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EDGE is proud to welcome three new employees to our team!

Sherri Hendon and Melissa Reeves are joining our Houston office and will be working in the Remediation and Air Quality practices, respectively.

Laura Rowe has also joined the EDGE family and will be working on assignment for Spectra Energy in Independence, Ohio.


Edge Engineering and Science Celebrates 5 Years

Houston environmental consulting firm marks 5 years with plans for expansion.

Edge Engineering and Science, LLC (EDGE) an environmental consulting firm headquartered in Houston, Texas, celebrates its 5th anniversary this month.

EDGE was founded in 2010 by J. Scot Vann, a professional engineer with nearly 20 years of experience in the environmental field, and Shawn Lixey, an environmental scientist who has worked in the environmental field for more than 20 years. Together, Mr. Vann and Mr. Lixey created a vision for their new company to provide high quality consulting services with integrity, professionalism and respect.

EDGE has served clients across North America in a variety of industry sectors including energy, chemical, oil and gas, manufacturing, power, and transportation. The firm specializes in National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) permitting; air quality management services; site investigation and remediation services; and litigation support through expert testimony for environmental policy cases.

Over the past five years, the firm has experienced considerable success, growing to a staff of 34 employees and opening an additional office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to accommodate its expanding client base across the Gulf Coast. EDGE also focused on adding technical staff experienced with interstate natural gas pipeline and LNG terminal projects regulated under Section 7 and Section 3 of the Natural Gas Act.

With staff possessing experience across a broad range of disciplines ― including engineering, geology, biology, toxicology, archaeology and botany ― and who possess an array of subject matter, project and geographical expertise, EDGE has the knowledge and experience necessary to address even the most complex environmental challenges for their clients.

In its 5th year, EDGE continues to expand its footprint in the environmental consulting market by strategizing continued growth with a new branding campaign and website. To learn more about EDGE, please visit edge-es.com.

ABOUT EDGE

Edge Engineering and Science, LLC (EDGE) is a privately-owned environmental consulting firm with offices in Houston, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Established in 2010, EDGE provides superior environmental engineering and scientific consulting services to a variety of industries, including the energy, chemical, oil and gas, manufacturing, power and transportation industry sectors. Serving clients across North America, EDGE provides a wide range of environmental services for all environmental permitting and compliance needs. For more information about EDGE, visit edge-es.com.


Edge Engineering and Science Unveils New Brand and Redesigned Website

Edge Engineering and Science, LLC (EDGE) an environmental consulting firm headquartered in Houston, Texas, revealed its new brand to the public on June 6, 2015 with the launch of its redesigned website.

Created in partnership with the advertising firm Design At Work, EDGE’s new brand and tagline, “further insight,” emphasize the unique perspective on environmental permitting and compliance the EDGE team provides. With backgrounds in a range of disciplines, EDGE staff delivers the knowledge and experience necessary to manage even the most complex environmental permitting and compliance issues.

The visual aspect of the new brand features landscapes typical to EDGE clients’ industries with a segment of each image in perfect focus. This design element represents the clarity EDGE provides in solving environmental challenges for their clients.

While the website design showcases EDGE’s new brand, the improved site functionality enables visitors to quickly and easily find the information they seek, including the services that EDGE provides, staff experience, and company and industry news & events. See the new brand and explore the new website at www.edge-es.com.

ABOUT EDGE

Edge Engineering and Science, LLC (EDGE) is a privately-owned environmental consulting firm with offices in Houston, Texas, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Established in 2010, EDGE provides superior environmental engineering and scientific consulting services to a variety of industries, including the energy, chemical, oil and gas, manufacturing, power and transportation industry sectors. Serving clients across North America, EDGE provides a wide range of environmental services for all environmental permitting and compliance needs. For more information about EDGE, visit edge-es.com.


EPA Ground-Level Ozone Air Quality Standards Update: The Proposal and Its Potential Impacts

In April of 2011, the EPA announced its plans to review air quality criteria and ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), which would also involve risk and exposure analyses to support its review. After three years of review and research, the EPA proposed to strengthen the NAAQS for ground-level ozone based on the results of its studies.

According to the EPA’s proposed rule, released in December 2014, “The EPA is proposing to revise the primary standard to a level within the range of 0.065 to 0.070 parts per million (ppm), and to revise the secondary standard to within the range of 0.065 to 0.070 ppm, which air quality analyses indicate would provide air quality, in terms of 3-year average W126 index values, at or below a range of 13-17 ppm-hours.” The aim of the primary standard revisions, which call for a .005 to .010 reduction in levels from the current standard, is to diminish the negative health effects O3 exposure has on the human population. The secondary standard revision is geared toward improving protection for vegetation.

Additional changes to assist in the implementation of the primary and secondary standard revisions were also included in the EPA proposal. These subsequent revisions, should the proposed rule come into effect, would significantly impact current and prospective EDGE client operations. They not only include a schedule for implementing revised standards, but also provisions such as changing “the O3 monitoring seasons, the Federal Reference Method (FRM) for monitoring O3 in the ambient air, Federal Equivalent Method (FEM) procedures for testing, and the Photochemical Assessment Monitoring Stations (PAMS) network.”

EDGE continues to follow the progress of the proposed rule and is prepared to quickly learn the new schedules, regulations and processes related to changes to the ground-level ozone standard. We are committed to assisting our clients in the transition to this new standard as soon as November of this year, when the EPA is scheduled to release its final ruling.

Read Full Proposal Overview


EDGE Partner H. Trevor Loveday to Speak at SGA Environmental, Safety & Health and Training Conference

On June 10 through 12, colleagues from across the nation will gather in Louisville, Kentucky, for the SGA Environmental, Safety & Health and Training Conference. This event offers an exciting opportunity to network with other industry professionals and to hear leading experts discuss the most significant environmental issues impacting our industry.

EDGE is pleased to announce that our own H. Trevor Loveday, partner and director of our Third-Party NEPA Services within the NEPA Practice, will be sharing his insights on differences between FERC and BLM NEPA processes for pipeline projects.

Through an analysis of the Lobos Pipeline Project, Loveday will provide a better understanding of BLM as an agency and guide attendees through its approach to NEPA, as it compares to well-known FERC processes. The insights shared in this presentation will help operators improve planning and budgeting for any project with BLM as a lead federal agency.

Primary Discussion Topics Will Include:

  • Mission of both agencies
  • Organization and project team composition
  • Project schedule differences
  • Roles and level of involvement for consultants/contractors
  • Survey requirements
  • Alternatives development
  • Environmental analysis
  • Cumulative impacts
  • Non-jurisdictional/Connected actions

Don’t miss Loveday’s informative presentation, Comparison of the FERC and BLM NEPA Process ― Case Study of the Lobos Pipeline Project, when you join EDGE at this year’s SGA Environmental, Safety & Health and Training Conference.

SGA Environmental, Safety & Health and Training Conference
Louisville, Kentucky | June 10 − 12

Visit EDGE at booth #206 for a chance to win a Fitbit®!


The Northern Long-Eared Bat: Not Warranted, Threatened or Endangered?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has announced that it will continue to consider its October 2, 2013 proposal to list the northern long-eared bat (NLEB) as an endangered species. Based on comments and evidence the service received during the public comment period regarding this proposal, they are now also considering “listing the [NLEB] as a threatened species with a species-specific rule under section 4(d) of the Act excepting specific forms of take.” While the listing of the NLEB will not be determined until April 2, the Service is already proposing this 4(d) rule, which suggests that it is anticipating the species to be listed as threatened.

Under the 4(d) rule, certain activities within a specific White-Nosed Syndrome (WNS) area would be exempt from the take prohibitions for NLEB, including forest management, maintenance and limited expansion of existing utility rights-of-way, prairie management and minimal tree clearing activities. This also includes the removal of hazard trees and certain other items. These exempt activities would also be subject to additional restrictions. Outside of the WNS area, all activities would be exempt from take prohibitions. Not surprisingly, however, this pertains to a very limited area.

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