February 25 2020
Reports of Legionellosis cases are increasing in Virginia, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The disease is caused by Legionella bacterium and it becomes a health concern when it is found in building water systems, as it can cause pneumonia (Legionnaires’ disease) or a flu-like illness (Pontiac fever) when a person breathes in water droplets containing Legionella bacteria. According to VDH, the root cause of the recent rise in Legionellosis cases is largely due to a lack of prevention planning and inadequate routine maintenance on water systems. State lawmakers in the General Assembly are responding with a proposed bill (Senate Bill 410) that would require public schools to maintain a water management program for the prevention of Legionella bacteria.
EEE Consulting, Inc. Offers Routine Testing and Water Management Planning Services
EEE Consulting, Inc. (3e) staff are experienced in Legionella testing, having collected over 750 samples from entry and recirculation lines, backflow preventers, cooling towers, hot water storage tanks and heaters, dishwashers, showers, tubs, faucets, sinks, and whirlpools located in more than 50 healthcare, school, and military facilities throughout Virginia. 3e works with the facilities and their architects and engineers to develop comprehensive Water Management Plans and establish testing protocols for Legionella and other parameters (e.g., residual chlorine, pH, temperature) in accordance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2017 mandate, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 188-2018. 3e partners with an American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) accredited laboratory that uses conventional culture methods with multiple selective media for Legionella analysis. 3e also provides proactive voluntary sampling, follow-up testing for reported detections, and confirmation sampling following cleaning and disinfection of water systems.
Services offered include:
- Review of building water systems;
- Identification of high-risk areas and control measures;
- Inspections in accordance with CDC guidance and ASHRAE standards;
- Documentation of the Water Management Plan; and
- Reporting for facilities, school boards, and healthcare facilities
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Water Management Plans and testing for Legionella bacteria are critical tools for protecting the public from the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever. For more information on how 3e develops Legionella testing protocols and Water Management Plans, please contact Sharon Harless, CHMM, at 804-442-3330 x 207 or through our website at: http://www.eee-consulting.com/contact.
January 09 2020
Mechanicsville, Virginia – EEE Consulting, Inc. (3e) is pleased to announce that Sandra (Sandy) Brinson has joined the firm as a Senior Environmental Scientist leading our natural resources discipline team. Sandy brings 30 years of diverse environmental experience in natural resources, NEPA, and hazardous and regulated materials. She has extensive experience working on military, aviation, highway, municipal and private projects governed by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) guidelines, the Clean Water Act and the Code of Virginia.
Sandy will be establishing a 3e field office in Newport News, Virginia, to enhance service to our clients in the Tidewater Region.
Sandy comes to 3e from Integrity Environmental, Inc., which she founded in 2004 in Newport News, Virginia. She is a Virginia Certified Professional Wetland Delineator whose natural resource expertise has centered on wetland delineations and permitting (tidal and non-tidal), areas regulated by the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, endangered species surveys, botanical identification, wetland mitigation design and specifications, mitigation site searches and mitigation bank planning. She has extensive experience in the preparation of various NEPA documents including Environmental Assessments, Environmental Impact Statements and Categorical Exclusions on federally funded projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic and in several mid-western states. Sandy has also worked extensively on hazardous and regulated materials including RCRA/CERCLA investigations Phase I, II and III Environmental Site Assessments, Underground Storage Tank (UST) Closures, Spill Prevention Control Countermeasure Plans and Lead-based Paint and Asbestos Risk Assessments, Surveys, Operations and Maintenance Plans and Pre-renovation Asbestos Assessments.
Sandy is a member of the Virginia Association of Wetland Professionals and the American Society of Highway Engineers.
For more information, please reach out via our Contact Us page.
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!