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Managing environmental compliance for Consol Energy, USA case study


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Project Summary:
Consol Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) is the largest producer of high-Btu bituminous coal in the United States.

ERIMS is an integral aspect of how Consol monitor, manage, and report on a complex and dynamic array of environmental measurements across multiple facilities and states, as required by various regulatory agencies. This data is massive in scale and reporting requirements are extremely varied and sophisticated. ERIMS ensures that the data can be gathered centrally for analysis to ensure complete compliance management.

The Client’s Challenge:
Consol need to manage enormous amounts of field and laboratory generated monitoring data to be compliant as defined by their mining and other regulatory permits and to act in an environmentally responsible manner.

Data is gathered from thousands of sample locations per mine 24/7. Managing the data inputs, analyzing the gathered data, acting swiftly on the information derived from the data, and then reporting to the right authorities in the correct format with accurate and timely data is a significant challenge.

Our Work:
Consol Energy has worked with ERIMS for six years and the system has been optimized to meet Consol’s requirements.

ERIMS currently supports the monitoring and loading of over 9,000 sample points generating millions of analytical records, groundwater elevations, and stream flow results.

ERIMS is used 24/7 all year round by over 100 users for Consol Energy producing over 5 million internet page requests per year. The user base for Consol is made up of company environmental managers, multiple consulting companies and 3rd party laboratories. ERIMS also acts as an electronic file and photo repository for the storage of over 100,000 electronic files all in real time as supporting documents to the company-wide monitoring programs.

ERIMS outputs over 5000 reports per year for submittal to regulatory agencies. The business processes and reporting alert systems within ERIMS result in significant cost savings for CONSOL year after year.

The Outcome:
ERIMS ensures that Consol Energy is able to easily meet its environmental compliance obligations and to act swiftly on any environmental risks that occur. Its reputation as an environmentally responsible and prepared company has helped contribute to it being named as one of America’s most admired companies by Fortune magazine.

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