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File #: 2066-2018    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 7/11/2018 In control: Public Utilities Committee
On agenda: 7/30/2018 Final action: 8/3/2018
Title: To authorize the Director of Public Utilities to enter into a contract modification with Environmental Resources Management, Inc. for professional services related to compliance with the Clean Air Act and Ohio’s air pollution laws for the Department of Public Utilities, to authorize the expenditure $1,098.00 from the Power Operating Fund, $6,984.00 from the Water Operating Fund, $7,830.00 from the Sewerage Operating Fund, and $2,088.00 from the Storm Water Operating Fund. ($18,000.00)
Attachments: 1. Addl Info for Ord 2066-2018, 2. Ord 2066-2018 Financials
Explanation

The Department of Public Utilities maintains an effective environmental compliance program in order to maintain consistent compliance with environmental laws and regulations and to reduce any environmental impacts associated with its various activities. As part of the Department’s Environmental Management System process, the Department of Public Utilities executed a Request for Proposal to evaluate Clean Air Act compliance and evaluate the possibility of transitioning from the current Title V permits with restrictions to a less restrictive permit.

The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is responsible for the daily administration, operation and maintenance of the City of Columbus water supply and distribution system including three (3) water treatment plants; sanitary and storm water collection and treatment system including two (2) waste water treatment plants and a bio-solids composting facility; and electricity power distribution including numerous power substations and transformers. DPU operations are subject to multiple environmental permits which include two (2) Title V permits, numerous state air permits, six (6) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, and general storm water permits. Additionally, DPU administers the pretreatment and storm water regulatory programs (MS4 Permit Program) for the City of Columbus. These extensive operations and regulatory requirements support the need for a robust EMS program.

The Department of Public Utilities advertised Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the subject services in the City Bulletin in accordance with the applicable provisions of Columbus City Code, Chapter 329 (RFQ006762). Thirty-eight (38) vendors were solicited and two (2) proposals were received and opened on September 29, 2017. The proposals were reviewed based on quality and feasibility. Environmental Resources Management, Inc. was determined to be best qualified to provide the professional services necessary t...

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