Environmental compliance is an important responsibility each company must maintain. To assist, EMG owns and operates an independent environmental laboratory that performs a wide range of wastewater testing, characterization, and treatability studies.
Wastewater treatment is a vast industry. Billions of gallons of wastewater are processed daily at an ever-increasing cost. The need to satisfy regulatory standards while at the same time reducing the cost of wastewater disposal has resulted in a demand for innovative treatment solutions and improved management practices.

EMG has developed a full suite of solutions for your wastewater treatment challenges, from analysis and treatability studies in our state-of-the-art laboratory facility, to installation of our highly efficient proprietary wastewater treatment technology. Our systems provide a positive, long-term revenue stream and cost savings through the generation of biogas and electricity, reduction of hauling fees, reduction of operating costs, and elimination of fines for permit noncompliance. The EMG engineering team has valuable experience and knowledge that includes a multitude of available wastewater treatment technologies to address a full spectrum of client wastewater treatment needs.

EMG provides a wide range of cost-effective sustainable solutions to address our clients' environmental challenges. We work with our clients to ensure regulatory compliance, minimize the impact on the environment and surrounding communities, while benefiting the bottom line. We work with our clients to:
  • Develop sustainable solutions to promote environmental stewardship
  • Convert wastewater from a liability to an asset
  • Design and construct systems with future expansion in mind
  • Work within client limitations to develop unique solutions
  • Implement technology solutions designed to reduce environmental impact


Process Wastewater Treatment

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Wastewater Characterization & Treatability Study



Environmental testing is becoming increasingly complex and demanding as federal, state, and local agencies continue to set and enforce stringent regulations. In order to properly manage your wastewater stream and ensure compliance with permits and regulations, it is critical to receive accurate and timely results from environmental sampling and analysis. EMG owns and operates an independent environmental laboratory that performs a wide range of wastewater testing, characterization, and treatability studies with state-of-the-art instrumentation. EMG has extensive experience conducting various types of waste stream sampling and analysis, as well as performing characterization and treatability studies. EMG’s highly qualified professional team has a reputation for providing timely, accurate and reliable analyses. When needed, EMG partners with trusted outside environmental laboratories, and provides detailed specifications regarding pertinent testing parameters and analytical procedures.

Testing and analyzing wastewater

Conducting soil sampling and classification

Conducting water sampling and well installation

Supervising and monitoring testing

Interpreting and analyzing results

Developing environmental sampling plans and chain-of-custody protocols

Performing wastewater treatability studies at our specialized laboratory facilities for client-specific waste streams using various leading treatment technologies

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System Design & Permitting



When designing a wastewater treatment system, EMG has extensive experience supporting our clients through the process of obtaining appropriate permits and approvals for the project. Depending upon the plant’s location, a unique set of county and state regulations will apply. Additionally, if the ultimate discharge point is to a receiving body of water or the ground, the client may need to apply for a State or National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES or NPDES) permit. EMG has successfully supported our clients through these sometimes complex processes. We have a wealth of experience in creating detailed systems designed for optimal performance, as well as successfully supporting our clients in obtaining the necessary permits and approvals.
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High-Rate Anaerobic Biological Treatment



Today’s highly competitive business environment places emphasis on achieving consistent regulatory compliance, low operational costs, and energy efficiency, all within the smallest possible footprint. Historically, it has not been possible to get all of these benefits in a single treatment system, but this is achievable with the PurEffluent Anaerobic Fluidized-Bed Digester (AFBD) technology developed, designed and optimized by EMG. Our PurEffluent Anaerobic Fluidized Bed Digester (AFBD) process removes 85% to 95% of biodegradable waste stream organics (BOD5 or COD) and converts them into usable biogas (CH4 and CO2), which can be used for on-site process heat or electricity generation, at low operational costs and with a compact and efficient design.

EMG has the advanced technical knowledge and engineering expertise to provide our clients with turnkey services that include:

System design and permitting assistance

Component fabrication

System installation/construction supervision

System shakedown and start-up

Advanced control software providing remote, fully automated system monitoring


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Renewable Energy Generation



Biogas is the primary by-product of anaerobic digestion. It has a high heat (BTU) content and can be used as a renewable energy source. Because the PurEffluent AFBD system is a high-rate process, with a low Hydraulic Retention Time (HRT), the captured biogas stream is partially scrubbed and has a high methane concentration – typically exceeding 70%. EMG will help our clients use this valuable renewable energy source in a variety of ways such as:

Fuel for a Combined Heat & Power (CHP) system

Fuel for an existing or a dedicated boiler unit

A Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) source following processing and compression that can be injected into a nearby Natural Gas Pipeline.

The value of this renewable energy stream significantly improves the financial benefits and the Return On Investment (ROI) from our anaerobic wastewater pre-treatment systems. This “Waste-to-Energy” approach is a compelling reason to not let your process wastewater flow down the drain.
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Polishing Process



EMG’s PurEffluent Anaerobic Fluidized Bed Digester (AFBD) system is the best solution for the majority of our clients due to superior efficiency and reliability, low Operating and Maintenance (O&M) cost, and significantly lower sludge production. This is in contrast to aerobic treatment processes, which convert the biodegradable organic content of wastewater streams (BOD5 or COD) into Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and new biomass (sludge). Aerobic systems are significant energy consumers and produce approximately ten (10) times more waste sludge than anaerobic systems for the same application. This often results in high O&M costs for aerobic systems when used as the primary treatment process. However, aerobic systems can facilitate compliance with strict final discharge permit limits (IU, SPDES or NPDES) for BOD5, TSS, Nitrogen (N) and Phosphorous (P) as a secondary or polishing process. When needed, EMG provides systems for polishing processes that rely on Aerobic, Anoxic, or other physical/chemical technologies such as:

Dissolved Air Flotation (DAF) Systems

Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) Systems

Aerobic Fluidized Bed Reactor (FBR) Systems

Nitrification and De-nitrification (N-Removal and Reclamation) Systems

Phosphorous Removal (P-Removal and Reclamation) Systems

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System Operation & Service



The EMG PurEffluent AFBD Systems are designed and installed to run smoothly and efficiently with low operating costs. To keep the system performing at optimal levels, there are basic daily, monthly and annual tasks and maintenance requirements. Not every client has the capability or desire to assign resources to the wastewater pre-treatment system. Therefore, EMG offers maintenance plans to ensure the system is operated and maintained as designed in order to provide the maximum benefits to the plant.


Environmental Consulting Services

Hazardous Waste Management
Hazardous waste treatment and disposal is one of the most rapidly developing areas of environmental engineering. Hazardous waste management is closely regulated by the EPA under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). In addition, federal, state, and local regulations require waste tracking systems, appropriate waste treatment and disposal, and management programs that reduce waste through industrial process changes. EMG is experienced in determining the health, safety, and environmental effects of hazardous wastes, conducting hazardous waste characterizations, and developing waste treatment alternatives. Our team combines in-depth knowledge of regulatory requirements with superior technical and scientific expertise to address client needs in these areas. Effective solid waste management safeguards public health and protects the environment by controlling waste from generation through disposal.  Integrated solid waste management incorporates life-cycle analysis, source reduction, recycling, incineration, and land filling, together with ongoing monitoring and evaluation, to ensure that the management strategy meets current and future regulations and is operating efficiently. EMG has extensive expertise in available solid waste management practices and technologies, and we use that knowledge to develop a comprehensive waste management strategy. We believe that the optimal waste management strategy incorporates specific client needs, and uses various waste management practices to minimize cost to our clients, and impact on the environment.

EMG’s services in the area of hazardous waste management include:

Performing facility assessments

Evaluating remedial technology

Conducting treatability studies

Assessing disposal options, including reuse and recycling

Assessing management practices

Establishing tracking systems

Specifying disposal technology

Analyzing collection systems

Developing and implementing waste minimization and material recovery 
programs

Designing transfer stations

Identifying energy recovery opportunities

Specifying treatment/disposal systems

Environmental Compliance
Maintaining regulatory compliance is an important part of operating a facility or owning property. Making sure that the facility or property adheres to environmental regulations helps an owner or operator avoid costly corrective actions, prevent government-imposed penalties, and preserve intrinsic property value. Environmental audits and site assessments are two methods of ensuring that owners stay in compliance - from acquisition through operation to final disposition. Environmental compliance audits are the most effective way to identify deficiencies and areas of potential noncompliance.  A thorough audit evaluates permit and compliance status with respect to federal, state, and local regulations. It typically covers areas such as waste generation and disposal, storage and process tanks, air emissions, safety and health hazards, and hazardous materials handling.  As a form of due diligence, site assessments are critical to assessing the potential environmental problems associated with a site before any property transactions occur. EMG has a wealth of experience providing a variety of compliance support services. In essence, we become part of a client’s “team” - representing and protecting the client’s best interests. We evaluate client procedures, operations and policies. If we identify a deficiency, we ensure client confidentiality and recommend a plan for corrective action.

EMG’s services in the area of environmental compliance include:

Conducting internal compliance audits

Conducting Phase-I site assessments

Providing environmental planning and management support

Evaluating and designing environmental management systems (EMSs)

Assessing procedures, operations and policies

Performing regulatory analyses to determine the impact of proposed actions 
or pending legislation

Assisting with the preparation of permits and permit modification applications

Identifying and coordinating permitting requirements at the federal, state and 
local levels

Compiling and analyzing environmental data in support of permit and/or 
Notices of Violation (NOV) negotiations

Developing environmental reports to fulfill regulatory requirements (e.g., 
EPCRA, TRI, and permit compliance reports)

Defining environmental liability and assessing risks

Identifying technologies and best management practices to enhance 
compliance while reducing permitting requirements, control and treatment 
equipment expenditures, and sampling efforts

Pollution Prevention
Until recently, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and most environmental consultants focused on “end-of-pipe” control measures.  Essentially, this means that industry achieved compliance by controlling and treating hazardous waste, air emissions, and effluent discharges after these pollutants were generated.  However, the benefits of preventing pollution before it occurs, rather than treating it after the fact, are far greater.  Pollution prevention (P2) means designing new processes and facilities that minimize the production of pollutants and evaluating existing operations to identify pollution prevention opportunities.  Effective pollution prevention efforts both decrease regulatory and financial burdens and ensure more efficient and safe operations. EMG has always maintained a proactive philosophy with regard to environmental engineering.  We understand that the best way to reduce the costs and regulatory liability of hazardous wastes and other pollutants is to eliminate them―not merely treat or dispose of them.  Although zero discharge is rarely an achievable goal, our P2 solutions not only dramatically decrease the output of pollutants, but also create a return on investment that can rarely be realized through “control technologies.”

We accomplish this by offering a full spectrum of pollution prevention services that include identification of P2 opportunities. We accomplish this by offering a full spectrum of pollution prevention services that include identification of P2 strategies. Our services in the area of pollution prevention include:

Assessing existing facilities and processes

Reviewing new facilities and processes while in the planning stage

Quantifying and characterizing air, wastewater, and solid and hazardous waste 
stream data

Quantifying raw material and hazardous material usage data

Evaluating feasibility, as well as potential environmental and cost benefits

Assessing energy usage

Waste minimization techniques

Material usage reduction

Process and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) changes

New technology/equipment modernization

Employee awareness and training

Inventory management upgrades

Input substitution

Reclaim, reuse, and recycle programs

Energy efficiency assessments

Remediation
Although most businesses make every effort to operate in a safe and environmentally friendly manner, mistakes sometimes happen. Whether this is in the form of a small surface or subsurface spill, or a recently discovered illegal hazardous waste dump, it is important to address such problems quickly and effectively. While it is imperative to ensure that the selected treatment technology will work on a specific contaminant in a specific media, deciding the best remedial alternative constitutes only one facet of a successful remediation effort. Of equal importance are coordinating remediation, transport and disposal activities and maintaining lines of communication with the appropriate governing bodies. EMG understands the value of ensuring each of these areas is addressed effectively and comprehensively. We have the experience and flexibility to address remediation projects - whatever their size.

EMG’s services in the area of site remediation include:

Developing site health and safety plans and sampling plans

Overseeing the installation of monitoring wells

Performing remedial investigations and feasibility studies

Developing remedial designs for hazardous groundwater contaminants such 
as chlorinated VOC’s, perchlorate, BTEX, and MTBE

Procuring and implementing treatment systems

Managing subcontractor activities

Maintaining proper records of the treatment, transport, and disposal of waste

Handling required public relations activities

Communicating with the necessary government agencies

Employing innovative technologies

Underground storage tanks (USTs) closures and removal

Numerical modeling for groundwater and air pollutant transport and attenuation

Brownfields Development
EMG combines its experience in the area of remediation management, together with our team's knowledge of site assessments, sampling and the latest redevelopment regulations, to provide valuable assistance to brownfields development efforts. Brownfields clean-up and redevelopment can turn contaminated former factories, distribution centers, and even landfills into inexpensive starting points for new industrial and retail developments. With the benefit of a scientific investigation, and proper remediation, old contaminated sites that were once abandoned can become the low-cost real-estate on which new businesses are built.  From researching a site’s environmental history and past ownership, to identifying existing environmental problems, to designing and overseeing the remediation efforts of any on-site contamination, EMG has the ability to facilitate a site redevelopment to completion. EMG's Brownfields Development Services include:

Performing historical record searches

Conducting on-site assessments of current property conditions

Identifying potential off-site contamination sources

Collecting soil and water samples

Interpreting and analyzing laboratory results

Developing and implementing remediation strategies

Communicating with the necessary governmental agencies

Assisting with grant applications and financial strategies

Serve as engineering and financial partners (if suitable) for site clean-up and re-development