Environmental, Health & Safety

Energy Transition Services

J.S. Held provides comprehensive support for all aspects of energy transition, whether moving toward renewable energy sources; better resilience; or the realization of corporate environmental, social, and governance programs.

Our services are centered around three core areas:

  • Energy transition – we help clients navigate regulatory compliance, decommissioning, and cleanup when transitioning away from hydrocarbon-based power generation to other forms of sustainable power and energy production
  • Impact assessment – our experts evaluate regulatory requirements, potential risks, and projected costs to help clients understand and improve the sustainability of a project whether it involves decommissioning a site, acquiring new property, building new operations, or replacing existing operations
  • Permitting – we provide permitting support during due diligence when clients are acquiring new property or transitioning existing sites for new purposes
Our Services
  • Energy Transition Advisory
  • Energy Transition Consulting - Abatement & Demolition Plans Development, Monitoring & Oversight
  • Energy Transition Consulting - Climate Change Energy Transition Support
  • Energy Transition Consulting - Construction Management (Owner’s Representative) & Oversight of Contractors
  • Energy Transition Consulting - Development of Plans, Specifications & Bid Packages / Bid Support
  • Energy Transition Consulting - Energy System Decommissioning Strategy
  • Energy Transition Consulting - Energy System Transition Strategy
  • Energy Transition Consulting - Feasibility Studies
  • Energy Transition Consulting - Licensing, Permitting & Regulatory Support
  • 316(b) Compliance for Cooling Water Intakes
  • Brownfields Redevelopment
  • Clean Water Act Permitting & Compliance Consulting
  • Coal Ash Dike & Dam Geotechnical Inspections, Monitoring & Rehabilitation
  • Coal Ash Landfill Planning & Permitting
  • Coal Ash Pond Closure Plans
  • Coal Combustion Residual Management
  • Energy System Resilience & Reliability Assessments
  • Environmental Due Diligence & Site Evaluations
  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Environmental Investigations & Remediation Services
  • Flue Gas Desulfurization Waste Reuse & Disposal
  • GIS & GPS Data Visualization / Management - Computerized Release Modeling, Exposure Analysis, Site Mapping
  • Groundwater Monitoring Assessments & Remediation of Heavy Metals
  • Independent Energy Transition Monitoring
  • Monitored Natural Attenuation
  • Overall Market Assessments of Grid-Scale Operations
  • Power Plant Weatherization / Winterization Consulting
  • Structural Reliability Assessment of Existing Dams & Other Impoundments
  • Architects
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Managers
  • Certified Industrial Hygienists
  • Certified Safety Professionals
  • Chemists
  • EHS Compliance Experts
  • Energy Transition, Impact & Permitting Experts
  • Engineers – Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Geotechnical & Environmental
  • Environmental Scientists
  • Geographic Information Systems Specialists
  • Geologists
  • Hydrogeologists
  • Metallurgists & Materials Scientists
  • Seismic Experts
  • Statisticians
  • Toxicologists
  • Construction Professionals
  • Corporations
  • Developers / Owners
  • Financial Institutions
  • Government Agencies
  • Insurance Professionals
  • Legal Counsel
  • Municipalities
  • Risk & Administration Managers
  • Utilities
316(b) Cooling Water Intake Structure Compliance

Cooling water intake structures can cause adverse environmental impact by pulling large numbers of fish and shellfish or their eggs into a power plant's or factory's cooling system. Organisms may be killed or injured by heat, physical stress, or by chemicals used to clean the cooling system. Larger organisms may be killed or injured when they are trapped against screens at the front of an intake structure. Our experts can assist clients with navigating these complex EPA compliance requirements, including evaluation of existing systems, desktop and actual field studies, and assisting clients with coordination with state and federal agencies to coordinate the timing and manage the operational and business risks associated with this type of compliance.

Coal Ash Handling & Disposal

Coal-fired power plants produce coal combustion residuals (CCR), or coal ash, containing pollutants such as mercury, cadmium, and arsenic. These toxins require careful handling and disposal, as they can contaminate surface water, groundwater, and the air if not properly managed. Coal ash ponds, which have long been used to store coal combustion residuals, can pose a significant risk if not closed properly. Our team is retained to develop and implement cost-effective coal ash pond closure plans that mitigate risk and adhere to regulatory requirements.

Our team has the expertise needed to assist clients in the development, implementation, and review of coal ash handling and disposal protocols that meet regulatory requirements and ensure proper management of coal combustion residuals.

Coal Ash Landfill Planning & Permitting

Our energy transition, impact assessment, and permitting experts are highly experienced in the development, management, and permitting of disposal facilities for coal ash, hazardous waste, and municipal solid waste. Our team also includes geology, hydrogeology, geotechnical, and environmental remediation experts who specialize in the investigation and remediation of coal ash landfill sites.

Energy Transition: Past, Present & Future

It is important for all to be aware of and understand energy consumption, efficiency, and how to use energy resources more wisely and sustainably. But what do terms like “energy transition” or “sustainability” mean? Both phrases are commonly used in today’s world, but often, neither their definition nor their execution are clear or simple. How do we achieve either, where do we stand now, and what else is left to do?

In the article below, John Dulude discusses the status of energy transition progress, desired timetables for the transition process and the suitability of that schedule, the real-time opinions of those responsible for implementation, and whether the regulatory scheduling requirements and technological capability for this important transformation align.

> To read the article, click here.

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