Capabilities & SINs

Marstel-Day is prepared to provide all services described in Special Item Numbers (SINs) 899-1, 899-3, and 899-7. Our proven staff experience in managing the four DoD primary environmental pillars demonstrates our ability to provide rapid support in all aspects of environmental advisory services.

Our company is fully committed to providing our clients with quality services and superior performance for each task order received. We provide domestic and abroad services in the following Special Item Numbers (SINs):

  • 899-1: Environmental Planning Services and Documentation
  • 899-3: Environmental/Occupational Training Services
  • 899-7: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Services

SIN 874-1: CONSULTING SERVICES

Under the consulting services category, Marstel-Day offers expert advice, assistance, and guidance in support of agency’s mission oriented business functions. Marstel-Day brings significant government experience to Federal agencies in order to assist them in addressing the stream of new mandates and government reinvention initiatives that continually shape government processes. What sets Marstel-Day apart from other firms is our focus on performing our work at the highest level of governance, where business decisions that affect the overall agency and its mission are made.

Specific capabilities include developing decision support systems, analytical support, re-evaluating agency goals and objectives, and communicating objectives to program managers. Studies, analyses and reports complement consultative and implementation efforts.

SIN 899-1: ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING SERVICES & DOCUMENTATION

Environmental Impact Statements & Assessments under the National Environmental Policy Act

Under the environmental planning services & documentation category, Marstel-Day provides assistance to all branches of Government in ensuring proper consideration is given to the environment prior the undertaking of a major action. We have the capabilities to evaluate the likelihood of impacts from alternative courses of action and the expertise to prepare the resulting Environmental Assessments (EA’s), Environmental Impact Statements (EIS’s), and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) reports as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Specific capabilities include: Data identification, data collection (including site visits and interviews), data development, and data interpretation; sampling and analysis; preparation of human health risk and environmental impact evaluations and reports; preparation of expert testimony; and preparation of material for and attendance at public meetings and public hearings (including scoping meetings) to include national surveys (i.e. assisting federal agencies in planning and conducting national assessments of wastewater and sludge (biosolids).

Marstel-Day also facilitates the transfer of excess and surplus military properties for conservation or recreational purposes and the acquisition of conservation lands that buffer active installations from encroachment. Comprised of a team of consultants with broad experience in managing environmental liabilities in the context of transferring military properties and in acquiring base buffer lands, Marstel-Day specializes in assisting clients in acquiring such properties for conservation and recreational purposes. Our comprehensive knowledge of federal real estate law, liability management, and the land conservation community enables us to develop working partnerships among the military services, environmental regulators, and public and private non-profit conservation organizations. This unique expertise allows us to assist organizations whose missions emphasize the conservation and management of high value natural, recreational and historic resources in navigating the complexities of working with the military to buffer active bases or acquire surplus properties.

Marstel-Day guides organizations through the regulatory, organizational and legislative processes affecting the management of real estate on and around military installations for conservation purposes. We work with the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and partners among national, regional and local conservation organizations to create innovative, win-win solutions for everyone involved.

Specific capabilities include: Facilitating meetings among parties to transfer; providing legal counsel to potential property recipients; researching critical issues unique to each property; serving as liaison to decision makers; educating organizations and officials associated with property transfer and military budget processes; assisting with public relations; and assisting with government relations.

Endangered Species, Wetlands, Watersheds and other Natural Resource Management Plans, Studies and Consultations

As an integral part of the NEPA process, Marstel-Day tailors its methodology to ensure the consideration and conservation of endangered and threatened species. We incorporate a thorough review of the potential impact to all (more than one thousand) endangered species of plants and animals that are now protected under the Act as well as the ecosystems upon which they depend (i.e. wetlands, watersheds, etc.) to ensure a judicious balance for sustaining natural habitats and accomplishment of one agency’s primary mission. Our effort to guide the decision making process of whether to carry out a proposed action also includes coordination with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other State and Federal agencies as appropriate. We have experience in developing natural resources management plans and have “real time” access to the registry of all listed or proposed for listing species.

Specific capabilities include: Performing reviews of any existing reports and management plans; coordinating with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; contacting appropriate state office for information; performing surveys; using the results of data collection to prepare reports and maps.

Archeological, Historic and other Cultural Resources Management Plans, Studies, and Consultations

Marstel-Day recognizes the value of irreplaceable prehistoric and historic cultural resources and is committed to support the Government in protecting them from damage. We are fully cognizant of the numerous laws, regulations and Executive Orders that have been passed to protect these resources and offer effective management strategies designed to preserve our heritage. Our vast knowledge of the regulatory framework governing Archeological, Historic and other Cultural Resources ranges from the most recent law entitled the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) which was enacted in 1990, to the Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act enacted in 1979, as well as regulations such as – Determination of Eligibility for Inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places (36 CFR Part 63) as well as Executive Order 11593 – Protection and Enhancement of Cultural Environment.

Specific capabilities include: Resource survey and studies; evaluating resource data; preparing appropriate nominations and reports; preparing Management Plans.

Economic, Technical, and Risk Analysis in Support of Environmental Needs

Marstel-Day is experienced with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approach to scoring and prioritizing cleanup actions of sites, which have known or threatened releases of hazardous substances and pollutants. We conduct exposure assessments and evaluate risk using the EPA numerical values system based on three risk categories and four potential contamination pathways. Our determination of risk is based on the following conditions:

  • Likelihood that a site has released or has the potential to release hazardous substances into the environment;
  • Characteristics of the waste (e.g. toxicity and waste quantity); and
  • People or sensitive environments (targets) affected by the release.

Four pathways:

  • Ground water migration (drinking water)
  • Surface water migration (drinking water, human food chain, sensitive environments);
  • Soil exposure (resident population, nearby population, sensitive environments); and
  • Air migration (population, sensitive environments).

Specific capabilities include: Conducting analysis of options under consideration for environmental actions in addition to performing activities such as data collection, data development, analysis of comments, regulatory and economic analysis, feasibility analysis, hazard assessments, exposure assessments, and risk analysis.

Environmental Program Management

Marstel-Day recognizes that the risks associated with mismanaging environmental issues are complex and varied. They can involve not only the obvious degradation to the environment with negative consequences for the overall standard of living but in addition can include legal liabilities as well as damage to an organization’s reputation and a resulting loss of confidence among involved communities, customers, neighbors and stakeholders. We believe that such risks cannot be dealt with on an ad-hoc basis. Only a well-founded and properly implemented management approach can provide a measure of confidence that good performance is not an accident and that poor performance can be proactively identified and rectified. For these reasons, Marstel-Day employs a systematic approach to overall environmental program management, which includes all 17 elements of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14000 standard. As depicted below, our management system follows the principles of continuous improvement in a closed-loop system with direct involvement of project personnel at all levels.

Specific capabilities include: Managing environmental programs including program/project planning, management support, technical document review, quality assurance oversight, community relations/outreach support, data collection, data development as well as environmental justice issues, environmental web site development, ISO 14000 program development, and preparation of environmental program brochures and materials.

Environmental Regulation Development

Environmental Regulation Development is at the very heart of our company’s core capabilities. We have extensive knowledge of environmentally related laws, regulations, and standards as well as an in-depth knowledge of the federal legislative process. We employ a team of highly qualified professionals who have been participants in and/or proponents of a number of new regulations and policies. Many of these new regulations and policies were developed as instruments for applying the provisions of new federal or state laws.

Specific capabilities include: Assisting in the development of environmental regulations, to include data collection, data analysis, publishing for public comments, analyzing and responding to public comments, holding public hearings, and finalizing regulations as well as representing an agency by reviewing proposed environmental regulations and assisting in the development of comments, tracking the submission of these comments, representing the agency at public hearings, and reporting on the finalizing of the regulations.

SIN 899-3: ENVIRONMENTAL/OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING SERVICES

Marstel-Day subscribes to the theory that the success of a compliant Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health program can be directly attributed to the implementation of an extensive training plan designed to empower personnel in accomplishing their assigned task in an environmentally responsible and safe manner. Under this category, our services include environmental training courses that will allow Government employees to fully understand topics such as EPA/OSHA compliance. The courses will focus primarily on the important regulatory requirements associated with the students’ job or organizational function so that they quickly become familiarized with key compliance issues. The courses can be designed to engage the student in a narrowly focused area or broadly in all aspects of compliance. We encourage client participation in the preparatory stages of course development while at the same time advising on the importance of certain course content based on the mission of the organization and applicable regulations.

Marstel-Day believes that “accidents do not just happen.” The vast majority of work related injuries and illnesses can be attributed to one or more unsafe acts of either commission or omission by one or more persons. These acts either result directly in an injury, or in a hazardous situation that may allow an injury to occur. Consequently, consistent with our quality management system, our safety and occupational program not only focuses on optimizing work practices and processes to eliminate or reduce potential exposure to injuries but also motivates employees to habitually think about the health and safety consequences of their actions.

Our Health and Safety program is intended to provide every employee with sufficient training, task specific information, protective equipment, and management support to continuously perform his or her job duties in a safe manner. We require our subcontractors to operate under the same stringent safety criteria and require submission of a safety plan prior to finalizing contractual agreements, as appropriate, based on the nature of the task being subcontracted. In a joint effort with our subcontractors, we typically review the potential environmental, physical, and chemical hazards associated with each task requirement. Our workplace hazard analysis follows a progression of actions from “recognition to evaluation”, ultimately ending in control or elimination of the hazard. The results of this evaluation are subsequently used to establish a safety training program compliant with all applicable OSHA regulations such as Hazard Communication (29 CFR.1200), Confined Space Entry (29 CFR 1910.146), CPR/First Aid (29 CFR 1910.151), Personal Protective Equipment (29 CFR 1910.132), Respiratory Protection (29 CFR 1910.134), HAZWOPER (29 CFR 1910.120), etc.

Specific capabilities include: Offering conventional courses, off-the shelf training courses, customized training courses, or computer-based interactive courses to include the development of these courses and the presentation of previously developed courses as well as support products for the courses.