Penney Engineering, Inc

By: Penney Engineering  09-12-2011
Keywords: Engineering, Wastewater, Wastewater Treatment

Contaminated soil and groundwater can be treated economically if the right technology is utilized. At Penney Engineering, we routinely conduct evaluations and feasibility studies that clearly identify the most applicable technology and costs. We prepare engineering designs for groundwater, wastewater, drinking water, soil and air emissions.  We conduct pilot tests and treatability studies.Design Capabilities
  • Groundwater Treatment Systems
  • Bioremediation Systems
  • Chemical Oxidation
  • Soil Vapor Extraction Systems
  • Wastewater Plant Design
  • Wastewater Pretreatment Designs
  • Pump Station Design
  • Air Stripping Systems
  • Reductive Dechlorination
  • Enhanced Bioremediation
  • Sub-Slab Venting Systems
  • Surfactant Dissolution


Our engineers and technicians are able to fabricate equipment in our shop and economically install specific components of systems.  We direct and assist contractors with the construction of our designs.Capabilities
  • Surveying
  • Installation of Treatment Systems
  • Operation and Maintenance of Systems
  • Pump Service
  • Construction Administration
  • Treatment System Fabrication
  • On-Site Carbon Regeneration Services
  • Request for Determinations
  • Mobile Carbon Regeneration Units

Since the EPA grant program ended in the mid 80s, very few large wastewater treatment plants are being designed and built. There are no longer custom-designed pretreatment systems. The current trend for wastewater treatment is pre-engineered, packaged systems. We specialize in selecting the right equipment at the right price. We incorporate the individual designs, prepare permit applications, coordinate the construction, direct the startup and operate the systems.Operating a package treatment plant must focus not only on the quality of the discharge but also costs.  Energy costs have become more prominent; especially for treatment technologies that recycle water for treatment.  Solids and sludge disposal costs are also rising making dewatering or sludge thickening critical.  Operator costs are still the major costs for operating a typical package treatment plant.  Chemicals are becoming more expensive.  In order to reduce costs, we evaluate both capital and operating costs.  We strive to design and operate systems to dewater solids and sludge.  We automate plants whenever possible, helping to reduce operator costs.  We routinely conduct jar tests for flows of varied characteristics to limit the use of polymers.Capabilities
  • Permitting
  • Pretreatment Programs
  • Treatment Plant Designs
  • Plant Operation
  • Collection System Design
  • Pump Station Design
  • Groundwater Discharge Permits
  • Sampling
  • Discharge Monitoring
  • DEP Reporting

We routinely prepare engineering design plans for storage tanks, septic systems, and foundations.Capabilities
  • Storage Tank Management & Design
  • Tank Removals and Replacements
  • Safety Equipment Design
  • Title Five Inspections & Septic Design
  • Oil & Hazardous Materials Management
  • Dewatering
  • Cost Estimating
  • Stormwater and NPDES Permitting
  • Safety Equipment Design
  • Spill Prevention Control Plans/TURA
  • Foundation Designs
  • Retaining Wall Designs
  • Drainage & Grading Plans
  • Process Equipment Design
  • Oil/Water Separator Design

Capabilities
  • Immediate Response Action Plans (IRA)
  • Release Abatement Measure Plans (RAM)
  • Bills of Lading
  • Release Notifications
  • Emergency Response Actions
  • Response Action Outcome Statements
  • Phase I - Initial Site Investigations
  • Phase II - Comprehensive Site Assessments
  • Phase III - Reports/Remedial Action Plans
  • Phase IV - Remedial Implementation Plan
  • Phase V - Operation and Monitoring
  • Tier Classifications
  • Environmental Risk Assessments
  • Responses to DEP Notices of Responsibility
  • Public Involvement Plans
Ralph P. Penney, PE, LSPMr. Penney's extensive experience in construction and environmental engineering and the Massachusetts Contingency Plan allows him to work closely with clients to conduct focused environmental assessments and to develop practical engineering solutions for solid waste, hazardous waste and wastewater problems. His 26 years of environmental experience also allow Mr. Penney to effectively advise clients on issues of liability, regulatory compliance, permitting, property assessments, site cleanup, safety and engineering. As a Selectman for Mansfield and a former member of the Army Corps of Engineers, the Saugus Planning Board and the Saugus Recycling Committee, he has acquired the skills needed to be effective in negotiations with regulatory personnel and local review boards. His formal training and experience with the Army Corps of Engineers allows Mr. Penney to render sound technical opinions on issues involving soils and wetlands. Mr. Penney has been qualified by the Massachusetts District Court as an expert in solid and hazardous waste investigations and the associated cleanup costs.Mr. Penney's technical experience includes the ability to identify the health risks associated with environmental contaminants and to select the most appropriate and practical cleanup measures at hazardous waste sites and landfills. He has designed wastewater treatment systems to remove metals, adjust pH and dewater sludges. His feasibility studies have evaluated innovative remediation technologies for site cleanup and water treatment. His cleanup designs have utilized on-site treatment of petroleum contaminated soils to eliminate the need for costly, off-site disposal. He has designed remediation systems that incorporated on-site regeneration of vapor phase carbon, again eliminating off-site disposal. He has negotiated remediation criteria and leachate abatement programs with the EPA and Massachusetts DEP. As a consultant to the Rhode Island DEM, Mr. Penney headed the "Technical Assistance Program" and was responsible for state-wide projects involving landfill assessments, industrial facility closures, discharges from chemical treatment processes, and regulatory enforcement. While with Jet-Line Services, he headed their underground storage tank testing, cleaning and replacement program.He has extensive experience with environmental assessments, the preparation of detailed engineering plans and specifications, and the actual construction over-sight at numerous hazardous waste sites, landfills and industrial facilities. His work with the Army Corps of Engineers and his own operation of a construction company has given him invaluable insight and a practical approach toward construction projects. He has incorporated state-of-the-art methane recovery systems in landfill closure designs and developed water treatment systems that are easily operated by maintenance personnel. He has designed and implemented projects to create wildlife habitats, replicate lost wetlands and restore damaged wetlands. He has experience with the management of excavation projects through areas contaminated with volatile organic compounds and prepared detailed health and safety plans, and permit applications for many types of construction projects.

An environmental assessment is a significant component of most real estate transactions. At Penney Engineering, each assessment is undertaken to address the needs of the client and to identify any potential liability associated with the property. No member of our assessment group has less than two years direct experience insuring that our work is thorough and concise.Capabilities
  • Environmental Property Assessments
  • Hydrogeologic Investigations
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Monitoring Well Installations
  • Underground Storage Tank Assessments
  • Soil Gas Investigations
  • Groundwater and Surface Water Sampling
  • Groundwater Discharge Permits
  • Sensitive Receptor Surveys
  • Health and Safety Plans
  • Nutrient Loading Studies
  • Indoor Air Monitoring

Sieve analysis for grain size distribution and alternative percolation rates.Our pricing schedule is based on the customer supplying the following:The required amount of soil sample to be tested along with a completed Penney Engineering chain-of-custody form attesting to the source of the soil sample and specifying the soil testing required.
  • Sieve Analysis (3 lb sample required) - $85
  • Moisture Content (minimum 1 lb in a sealed container) - $20
  • Hydrometer Analysis (5 lb sample required) -  $135
  • Maximum Dry Density (minimum 25 lb sample required (Modified Proctor Method A, B or C) - $195
Standard turn around time is 10 business days. Rush charges apply up to 150%. Payment is due in full upon completion of the test and before the results are released to the client. A copy of the chain-of-custody form, a completed gradation curve, the sieve analysis log sheet, and the hydrometer analysis log sheet are provided as applicable.  Please call to discuss your soil testing needs.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

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