Storage Tank and Pipeline Permitting for Various Capital Projects in California
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Geosyntec was retained by a confidential fuel storage terminal to assist them with environmental and air permitting, providing timely and responsive support for multiple projects at a Northern California fuel storage and distribution terminal.

The facility required approvals for new equipment and infrastructure modifications to allow for storage of ethanol, renewable diesel, biodiesel, and renewable jet fuel. Geosyntec worked to obtain critical approvals by preparing analyses of environmental impacts for local lead-agency review and permit applications for local air-district review. Geosyntec is working closely with the client to quantify air emissions and do a comparative analysis to baseline emission estimates, in addition to serving as a liaison with the lead agency for the purposes of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) evaluation.

Geosyntec's Scope of Services

Turnkey air permitting work included emissions and best available control technology (BACT) evaluations for storage tanks, truck loading operations, piping fugitive leaks, vapor recovery equipment and ancillary units (e.g., diesel generators), as well as permitting modifications, conducting compliance assurance, drafting acceptable permit conditions, making health risk assessment determinations, and obtaining emission offsets. Geosyntec provided expert support, working together with the client, its attorneys, engineering team, and other contractors to deliver information, meet with agency staff, provide direction, advise on process and permitting timeline, and adjust strategy based on response from the agency.

Geosyntec managed and drove the process of gaining approvals that were critical to meeting construction and operational schedules. In doing so, we keep the client abreast of current developments and strategy with frequent and effective communications. With a multifaceted team, we have managed critical path actions and been in close contact with key agency personnel to secure permits, outline strategy, and provide the client with local insight needed to effectively manage both permitting and CEQA requirements. In addition, our experience with air permitting led to expedited approvals in some cases and workable permit conditions in others. Our experts represented the emission prevention potential of a state-of-the-art floating roof emission control technology to put forward projects that improve air quality.

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Project Summary

  • Location: Northern California
  • Client: Confidential Client
  • Project Practice Areas: Environmental Management
  • Type of Facility: Fuel Storage Terminal
  • Services Provided: CEQA Support; Strategic Planning; Air Permitting Support; BACT Analysis
  • Type of Work: Environmental Management System
  • Governing Regulation: Federal/State