elements associated with all demolition activities include the following:

  • State/local permits are usually required for demolition of asbestos-containing/coated structures, pipes and equipment, or for removal of underground fuel/chemical tanks. A certified asbestos removal contractor shall be used for any asbestos removal activity. All permits and licenses must be available for review
  • Sand/bead blasting of metal (interior/exterior) tanks, heavy equipment and steel structures generates spent abrasive material and residual rust and paint chips. The paint being removed may contain lead, requiring additional steps be taken to prevent the release of these materials or contact with any sensitive receptors (e.g., employees, residents, local creeks, lakes, estuaries, wetlands or protected flora or fauna, etc.). Prior to removal of any surface coating material, the Project Manager and qualified subcontractors must determine if the materials contain lead or other potentially harmful substance
  • Prior to removal, dismantling, or disassembly of tanks, pipes, pumps or valves, they must be checked to verify that they contain no liquids, sludge or residues. These residues must be removed in accordance with government, owner, and contractor requirements prior to demolition

Application of Chemicals to the Soils

Chemicals are often applied to the surface of soils for purposes of stabilization/moisture control (lime), sterilization (pesticides, fungicides) or to support landscape plantings. Site specific approvals/permits are not required by local jurisdictions, however, there may be local restrictions prohibiting the use of certain chemicals because of the site's proximity to sensitive receptors (e.g., employees, residents, local creeks, lakes, estuaries, wetlands or protected flora or fauna, etc.).

Key elements to consider before purchasing or applying chemicals to the soil/ground are:

  • Certain chemicals can only be applied by trained and licensed/permitted individuals
  • All licenses and permits must be available for review
  • Are there any adverse conditions that can cause chemicals to leave the construction site and threaten sensitive receptors? For example, chemicals should never be applied while it is windy or raining. Chemicals should never be stockpiled and exposed to rain water or wind
  • Chemicals should only be applied as specified by the manufacturer

Other Environmental Contamination & Land Use Considerations

In addition to air quality, listed below are areas of special concern. Therefore, CCSI maintains corresponding procedures as construction activities and conditions dictate.

Hazardous Materials

  • There will be no on site bulk liquid fuel storage
  • Equipment refueling shall utilize off site fueling resources
  • In the event of a spill of one quart or more of petroleum type product and/or hazardous substance, the CCSI manager will coordinate containment with the applicable contractor. Once the spill is contained, CCSI will coordinate clean up and disposal with the owner
  • All work will actively stop in the immediate area of the hazardous material spill and will not resume until the area has been cleaned and released by the CCSI manager
  • A 20-pound ABC Fire Extinguisher will be placed near the spill area, no closer than 25 feet and no further than 50 feet, and shall remain until remedial activities are complete
  • Perform an environmental site assessment
  • Create and implement a soil management plan
  • Create and implement a fire management plan

Biological Resources

  • Perform pre-construction biological clearance surveys
  • Minimize vegetation removal

Cultural Resources and Paleontology

  • Conduct archaeological inventory of all areas that may be disturbed during construction
  • Avoid and minimize impacts to significant or potential cultural resources wherever possible
  • Train construction personnel to identify cultural and paleontological resources

Land Use

  • Work with adjacent land owners to limit and mitigate construction impact

Water Contamination

  • In order to prevent the contamination of water, the contractor, if necessary, will berm and line all areas where there is the potential of water contamination
  • Before construction begins, the contractor will properly construct the work site to properly allow for drainage of run-off water into collecting areas or existing drainage system
  • The contractor will contain all run-off water until disposal can be arranged by CCSI

Site/Project Specific Environmental Considerations, Procedures & Plans

  • Wildlife Awareness
  • Use of Chemical Toilets
  • Dust Control SWPPP
  • Equipment Exhaust
  • Noise Control
  • Traffic Control
  • Use ultra-low diesel fuel
  • Restrict vehicle idle time whenever possible
  • Properly maintain equipment
  • Use particle traps to reduce diesel particulate matter where possible
  • When necessary to protect employees from the excess amount of dust created from the construction activities, respirator protection will be enforced
  • In the event the contractor’s plan to use sprays, chemicals or other items that have the potential of contaminating the air, they will coordinate all activities of this nature with the CCSI manager before proceeding
  • Any additional site specific requirements

Commitment to the Environment

CCSI will hold a high standard to its employees, vendors and subcontractors in an effort to minimize impact on the environment. We will continue to look for ways to reduce, reuse and recycle, as well as improve our office and construction site consumption of waste sent to the landfill. CCSI will review maintenance procedures on equipment to assess performance and limit pollution. Finally, we will identify areas where we can improve and take necessary action to bring CCSI up to the highest level of responsible care for the environment. 

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