Environmental Technology, Inc. (EN TECH) is at the forefront in providing
consulting services to UST owners/operators and providing effective SAF pre-approval and
reimbursement services. EN TECH was selected by the Arizona Speaker of the
House to represent all environmental consultants on the UST Advisory Committee.
Arizona's State Assurance Fund (SAF)
The State Assurance Fund (SAF) was a state trust fund established to assist owners and
operators in meeting federal financial responsibility requirements for corrective actions
associated with the cleanup of petroleum product releases from underground storage tanks
(USTs). This fund was established by tank fees and a $0.01 (one cent) per gallon
excise tax. These monies were available to qualified owners and operators of
registered USTs who identified and properly reported leaking underground storage tanks
(LUSTs). Additionally, EN TECH was an SAF approved consultant for site
investigations and remediations. EN TECH's staff demonstrated the
ability to meet the criteria established by the ADEQ to access the SAF. The SAF is
Preapproval Applications and Work Plans
EN TECH is involved in work plan development and preapproval submittals. The
work plan and preapproval application are key documents in ensuring that the work
performed is acceptable to the ADEQ and that eligible UST owner expenditures are
reimbursed by the UST Revolving Fund. EN TECH was one of the first consulting
firms to receive pre-approval for our clients.
Effective Regulatory Liaison Services
EN TECH participates in a variety of liaison services for our clients, both
site-specific and behind the scenes. Two of EN TECH's principals are registered
lobbyists with the state of Arizona pursuing fair and effective legislation and
regulations for the regulated community. EN TECH also has staff members who
participate with the State Bar, natural resources and environmental section. Additionally,
EN TECH's management participates on many of the legislative and regulatory advisory
meetings, as well as ADEQ stakeholder groups.
For site-specific issues, EN TECH's project managers pursue equitable resolutions
of regulatory violations and specific topics regarding investigative compliance, remedial
goals and site closures with specific ADEQ case managers. Many negotiations have
substantially benefited our clients in achieving timely and effective resolutions to LUST
issues. EN TECH has effectively addressed Notices of Violations (NOVs) and
Consent Orders for our clients. EN TECH's ultimate goal is to achieve case
closure for our clients and assist in maximum reimbursement recovery from the SAF.
Volunteer Status Assistance
Property owners who acquired contaminated properties were allowed to apply to the SAF for
volunteer status to achieve cleanup of their properties. This allowed property owners
to clean up their property without taking on the status of owner or operator of the LUST.
The SAF reimbursed the volunteer for 100% of the reasonable and necessary
costs incurred for investigation and remediation. This mechanism provided the
property owner to restore the soil and groundwater and enhance the value and saleability
of the property. EN TECH assisted several clients to achieve Volunteer Remediator
Status. The volunteer program is currently inactive.
Efficient Quality Site Characterizations
EN TECH provides fast and effective site characterization services that result in a
full evaluation of the vertical and lateral extent of soil and groundwater impact.
Additionally, EN TECH is versed in expedited assessment techniques such as
direct-push, hydropunch and soil gas sampling. Our relationship with a variety of
subcontractors including drilling companies, land surveyors and waste disposal firms
allows us to coordinate site activities in a timely and cost-effective manner. Our staff
of seasoned geologists delineates soil and groundwater plume boundaries, contaminant
migration pathways, fate and transport, and soil and aquifer characteristics. The data
gained through our site characterization studies are used to perform health-based risk
assessments, determine cleanup goals, direct feasibility studies and design remedial
Feasibility Testing and Corrective Action Planning
The ultimate goal is to restore the condition of the soil and groundwater to acceptable
levels and achieve LUST case closure. The most effective means to this end is to
develop a full understanding of the subsurface conditions affecting contaminant fate and
transport, risks to human health and the environment and mechanisms for contaminant
recovery. EN TECH employs a variety of investigative tools to evaluate soil and
aquifer. Feasibility testing may include radius of influence tests for soil vapor
extraction, bench scale tests for bioremediation, slug test or pump tests for aquifer
characterization, contaminant mass balance and rate of recovery calculations for air
quality control permitting and compliance. The feasibility testing phase provides
data necessary for the selection and design of effective remedial actions to achieve site
closure in a timely and cost-effective response.
Effective Remedial Design, Construction, Cleanup and Site
EN TECH's engineering staff has extensive background in the development, design,
construction, implementation, operation and maintenance, and permitting of a variety of
remedial systems. EN TECH works closely with our system vendors and
construction subcontractors to install effective remedial systems specific to the site
cleanup goals and schedules. EN TECH has a long history of achieving site
closures for our clients.
Remedial systems include soil vapor extraction, bioremediation (in-situ and ex-situ),
carbon adsorption, air stripping, dig and haul, and contaminant fixation.
Please contact us if you need additional
information on EN TECH's UST or LUST consulting services.