BKI was retained by American Iron Reduction (Georgetown Steel) to prepare applications for all state and federal environmental permitting for a new direct reduction iron facility in St. James Parish, LA.
BKI prepared permit applications and conducted site assessments, including a cultural resources survey, a wetlands delineation, and historical research. Because of the agricultural history of the site, the firm analyzed the soil for pesticides and herbicides, conducted studies to ensure that groundwater contamination had not taken place, and secured Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality certification and permits.
BKI also provided consulting services on a variety of other permitting and environmental issues arising out of the construction, including DOTD driveway and road crossing permits, toxicity reduction, spill prevention requirements, and construction waste storage and disposal.
Finally, BKI assisted AIR with a community outreach program to educate civic and business groups and obtain their cooperation with the project.
Illinois Central Rail Marine Terminal Environmental Permits
BKI was contracted to prepare a Louisiana Water Discharge Permit System (LWDPS) for storm water, industrial waste water, and sanitary wastewater discharges. The following tasks were completed to prepare this plan review proposed drawings and specs.; identify all discharge locations; calculate discharges for each location; and develop permit application.
BKI’s responsibilities also included all permit application preparation, site assessments including cultural resources survey and wetlands delineation, historical research, and air and water permits for the Marine Terminal.
BKI was selected by the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Inc. to provide environmental permitting assistance for the expansion of their West Bank Production Facility for cruise ship fabrication. BKI conducted an environmental assessment of the 14-acre area that included a wetlands delineation, a Benthic Survey, and dredged material samplings.
The firm also assessed any possible impact of the expansion on the area’s groundwater, including the possibility of saltwater intrusion. BKI staff reviewed numerous geological reports, conducted interviews with appropriate regulatory officials, and analyzed the region’s soil lithologies. BKI prepared a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan; a Spill Prevention Control and Counter Measure Plan; a US Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 permit application; and addendums to Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality water and hazardous waste permit applications.