Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.

Posted on July 14, 2015

Client: Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc.
Project Type: Subject Matter Expert Term Contract

Major Components

  • Environmental Compliance Handbook
  • Environmental Management and Construction Plan Review
  • Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessments
  • Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plans
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Inspections

Project Description

Introduction

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Incorporated is an electric and gas utility headquartered in Pearl River, New York serving seven  counties in New York, northern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania. Orange and Rockland Utilities’ service area  encompasses 1,350 square miles with approximately 300,000 electric customers and 128,000 natural gas customers. Dvirka and Bartilucci Consulting Engineers (D&B) was retained by Orange & Rockland Utilities under a Subject Matter Expert Term Contract to provide engineering services with regard to the company’s environmental regulatory compliance needs.

The following presents an overview of the specific environmental engineering and regulatory assignments undertaken by D&B in support of Orange & Rockland Utilities operations.

Environmental Compliance HandbookIMG_2607

D&B was responsible for updating the Environmental Compliance Handbook for Orange and Rockland Utilities. In support of this project, D&B’s activities related to this included the following: reviewing the existing handbook for accuracy with respect to regulatory compliance requirements in accordance with federal, state, county and local laws; reformatting and streamlining the handbook to make it more user friendly; updating applicable regulatory citation references; and preparation of contact information and responsibility matrices. A new user friendly format template was developed for the Environmental Compliance Handbook which incorporated embedded links to pertinent applicable environmental regulations.

Environmental Management and Construction Plan Review

As requested by Orange and Rockland Utilities, D&B reviewed the Environmental Management and Construction Plan for Transmission Line 28. Based upon review of the Environmental Management and Construction Plan, D&B prepared a draft Document Review Summary Table which summarized all of the environmental studies and environmental documents that have been prepared for the Environmental Management and Construction Plan. The summary table included the title preparer, date of each study/ document; a brief narrative summarizing each study/document; pertinent environmental issues and conditions; and applicable deliverable/inspection due dates.

Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessments

D&B supported Orange and Rockland Utilities in the environmental assessment of properties being considered for acquisition by the company. Phase I and/or Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) were completed for the following sites:IMG_2617

• 1422 Route 202, Bulville, NY (Phase I ESA)
• Blooming Grove Substation, Blooming Grove, NY (Phase I/II ESAs)
• Blue Lake Substation, Warwick, NY (Phase I/II ESAs)
• Rockland Psychiatric Center Substation, Orangeburg, NY (Phase I ESA)

The Phase I Site Assessments were completed in accordance with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard  Practice E 1527-05 and evaluated a number of sources of information, including site inspection results, a detailed review of  historical and aerial photographs, completion of a local agency file search, review and evaluation of a federal and state  environmental data base search, and interviews with property owners, local government officials and historians. A thorough  site inspection of each property was also completed. Based on the completion of the above tasks, any potential environmental  concerns were identified. Where appropriate, the Phase I Site Assessment report included recommendations for a Phase II  environmental sampling program.

The Phase II Environmental Site Assessments included advancing soil borings, collection of surface and subsurface soil samples and the installation and sampling of monitoring wells. Upon completion of the field activities, Phase II Environmental Site Assessment reports were prepared to present an interpretation of analytical results against appropriate cleanup objectives/guidelines, as well as conclusions and recommendations for further investigation and/or remediation.

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans

D&B was retained by Orange & Rockland Utilities to prepare new or update existing Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans for electric substations and operating centers located in New York and New Jersey. These facilities include the following:

• Blooming Grove Operating Center, Monroe, NY
• Chester Substation No. 63, Chester, NY
• Closter Substation No. 28, Closter, NJ
• Franklin Lakes Substation No. 35, Franklin Lakes, NJ
• Harriman Substation No. 71, Harriman, NY
• Hillburn Substation No. 17, Hillburn, NY
• Little Tor Mobile Substation, New City, NY
• Lovett Substation No. 47, Tompkins Cove, NY
• Monroe Substation No. 61, Monroe, NY
• New Hempstead Substation No. 45, New Hempstead, NY
• Oakland Substation No. 36, Oakland, NY
• Orangeburg Substation No. 54, Orangeburg, NY
• Ramapo Substation No. 300, Suffern, NY
• Snake Hill Substation No. 24, West Nyack, NY
• South Goshen Substation No. 89, Goshen, NY
• South Mahwah Substation Nos. 52 and 58, Mahwah, NJ
• Sugarloaf Substation No. 108, Chester, NY
• Upper Saddle River Substation No. 49, Upper Saddle River, NJ
• West Haverstraw Substation Nos. 20, 27 and 94, West Haverstraw, NY
• West Milford Substation No. 79, West Milford, NJ
• West Nyack Operating Center, West Nyack, NY
• West Nyack Substation No. 21, West Nyack, NY

In order to prepare the SPCC Plans, D&B conducted detailed site inspections of each facility to confirm and update the inventory, capacity and location of petroleum storage tanks and oil-filled equipment located at each facility. In addition, the site inspection activities were conducted to evaluate the  adequacy of the secondary containment systems, as well as  the potential spill direction, rate and total quantity of oil which could be discharged from the facility as a result of each major type of failure. Information related to petroleum spill  prevention and control for the facilities was reviewed including the portions of the facility  used for storage, loading/unloading and transfer of oil; secondary containment facilities; and storm water collection and conveyance.IMG_2631

Upon completion of the information review and facility  inspections, D&B updated the existing SPCC plan as needed or prepared a new plan for each of the facilities. Preparation/update of the SPCC Plans involved incorporating applicable provisions of 40 CFR Part 112 into each SPCC Plan.

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Inspections

D&B has been retained by Orange and Rockland Utilities to conduct weekly Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) inspections as a “qualified inspector” per the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activity (GP- 0-10-001). Weekly site inspections required for the installation of the County Route 78 Gas Main are being conducted. The site inspection related activities include the following: determination if appropriate permits are posted at the site and all SWPPP related documents are available for review and inspection; visual inspection of structural and non-structural best management practices associated with the SWPPP; identification of observed deficiencies or inconsistencies with respect to the SWPPP; recommendation of measures to be taken to eliminate noted deficiencies; and documentation of inspection results utilizing appropriate inspection forms.

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