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serving the nuclear industry.Normandeau has been providing environmental consulting services to the power plant industry for over 40 years, including siting studies, federal and state environmental impact statements and permitting, compliance monitoring including Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 316 (a) and (b) studies, and evaluation of changes in regulatory requirements.

We work closely with you to find ways to improve and optimize facility performance to reduce or eliminate the need for facility modifications. We help clients reduce monitoring requirements through the use of defensible science and expert witness testimony. Our experience includes conducting third-party audits to help you review environmental monitoring programs and meeting permit compliance requirements. We successfully provide technical personnel to supplement in-house staff at times of peak workload at a considerable cost savings. This allows you to maximize your allocation of resources to critical project needs.

We have been submitting permit and license applications to local, state and federal agencies for decades.  Our team members have conducted numerous siting studies for fossil fuel, hydroelectric and nuclear generating facilities, as well as LNG terminals, transmission lines and pipeline rights-of-way.  We are familiar with regulations and permitting procedures, and the regulators are familiar with us through our projects, workshops, conferences, participation in professional societies and corporate sponsorship of regional restoration initiatives.  Our approach to permitting is to identify issues and concerns early in the process and arrange pre-application meetings with appropriate agencies to resolve outstanding issues prior to permit application submittal.

We have extensive expertise in preparing materials needed to support federal and state Environmental Assessments (EA) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) including NRC COLA Environmental Reports. We work closely with your team, as well as with Federal, state and local agency personnel, to identify key project challenges in an effort to expedite the environmental assessment process while minimizing regulatory risk and cost.

Our experience includes conducting CWA Section 316 a and b studies since Normandeau's inception in 1970. We have the capability to develop defensible study plans, implement the plans through our extensive field, biological lab, and data analysis capabilities, and provide accurate and timely estimates of potential impact and mitigation strategies. We have worked at power plants in all aquatic environments including oceans, estuaries, rivers, lakes and reservoirs, and the Great Lakes. Of special interest is our biological laboratory that can provide the taxonomic identification of plankton required under the new 316(b) rule. Few organizations can provide this nation-wide capability in house to design, implement, and defend a power plant related monitoring program.

Representative energy services that we can provide you include:

  • NRC Environmental Impact Statements
  • Site selection and permitting of generation and transmission facilities
  • Water supply planning and studies (quantity and availability)
  • NPDES permit applications and waiver studies
  • Section 10/404 permitting
  • Clean Water Act 316(a) and 316(b) studies
  • Implementing and conducting Radiological Environmental Monitoring Programs (REMP)
  • Impact assessment and licensing
  • Compliance monitoring
  • Mitigation
  • Data management
  • Due diligence for acquisitions
  • Third-party quality assurance audits

Recently we have been involved in six different nuclear relicensing studies and in the new nuclear COLA process at three additional sites.

As a science-based environmental consulting firm with over 40 years of experience providing services to power plants nationwide, Normandeau stands out for its ability to guide you to sound, defensible and reasonable science-based decisions. Contact us today for additional information.