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WHEE: Company Services

Woodruff & Howe Environmental Engineering, Inc. (WHEE) is a full service consulting engineering firm that provides environmental engineering, civil engineering, and process engineering to various industries, particularly food processing and wastewater treatment facilities. Our experience and expertise includes wastewater treatment and disposal systems, water conservation and reuse, air and odor pollution control systems, and environmental regulatory assistance.

Wastewater & Water Treatment Services

Woodruff & Howe Environmental Engineering, Inc. (WHEE) offers a full range of services related to wastewater treatment and pretreatment operations for a broad range of industries and wastewater and process water streams.

WHEE’s wastewater and water treatment services include:

  • Evaluation
  • Design
  • Troubleshooting
  • System Operational Assistance and Operator Training
  • Regulatory Permitting and Negotiations

WHEE’s engineering staff have more than 50 years of combined experience in the environmental, wastewater, process and civil engineering arenas, with specific emphasis on wastewater and water treatment system evaluation, design and operational control. The system designs and operational strategies provided by WHEE engineers have resulted in several awards for operational and design excellence.

Our experience is also unique in that it also includes direct, hands-on operation of various wastewater and water treatment units, which provides our recommendations and designs with operational flexibility and reliability. Lastly, the design and operational strategies provided by WHEE adequately consider regulatory compliance assurance, operational stability, and capital and operational cost effectiveness.

Our experience and expertise includes the following areas:

  • Industrial and municipal wastewater treatment and disposal systems
  • Process and drinking water treatment systems
  • Feasibility studies
  • Animal waste and other agricultural waste and byproduct treatment systems
  • Water reuse, water recycling and water conservation systems
  • Onsite sewage management systems (i.e., septic systems)
  • Wastewater collection systems

Wastewater and water treatment technology experience and expertise includes:

  • Chemical and physical treatment/pretreatment systems (dissolved air flotation - DAF, screening/screens, flocculation and coagulation, sedimentation, gravity separators, clarification/clarifiers, filtration/filters, etc.)
  • Biological treatment systems (aerobic and anaerobic)
  • Activated sludge biological treatment systems
  • Nitrogen removal systems for ammonia-nitrogen, total nitrogen, organic nitrogen, TKN, nitrate/nitrite-nitrogen (nitrification and denitrification)
  • Membrane biological reactors (MBRs)
  • Phosphorus removal systems (biological P and chemical P)
  • Land application treatment systems (LASs) (i.e., spray irrigation, slow rate systems, overland flow, rapid infiltration)
  • Natural treatment systems
  • Membrane treatment/filtration systems (ultrafiltration, microfiltration, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis/RO)
  • Industrial wastewater treatment
  • Storm water collection, management and treatment systems
  • Activated carbon treatment and ion exchange
  • Chemical oxidation treatment
  • Trickling filters
  • Disinfection systems
  • Tertiary filtration
  • Heavy metals removal systems
  • Sludge/biosolids handling, treatment and dewatering systems (i.e., digesters, belt presses, centrifuges, gravity filters)

Water Reuse, Water Recycling and Water Conservation Services

Woodruff & Howe Environmental Engineering, Inc. (WHEE) offers a wide range of services related to water reuse, water recycling and water conservation for various applications including:

  • Poultry, pork and red meat processing
  • Beverage operations
  • Other food processing operations
  • Various other industrial operations
  • Municipal wastewater reuse for agricultural and landscaping applications

WHEE can perform feasibility studies for water reuse, water recycling and water conservation projects and also provide design and evaluation services for projects in this regard. WHEE engineers have provided various presentations and papers on the subject of water reuse, water recycling and water conservation programs and systems in the food industry.

Regulatory Compliance Assistance Services

Woodruff & Howe Environmental Engineering, Inc. (WHEE) provides a full range of services related to assisting companies in implementing and managing their regulatory compliance programs and systems.

WHEE, Inc.’s staff has direct and hands-on experience related to the various regulatory requirements under:

  • The Clean Water Act (CWA)
  • The Clean Air Act (CAA) and related amendments
  • The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)
  • Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)
  • Solid Waste Disposal Act (SWDA) as amended by the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations
  • USEPA’s Risk Management Program/Plan (RMP) requirements
  • Underground Injection Control (UIC) programs
  • Various other Federal, State and Local regulatory programs

WHEE can provide the specific regulatory compliance services:

  • Development and oversight of "company wide" environmental management systems (EMS) and programs
  • Development of regulatory compliance strategies and goals (i.e., performance metrics)
  • Development of various regulatory plans and programs (i.e., Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures SPCC for fuel, oil and fat systems; Best Management Practices-BMPs; Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans SWP3; RMPs, PSM programs; Contingency Plans; Emergency Response Plans; Operations and Maintenance-O&M Plans; Slug Loading Control Plans; Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans-CNMPs)
  • Regulatory permitting and regulatory agency/permit negotiations, including air permitting, NPDES permitting, state indirect discharge (SID) permitting, industrial pretreatment permitting, CAFO permitting
  • Regulatory reporting (i.e., Toxic Release Inventory-TRI reporting, EPCRA TIER II reporting, Discharge Monitoring Reports-DMRs)
  • Development of Risk Management Plans (RMP) and auditing of PSM and RMP programs for ammonia refrigeration systems and chlorine gas systems
  • Development of employee training programs and employee training
  • Development of regulatory compliance audit programs
  • Performance of regulatory compliance audits
  • Technical expert witness testimony and associated services

Air Pollution Control Services

Woodruff & Howe Environmental Engineering, Inc. (WHEE) provides a full range of services related to air pollution and odor control systems, including:

  • Air pollution and odor control system design
  • Air pollution and odor con trol system evaluation
  • Air pollution and odor control system permitting services, including performance of emission inventories for various sources (i.e., feed mills; grain elevators; boilers and other fuel combustion equipment; rendering plants; fertilizer production operations; poultry, red meat and other food processing operations; materials handling systems)

WHEE’s experience with air pollution and odor control
systems includes:

  • Air strippers
  • Baghouse filters
  • Cyclones
  • Other filter systems
  • Packed tower scrubbers
  • Venturi scrubbers
  • Wet scrubbers
  • Activated carbon systems
  • Biofilters
  • Odor control systems
  • Condensers
  • Thermal oxidation systems

Civil Engineering Services

Woodruff & Howe Environmental Engineering, Inc. (WHEE) provides various civil engineering services to a wide range of industrial and municipal clients. These services include:

  • Performance of Hydrologic Studies
  • Design of Stormwater Management Systems to collect runoff and control the release to prohibit damage from flooding and increased runoff
  • Design of sediment and erosion control systems and Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  • Hydraulic Design of Storm Sewer Systems
  • Design of sanitary sewer collection systems and gravity outfalls
  • Design of sanitary sewer force mains
  • Design of sanitary sewer wet wells and lift stations
  • Design of systems to collect and treat pollutants contained in storm water runoff
  • Development of Mass grading plans
  • Design of waste holding and transfer mechanisms (i.e., animal waste treatment/management systems) for Concentrated Animal
  • Feeding Operations (CAFOs/AFOs) facilities/farms as well as animal housing structures/barns
  • Pavement Design
  • Performance of site evaluations to address issues that may negatively affect development
  • Performance of investigations, evaluations and review of technical studies for attorneys involved in cases pertaining to engineering issues
  • Design of recommended facilities or structures required to remediate or repair issues originating from lawsuits
  • Peer review services for municipal water and wastewater treatment service providers, including development of Scope of Work documents and Request for Proposal (RFP) documents and Request for Qualifications (RFQ) documents