Complex Environmental Permitting

BAI’s team was contracted by a Fortune 500 company to handle environmental permitting for a 32+ mile transmission line rehabilitation that spanned from Pennsylvania into West Virginia.

Managing large-scale linear projects, such as overhead utility lines or underground pipelines, is a complex and unique process. Due to the large size and scope of the project, numerous regulatory agencies were involved and several engineering, reporting, and permitting efforts were required, including:

  • PA NPDES Individual Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities
  • WV NPDES General Permit for Construction Stormwater Activity
  • PA General Permit for Minor Road Crossings
  • PA General Permit for Utility Line Stream Crossings
  • Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory Review
  • Cultural Resource Notice
  • Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plans
  • Post-Construction Stormwater Management Plans
  • Wetland Delineation Report
  • Riparian Buffer Waiver Request

The results of the site reconnaissance across the corridor was combined with extensive AutoCAD/ArcGIS mapping (built from LIDAR data for PA and a combination of USGS quadrangles/orthophotos, and U.S. Census Bureau Tiger Line data for WV).

In total, the project included the removal and replacement of 73 wire support towers, with access roads for each tower to the nearest public road, and nearly 400 project acres. The client was looking for a quick and efficient turnaround on permit preparation and agency review to stay within their desired timeframe. With our careful planning and specialized services, we were able to successfully complete the applications required for each state to accommodate the project’s schedule.   

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