Safety Centered – Employee Recognition

Safety-Centered-Employee-RecognitionWaynesboro, VA – Brian Means and Rob Melvin were recognized with AECOM Challenge Coins for their efforts in looking out for a colleague who was experiencing health-related distress. The event was not work-related and occurred at the end of scheduled work day, but the care and attention to their colleague assured that the individual in need of attention received prompt care and is thankfully in good condition as a result. This is a case where Brian and Rob went above and beyond what is asked of them and demonstrated a culture of caring that we should all appreciate.

The next time you see these two individuals please share your thoughts and appreciation for their efforts and caring approach to their fellow employee.

AECOM Challenge Coins: The traditional Challenge Coin stems from roots in the U.S. military in which provided officers a system for ‘on the spot’ recognition to his/her team members. The Challenge Coin initiative is a new program through AECOM which recognizes employees and contractors who go “above and beyond”. Challenge Coins may only be presented to individuals by upper and mid-upper level executives in AECOM.

Summit Aims to Become a VPP Star Employer

Summit Environmental is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of their employees. We acknowledge that providing a work environment that allows our employees to safely return home to their families is our responsibility as an employer. It is our mission to continue to promote a safety culture that fosters a strong partnership between management and our workforce.

Employee involvement is a critical element for improving safety culture. Employee involvement results in greater knowledge of safety and promotes an interest/passion for safe behavior. The OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) is a highly effective way of getting employee involvement in support of improving safety culture as a foundation for excellence.

Therefore, Summit Environmental has set a strong goal to become a VPP Star employer. OSHA defines its Star Program as designed for participants whose safety and health management systems operate in a highly effective, self-sufficient manner. Star is the highest level of VPP participation.

Summit has already begun taking its initial steps towards attaining the Star achievement by:

  • Training and communicating to our employees on what the OSHA VPP program is, why it is important, and how they can participate.
  • Setting new programs in place, such as an active behavior-based safety program, as well as reviewing and updating existing programs with the experience and expertise of our own workforce to incorporate their best practices into these policies.
  • Building on the management-worker relationship by increasing the number of safety audits to improve face-to-face communication between management and field workers.

Summit Environmental is extremely excited for the impact that the journey in the VPP Star Program will have on our safety culture as we continue to learn and grow together.

Summit CEO Wins 2015 National Resources and Environmental Management Award from Ball State University

Eric Dodd, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Summit Contracting, was recently honored by Ball State University with the 2015 Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) Award. This award was created by the NREM Alumni Society at Ball State University as a way to honor alumni who demonstrate excellence in the areas of natural resource and environmental management.

This is the second time Eric Dodd has been recognized with an award from Ball State University.

In April 2014, Eric received the Presidential Award from Ball State’s Earth Day Senior Fellow Group – an award given by the university’s College of Science and Humanities. This award recognizes individuals whose work sustains and protects the environment and those who continue to support and give back to current students and fellow alumni. As a recipient of this award, Eric was asked to speak, teach, and network with current NREM members and students for 2 days about the environmental industry and its opportunities. 

“We could not be more proud of Eric,” said Mike Skaggs, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Summit. “His involvement with the NREM Alumni Society at Ball State is a rewarding way to stay connected with the next generation of the environmental industry and we look forward to having more opportunities to work together in the future.”

Summit Contracting Receives Contractors Recognition Award from CSX

In August 2014, CSX Transportation honored its best performing contractors at its annual CSX Environmental Conference. During the conference, Summit Contracting received a Contractors Recognition Award for their help and support at the 2014 STEPP Training program.

STEPP (Security Training, Education and Professionalization Portal) is a learning management system created by the United States Department of Defense. The DOD and other government contractors participate in the program to stay abreast of current government security regulations and standards.

Last year’s event was a great success thanks to great collaboration and teamwork by the entire Summit Contracting team.

Summit Environmental Named a “Top Performer” by Marathon Petroleum

Summit Environmental is honored to have been selected as one of 2013’s Top Performers, and to have the opportunity to apply for Marathon’s Elite Contract Business Partner of The Year Award. Summit’s ongoing commitment to excellence – in the areas of operations, safety, project management, and quality – have played a pivotal role in our selection for this distinction.

In 2013, Marathon Petroleum launched its Elite Contract Business Partner Program, a contractor-scoring model designed to identify and acknowledge high-performing contractors on various Marathon projects.

Contractors are scored using a Contractor Project Scorecard, which assigns point values in the areas of safety, accident avoidance, planning, cost, scheduling, and quality. The scorecards are completed by Marathon’s project leaders or local operations managers.

Once a year, Marathon compiles the results for analysis, and recognizes those contractors who performed within the top 10%.

We are proud to have had the opportunity to work for Marathon over the past 15 years, and we look forward to continuing to serve them with excellence on into the future.

SPCC Update and Review 2013

The Summit Contracting team recently returned from the NISTM’s Annual Aboveground Storage Tank Conference & Trade Show where we met several leaders in the industry and gained valuable information and insights. We wanted to share some of the information from the SPCC Update and Review session, which was presented by Mark Howard from the EPA Oil Center.

Below are notes from Mark Howard’s presentation formatted in a fun, visual style as well as standard bullet point format. The visual note taking style is designed to present the information in an concise, interesting, and easily understood way. Please feel free to download and share the visual notes with your colleagues and clients by clicking the image.



SPCC Update and Review of Guidance Changes

Presented By: Mark Howard, EPA Oil Center

There has been a shift from outreach to increase awareness of the regulations to inspection for compliance

  • Will see an increase in the number of inspections conducted
  • Based on feedback, inspectors will begin giving verbal feedback and check sheet documenting potential violations at the conclusion of inspections – goal is to increase informal enforcement
    • If you provide a summary of actions taken to correct potential violations within 45 days of inspection, formal enforcement and penalties may be avoided
    • If the facility has no documented plan there is no chance for informal enforcement

Bulk Storage Container Inspection Fact Sheet was released July of 2012

1.        Oil filled equipment is not a bulk storage container, and therefore, not subject to the integrity testing requirement.

2.        SPCC rule requires regular integrity testing on each container, as well as frequent “walk-around”  inspections looking for signs of deterioration

  • The type and frequency of testing and inspections for each container, and the appropriate qualifications of personnel performing the testing and inspections should be detailed in the SPCC Plan. Use more detail than, “in accordance with SP001”.

3.       Testing and inspection records must be retained for 3 years, however EPA recommends that they are retained for the life of the container.

  • If testing and inspection has not been completed, at least have a plan documented.

4.       The facility owner or a Professional Engineer (PE) will determine which industry standards (API 653 or STI SP001 are two commonly used inspection standards) are applicable for guidance in developing an inspection/testing program.

  • Deviations from industry standards are acceptable if it is determined they are not relevant to the specific container –they should be done in accordance with the environmental equivalence provision in 112.7(a)(2) and that portion of the SPCC plan should be certified by a PE

5.       If the industry standard only requires visual inspections for the container then a baseline is not necessary

6.       If no industry standard applies to a particular container, then the Plan preparer should consider the manufacturer’s specifications and instructions for the proper use and maintenance of the equipment, appurtenance, or container.


Environmental services company saves clients time, dollars

Published in BIC Magazine

Some of the biggest challenges in planning and coordinating a project are determining the scope of work, conducting site walks, managing the bidding process and communicating with multiple vendors throughout each phase. Eliminating these obstacles is the value Summit Contracting LLC creates for clients. Summit is comprised of two divisions, environmental and civil, creating a unique blend of services. Summit specializes in partnering with clients in need of industrial cleaning, remediation, emergency response and specialty civil services. Combining these services allows Summit to assist in the development of job scopes and the management of large, multicontractor projects providing the client one point of contact, one set of invoices and a single source for project reports — saving time and dollars.

“We’re a privately held company based in the Midwest, but we have been able to make a name for ourselves across the nation by ensuring we have the right people in the right places within the organization to provide impeccable service to our clients,” said Andy Shoulders, senior vice president for finance and administration of Summit Contracting. “We are confident we have industry leaders managing each of our service lines.”

It is the employees’ expertise that allows Summit to seamlessly transition from each phase of the project, communicating with the client to ensure projects are always completed safely, on time and within budget. When a Summit crew is on site, safety is always the No. 1 priority, demonstrated by an average EMR of .71 over a six-year period.

Emergency response to final site restoration
The ultimate display of Summit’s capabilities occurs when a client calls with an emergency that leads to a large-scale remediation project. This type of project requires the collaboration of the subject matter experts on Summit’s team. The emergency response coordinator assembles a crew to respond immediately, assess the situation and take the necessary measures to secure the project site. Once the emergency situation is resolved, remediation measures are determined and implemented. Upon declaring the site clean, it will be restored by Summit’s highly skilled equipment operators.

Summit’s emergency response crew immediately assesses the incident scene and determines the appropriate course of action.

For instance, an eight-car train derailment occurred in a rural area in Southern Indiana. Two tanker cars carrying 27,000 gallons each of ethanol were punctured and leaked into a ditch and another car spilled its load of corn byproduct. A Summit crew was able to secure the scene, transfer and recover the remaining ethanol from the damaged cars, recover and preserve the corn byproduct, remediate the impacted area and restore the derailment site.

In 2004, a corrugated packaging manufacturer discovered they were losing inventory of sodium hydroxide at a Florida facility. An emergency response crew from Summit’s network conducted a high-level investigation and discovered it was due to a broken underground supply line that ran from the storage tank to the machine inside the facility. Once the Summit crew arrived on site, they began drilling to determine the impact of the leak. A site investigation report was written and a remediation plan was submitted to the client. Ultimately, the hot spot was excavated and a groundwater pump and treat system was installed. The treatment is ongoing and Summit personnel continue to provide quarterly operation reports to the client.

Facility closure to resale
Summit also developed turnkey relationships with clients who are closing facilities. Once the client makes the decision to close a facility, a phone call to Summit is the next step. From that point, Summit will develop a detailed closure plan to meet the client’s timeline and manage the closure process, beginning with the closure of environmental permits such as air and wastewater. A Summit crew will clean, triple rinse and seal, remove or fill tanks, process lines, pits and trenches throughout the facility, and miscellaneous chemicals or petroleum products on site will be lab packed and disposed of. In the event the owner decides they want to sell the property, necessary due diligence and remediation will be conducted.

Before: When a Summit crew conducts a facility closure, all necessary steps are taken to reduce the client’s liability.

After: Pits, trenches, tanks and process lines are cleaned, triple rinsed, and sealed or removed.

Allowing an experienced contractor, such as Summit, to manage the complete closure process reduces the likelihood a step is missed and allows for convenience in tracking documentation through the closure and property resell process. Proper facility closure is critical as there are significant legal ramifications for the facility owner if a spill were to occur even though the facility is no longer in operation. It is also beneficial to have a single point of contact that is capable of conducting phase I and phase II environmental site investigations if the property is ever resold, as they will be familiar with the property — reducing time and costs.

For one client, Summit managed 15 facility closures across the nation from California to South Carolina. The company’s corporate manager of environmental services said, “I would like to thank you and commend you and your company for a job well done. Projects that have been performed by Summit include site investigations, design and implementation of groundwater and soil remediation systems, soil stabilizations and emergency response. We are very pleased with Summit’s capabilities of preparing and submitting required regulatory agency work plans, health and safety plans, air monitoring plans and all associated project paperwork. Summit’s project performance, in regards to providing environmentally sound solutions and consistency in completing projects, has always been on time and within budgeted projections. I consider our association with Summit a true partnering relationship that has benefited both companies over the years.”

Planned facility maintenance
Summit’s clients have also found value in their ability to manage routine maintenance projects within their facilities. Summit project managers can assist the client in developing the scope of the project and writing project plans, and then take over the management and execution of the project to completion, allowing the client a single point of contact for status updates and billing.

You can tell when it’s a Summit jobsite because it’s as clean as possible and always well organized.

For a large coal-fired power generating facility in the Midwest, Summit managed the cleaning and inspection of two 250,000-gallon diesel tanks. The Summit crew filled a 30,000-gallon temporary tank and brought it on line to ensure production was not interrupted. The material from the first tank was transferred to the second while screening it to remove impurities. Tank one was cleaned and Summit contracted a certified third-party API 653 inspector to conduct the tank inspection. The material was transferred back to the first tank and the same process was conducted for the second tank. The project was completed on time, within budget and met the client’s expectation.

Summit crews have worked in 14 states in the past six months, so no matter the location Summit Contracting, LLC has the capability of being a turnkey service partner for emergency response, facility maintenance, remediation and site preparation needs. Summit currently manages national emergency response contracts for manufacturers with facilities across the United States by utilizing a large network of safe and reliable emergency response contractors who respond quickly until a Summit crew can arrive. For planned industrial maintenance, Summit’s project management team can assist in developing and managing a maintenance schedule, and developing the project scope and work plan. Summit’s field crew will execute the project safely, quickly and cost effectively.

For more information about Summit Contracting’s services, please inquire above or call (812) 421-1744.

LST 325 Leak Successfully Contained

No contaminated water entered city’s water filtration plant

Summit Contracting crew members used boom to contain an oil leak on the Ohio River, which was determined to have come from a starboard holding tank on the LST 325. A mixture of oil, diesel and water seeped from the tank while the ship was docked at Evansville’s Marina Point, less than 2,000 feet upstream from the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility’s filtration plant.

A mixture of oil, diesel and water seeped from the tank while the LST 325 was docked at Evansville’s Marina Point.

According to Kenny Adams, Executive Director at the LST 325, “Summit’s service was superb. Once the oil sheen was detected, our crew took precautionary measures such as listing the ship 15 degrees to slow the leak and deploying absorbent boom we had on hand. However, once Summit arrived on the scene, I was confident the spill was being handled according to protocol.”

The leak was discovered on Thursday, September 23, when an oily sheen was detected around the hull of the ship. A crew of five Summit personnel responded and immediately deployed skirted boom around the contaminated area, and also at the water filtration plant in front of the intake area in order to keep the contaminated water from entering the plant. Absorbent boom was then deployed to absorb the contaminants on the river’s surface. It was estimated that less than 20 gallons of the mixture was released.

“The absorbent boom had captured the contaminants from the water by Friday evening,” said Tom Stone, Summit’s Emergency Response Coordinator.