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February, 2012

  • AES welcomes Kelsey Christiansen and Tom Long our staff. AES continues to grow and increase our capabilities.
  • NPDES Storm Water for Construction.  EPA issued the 2012 Construction General Permit (CGP) on February 16. The new CGP is required under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and replaces the existing 2008 CGP, which expired on February 15, 2012. The new permit includes a number of changes for protecting surface waters, including provisions to protect impaired and sensitive waters. For more information on the proposed construction general permit, go to http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/cgp.cfm

 

October, 2011

AES is pleased to announce that it now offers mercury vapor assessments and mercury cleanups for oil and gas related facilities and other industrial locations. Please call us at 564-2281 for more information.

mechanical remeditaionAES recently put its newest mechanical remediation unit into service. The unit uses an internal combustion engine to pull soil vapors and groundwater from the subsurface to remove and treat petroleum hydrocarbon contaminants. AES offers turn-key remediation services or can assist other consultants or contractors with specific aspects of site cleanup. 

AES is in the process of finalizing a General Services Administration (GSA) schedule, which will allow us to provide environmental services to a wide variety of federal agencies.  Watch for more information.  http://www.gsa.gov/portal/category/100000

 

May, 2011

AES is pleased to announce that it has been approved by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) as a Prequalified Contractor – we can now qualify to work or bid on any NMDOT construction project. Please keep us in mind!   

AES now has NMED Surface Water Bureau certified water sampling technicians (WST2) for drinking water systems. http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/dwb/

AES recently installed a multiphase extraction remediation system for removing oil from groundwater at a site near Lindrith, New Mexico. In less than a week, the remediation unit successfully recovered over 1,200 gallons of crude oil and natural gas condensate from the subsurface. The project is still in progress.

AES is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded a contract for environmental services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs at a site in Newlands, Arizona.

October, 2010

AES is now a member of the New Mexico Rural Water Association

AES personnel are now trained for NMED Surface Water Quality Bureau (SWQB) Utility Operators Certification Program – Water Sampling Technician 1 and 2.

June, 2010

AES is pleased to announce that is has been recertified through the Small Business Administration as a HUBZone Certified Business.

AES continues to work with City of Farmington, San Juan County, and New Mexico Department of Transportation on infrastructure improvement projects in northwest New Mexico.

December, 2009

AES was awarded a four-year contract with New Mexico Department of Transportation to conduct hazardous materials assessment services.

AES is pleased to welcome Tami Ross to our staff. Tami is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and will be assisting AES as a Project Manager.

AES became an approved ISNetworld Member Contractor in October 2009. Learn more at isnetworld.com

AES is pleased to have been awarded two training grants from the New Mexico Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) for additional staff training in groundwater and surface water sampling and for additional training in Phase I Environmental Assessments in accordance with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards.   http://www.edd.state.nm.us/businessAssistance/jobTraining.

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July, 2009

AES welcomes Becky Parker, Administrator, to the staff. We look forward to having her as part of AES.

AES is currently assisting Blue Earth Ecological Consultants, Inc. with a storm water study in Fruitland, New Mexico, for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Under new regulations NMAC 20.5.12.43 and 20.5.13.35, which went into effect on June 15, 2009, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Petroleum Storage Tank Bureau (PSTB) can now issue Property Reuse Certificates to sites which have iron and/or manganese concentrations above WQCC standards. This will promote property re-development and allow properties to be returned to productive use. Learn more

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March, 2009

AES is pleased to announce that it was selected by New Mexico Business Weekly in January 2009 as one of the top 25 Environmental And Ecological Companies in New Mexico, based on gross revenues and employee growth.

AES is currently installing a high vacuum in multi-phase extraction (MPE) system in Joseph City, Arizona, to remediate petroleum contaminated soil and groundwater.

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January, 2009

In December 2008, AES completed a petroleum contaminated soil excavation and removal in Page, Arizona. Following excavation and backfill, AES will install a network of oxygen diffusion wells to treat groundwater with enhanced bioremediation.

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) issued its Winter 2008 Arizona Office of Administrative Counsel Rulesletter. This issue contains environmental regulatory updates, including information about the proposal to combine rules about Special Waste (Title 18, Chapter 13, Art. 13 and rules about Best Management Practices for Petroleum Contaminated Soil (Chapter 13, Art. 16) into one rule, Title 18, Chapter 13, Art. 13 (Special Waste). The revisions will rectify contradictions between the two original rules and create a uniform and consistent regulatory structure for all special waste. Revisions also will provide clear direction on waste handling procedures previously not addressed.
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October, 2008

AES is pleased to announce that Blaine Watson, PG, and Debbie Watson, Geologist, have joined our professional staff. Blaine Watson has an extensive background in project management, including oversight of Phase I/II ESAs, UST investigation and remediation, Brownfield assessments, and wetland restoration projects. He has also served as adjunct faculty for college courses in weather and climate. Debbie Watson has been an instructor of geology courses and laboratories at a college level, and has strong experience in research and data management. Also, we welcome Karen Brostad, who is joining AES as an Office Administrator. We look forward to the expanded capabilities that our new staff will bring to AES.

The USEPA has issued its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for industrial activities, published in the Federal Register on September 29, 2008. The 2008 MSGP replaces the 2000 MSGP, which expired in October 2005. An electronic Notice of Intent (eNOI) must be filed by existing dischargers previously covered under the 2000 MSGP and by new dischargers before January 5, 2009. Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) must be updated or prepared in accordance with the new permit requirements. Industrial dischargers will be authorized after a 30 day waiting period. For more information

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July, 2008

AES welcomes Corwin Lameman to the staff. He will be working as a geology intern for the next several months.

AES is pleased to announce that it was selected as a Fast Tracker — one of New Mexico’s fastest growing small companies — by New Mexico Business Weekly. Selection was based on revenue and employee growth over the past three years. http://albuquerque.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/

The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division (NMOCD) has issued new regulations pertaining to pits, closed-loop systems, and below-grade tanks and sumps for the oil and natural gas industry in New Mexico. AES will be working with clients to cost-effectively meet the new requirements. Details are outlined in Title 19 New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC), Chapter 15, Part 17. http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ocd/documents/RULEBOOK2008-06-16_002.pdf

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March, 2008

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) issued its Fall 2007 Arizona Office of Administrative Counsel Rulesletter. This issue contains additional important information about the proposed rule for No Further Action (NFA)/ Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA), including implementation of a MNA account to cover continued monitoring and additional corrective actions after the State Assurance Fund sunsets on July 1, 2010.
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The U.S. EPA Office of Wastewater Management and the Center for Watershed Protection have posted a useful manual on "Urban Stormwater Retrofit Practices," dated July 2007. This publication identifies and outlines how to implement storm water retrofits, including bioretention filters, vegetated swales, etc. Download the manual. If you are interested in more Low Impact Development (LID) information, another helpful publication is “Reducing Stormwater Costs through Low Impact Development Strategies and Practices”, dated December 2007. Download the document, "Reducing Stormwater Costs".

On a local note, the City of Farmington is preparing to submit its annual report to the U.S. EPA for its Phase 2 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit for storm water. More information on Farmington’s storm water efforts are available at www.fmtn.org/city_government/community_development/stormwater_management.html.

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October, 2007

AES is pleased to announce that it was the recipient of a Step Up training grant through the New Mexico Economic Development Department in September. The grant will allow for additional training and enhancing technical capabilities of AES staff.
Learn more about the program.

Also in September, AES was nominated for an EDGE (Economic Development, Growth & Excellence) Award through San Juan Economic Development Services (SJEDS). The EDGE Award was created in 2002 by SJEDS as a way to thank and recognize the contribution of economic base companies to the economy of San Juan County. The criteria for the awards are based on excellence in four categories that include export, economic wage, import substitution and leadership. Learn more about SJEDS and the EDGE Award.

The USEPA Region 6 recently issued formal credentials to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) to perform storm water inspections for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits on behalf of the USEPA. According to the NMED, the credentials will mean that more facilities can be inspected, and state inspectors will have the authority to assess federal provisions not currently covered by state law.

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has issued its Summer 2007 Arizona Office of Administrative Counsel Rulesletter, which contains important information about the proposed rule for No Further Action (NFA)/ Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA), including implementation of a MNA account to cover continued monitoring and additional corrective actions after the State Assurance Fund sunsets on July 1, 2010. The proposed rule was published in the Arizona Administrative Register on August 17, 2007.
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Ross Kennemer of AES spent part of his recent vacation visiting Pursat, Cambodia, where he was able to see several water wells recently installed by Sustainable Cambodia (a nonprofit) as part of a community development project. He also spent a few days teaching English to older students. AES has enjoyed contributing to Sustainable Cambodia’s efforts to improve the lives of the Khmer people, one community at a time. Sustainable Cambodia

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July, 2007

AES received preliminary approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) for a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for site cleanup in Page, Arizona. Proposed remedial methods include soil excavation and disposal in conjunction with installation of oxygen diffusion canisters to treat remaining petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated groundwater.

The Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS) Remediation Section has put out a new standardized Monitoring and Remediation Report (MMR) Form which will allow for electronic submittal of site data. The OPS has also completed a document entitled Petroleum Hydrocarbon Remediation by In-situ Chemical Oxidation at Colorado Sites, which provides an overview of the In-situ Chemical Oxidation (ISCO) process and an evaluation of ISCO success and failure at selected Colorado Leaking Underground Storage Tank sites. http://oil.cdle.state.co.us/OIL/Technical/Whats%20New%20Tech.asp

The Farmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has started to develop a Bicycle/Pedestrian Plan for the MPO area (the urbanized area of San Juan County , including Farmington and Aztec) with the goal of improving path networks and facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians. A Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Group (BPAG) has been formed, and the general public is encouraged to participate. Learn more

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June, 2007

AES recently started up a remedial system in Shiprock , New Mexico , at a site with contaminated soil and groundwater. Between February and April 2007, over 28,000 lbs of petroleum hydrocarbons have been removed from the subsurface. Project oversight of site remediation is through the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency (NNEPA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has issued its Spring 2006 Arizona Office of Administrative Counsel Rulesletter, which contains important information about potential rules for No Further Action (NFA)/ Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA), including implementation of a MNA account to cover continued monitoring and additional corrective actions after the State Assurance Fund sunsets on July 1, 2010. Soil Remediation Levels (SRLs) have also been revised and are effective May 5, 2007. Read more about it here

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April, 2007

AES is completing the installation of a multi-phase extraction (MPE) system to treat contaminated groundwater and vadose zone soils at a site in Show Low, Arizona. The MPE remediation unit will consist of a SoilTherm® Mobile-THERM unit. The system installation will be complete and in full operation later this spring. Learn more about Soil-Therm®

The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Petroleum Storage Tank Bureau (PSTB) is embarking on a major effort to revise the Petroleum Storage Tank Regulations, 20.5 NMAC. This effort is in part required by the 2005 Federal Energy Policy Act, which imposes a series of new requirements for USTs. A stakeholders meeting is being held on Wednesday, May 9, 2007, 9:00 - 3:30 pm at the Albuquerque BLM Building, 4325 Montano NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Learn more

AES recently assisted the City of Farmington in updating its Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP) and Notice of Intent (NOI) for the USEPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase 2 Storm Water Permit for small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). This permit went into effect on January 1, 2007, and will be in effect through December 2012. http://www.epa.gov/region6/6wq/npdes/sw/ms4/index.htm.

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February, 2007

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has issued its Winter 2006 Arizona Office of Administrative Counsel Rulesletter which outlines upcoming rule changes and developments in Air Quality, Tank Programs, Waste Programs and Water Quality. Note that there are upcoming changes on rules for No Further Action (NFA)/ Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA); petroleum contaminated soil (PCS); and Soil Remediation Levels (SRLs). Read more about it here

Although AES likes to act locally, one of our favorite volunteer projects has been with Sustainable Cambodia. We have assisted with the installation of several drinking water wells in Pursat, and we look forward to helping out with any other environmental issues as they arise. http://www.sustainablecambodia.org

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January, 2007

AES is preparing to start up a newly installed soil and groundwater remediation system at a site in Shiprock , New Mexico . The system uses an internal combustion engine (ICE) for extraction of petroleum contaminated vapors and groundwater from the subsurface using multi-phase extraction (MPE). http://www.rsi-save.com

AES completed treatment of a former dry cleaner site contaminated with chlorinated solvents (PCE and TCE) in Farmington , New Mexico , in December 2006. AES utilized direct push and slurry injection of a hydrogen release compound (HRC®) to speed anaerobic degradation at the site. Regenesis.com.

The U.S. EPA Region 6 has released interim guidance for developing an NPDES Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for construction operators. This is a great document for those who are new to the world of storm water and construction activities or for those who just want to see some additional guidance documentation. Also included are a SWPPP Template and a Sample Inspection Report. Check out everything at:

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December, 2006

The U.S. EPA Administrator signed final Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule amendments this month which streamline the federal requirements (in 40 CFR Part 112) for the owners/operators of certain low-risk facilities (like construction sites with aboveground oil storage capacities of 10,000 gallons or less) and certain equipment (like bulldozers) regulated under the rule. The amendments:

The rule will be published in the Federal Register and becomes effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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July, 2006

AES was awarded funds from the New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) for expansion of the company as it continues to create new jobs in San Juan County. New Mexico Economic Development Department

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has issued its Fall 2006 Arizona Office of Administrative Counsel Rulesletter which outlines upcoming rule changes and developments in Air Quality, Tank Programs, Waste Programs and Water Quality. http://www.azdeq.gov/function/laws/download/rulesletters/fall06.pdf

The U.S. EPA has issued the final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit (Phase II) for Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s). The Permit is effective January 1, 2007, and MS4 Notices of Intent (NOIs) must be submitted to EPA by April 1, 2007 (no joke). Read more

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