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Visitors walk the trail during the wildflower bloom at Table Mountain, a basaltic plateau near Oroville, California. Photo taken April 22, 2019.Kelly M. Grow / California Department of Water Resources, FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLYThere are many reasons why you might need to hire an environmental consulting firm. Here are some of the most common:

To Comply With Environmental Regulation

Environmental regulations are becoming increasingly complex and stringent, and it can be difficult for businesses to keep up without the help of an expert. Environmental consultants can help you identify and understand the regulations that apply to your business, develop a plan to comply with them, and keep track of changes in the law.

To Assess Enviornmental Risks

Environmental risks can pose a significant threat to businesses, both in terms of financial liability and operational disruptions. Environmental consultants can help you identify, assess, and manage environmental risks at your property or facility. This may include conducting environmental site assessments, analyzing air and water quality, and performing hazardous waste evaluations.

To Remediate Enviornmental Contamination

If your property or facility is contaminated with hazardous substances, you will need to take steps to remediate the contamination. Environmental consultants can develop and implement remediation plans, oversee the cleanup process, and ensure that the cleanup meets regulatory standards.

To Obtain Environmental Permits

Many businesses need to obtain environmental permits to operate. Environmental consultants can help you prepare and submit permit applications, provide technical support during the permitting process, and ensure that your business complies with permit requirements.

To Develop and Implement Sustainability Plans

drilling a contaminated siteBusinesses are increasingly adopting sustainability practices to reduce their environmental impact and improve their corporate image. Environmental consultants can help you develop and implement sustainability plans that align with your business goals and objectives.

To Conduct Enviromental Training for Employees

Environmental training can help employees understand environmental regulations, identify environmental risks, and take steps to protect the environment. Environmental consultants can develop and deliver environmental training programs that are tailored to the needs of your business.

To Respond to Environmental Incidents

Environmental incidents, such as spills, leaks, and fires, can have a significant impact on businesses. Environmental consultants can help you respond to environmental incidents quickly and effectively, minimize environmental damage, and comply with regulatory requirements.

To Stay Up-to-Date on Environmental Issues

Environmental issues are constantly evolving, and it can be difficult to keep up with the latest developments. Environmental consultants can provide you with up-to-date information on environmental issues and help you understand the implications for your business.

Why Would You Need an Environmental Engineering Firm

You might need an environmental engineering firm to comply with environmental regulations, assess human health risk, assess financial risk, or cleanup contamination. These are just a few of the reasons - you might think of others. For example, you might need an environmental firm to remove an old heating oil fuel tank. Let us know. Click the button below or a free consultation or call at (831) 227-4898

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California's RUST Program

RUST stands for Replacing, Removing, or Upgrading Underground Storage Tanks.

The RUST program is a system of grants and loans to help small business owners and operators come into compliance with regulatory requirements for underground storage tanks (USTs). Compliance is achieved through removing, replacing or upgrading USTs. The program is administered by the State Water Resources Control Board.

The RUST Program is a great way for small businesses to protect their business and improve their bottom line. By removing or upgrading their USTs, businesses can reduce their risk of environmental liability and save money on maintenance and repairs.

California's Deadline for the Removal of Single-Walled USTs is December 31, 2025

California has reminded owners and operators of underground storage tanks (USTs) that they are required to permanently close single-walled (SW) USTs by December 31, 2025. This includes connected SW piping. With the deadline looming, it’s time to learn about California’s Replacing, Removing, or Upgrading Underground Storage Tanks (RUST) Program.

What Costs are Eligible for a RUST Grant or Loan?

Eligible costs for grants include:

  • Costs for removing and replacing single-walled* USTs and/or piping with doubled-walled** USTs and/or piping.
  • Costs for upgrades to USTs including installation of containment sumps, under-dispenser containment boxes/pans, and electronic monitoring systems.
  • Costs for conducting enhanced leak detection tests.

Eligible costs for loans include those for grants and:

  • Costs for corrective actions necessary to meet applicable local, state, or federal standards including, but not limited to, any design, construction, monitoring, operation, or maintenance requirements adopted pursuant to the California Health and Safety Code.

*Single-walled USTs have one wall between the petroleum fuel and the underground soil.

**Double-walled USTs have two walls between the fuel and the underground soil. The second wall provides extra containment that helps to prevent leaks from reaching the soil. It is a tank in a tank (piping in piping) system.

Who is Eligible for a RUST Grant?

Independently owned and operated small businesses with petroleum USTs and fewer than 20 full-time and part-time employees are eligible for a RUST grant. The principal office and business officers must be domiciled in California. Businesses dominant in their field of operation are excluded.

The facility must have legally been in business retailing gasoline after January 1, 1999, and must have sold less than 1,500,000 gallons of gasoline annually for the two years prior to filing an application.

All USTs owned and operated by the applicant are in compliance with State UST regulations. Grant applicants may be eligible for a waiver from the permit compliance and/or retailing gasoline requirements if the project tanks will be removed and will not be replaced with new tanks and the applicant does not qualify for a RUST Loan. 

“Domiciled” means the permanent legal place of residence of a natural person or the principal place of business of a juristic entity.

“Dominant in their field of operation” means having more than twenty employees and a significantly larger market share than the next largest rival. Dominant firms are typically considered to have market shares of 40% or more.

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Who is Eligible for a RUST Loan?

Independently owned and operated small businesses with petroleum USTs and fewer than 500 employees are eligible for a RUST loan. As with a grant, the principal office and business officers must be domiciled in California, and businesses dominant in their field of operation are excluded.

All USTs owned and operated by the applicant are in compliance with State UST regulations.

What are the RUST funding amounts?

If you are eligible for RUST funding, you cannot begin work until you have a grant or loan executed by the State Water Board. 

RUST Grant Funding Amounts

The RUST program grants are available for between $3,000 and $70,000 per grant.

A small business may receive multiple RUST grants, but the maximum lifetime limit in grant money for each small business is $70,000. 

RUST Loan Funding Amounts

Loan terms of 10 or 20 years at ½ the State’s most recent general obligation bond rate are available. Contact the State Water Board for the current interest rate.

Loans are available for between $10,000 and $750,000. 

Ten-year loans are secured by a Uniform Commercial Code Financing Statement on the business property, assets, and equipment. Twenty-year loans are secured by a deed of trust on the business property and a Uniform Commercial Code Financing Statement on the business property, assets, and equipment. 

Additional collateral and guarantees may be required to provide sufficient security for the loan. The borrower must pay a loan fee of 2 percent at the final loan closing.

How to Finance UST Removal in California

The State Water Resources Control Board offers grants and loans to help small business owners and operators come into compliance with regulatory requirements for USTs. Compliance is achieved through removing, replacing, or upgrading USTs.

We talked about eligible costs, eligibility requirements, and funding. Are you considering replacing, removing, or upgrading USTs? Give us a call at 831-227-4898 or click below for a free consultation.

Experienced Environmental Consulting in the Monterey Bay Area

You’re reading this because you are looking for an honest and reliable environmental consultant who will save you money, give you the answers you need, and provide reassurance. When confronted with an environmental issue, one of the most important questions you’ll have is, who are the best consultants in my area?

RRM wants to help prospective clients find the best company to meet their needs. We’ve been in business since 1992 providing cost-effective solutions to environmental challenges, and we understand the necessity for exploring other options. We compiled a list of local companies to help you narrow your search.

Experienced Environmental Consulting in the Monterey Bay Area

Here are our top picks for Environmental Consultants in the Monterey Bay, CA area

Weber, Hayes, & Associates

Located in Watsonville, WHA has been providing environmental and geotechnical services since 1988. They have extensive experience providing services to the agricultural industry, including guidance on stormwater conveyance and detention, and waste discharge for composting operations.
(831) 722-3580
www.weber-hayes.com

Aero-Environmental Consulting

This company operates from Monterey and offers a wide range of environmental testing and inspection services in areas such as industrial hygiene, building science, and specialty construction. Their industrial hygienist provides consulting in indoor air quality testing, indoor environmental services, and environmental analysis.
(831) 277-5831
www.aero-enviro.com

Trinity Source Group, Inc.

Established in 2005, Trinity is located in downtown Santa Cruz. They offer a broad range of environmental consulting, management, and construction services with a turnkey approach to environmental challenges. This includes providing drilling services in addition to environmental services.
(831) 426-5600
www.trinitysourcegroup.com

Red Hills Environmental

Based in Los Gatos, RHE offers a full range of professional and technical services for the investigation, remediation, and management of difficult environmental conditions. They are great at helping people understand tricky compliance situations.
(408) 455-9300
www.redhillslg.com

While cost is always one of the first topics you might discuss, you might also want to hear about their experience in dealing with your particular problem, about their relationship with the relevant county and state agencies involved, project timing, and what potential contract arrangements look like.

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We hope this post has provided you with information that helps you make the best choice. No matter which consultant you choose, we are here to answer any questions. Click the button below to schedule a free consultation or call us today at (831) 475-8141.

Understanding Low-Threat Solvent Case Closure for PCE Contamination in California

What is Low-Threat Closure & PCE Solvent Closure in California

For many of those managing investigation and cleanup of property contaminated with tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and other solvents in California, low-threat solvent case closure is the best but least understood option. This lack of clarity leads to frustration and mistrust. Let’s get familiar with low-threat solvent case closure and develop some general criteria beginning with the cleanup goal.

PCE Case Closure and Cleanup Goals: Reasonable Timeframe and Criteria

California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) policy does not require that contamination is completely gone at the time of case closure; it specifies compliance with cleanup goals and objectives within a reasonable timeframe. This means that case closure can occur with contamination left in place as long as cleanup goals, such as relevant environmental screening levels (ESLs) or maximum contaminant levels (MCLs), are met in a reasonable timeframe. What defines a reasonable timeframe is ultimately decided by the regulatory oversight agency, but the decision considers the pace of natural cleanup mechanisms such as biodegradation. SWRCB closure orders for low-threat petroleum hydrocarbon sites state a reasonable time frame for plumes of a limited extent is multiple decades or longer, but expect more restrictions because PCE is less susceptible to natural cleanup mechanisms and has much lower ESLs. The general criteria for achieving cleanup goals are:

Criteria: Establish that natural mechanisms can reduce levels to cleanup goals and that contamination levels are at a point where natural mechanisms can reduce levels within a reasonable time frame.