Building Agency Partnerships for Successful Environmental Permitting

environmental permitting

It’s that time of the year again – you have a permitting project and you need to engage your local, state or federal environmental permitting agency. Maybe you have an exciting new facility expansion project or maybe it’s just time to reissue that old, expiring permit. Either way, this is probably not your favorite aspect of the job, and you might be running through a range of emotions from minor inconvenience to deep dread. For many folks, this is as stressful as your job gets – but it doesn’t have to be. With a better understanding of the people, some...

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Employee Owner Spotlight: Faith Walters, Operations Manager, Beaumont, Texas

We recently met with Faith Walters, operations manager from our Beaumont, Texas office to discuss her expertise with asphalt and what it means to her to be an employee owner. What does it mean to you to be a successful woman in such a male-dominated field?I’ve been a tomboy my whole life, but people were always surprised when they saw me come to the field. I was fascinated with how many tests you can run on aggregates and soil, so I wanted to learn everything I could get my hands on. I’ve always been the only girl until I joined Braun...

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What to Know for the 2021 TCEQ Stormwater MSGP Renewal

Stormwater MSGP

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is in the process of renewing the 2016 Texas Pollution Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Multi Sector Generator Permit (MSGP) – TXR050000, which expires on August 14, 2021. The MSGP authorizes point source discharges of stormwater associated with industrial activities and certain non-stormwater discharges to surface waters in the state. MSGP coverage is based upon Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes, Industrial Activity Codes, and discharges subject to federal effluent guidelines under 40 CFR Parts 400-471. Existing MSGP requirements include the development and implementation of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3), application submittal (Notice of...

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Market Outlook and Limiting Liability for Distressed Properties

According to the Houston Chronicle, an estimated $126 billion in commercial real estate will be sold at distressed prices through the year 2022, according to data provided by CoStar Group, Inc (CoStar).  Following the battering of real estate and rental properties from the COVID-19 pandemic, most of these distressed properties have not come to market yet because either (a) banks are hesitant to foreclose, (b) rent prices have not dipped enough, or (c) federal funds under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) have kept property owners from going under. That is expected to change in 2021. Distressed hotel, retail, office, and...

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The Importance of Finding a Qualified Wetland Consultant

Whatever region of the United States you’re in, wetland consultants are a dime a dozen. This includes the one-man show all the way up to a Fortune 500 company. All promise the same things: to complete your project in a timely fashion and under budget with an approved jurisdictional determination (JD) and/or wetland permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). But do all consultants yield the same results? Wetland consultants are hired by developers, property owners, engineering firms, commercial and industrial clients to provide a number of services, including wetland delineations, wetland permitting and mitigation assistance. Wetland consultants...

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Tailoring Your Engagement Approach to Regulatory Agencies for Better Project Outcomes  

Each regulatory agency and each level of agency – federal, state, and local -- has its own distinct objectives, processes, and influencers that can greatly impact projects. Engaging with your regulatory agencies and cultivating healthy, productive relationships with them can help you become familiar with how they function and optimize your chances of minimizing surprises and streamlining your next project. While there are no hard and fast rules when considering the differences between agencies, there are a few general things to consider about each: Local agencies (townships, cities and counties) Local agencies can be unique in their operation and more...

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Environmental Reporting – Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act

In our environmental reporting blog series, we have already discussed how to leverage reporting requirements into better business outcomes and how to prepare for Tier II, TRI, and hazardous waste reports. In this third installment, we will discuss reporting under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and Clean Water Act (CWA) with a focus on air emissions inventory reports and stormwater permit annual reports, and steps to take to efficiently and successfully complete these reports. Clean Air Act  Air Emission Inventory Reporting Regulatory Background There are several types of reports that may be required under the Clean Air Act (CAA) or by your local air...

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Mark Your Calendars for Reporting Season Deadlines

Reporting season is here! Not only are we less than 30 days from the end of the year, but we know that during this unprecedented time, staying on top of environmental reporting is especially challenging. Braun Intertec subject matter experts are equipped to assist within a wide range of industries to accomplish their reporting needs. We are here to assist with further explanation of your specific reporting requirements and review your current practices to help set yourself up for success! We put together some of the environmental reporting due dates, with emphasis on our client states. Braun Intertec compliance experts...

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Will Increase in Drone Use for Real Estate Due Diligence Affect the Industry?


As effective tools for collecting data, improving safety, and increasing efficiency, drones have been increasingly used in the real estate, insurance, and retail applications (with giants like Amazon and Walmart competing to be the first to roll out air deliveries). Earlier this year, ASTM International published F3411-10 (Standard Specification for Remote ID and Tracking) to meet the need for a standardized identification and tracking system for the unmanned aircraft systems. The commercial use of drones has expanded due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and has fundamentally changed the way business is being conducted, particularly in the due diligence process in large corporate mergers & acquisitions...

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