Services are provided to fit the client's needs: whether on a project basis, as-needed, or by contract to arrange for a specified level of service and availability. Services can be arranged to provide temporary, in-house staff capability for a specified project or term of service, to handle periods of heavy work-load requirements.

Hazardous Waste Management

Waste generation is a fact of business and manufacturing life, and, as long as wastes are managed effectively, they should pose no threat to human health or the environment. Regulatory requirements for proper waste management can be complex and confusing; however, an environmental engineer can help clarify for management and operators how to practically manage wastes and meet a plethora of regulations. Waste management usually involves proper containment, waste characterization, marking and labeling containers, inspections and recordkeeping, and manifesting and shipping of wastes for off-site disposal. Considerations to manage wastes include:

  • Are you a conditionally exempt small quantity generator or a large quantity generator?
  • Do you generate acute hazardous waste materials?
  • Do you generate materials that can qualify for recycle exemption?
  • Are wastes stored on-site for longer than 90-days?
  • Are wastes accumulated in satellite areas?
  • Do waste handlers have the required RCRA and DOT training?
  • Is your facility prepared for an unannounced EPA or state agency inspection?

Some companies and businesses need assistance to assess the status of their waste management practices and often turn to environmental engineers to perform third-party audits of their systems to identify weaknesses, potential areas of non-compliance, and to assist in bringing procedures and programs into compliance. Smythe Consulting, LLC has helped large and small businesses and industries properly manage hazardous wastes for over 28 years at the plant level and at the corporate level.

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Environmental Site Assessments

Owners, developers, lenders, and other real estate professionals have employed due diligence methods to identify preexisting environmental impairments prior to acquisition of a property. Determining the existence of hazardous substances allows a prospective buyer to terminate purchase proceedings, to negotiate cleanup liability with the seller, and, when performed in accordance with ASTM E-1527-05 standards, achieve liability protections afforded by the process. The Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is one of the methods that have been developed to identify the likelihood of contamination or other environmental impairments that affect property value and the transaction process. Phase I ESAs focus on risk management evaluations and due diligence investigations, which often involve on-site reconnaissance and personal interviews. When warranted, the scope of work for an ESA can be tailored to the project's needs. Due to the sensitive nature of the assessments, all work and inquiry is confidential and discrete. Phase I ESAs will be performed to meet the most recent requirements for "all appropriate inquiry" in accordance with ASTM E-1527-05.

Smythe Consulting, LLC ("SCLLC") has performed ESAs on single and multiple sites of the following types of property and/or business activities:

  • commercial: office, warehouse
  • retail: convenience stores, furniture sales, power equipment sales/service
  • undeveloped property
  • active manufacturing operations: pulp and paper, trailer/axle manufacturing
  • abandoned/discontinued operations: aluminum anodizing, petroleum refining.

Phase II ESAs involve on-site and/or field activities designed to gather further information to identify the nature and extent of any potential contaminants associated with recommended environmental conditions identified during the Phase I ESA to assist in making informed business decisions during commercial real estate transactions. SCLLC is currently directing and has directed Phase II type investigations for clients in the Springfield Missouri regional area.

Professional qualifications:

  • 26+ years of relevant experience
  • ASTM Phase I [E-1527-05], Transactional Screen [E 1528-06], and Phase II [E1903] trained
  • Professional engineer:  Missouri and Arkansas

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Site Investigations

  • Prepare and manage site investigation and characterization; RFI and CMS report preparation; development and approval of closure plans; fate and transport of contaminants in soils and groundwater.
  • Smythe Consulting has coordinated the decommissioning, decontamination and disposal of contaminated equipment for clients closing Facilities or certain operations.
  • NPDES and groundwater sampling.

Regulatory Compliance & Auditing

  • Environmental liability assessments of land, on-going business operations, such as paper mills, gypsum board manufacturing, treating and dipping operations, axle manufacturing; semi-trailer frame manufacturing.
  • Evaluation of manufacturing, production, maintenance, and storage areas to gauge status of compliance with major regulatory programs.
  • Evaluate waste disposal and transportation companies; landfill and incineration operations.

SPCC Plans

  • The preparation of and/or updating spill prevention, control and countermeasures (SPCC) plans for facilities with aboveground petroleum storage tanks is site and Facility specific. If required to have a SPCC plan, all plans must conform to EPA's 40CFR 112 regulations and any applicable state or local requirements. Some plans can be developed and self-certified by the Facility as Tier 1 or Tier 2 facilities, while other plans need the expertise and assistance of a Professional Engineer who has the experience, training, and knowledge of practices for storing petroleum in aboveground storage tanks. SPCC plans must be updated every five years if no changes that materially affect the Facility's ability to discharge petroleum products have not taken place. Given that changes are desired or necessary, plans have to be updated to reflect those changes and implemented within 6 months of the change.

  • Smythe Consulting has prepared over SPCC plans for more than 25 facilities ranging from plans for new-construction sites to updates of plans for.existing facilities. Conceptual designs for secondary containment that coordinate with engineering design by an affiliated firm have been accomplished at several new-construction locations. More commonly, plans are updated for Facilities having existing plans prepared by others for agrichem, paper manufacturing, C-Stores, food processing, petroleum distribution facilities, among others. Smythe Consulting tailors the plans to existing conditions based on personal inspections and recommends changes to plans, equipment, and secondary containment based on condition assessments of tanks, piping, and secondary containment, as needed. Our plans are oriented toward the on-site manager for ease of implementation by trained Facility personnel.


Proper training is the cornerstone to regulatory compliance, whether it regards hazardous waste management, collecting stormwater, groundwater, or other samples for regulated discharges, or the identification and recognition of what constitutes a hazardous waste. Training deficiencies are often the cause of non-compliance citations by regulatory agencies. Other types of training often makes up an effective program, such as training required for the process safety management provisions of OSHA 1910.119, training as a hazardous waste operator or emergency response-both basic or refresher training-or the hazard communication provisions of 1910.1200. Smythe Consulting has delivered First Responder Awareness, introduction to hazardous waste management training, and can deliver basic hazardous waste worker [40-hour] or eight-hour refresher training, and can deliver company-sponsored training programs.