Petrochemical industries have considerable potential for generating environmental pollution. As a result, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) gives the EPA authority to oversee improvements in prevention and response to a catastrophic oil spill. Testing to address environmental concerns for petrochemical industries can include diesel, oil, gas, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (SVOCs), nitrate, nitrite, sulfate, and metals.
Under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, petrochemical industries are required to meet specific testing criteria for discharging into US waters. Authorities use this data to determine if pollutants are present and if effluent limits are needed in the discharge permit. A monitoring program may be implemented to reduce risk and meet periodic testing requirements.
Underground Storage Tank (UST) systems are specifically addressed and regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (RCRA). UST sites are required to perform periodic detection monitoring to ensure any leaks or discharges are immediately addressed. Remediation for leaking USTs and spills can include Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA) techniques. Monitoring includes periodic testing tailored for each site to trend attenuation progress and contamination movement. AAI provides testing services for site specific discharge compliance and monitoring programs.
Immediate spill response is vital to mitigating contamination potential. AAI provides expedited testing services supporting urgent incident response decision making. AAI expedites the process for incident response from rushing sample kits to the site, to expedited sample analysis and data delivery so our clients have the information they need to quickly and accurately make the right decisions right away.