Construction – Engineering – Environmental
North Carolina regulatory agencies issue permits for a wide variety of permits including air, land, waste, water, energy, coastal and fishing to name a few programs. Those permits that pertain to engineering and environmental consulting are typically erosion and sediment control, pollutant discharge, groundwater remediation, well installation, water supply system construction, streams and wetlands, hazardous waste management, petroleum contaminated soil remediation system, and many other permits.
MGF will evaluate your project and determine what permits are required to keep you in compliance with current laws and regulations. Here is a description of the more common environmental permits:
Erosion and Sediment Control (E&SC) Permit
The Division of Energy, Mineral, and Land Resources (NCDEMLR) issues an Erosion and Sediment Control Permit (NCG01) for land-disturbing activities that cover one-acre or more in area. Protective measures are required in vulnerable areas of developments to prevent erosion and sedimentation from damaging adjoining properties, streams, lakes and other water resources of the state. Stabilization timeframes are stated for construction areas to stabilize ditches, slopes, and swales to meet program requirements.
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit
The North Carolina NPDES program is federally mandated to regulate industrial stormwater/wastewater discharges to the waters of the state and issues general and individual permits. If industrial materials and operations are not exposed to stormwater, a “no exposure certification” may be granted. Stormwater outfall monitoring is necessary to comply with permit requirements.
In-situ Groundwater Remediation Permit
The remediation of contaminated groundwater in the subsurface typically requires the injection of commercial products to oxidize, neutralize or reduce chemical constituents. This is accomplished by advancing temporary well borings using a Geoprobe or permanent horizontal or vertical injection wells. Tracers used to evaluate flow direction and migration rates are also covered under this permit issued by the North Carolina Division of Water Resources, Animal Feeding Operations and Groundwater Protection Branch (UIC Program).
Monitoring Wells and Recovery Wells
Monitoring wells constructed to assess hydrogeologic conditions on property not owned by the well owner and recovery wells require a permit. The purpose of the permit is to ensure compliance with 15A NCAC 02C .0105 and “protect the public welfare, safety, health and groundwater resources through proper construction and location of supply wells”.