June 1, 2020
Bridging the Data Flow Gap in Environmental Compliance and Reporting
Mona Hazur, Principal Environmental Scientist, Arcadis and Brad Michael, Principal Management Consultant, Arcadis
Through lessons learned assisting Gulf Coast facilities, we have continually observed that a key need for industrial operations in the Gulf Coast involves bridging the gap between corporate or facility reporting requirements, permitting requirements, and correlation of data directly to or from the process areas subject to these requirements. An effective “bridge” must facilitate smooth flow of data between these three “tiers” of reporting, permitting, and operations in a sustainable way that assures compliance. We will highlight (demonstrate) how digital solutions can be used to bridge the data flow gap when warranted and when an Environmental Management Information System replacement may be the most effective option. Interim or small-scale solutions often provide significant progress towards addressing the challenge and set the stage for a larger system change, should that be needed.