Simplifying Regulatory Environments

Westward Environmental, Inc.

For over 20 years, Boerne, Texas-based Westward Environmental, Inc. has helped clients by taking the confusion out of often-complex and challenging regulatory environments. Providing air/water/waste compliance, engineering, natural resources, geological, and health and safety services, Westward Environmental proudly and professionally serves mining, construction and aggregates customers with experienced environmental and engineering consulting knowledge.

With over seven decades of professional knowledge, Westward works closely with public, private and government clients spanning the United States. From mining to manufacturing and commercial projects to construction paving, Westward is available with planning, analysis, and design services to meet every need.

Certified and licensed
Westward Environmental holds many licenses and certifications, and is proudly affiliated with many respected groups. Professionals included among the company’s dozens of licenses and certifications are engineers, geologists, and registered environmental managers, Certified Environmental Safety Compliance Officers, Certified Environmental Scientists, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Corrective Action Project Managers and TCEQ Certified Visible Emissions Evaluators, Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Noise Measurement Certification and MSHA Dust Sampling (underground/surface), to name just a few. And among Westward’s many affiliations are the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Texas Asphalt Pavement Association (TXAPA), the Oklahoma Aggregates Association (OKAA), the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA), and others.

With a staff of about 60, Westward Environmental addresses areas of vital importance to clients in mining, construction, manufacturing, recycling, and other markets. The company’s turnkey air/waste/water compliance services include everything from air permitting to solid and hazardous waste/recycling, stormwater permitting, and other environmental compliance areas. Well-versed and up to date with ever-changing environmental laws and regulations, Westward maintains contact with several regulatory agencies and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to ensure businesses stay in compliance.

Westward’s talented mining team includes geologists, environmental and safety experts, and engineers. Westward’s many mining-relating services including geologic assessments and inspections, mine planning, environmental due diligence, water well permitting, environmental audits, MSHA training and inspections, and more.

On the company’s engineering side, Westward’s services cover land and civil site development, industrial, and Edwards Aquifer zone permitting. As one of the most important artesian aquifers on earth, Texas’s Edwards Aquifer provides drinking water for approximately two million people, and remains a key source of water for agriculture and industry on the state’s eastern edge. Any projects which might impact the Aquifer must have an application, with approval of the TCEQ, and then be regularly checked for compliance.

For clients with geological needs, Westward’s services include mine planning, reserves evaluations, and groundwater and geological assessments/inspections. Highly knowledgeable in these environmental areas, Westward’s team includes the past president of the Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District, who now sits on the Board of Directors for the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA), which provides water resources stewardship for a 10-county statutory district.

Commercial services and more
For clients pursuing commercial developments, Westward’s commercial services cover all client needs, from initial concept to completion. With a team of expert engineers, environmental specialists and geologists, Westward has worked on everything from parks to shopping centers, and office complexes to churches. Able to assist customers with every need, the company’s quality services cover everything from environmental due diligence to construction administration, building permits, water well permitting, fire marshal coordination, and any other required professional works.

Not limiting itself to private and commercial clients, Westward also provides valuable consulting services under the company’s government/institutions services umbrella. Often responsible for ongoing service contracts, Westward has specialists in geology, environmental/safety, engineering and other disciplines able to provide guidance and design services. For governmental agencies and institutional clients in health, education and other fields, Westward’s services include property acquisition, remediation, civil site development, environmental due diligence, geologic assessments, local regulatory requirements, and more.

With waste and recycling a growing concern across the United States, the team at Westward is available to help clients with its many waste and recycling services. It is vital to understand the composition of different waste streams including glass, plastics, metals, paper and biodegradables, all of which falls under the company’s waste characterization services. Along with classification of waste streams, Westward also provides registrations and permitting for generator, handler, transporter and processor applications. Across the U.S., waste and recycling streams vary not just locally but by state, and Westward is there to assist with sometimes confusing permits and regulations surrounding the production, transportation and processes of waste. And although not all recycling requires permits, companies must adhere to the relevant regulations, and that is where Westward’s services come in.

Led by a highly experienced leadership team, Westward’s executives have testified many times before the Texas Legislature, and have served as liaisons between industry and community groups. With a breadth of experience, key staff have helped develop technical guidance for quarrying operations for the Lower Colorado River Authority and the TCEQ Edwards Aquifer Protection Program.

Providing informed and experienced environmental and engineering consulting services, Westward Environmental looks forward to working with clients in mining, manufacturing, construction paving, commercial, government/institutions, and waste/recycling sectors.

In its mission statement, the company sums up its commitment to respect for all customers. “Westward Environmental, Inc. will strive to find cost-effective solutions to the problems that impact our customers. Our focus will be on innovative approaches to Integrated Resource Management. We will perform our services with the utmost level of integrity and honor. We will strive to find solutions which preserve the industries that our quality of life depends on.”

Building the Next Generation

As thousands of experienced workers retire across North America every day, it is small wonder many industries are concerned about the future. It has been a decade since the oldest members of the baby boom generation started leaving their jobs, removing from the workplace decades of experience and skills that are tough to replace. The situation is so dire that, when younger workers are not available or knowledgeable enough to take over, retired staffers are often called back to work on a part-time basis.

November 18, 2019, 3:38 AM EST

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