Environmental Engineering

The field of Environmental Engineering is often complex and challenging with multiple local, state and federal guidelines required to negotiate ever changing environmental issues. Our Environmental Engineering department is designed to help you navigate these challenges with timely and cost effective strategies based on our experience with these complex regulations.
Wetland Assessment and Permitting
Our Environmental Scientists perform wetland determination, wetland delineations, and wetland impact permits, along with our licensed Land Surveyors (in North Carolina and South Carolina) which can provide accurate wetland surveys for wetland permits. SUMMIT is on the list of Wetland Professionals for the state of South Carolina maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineering, Charleston District.
Underground Storage Tanks
SUMMIT provides turnkey Underground Storage Tank (UST) management to our clients in North Carolina and South Carolina. We are a certified Underground Storage Tank Site Rehabilitator Contractor by SCDHEC in South Carolina. We can provide tank tightness testing, cathodic protection, and UST removal and closure services
Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
SUMMIT performs Phase I Environmental Site Assessment according to ASTM Standard E-1527-13 which incorporates EPA's "All appropriate Inquiries" Rule (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)) for environmental due diligence for commercial real estate transactions.
Phase II/III Environmental Site Assessments
If suspected environmental impacts are detailed in the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report, SUMMIT can conduct the additional sampling requirements necessary (Phase II ESA) and complete the required clean-up (Phase III ESA) for the site. Our staff routinely interacts with local, state and federal regulators to provide cost effective solutions to remediate contaminated sites.
Lead-Based Paint Inspections and Management
Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. SUMMIT maintains North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida licensed Lead-Based Paint Inspectors and Risk Assessors to determine if your homes (or public of commercial facility) has any lead hazards and provide you with recommendations and solutions.
NEPA and Endangered Species Surveys
As part of the wetland permitting program of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Endangered Species surveys must be coordinated with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. We provide Endangered Species surveys for the Carolina mountains, Carolina piedmont and Carolina coast. Our surveys are tailored to each site and include: natural resources, natural habitats, tree cover, old growth forests, natural and scenic beauty, and threatened and endangered species. We also provide National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) surveys for federal and state projects and HUD projects.
Landfill Design and Monitoring Services
SUMMIT provides landfill design, monitoring, compliance and cost estimating services for municipal solid waste landfills, construction and debris landfills, hazardous waste landfills and radioactive landfills.
Indoor Air Quality
SUMMIT provides comprehensive Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) assessments for public and commercial buildings, schools and private residences.
Soil and Groundwater Quality Assessment
We currently have two all terrain drill rigs to perform soil and groundwater testing for a multitude of purposes for sites such as landfills or leaking Underground Storage Tank sites. Additionally, our staff is equipped to handle small-scale emergency response from leaking or improperly handled or disposed of chemical wastes.
Aboveground Storage Tanks
At SUMMIT, we can help maintain several different type of Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs). Our staff provide coating and corrosion inspections service on petroleum, liquefied natural gas (LNG), chemical feed, water and wastewater ASTs. Additionally, we provide Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) plans for petroleum, LNG and chemical feed tanks as required by the Oil Pollution Act. Our divers can perform coating integrity inspections on the inside of aboveground water storage tanks without draining the tanks.
Asbestos Inspections and Management
Asbestos fibers can be toxic to humans if inhaled. Despite this, it can still be found in a number of building products. Prior to any renovation of demolition of any structure in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina, an asbestos inspection must be performed. SUMMIT provides Asbestos Inspections, Asbestos Management Plans (for public and private schools), Asbestos Project Designs and Asbestos Air Monitoring.
Radon Detection
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims about 20,000 lives annually. It is a radioactive, colorless, odorless, tasteless noble gas, occurring naturally as the decay product of radium. SUMMIT can provide radon testing services for real estate property transactions or Indoor Air Quality screening in residential, public or commercial buildings.
Erosion and Sediment Control Inspections
Sediment is one of the most common and most harmful pollutants in the Carolina Piedmont's creeks and lakes. Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control Ordinances in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County require that a certified individual be on-site to conduct mandatory weekly site inspections where land is being disturbed or developed. SUMMIT has certified Erosion and Sediment Control Inspectors in South Carolina and Mecklenburg County (North Carolina). Additionally, we can provide turnkey sediment clean-up from off-site impacts and perform the necessary biological assessments required by local and state regulators. We maintain equipment able to sample sediment plumes in lakes and rivers up to 20 feet below the surface of the water. Using a variety of laboratory tests and sediment sampling techniques, our staff and laboratory can sometimes determine of the sediment in the lake or stream on your site originated on you site or if it is from an up-stream erosion and sediment control failure.