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  • Environmental Construction Services | Environmental Troubleshooters MN

    Environmental Construction Services A unique advantage of selecting Environmental Troubleshooters, Inc. as a teammate to work on your environmental project is our Design Build expertise. Our approach to contract projects is to provide a full Turn-Key service that performs both the contracting and consulting work simultaneously. Our inhouse team, utilizes specialized remediation equipment operated by highly skilled and trained personnel. This Turn-Key approach allows us the flexibility to make real-time decisions based on field observations without stopping work for multiple rounds of solicitations and change orders. This approach ultimately yields more data, higher quality results and a cost-effective project. Tank Removals Soil Excavation Compost Soil Treatment Soil Stabilization Remedial Compound Subsurface Injection Land Spread Soil Treatment Vapor Mitigation Tank Removals Skid Steer Surface Soil Excavation Compost Soil Treatment Land Spread Soil Treatment Adding Heavy Metal Stabilization Compound Remedial Compound Subsurface Injection Vapor Extraction from Sewer Line

  • Hazardous/Regulated Materials | Environmental Troubleshooters MN

    Hazardous/Regulated Materials Before any building can be redeveloped, including remodeling or demolished, an Asbestos Inspection and Hazardous and Regulated Waste Assessment must be conducted. ET can perform these inspections / assessments and assist the developer in determining the cost to conduct abatement. Asbestos Consulting Lead Based Paint Inspection Regulated Waste Asbestos Consulting ET’s asbestos services consist of inspecting, bulk sampling, patching and repairing, abatement designing, abatement monitoring, air sampling, employee training and record keeping. Our asbestos inspection services consist of 6-month periodic surveillances, annual damage assessments, accessible asbestos inspection and bulk sampling and demolition asbestos inspection and bulk sampling. All asbestos bulk samples are analyzed by an independent laboratory to avoid any conflicts of interest with the analysis. Asbestos abatement projects are designed using detailed work specifications. Each asbestos abatement project is bid out to obtain the best price for our clients. Our industrial hygienists closely oversee work practices to ensure proper removal procedures are followed. All projects are closely air monitored to ensure adjacent areas are not contaminated during abatement and abated spaces are cleared and safe to reoccupy. Asbestos Re-Inspection – Spray-on Fireproofing Under a Drop Ceiling Lead Based paint Inspection ET can assist clients by determining if a lead paint hazard exists in your building, facility or structure. We conduct lead inspections and collect samples to determine if a lead hazard is present and to what extent. If lead levels are above action level, we assist clients and contractors to comply with the lead in paint standards, so the project can move forward. Sampling Lead Based Paint with an XRF Regulated Waste Regulated wastes typically include commercial or household products that contain regulated chemicals, heavy metal containing products, treated woods, light ballasts, electronics, and white goods and must be removed and disposed of prior to demolition of a building. Commonly, observed regulated waste include household chemicals, paints, florescent light tubes, florescent light ballasts, lead acid batteries, mercury thermostats, green treated or creosote treated wood and electronic. ET assists clients by performing a pre-demolition assessment to determine if these and other hazardous/regulated products exist in a building. We compiled a list of observed wastes and remove the items from service. Finally, we look for recycling option to minimize disposal charges. Hazardous Waste

  • Stream Restoration | Environmental Troubleshooters MN

    Stream Restoration Extensive logging removed riparian trees throughout many watersheds, which has led to deteriorating streambanks, a discharge of sediment and impacts to the stream channel. This continuous watershed instability negatively effects water temperature, sediment load and fish habitat. ET utilizes a restoration approach called Natural Channel Design to restore critical stream parameters. ET’s Natural Channel Design approach includes: Assessment and surveying of the stream using Natural Channel Design methodology. Collection survey data and biological data necessary to complete project permit applications and design a rehabilitation project. Monitoring the water temperature to select project site(s). Designing a stream restoration project to restore watershed function and stability. Restore the stream channel’s shape, dimension and profile. Enhance instream trout habitat by strategically positioning large woody debris, rock vanes and “J” hooks into the channel. Reconnect the channel to the floodplain. Create new floodplain benches and wetlands to retain water on the landscape. Raise the groundwater table. Stabilize streambanks with use of Toe Wood/Root Wads. Rehabilitate the riparian overhead tree canopy with native vegetative species. Stream Surveying and Restoration Design Restoration Construction Stream Surveying and Restoration Design ET uses the science-based Natural Channel Design methodology to assess and survey impacted stream reaches. This assessment/surveys method collects data from the impacted stream reach and compares it to several stable stream sections. All survey work is performed using a geomorphic trained Stream Specialist. Our assessment data collects stream width to depth ratios, floodplain elevation, erosion calculations, longitudinal profile, cross-section elevation and vegetation cover. The survey data is entered into a specialized stream restoration computer-based program to create plans and specifications that will restore impacted stream features. These restoration plans create the basis for the construction project by depicting channel shape, size and dimension reconfiguration, placement of structures, streambed depth, streambank elevation and any stream channel realignment. Another advantage of using ET for stream project designs is our projects are created to be self-maintaining due to our understanding of precise streambank elevations, channel shape and sediment transport. When the Natural Channel Design projects are properly designed, it results in a stable channel, that transports sediment, with an abundance of instream woody debris that creates scour pools and retained spawning gravels. Identified an Eroding Streambank during the Rapid Stream Assessment Restoration Construction Restoration Construction ​ Historically large instream woody debris was prevalent in watersheds. This large wood created structure to the stream and created side channels, stabilize of banks, connected floodplains, retained spawning substrate and scoured sediment deposits. Today, much of this wood has been lost due to channelization and flooding, which has led to an increase in channel instability, bank erosion, and sediment discharge. To restore these stream impacts, ET imports large wood to rehabilitate the shape and pattern of the stream channel. Besides creating a stabilize and functioning channel, this substrate redirects current flow, creates deep scour pools, retains spawning gravels and stabilizes streambanks. This construction method that utilizes only natural materials, differs from traditional restoration methods that armor streambanks with riprap. The benefits of natural materials are the enhancement of instream habitat that support fish and a more aesthetic appeal. Placing Large Rock to Raise the Pool Height to allow for Easier Trout Passage

  • Wetland Consulting | Environmental Troubleshooters MN

    Wetland Consulting Wetland regulations have recently become an obstacle for many developers, realtors and property owners who want to build on their property. Many of these parcels of property were not originally designated as wetlands when the property was originally purchased. Due to the heightened importance of wetlands, many properties have been re-evaluated and are now listed as containing considerable number of wetlands and cannot be filled without a permit. The wetland services ET offers are: Wetland Assessment Wetland Delineation Wetland Permitting Wetland Sequencing (Avoidance, Minimization and Replacement) Wetland Mitigation Plan Development Violation Compliance Wetland Construction Wetland Delineation Wetland Mitigation ET can assist the property owner by acting as an impartial third party for delineating the location, size and type of the wetlands on your property. Once the wetlands are delineated, a site map and final report are compiled outlining the vegetation type, soil classification, and groundwater depth discovered at the site. The report is reviewed with the client and options are presented which may allow the client to complete the project as inexpensively as possible. ​ Classifying Soils If wetlands impacts are necessary to complete the project, ET can assist client’s wetland sequencing and mitigation. This wetland mitigation process provides a replacement plan that locates suitable property for wetland replacement or a wetland mitigation bank in your Service Area. We also work closely with the state and local agencies to create a comfortable working relationship to streamline the review and approval projects, so the projects get permitted in a timely manner. Replacement Wetland, Year 1

  • News | Environmental Troubleshooters MN

    News Click any of the sections below to view our news items. Stay tuned for future Environmental Troubleshooters updates! Press Releases Published Articles ET in the News Awards Employment Opportunities

  • Company Information/History | Environmental Troubleshooters MN

    Company Information and History History Environmental Troubleshooters, Inc. (ET) is a comprehensive environmental consulting and contracting firm that was established in 1995. During our history, we have conducted over 2,000 projects regulated under Superfund, Petroleum Remediation and Brownfields, Underground and Aboveground Storage Tank (UST/AST), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act and Asbestos programs. The hazardous substances / contaminants that ET has experience working with include petroleum products, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), heavy metals, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), asbestos, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), agricultural chemicals, mixed industrial wastes, tank and sump sludges and regulated building materials. ET has also performed projects under Level B, C and D conditions. Approach Unlike traditional environmental firms, ET has the ability to provide a full turn-key service. Our turn-key process assesses the project, devises the scope of work, collects samples, designs the remedy, provide technical oversight, performs the physical labor and contracting service to remedy the problem and completes the reports. This turn-key or design-build process provides onsite flexibility to make real-time decisions based on field observations. This designed build feature also limits the shutdown of projects to solicited or rebid project scope changes, which ultimately provides a more effective, timely and cost efficient project. Staff, Certifications and Licenses ET has a diverse staff of managerial, professional and technical personnel. Our staff consists of Professional Geologists, Certified Hazardous Material Managers, MPCA Certified Vapor Mitigation Specialist, Army Corp of Engineers Certified Wetland Delineator, Rosgen Level IV Stream Restoration Specialist, MPCA Certified Construction Storm Water Designers, Installers and Inspectors, EPA Asbestos Project Designers, Inspectors and Contractor Superiors, EPA Lead Paint Supervisors, MPCA Certified Underground Storage Tank Remover, RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Training, FEMA National Incident Management System, NOAA Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment, MPCA Open Water Boom Training, MDH Monitoring Well Contractors and DOT Class A Licensed Drivers. Service Areas ET has provided environmental services throughout the Midwest. We have worked in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois. Click Here To Contact Us!

  • Regulatory Compliance | Environmental Troubleshooters MN

    Environmental, Health and Safety Regulatory Compliance Environmental, Health and Safety Regulatory Compliance ET has developed a process for reviewing commercial and industrial facilities to manage their regulatory compliance issues. The procedure involves an in-depth evaluation of current permits and compliance requirements and though review of their compliance management program. ET also provides compliance audits that allow facilities to check their working compliance program. These audits provide recommendations on how to improve current compliance practices and how to implement new programs that may be necessary. Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Compliance Spill Response Planning Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) Health and Safety Services Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Compliance Aboveground Storage Tank regulations are currently being enforced by the EPA that require most AST owners with an excess of 1,320 gallons of combined oil storage to have a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) plan. This plan examines the AST system piping, secondary containment, loading and unloading areas, facility drainage, surface water receptors, spill history, site security and training. After the site-specific SPCC plan is developed, a registered professional engineer is required to certify the plan. ET has the experience to tailor your SPCC plan to efficiently bring your AST/UST system to compliance. Upgrading a Petroleum Bulk Plant Facility Response Plan (FRP) and Emergency Response Spill Planning A Facility Response Plan and Emergency Response Spill Plan (Spill Plans) is required by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. United States Coast Guard (USGS) administered these regulations when there are fuel transfers from shore to vessels. The Spill Plans must be specific to the Company’s operation, include how to transfer fuel over water and a contingency plan in the event a release should occur during fuel transferring activities. Ore Boat Fuel Delivery Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) / National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits A SWPPP is designed to reduce contaminants from entering storm water and to eliminate their discharge off-site or into surface waters. The SWPPP consists of evaluating potential source of contamination, site discharges to storm water systems, establishing Best Management Procedures (BMPs) to reduce adverse impacts to storm water, eliminating improper connections to storm water systems, reducing run-on from off-site areas and minimizing the amount of pollutants in storm water. A SWPPP consists of planning and organizing a pollution prevention team, conducting a site assessment to determine if storm water pollution sources are present and/or discharging off-site, identifying BMPs to reduce storm water pollution and discharge, implementing BMPs and SWPPP evaluation. We also work with your staff and provide training to minimize or eliminate storm water pollution and off-site discharge. Storm Water Discharge Pipe Health and Safety Services Customized OSHA Compliance Programs OSHA Compliance Management Record Keeping Employee Training OSHA Inspection Support OSHA's visibility has increased in recent years. This increased visibility has brought forth more regulations, an increased number of citations and an increased dollar amount per citation. Environmental Troubleshooters, Inc. offers a comprehensive OSHA compliance service to reduce injuries, illnesses and citations. Our OSHA service starts with interviewing the employer, conducting a facility walk-through and inspecting records to determine if compliance deficiencies exist. The identified compliance deficiencies are then ranked and a workplan for compliance is developed. The client can then choose the best compliance option for their business. Once a compliance option is selected, ET will implement and maintain the OSHA programs you have chosen on a routine basis. Our OSHA service provides all the necessary written plans, inventory forms and training record forms. Some of the compliance programs we offer include Employee Right-To-Know, Compressed Gas, Lockout/Tagout, Hearing Conservation, Confined Spaces, Chemical Hygiene, AWAIR, Personal Protective Equipment, Respiratory Protection, Emergency Planning, Ergonomics, Bloodborne Pathogens, Forklift Safety, Crane Safety, Machine Operator Safety, Driver Safety and an OSHA Compliance Checklist. Environmental Troubleshooters, Inc. also provides OSHA inspection support services. We are onsite for the investigation, discuss any deficiencies with OSHA and the Employer, meet with the Employer’s Attorney, create a schedule to bring the Workplace back into compliance and create the necessary plan and training revisions to ensure deficiencies do not reoccur. Lockout/Tagout Kit

  • Awards | Environmental Troubleshooters MN

    Awards 2013 Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Award ​ Economic Impact Project of the Year ​ Canal Park Brewing Brownfields Redevelopment Project 2015 ReScape Community Impact Award ​ Economic Impact Project of the Year ​ Steve O'Neil Apartments Brownfields Redevelopment Project

  • COVID-19/Coronavirus Disinfecting | Environmental Troubleshooters MN

    COVID-19/Coronavirus Disinfecting COVID-19 Employers have been shut down for several months during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the economy starts to reopen and the second wave of infections are predicted, business sanitation to keep employees and customers safe is of paramount importance to all employers. To help business through these COVID-19 issues, Environmental Troubleshooters, Inc. (ET) is available to provide COVID-19 response services. COVID-19 Services Response to COVID-19 outbreaks. Disinfecting contaminated facilities. Develop site-specific cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitation plans. Provide OSHA Compliant Infectious Agent, Respiratory Protection and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) written plans. Perform Inhouse OSHA Employee Training for COVID-19 Infectious Agents, Hazard Communication/Employee Right to Know, Respiratory Protection and PPE. Disinfecting and Surface Cleaning For over two decades, ET has provided fungus and bacteria remediation services. To address the current COVID-19 pandemic, ET has now implemented new safety measures, established virus specific cleanup procedures and expanded our line of disinfectant equipment. During a COVID-19 response ET will provide: Trained personnel equipped with Tyvek suits, gloves and respirators. We have qualified staff that has been trained in various disinfecting techniques and will wear personal protective equipment that exceeds CDC recommendations. Disinfecting equipment. For largescale projects, ET typically uses industrial sprayers to fog and mist down horizontal and vertical surfaces. For small-scale projects, ET uses hand-held foggers to disinfect a specific area, equipment or structure more discretely. Use of CDC and EPA disinfectants. ET uses a specialized ozone-based disinfectant that is CDC and EPA recommended and a less toxic alternative to the standard bleach or ammonia-based disinfectants that are traditionally used. Our disinfectant does not leave an odor, fade furnishings or damage building surfaces.

  • Employment Opportunities | Environmental Troubleshooters MN

    Employment Opportunities If you are interested in working at Environmental Troubleshooters, email a cover letter and resume to . cwilson@etsmn.com