Greetings from Olsson Associates
In this month's e-newsletter, we have a handful of articles I hope you will find interesting and beneficial.
Ken Fairchild, leader of our power electrical team, explains the importance of the U.S. EPA's final rule concerning National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollution (NESHAP) for reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE) and what steps need to be taken to become compliant.
Todd Lorenz recently visited a legislative committee and spoke in favor of LB 388, the Site and Building Development Act, which would redirect money into a fund for developing sites and buildings statewide.
We also introduce you to Joe Baxter, a senior engineer in our Hastings office who works on a variety of municipal projects. Then, we'll take you south to Springfield, Missouri, to read about our work with one of the city's most visited parks and gain some insight into the work our water resources team is performing there.
If you have questions or would like more information about anything shared in this e-newsletter, or about any of our services, don't hesitate to give me a call.
Understanding RICE NESHAP and Creating a Plan for Compliance
By Ken Fairchild, PE, Power Electrical
If your municipality has reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE) in a power plant, you need to begin working now to ensure that you are able to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final rule concerning NESHAP emissions. The rule is fairly complex, but I'll walk you through the basics and help you create a plan.
The EPA has set National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for many previously excluded engines. The regulations we'll address in this article pertain directly to existing stationary compression engines over 500 horsepower.
The compliance requirements: READ MORE
Featured Project: Doling Park Channel Bioengineering | Springfield, Missouri
Shoring up a park's future
Doling Park has a rich history and some of the elements of the historic park have deteriorated over time. The existing shoreline erosion and poor water quality in the pond are major significant problems. The outlet structure is aging and beginning to fail. There are cracks and seeps in the perimeter walls of the pond that prevents it from staying full during winter months.
Joe Baxter, PE
Joe has worked for Olsson for 16 years and has experience in planning, designing, and developing specifications for numerous public works projects. He has worked on water treatment plants, directional drilling projects, water distribution systems, municipal well developments, wastewater facility plans, wastewater treatment plants, storm sewer mains, swimming pools, irrigation diversion structures, paving projects, and commercial development projects.
Joe is in Olsson's Hastings office; he can be reached at email@example.com or 402.463.0240.
Q and A with Joe
Q: What are some of your favorite hobbies?
A: Hunting, fishing, and spending time with my family
Q: If you could have one super power, what would it be?
A: Regenerative healing since it would make sports a lot more enjoyable
Q: What has been your favorite/most memorable project to work on while at Olsson?
A: One of the most memorable projects that I've had was the emergency sewer force main repair between South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Sioux City, Iowa. It was a very stressful project. We had to get the line replaced as soon as possible since the existing line failed under the Missouri River. Everything seemed to fall into place, and the project ended up being very successful.
Q: What is the most challenging part of your job with Olsson?
A: Getting home at a decent hour
Q: Do you ever see things in your community that you know you could improve with your skills?
A: I doubt you can find an engineer that wouldn't answer yes.
Olsson Joins Effort to Support Industrial Development Opportunity in Nebraska
Todd Lorenz, PE, Land Development, recently represented Olsson's Industrial Site Consulting team at the request of the Nebraska economic development community and the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce to provide testimony in favor of LB 388 to members of the Nebraska Legislature's Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee.
LB 388, known as the Site and Building Development Act, proposes to change provisions related to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF). This bill would redirect a portion of the AHTF into a newly created fund for developing sites and buildings statewide, allowing for increased access to capital for development projects.
Olsson Associates is proud to serve as a recognized leader in industrial site consulting services. Our team has the unique ability to provide "horizontal to vertical" analysis and design approaches to industrial development, with services ranging from conducting site analyses and due diligence through targeting, master planning, and designing marketing services to showcase individual properties to site selectors.
To learn more about Olsson's Industrial Site Consulting team, please contact Courtney Dunbar, CEcD, EDFP, economic development leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402.938.2432.
|News Around the Firm|
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Justin Petersen, PE, PTOE, has been promoted to the position of group leader for the Omaha/Lincoln Traffic team.
He takes the place of Mike Piernicky who moved into the role of Omaha region leader in December.