3e News

Meet our Staff: Kay Cabe, PE!

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!

EEE Consulting, Inc. Turns 20!

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!

Sharon Harless Becomes a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager!

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!

DEQ Stormwater Permits Available for Public Comment

November 09 2018

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) has two Stormwater Program permits currently available for public comment: the Industrial General Permit (9 VAC25-870-151) and the Construction General Permit (9 VAC25-870-880). The comment period ends on 12/28/18 for both. Links for commenting are provided below.


Industrial General Permit: http://townhall.virginia.gov/l/ViewXML.cfm?textid=12951

Construction General Permit: http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewXML.cfm?textid=12950


In addition, VDEQ’s 2018-2023 MS4 General Permit is now final with an effective date of 11/01/18 and is posted here https://law.lis.virginia.gov/admincodeexpand/title9/agency25/chapter890.


3e’s Water Resources group is tracking all updates and can help navigate the permitting process and what it may mean for our clients.

NEPA Process: Public Comments Under Review

September 22 2018

Changes could be coming to the NEPA process. On June 20, 2018, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) requested public comments on "potential revisions to update the regulations and ensure a more efficient, timely, and effective NEPA process” (https://ceq.doe.gov/laws-regulations/regulations.html) with a notice in the Federal Register (83 FR 28591). In response, the NEPA community, including our NEPA specialists here at 3e, is discussing the most effective ways to streamline a process that can take months to years and whether CEQ will overhaul its guidance in response to comments. 

For many larger projects across nearly all Federal agencies, NEPA documents have become long and cumbersome to wade through, especially for the general public that is looking for a basic and simple understanding of the potential effects of a Federal action. 3e has noticed that nearly all our Federal clients are sincerely focused on streamlining the process to reduce NEPA timelines and the length of NEPA documents.

One suggestion is for agencies to adopt a broader range of actions that qualify as Categorical Exclusions, which are by nature smaller documents than Environmental Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements. The comment period closed on August 30, 2018 and CEQ is currently reviewing public comments. 3e will be following this topic and help our clients understand and implement any changes in CEQ’s NEPA guidance.

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