Week in the Life Blog Series:
Lexi - Environmental Technician
The state and federally-regulated database report ordered from EDR (Environmental Data Resources, Inc.) for the North Carolina project is in my inbox today. I open the report and find that there are contamination listings on and near the subject property. I use the tools EDR has to estimate groundwater flow in the vicinity of the site in order to determine the relevancy of the listings. Following this, I use EDR’s online reporting writing platform called PARCEL to create the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and HUD Environmental Review (ER) templates and begin pre-writing. There are a lot of sections that I can write before I even set eyes on the site, which is a great way for me to be efficient with my time.
Later, I make sure to pull all noise data for this new construction project. I identify airports, railroads, and major roads that are within specified distances from the subject property. These are considered noise sources. This data should be pulled as soon as possible. Often, it’s necessary to contact outside sources to obtain the correct data for the noise sources, which can take several days to get. It’s important that I update the Noise Data task in Project Manager to let my colleague Meagan Clark, NEPA Specialist II, know that the project is in motion.
It's fulfilling to know that my careful completion of each step is used to ensure safe and healthy living environments for current or future occupants of the project site.
In preparation for my site inspection tomorrow, I drive the company car home so that I can hit the road early.