FAQ


​01.
 When should I hire an environmental consultant?

It is best to be proactive and retain a consultant to help identify and address environmental compliance needs before they become a problem. Waiting until you are informed by a regulatory agency that you have a problem can be costly and increase your liability.

 

02. Will my consultant provide legal advice? 

No. Legal advice can only be provided by an attorney. NWA can provide regulatory compliance advice and represent your technical interests; however, you need to hire an attorney to protect your legal rights.
This is particularly important if you are involved in actual or potential litigation, administrative or judicial proceedings.

 

03. Are there other ways consultant services can be retained? 

Yes. NWA offers other options to clients based upon their needs. Call us and we can discuss your needs and how we can best
accommodate them.

 

04. What is General Duty Clause? 

OSHA and EPA have general duty clauses under their respective authorities. These can be used to cite a facility for non-compliance. The OSHA general duty clause requires the employer to maintain a workplace that is free from recognized hazards. The EPA general duty clause, under Section 112r (1)of the Clean Air Act,  requires facilities that produce, process, handle or store extremely hazardous substances to be maintained in a manner to prevent releases and to minimize the consequences of accidental releases which do occur.


05. What causes or contributes to non-compliance?  

Non-compliance can usually be caused by a breakdown in the management system. Compliance based management systems can be a good tool but they must be maintained and require a top down management commitment within the organization. Common elements include identification of all legal requirements, management and operational controls, training, inspections, process for managing change, continuous improvement metrics, and corrective actions as necessary. One of the key elements to success is to make EHS compliance everyone's responsibility.

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NWA fees are typically based upon a time and materials (T&M) basis. Under this approach, an hourly rate is provided and a not to exceed amount is stipulated. The client is only charged for the time and materials used to complete the service.  NWA can also bid on a lump sum or firm fixed price, based upon client preferences.

 

NWA has a core area of expertise. We have established
relationships with other service providers and based upon the scope of work we may supplement our consult team. If the client’s needs are not within our core area or expertise, we will gladly refer you to another firm or provider.


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