With bottlenecks often occurring at our nation’s ports, operators are faced with the challenge of expanding existing rail yards in highly developed yet ecologically sensitive areas. Sphere 3 can assist in evaluating environmental feasibility aspects of expansion alternatives. We provide pre-construction evaluations including Biological Surveys, Wetland Delineations and Permitting, Cultural Resource Assessments, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, and Floodplain Permitting. Our effects and permitting analysis provides cost- and time-effective solutions to ensure a successful project.

Sphere 3 also assists with the ongoing environmental compliance aspects of rail facility operations. We can prepare Spill Prevention Control Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) for new facilities or assist in updating or maintaining compliance with existing plans to meet state and federal requirements. We also have experienced staff available to conduct Soil and Water Sampling on an as-needed basis or for scheduled monitoring activities.

Additionally, the railroad industry is required to comply with federal and state air pollutant regulations such as Air Permitting, MACT, NSPS and Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Our highly experienced air quality team works closely with the regulatory agencies to provide you with the most flexible permit and seamless agency review. Whether purchasing a property to increase capacity or bringing an existing facility into compliance, Sphere 3 has the experience to ensure that your environmental concerns and regulatory requirements are met.