Superior is a multi-disciplinary consulting and engineering firm providing environmental, health and safety, geotechnical, and remediation services to industrial manufacturers, commercial companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, real estate developers, law firms, and construction companies. Through the successful integration of its environmental and geotechnical engineering expertise, Superior offers broad based innovative approaches to provide cost-effective and technically appropriate solutions to engineering challenges. Our growth continues through the combination of technical expertise and expansion of capabilities that complement our traditional core services.
Superior’s engineering and remediation capabilities include:
Superior also has experience with Risk Based Corrective Actions (RBCA) and evaluating related Due Care obligations. Site specified and contaminant information is used to complete a risk and exposure assessment; thereby, determining the appropriate and most cost effective technology to achieve site closure. This process is also used to eliminate exposure pathways as part of meeting an owner’s required due care obligations.
Superior provides assistance with operating permits, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) compliance, SPCC, Performance Improvement Plans (PIP), and Storm Water Pollution Prevention (SWPP) Plans, community right-to-know, air quality, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance and training, NPDES permitting, storage tanks, waste storage areas, wastewater issues, toxicology and exposure risk, and “Facility” closures. Additionally, Superior offers federally regulated Risk Management Plans (RMP), Facility Response Planning, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standard (CFATS) for site and material security.
Successful remediation projects are the result of careful planning and execution. Superior combines background information collection and interpretation with the application of appropriate engineering principles. Theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on experience ensures that our staff is familiar with each technology’s capabilities and potential interactions. In addition, understanding and incorporating economic and regulatory factors plays a role. Superior’s engineering staff is involved through every step of a project.
Superior provides engineering and remedial design with a full range of capabilities, including:
To complement their expertise in remediation system design, our employees have experience in oil and gas exploration, mineral exploration, water and sanitation systems, chemical engineering, wastewater treatment, and hazardous material management.
Superior prides itself on keeping abreast of emerging technologies and techniques in the environmental industry. To stay at the leading edge of environmental service providers, we are continually exploring the latest in remediation and investigation developments. Our focus is to provide our clients with the most efficient and cost-effective method for reaching their cleanup goals, regardless of the impacted medium or chemicals of concern.
Superior’s innovative technologies employ:
Superior’s operation and maintenance (O&M) staff works closely with our engineering design and construction management teams. The electrical and mechanical technicians in the O&M group are well versed in troubleshooting any problem encountered with the O&M of liquid and vapor treatment systems. The O&M staff is also responsible for making sure all compliance regulations and permitting requirements are met. O&M personnel are licensed as Certified Wastewater Treatment Operators in various categories, including carbon adsorption, air stripping, and biological treatment programs.
Superior’s operation and maintenance services include:
Superior’s engineering and risk assessment professionals can perform a risk based corrective action (RBCA) analysis to develop site-specific cleanup goals, where allowed by the regulatory agency. This can decrease cleanup requirements or result in monitoring or no further action, thereby eliminating the need for aggressive remediation saving time and cost.
Superior’s RBCA services include:
Superior has the technical skills and experience to help meet current and future wastewater challenges. Our engineers and chemists have the expertise to evaluate wastewater handling and treatment needs and to arrive at a cost-effective plan to address these needs.
Superior’s wastewater management services include:
Superior’s certified treatment plant operators can operate, maintain, and monitor wastewater treatment facilities.
Superior provides a wide range of geotechnical engineering services. Our qualified engineering staff can provide a cost-effective determination of subsurface site conditions using a variety of tests.
Superior also uses near-surface geophysical methods to perform non-destructive subsurface explorations. Geophysical methods can quickly screen large areas for changes in lithology or objects such as buried drums, underground storage tanks (USTs), and associated piping, pipelines, or other utilities.
Superior’s surface and down-hole technologies include:
Superior has design and operational experience with many types of remediation systems in a variety of applications. We are able to analyze and interpret physical and chemical environmental conditions as well as the capabilities of many types of equipment (such as blowers, pumps, air strippers, oil/water separators, and granular activated carbon [GAC] systems) to evaluate a system’s efficiency. If indicated, Superior will provide recommendations and modifications to the system, prepare plans and specifications for modifications, and follow through by completing the modifications using in-house resources or by overseeing subcontractors on the client’s behalf.
Superior’s remedial system optimization services include:
Superior provides written specifications and plan sets within a variety of disciplines for clients including federal, state, and local governments, municipalities, and private commercial and industrial clients working in the petroleum, telecommunications, manufacturing, transportation and distribution, retail, and general construction industries. Superior has experience in a variety of contracting and engineering roles for traditional design-bid-build contracts, expedited delivery, and hybrid contract types. Examples include the owner’s representative, engineer, professional services contractor, and general contractor roles and responsibilities.
Plans and specifications are most commonly prepared in accordance with the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) MasterFormat™ standards including sections for contracting and general requirements, site work, and detailed discipline specific specifications for Division 3 and higher tasks, though custom client specific formats have also been accommodated. Superior has a full service computer aided design (CAD) and graphical information systems (GIS) department to prepare all necessary construction plans, details, and drawings in a variety of formats. All plans and specifications undergo a thorough engineering review and revision process and can be sealed by a licensed professional engineer when needed.
Superior provides permitting services for a variety of media types including air, groundwater, storm water, and surface water through environmental regulations promulgated at the federal, state, and local government levels. Example permit types include, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for industrial or commercial process water or mixed process & storm water discharged to “waters of the State”, storm water only discharges at industrial and commercial facilities, discharges into aquifer media for in-situ remediation sites, and air permit-to-install permits required for atmospheric discharges at a variety of environmental cleanup sites.
Superior has experience obtaining, and maintaining these environmental permits in many States within the EPA Region 5 area, including, but not limited to, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio. Many of these regulations are federally promulgated, but are implemented at the state level through primacy. Superior, has on-staff certified operators for NPDES required roles ranging from storm water inspection and management to industrial waste water operations, and experienced staff for air permit roles including new permit applications and renewals, compliance reviews, discharge stack monitoring and sampling, and annual emissions reporting to state & federal agencies.
While often overlooked, storm water pollution prevention and management of storm water and ice-melt runoff are essential compliance components of most commercial and industrial properties. Adequate protection of surface waters can be accomplished through numerous means such as engineered controls and storage and maintenance practices, diversions, filters, porous pavement, and detention and retention. Like most other compliance programs, storm water plans should be updated and maintained when changes are made that could affect the quality and disposition of runoff or its receiving waters.
Superior’s storm water management services include: