November 04 2019
On October 22, 2019, EPA and the Department of the Army published a final rule to repeal the 2015 WOTUS rule that impermissibly expanded the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOUS or WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act. This action also recodifies the longstanding 1986 definition of Waters of the US—providing regulatory consistency across states. The final rule will become effective on December 23, 2019. Read the final rule.
Primarily because of patchwork legal holdings, continuing regulatory uncertainty, and lingering litigation, the Agencies are starting from scratch on redefinitions of waters of the U.S. that were initiated by a rule in 2015. All previous rulemaking on the so-called WOTUS rule is formally rescinded and is being re-examined afresh. A reversion of the 2015 Rule has little impact in Virginia. 3e will continue to monitor this process and will provide updates and details as more information becomes available. If you would like to discuss how these changes could affect your current or future projects, please contact Robert Wright in our Mechanicsville office or Jason Steele in our Blacksburg office.
June 18 2019
As described by one of the Principals of our firm, “Zach is the ‘Education’ in EEE.” Zach Kiracofe, PG, is an environmental scientist who has been with the company for four years. Zach is a scientist through and through. In his free time, he teaches online science courses to middle- and high-school students through Outschool. His courses include topics such as water resources, soil science, minerology, as well as investigations into the geology of electronic devices and the geology of the environments as seen in Harry Potter movies. Zach earned his BS in Geology from James Madison University, his MS in Geosciences from Virginia Tech, and is licensed as a Professional Geologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Zach’s responsibilities at 3e include hazardous materials investigations, Phase I/II ESAs, conducting natural resources reviews, and contributing to NEPA documents (CatEx and environmental assessments).
Interested in Zach’s Outschool courses? Check them out here: https://outschool.com/teachers/Zach-Kiracofe#abjsdcb1gj
March 01 2019
Kay Cabe is a Professional Engineer, and Vice President of EEE Consulting, Inc. with 20 years of experience in MS4 stormwater management and water resource engineering. Kay has extensive MS4 experience including development, implementation and training of Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping programs, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination programs, public outreach programs, and BMP Inspection and Maintenance Programs. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Virginia and was a former engineer for the Hanover County Department of Public Works.
Kay enjoys grilling out at the family pond and traveling. When asked what gets her out of bed each morning, she replied, “Honestly, the snooze alarm, I am NOT a morning person! However, once I get moving, I really look forward to working with the great team of environmental professionals at 3e and our partners in the stormwater field to come up with innovative ways to protect our environment. There is always a challenge to meet and finding a creative effective way to do that is very fulfilling. I worked on a Public Outreach Campaign with VDOT for their MS4 permit compliance and while travelling North and stopping at a rest area, the sign we helped design was displayed by the sidewalk. I was so excited, I felt famous and took my picture with it! Everyone else thought I was a geek, which happens to engineers a lot, but it did not damper my enthusiasm.” We at 3e are grateful for the enthusiasm Kay brings to work each day!
December 28 2018
2018 has been a year to celebrate at 3e – we hit our 20th year in business this summer! To honor this achievement, we gathered at Montfair Resort Farm in Crozet, Virginia for good food, beautiful scenery, and great company. All of us at 3e are excited about continuing our success and serving our clients in the years to come. Here’s to many more!
December 18 2018
3e would like to congratulate Sharon Harless for becoming a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager! Sharon is Senior Vice President of 3e and is a principal owner of the firm. Sharon has 30+ years of experience in consulting and regulatory compliance and is a former EPA Region III RCRA Corrective Action Project Manager. When she's not serving our clients or managing the company, she finds time for professional development! Way to go, Sharon!