Aurora specializes in providing services to California school districts, K-12 schools, JPAs and has in-depth knowledge of regulations applicable to school districts. Our success comes from returning clients that have come to trust our integrity, professionalism, quality of work, honesty, and sensitivity to cost. Aurora was founded on strong values, principles, and ethics that encompass expertise, trust, and honesty to deliver quality results. Our goal is to not only meet school district expectations, but to surpass them by working with them as a cohesive, responsive, and flexible environmental consulting team. Aurora provides as-needed emergency response services (spill exposure and cleanup) exclusively to its school district clients.
Furthermore, to comply with the Michelle Montoya Act, Aurora certifies that all employees are permitted to work on school sites and around children and have been cleared under California Law and the Education Code, including fingerprint clearance from the California Department of Justice, as well as from the Health Department.
We take pride that our team of experienced project managers has resulted in zero contractor change orders, zero on-the-job injuries, and zero professional omissions and errors insurance claims.
Regulatory Agency Knowledge
Aurora staff have in-depth understanding of safety, health, and environmental regulations, as well as, long-term relationships with various Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPA) hazardous materials inspectors, including:
- Palo Alto Fire Department
- Contra Costa Hazardous Materials Program
- Napa County Environmental Health Division
- Yolo County Environmental Health
- Solano County Environmental Department of Resource Management
- City of Fremont Fire Department
- Stanislaus County Environmental Resources
- County of Sacramento Environmental Management Department
- County of San Mateo Environmental Health Services
Aurora staff also have long-term relationships with Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) personnel, Cal/EPA, State Water Resources Board, Cal/OSHA, Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), Department of Public Health (DPH), and Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) staff. Aurora staff have in-depth knowledge of regulatory protocols involving personal toxin exposure monitoring; and methods of establishing health and safety plans and quality control procedures.
School District Environmental Compliance Services
Removal of Chemicals Program
The State Mandated Removal of Chemicals Program was implemented by the Commission of State Mandates in support of Education 49411 (Listing of chemical compounds used in science laboratories) and Ed Code 49340 – Hazardous Materials Education in July 1988. Unfortunately however, in 2010 the program was temporarily suspended and in 2013, the state permanently suspended it. There has been no reimbursement program for costs associated with maintaining compliance in the science labs since this program was suspended, contrary to information that may be disseminated by other environmental consultants. Aurora ESI is constantly on the lookout for more cost-effective methods of chemical disposal to benefit our clients, and if a state-mandated reimbursement program for chemical removal ever becomes effective again, we will be among the first to know, given our state agency and school district contacts.
School Clients (Partial List)
School Clients (Partial List)
Professional Qualifications and Experience
Aurora’s field personnel meet and exceed OSHA regulatory training requirements in OSHA chemical hygiene practices, procedures, and techniques as well as chemical identification and hazard awareness, including the 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification, as required by California Code of Regulations (CCR) Title 8.
Aurora professionals are experienced with complying with the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), Clean Air Act (CAA) and Clean Water Act (CWA) regulatory application, definition, purpose, and codifications.
In addition, Aurora ESI has provided specified and required training for hazardous waste managers such as HAZWOPER (29 CFR) and US Department of Transportation (DOT, 49 CFR). Specific training is provided in completing the uniform hazardous waste manifests as outlined in 40 CFR 262, Subparts B, C and D and 49 CFR 172, Subparts C and H.