Base Integrated Environmental Support Tasks (BIEST)
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The environmental program at Robins AFB includes approximately 2,000 air emissions sources, over 160 above ground and 22 underground storage tanks, over 14 million gallons of petroleum-based fuels, oils and lubricants (POL), 4,000 tons per year (TPY) of hazardous materials consumed, and 1,400 TPY of hazardous wastes and 19,700 TPY of solid waste generated.

Air emissions are permitted under a Title V major source air permit. The Base also maintains four National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and includes 2,200 acres of wetlands, 10 rare plant species, 21 National Register-eligible facilities, and 16 archeological sites. Robins AFB is the largest industrial complex in Georgia. The Geosyntec Team has provided the following environmental services at Robins AFB:

  • Clean Air Act (CAA): Annual air emissions and greenhouse gas inventories, and calculation and payment of fees; ; Title V permit amendments; Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) recordkeeping; monthly data reviews for Risk Management Plan (RMP) applicability; and design and installation of pollution control devices on 14 emergency generators to meet updated Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) regulatory requirements and development of an associated Site-Specific Monitoring Plan.   
  • Clean Water Act (CWA): Supported NPDES wastewater and industrial/municipal separate stormwater sewer system (MS4) storm water including development of a state-required Wellhead Protection Plan (WHPP), Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), and Integrated Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC)/Facility Response Plan (FRP), permit renewals (including regulatory negotiations), training, inspections, sampling, and reporting.
  • Environmental Protection and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA):  Provided support to over 250 hazardous material users, 35 to 40 hazardous material storage areas, and more than 300 shops basewide through auditing and inspections, authorization and tracking under the Enterprise Environmental, Safety, and Occupational Health – Management Information System (EESOH-MIS), supporting the annual update of the facility's Hazardous Materials Management Plan, and preparing annual Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) reports for more than 10 toxic chemicals and Tier II reports for more than 30 chemicals.
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA): Completed the facility's Hazardous Waste Reduction Plan (HWRP) that identified, categorized, and summarized all Base processes that generate hazardous waste and detailed programs in place at the facility to reduce hazardous waste generation; submitted a RCRA Part B permit renewal application that covered two hazardous waste storage areas, and 27 active remediation sites; and supported of the Base's recycling center and scrap metal yard, with recyclables in excess of 950 tons annually.     
  • Other: Conducted a facility-wide Environmental Management Systems (EMS) audit and gap analysis for ISO 14001 including an environmental compliance check for the Oil Water Separator and Hazardous Material Management programs; conducted annual training for HAZWOPER and Emergency Response; facilitated active management on the Base's 19-acre Long Leaf Pine Forest, including mechanical mulching, treatment, and plantings; and developed the basis for a Tribal Relations Plan (TRP) to improve relations with the 13 federally-recognized tribes that are known to have cultural and/or religious connections with the Base.

Notable Accomplishments

Geosyntec was awarded the BIEST contract four days from the start of the period of performance and transitioned all programs from four separate contractors with no missed deadlines. Despite numerous challenges including the absence, transition, or on-boarding of Base compliance program managers, Geosyntec has successfully executed the contract, while meeting federal, state, and local regulations. The team's efforts with quality assurance and quality control have been recognized in multiple Contractor Performance Assessment Reportings.

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Project Summary

  • Location: Robins AFB, Georgia
  • Client: Robins Air Force Base (AFB)
  • Project Practice Areas: Environmental Management
  • Type of Facility: Federal
  • Services Provided: Fence-to-fence environmental CAA, CWA, EPCRA, RCRA, Environmental Management System, Regulatory Liaison, Regulatory Negotiations
  • Type of Work: Environmental Compliance
  • Governing Regulation: CAA, CWA, EPCRA, RCRA