Benzene fenceline monitoring and EQuIS

October 24, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency issued its final Risk and Technology Review and New Performance Standards for refineries on Sept. 29, 2015. In this rule, Methods 325A and 325B provide details on how refineries are to deploy passive samples for the fenceline of their facility to collect emission data for benzene.

Recently, the EPA discussed the data management system for the Refinery Sector Rule – Benzene Fenceline Monitoring (BFM) Rules. As outlined in this system, the EPA will post all BFM data that refineries will submit to the Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface. This way, the general public will be able to access, see, download and visualize all essential data.

“Every refinery is required to upload their BFM data to the CEDRI.”

According to the new system, every refinery is required to upload its BFM data to the CEDRI within a 45-day period after each reporting period concludes. Once submitted, the EPA and state officials will have 30 days to review the data. Then, within 30 days after this review occurs, this data will then be made available to the public.

Now, as refineries await impending requirements for BFM, decision-makers might become worried about the increased need for data collection, compliance reporting and data review. As a result, refineries may begin to see the innumerable benefits offered through automating data handling. Instead of risking poor data management with an internal system or specialized software, refineries should turn to a proven solution, EQuIS™ Enterprise, to handle all their workflow automation and dashboard needs for BFM.

Due to EarthSoft’s skilled track record in environmental data gathering and reporting, EQuIS has become the industry standard for analytical data management, as it is used by many EPA regions and state agencies. Now, Environmental Standards Inc. – a dedicated EarthSoft partner – has introduced the BFM PerimeterHAWK configuration of EQuIS Enterprise. This addition will create a streamlined approach to data tracking and EPA compliance reporting with meteorological data storage and visualization tools.

To learn more about how EQuIS workflow solutions can support small refineries, contact one of our EarthSoft representatives today.

EQuIS supports Coal Combustion Residuals requirements

September 15, 2016

On December 19, 2014, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed the “Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) from Electric Utilities” final rule, which established comprehensive requirements for the disposal of coal combustion residuals, also referred to as coal ash. This final ruling was then published in the Federal Register April 17, 2015.

What does the final ruling outline for CCR unit owners and operators?

These requirements are found in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act under the solid waste provisions, subtitle D, which provides the framework for the ideal management of non-hazardous and hazardous solid waste. More specifically, the ruling created requirements for new and existing CCR landfills and surface impoundments, which includes lateral expansions of any existing structure.

Then, on July 26, 2016, McCarthy signed a direct final rule and additional proposal to lengthen the compliance deadlines for the owners and operators of certain inactive CCR surface impoundments. This ruling was published in the Federal Register August 5, 2016. While the end date for CCR disposal compliance is by 2018, coal ash sampling must begin by 2017.

“McCarthy signed a direct final rule and additional proposal.”

As outlined in the ruling, there are numerous areas in which owners and operators must gain compliance and meet federal standards in regards to reducing the risk of catastrophic failure, protecting groundwater and following prescribed operating criteria. The final ruling also presents requirements for record keeping, notification and internet posting, in addition to guidelines for inactive units, state programs and closure and post-closure of CCR units.

How can EQuIS support federal CCR requirements?

The recordkeeping, notification and internet posting criteria mandates any owner or operator of CCR units to record compliance in the facility’s operating record, and then notify the state of any decisions. They must also regularly maintain a website called “CCR Rule Compliance Data and Information” that contains this publicly available compliance information and ensure it is accessible to the general population. This information must be posted within 30 days of the initial submission of the data to the operating record and must be available online for no less than three years after its posting.

The final ruling provides examples of these instances, such as corrective action reports, closure completion notifications, yearly groundwater monitoring results and fugitive dust control programs. Several EQuIS modules have been customized to provide advanced functional capability supporting CCR data gathering, requirements comparisons and reporting.

“EQuIS 6 Enterprise makes self-reporting simple.”

EQuIS Data Gathering Engine (EDGE) features integrated offline data collection for CCR, along with EDP checks. EQuIS provides calculations derived from state or federal standards and alerts/alarms/agents on the data for web dashboards, emails, or text notification. EDGE also offers GPS location, mapping, and attached, georeferenced drawings, files and voice memos for field data collection activities. With EQuIS, CCR unit compliance is much more automated and less expensive.

EQuIS 6 Enterprise makes self-reporting simple with its dashboards and visual approach to visualization for any CCR unit owner or operator, as it is easy to add new widgets or new facilities to an existing EQuIS system.

With EQuIS Enterprise’s workflow automation, Enterprise users can upload and verify data with Enterprise EDP and automate reports and exports with EZView. They can also configure automatic email alerts and dashboard updates with Environmental Information Agents (EIA), which can be set up as date- or data-driven. (Dashboards can be automatically updated within seconds of new data arriving.)

EDP and Enterprise EDP are the world’s most widely used data quality enforcement tools and customized versions for CCR are under rapid development.

To learn more about how EQuIS workflow solutions can support owners or operators of CCR units, contact one of our representatives today.


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EarthSoft Seeks Multiple Help Desk Staff in the Middle East

April 20, 2015

As a member of the EarthSoft Help Desk team, you will be providing Tier 1 support for our many software clients. This support will be provided via email, telephone, and/or remote conferencing tools. You will be asked to use cloud-based software tools for project management, case tracking, and communications with a remote team of professionals for resolution.  Some travel is required. A broad range of troubleshooting skills is required in order to support the installation and use of EQuIS, EarthSoft’s Environmental Quality Information System. EQuIS is the most widely used environmental data management system in the world. EQuIS is used by many government agencies, Industrial property owners, over 300 consultants, and over 400 analytical labs around the world. Many US EPA regions, state regulatory agencies, Army Corps, and other government organizations use EQuIS.

EQuIS interfaces with ArcGIS for advanced environmental decision support and data analysis. Many other software company link with EQuIS, and Help Desk must support, test, and problem-solve for complex, multi-system configurations.

An ability to interface with professionals on tight deadlines in complex network configurations is critical for this job.

Skills Required:

  • Strong customer service/support skills including active listening, excellent verbal and written communication; ability to research and resolve problems using a variety of resources and tools; experience in a support environment desirable.
  • Strong software application aptitude; experience with EQuIS highly desirable but not required.
  • High initiative with an ability to work with minimal supervision. Able to manage and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Superior interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work from home with access to a high-speed internet connection.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Environmental or Geological Sciences (or similar), Computer Science, Engineering, or Geography.
  • Basic Microsoft Windows Platform knowledge required. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to

  • Location: Middle East
  • Compensation: Commensurate upon Experience
  • Working schedule: Sunday through Thursday, local business hours
  • Principals only. Recruiters please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests

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September 2, 2014

Guilherme Amaro da EarthSoft e Rosialine Roedel e Cassia Lopes da Cetrel irão apresentar um pôster no IX Seminário Internacional de Remediação e Revitalização de áreas Contaminadas, no dia 02 de outubro, em São Paulo, Brasil, o trabalho tem o título de: GESTÃO INTEGRADA DE INFORMAÇÕES SOBRE RECURSOS HÍDRICOS ESTUDO DE CASO: PLANO DE GERENCIAMENTO DE RECURSOS HÍDRICOS (PGRH) DO COMPLEXO INDUSTRIAL DE CAMAÇARI;

EarthSoft’s Guilherme Amaro and Cetrel’s Rosialine Roedel and Cassia Lopes will present a Poster Session at IX International Seminar for Remediation and Redevelopment of Contaminated Sites, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 2nd, titled CASE STUDY: INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES (PGRH) INFORMATION MANAGEMENT FOR MANAGING THE CAMAÇARI INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX.

State of Montana rolls out EQuIS Water Quality Exchange

November 3, 2009

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has rolled out its Montana EQuIS Water Quality Exchange — or MT-eWQX — a central repository for water quality monitoring data.

Montana’s Web page for MT-eWQX provides guidance for submitting water quality data to the database, such as physical, chemical, biological, and habitat data from a variety of projects across the state.

Data submitted to MT-eWQX is submitted to EPA’s National STORET Warehouse, fulfilling the STORET requirement of environmental monitoring projects funded by federal monies, such as 319 grants or 106 funds.

EarthSoft partner LDC helps present to NC DENR

October 21, 2009

Beard heads to China this weekend as part of ESRI User Conference

October 15, 2009

EarthSoft CEO Mitch Beard is headed to China this weekend as part of the ESRI contingent presenting the Eighth ESRI User Conference in Beijing and Shanghai over the next week.

Beard, CEO of EarthSoft for 15 years, will present “EQuIS interfaces with ArcMap, ArcGIS, Spatial Analyst, and 3D Analyst” during the conference, beginning Oct. 20. Members of the Chong Qing Environmental Protection Bureau and the Shanghai Bureau of Environmental Protection Bureau are expected to be in attendance.

Beard and the ESRI contingent will present other topics including ESRI’s future technology plans, the GIS application, and environmental protection case studies including an aquatic environment water-quality model, prediction of early-warning models and atmospheric models, as well as integrating ArcGIS with the Chong Qing Environmental Protection Bureau IT (data center construction, process management, information system construction, and more.)

In addition, they’ll discuss the application of new GIS technology in environmental protection and public safety, cloud computing, GIS in telecommunication, and ArcGIS 3D.

The conference Web site is
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