Pinnacle Engineering was retained by a leading producer and marketer of ethanol and related products to assist the client with wastewater related issues at one of its ethanol facilities. Due to economic conditions in the ethanol market, construction of the facility had been sporadic, resulting in a number of noncompliance issues related to wastewater collection, storage, treatment, and conveyance. The client hired Pinnacle to provide engineering design and third party engineering review, and negotiate with the State regulatory agency.

Pinnacle surveyed the facility’s wastewater ponds to verify that they were installed in accordance with the design documents; traced wastewater piping lines; performed non-destructive seam testing and seepage tests on the ponds’ liners; prepared a written engineering evaluation for submittal to regulators, and negotiated with regulators on behalf of the client.  Pinnacle’s timely and cost-effective engineering solutions enabled the client company to resolve outstanding noncompliance issues with the State agency and achieve permitted discharge of the facility’s wastewater.