Environmental Permitting for Data Centers

(Nationwide)  Landau Associates provides a full range of environmental permitting support for data center clients. Our staff works with data center owners, developers, and design teams to develop creative solutions to challenging air pollutant emissions, wastewater management, and water supply considerations. Our industry-specific expertise reflects our involvement in environmental permitting for dozens of data centers throughout the continental United States. Landau Associates understands the nuanced operational requirements of data centers and the local, state, and federal regulatory requirements that must be met to construct and operate a data center.

Because uninterrupted electrical service is critical to data center operations, data centers are equipped with diesel-fueled emergency backup generators to ensure continuous operations in the event of a power outage. Diesel engine exhaust contains both criteria air pollutants and toxic air pollutants. Prior to construction, data centers must demonstrate compliance with federal, state, and local air pollution regulations. We prepare air quality permit applications, emissions inventories (inclusive of greenhouse gases), and coordinate dispersion modeling to support permitting and reporting requirements for various air emissions sources throughout the United States.

For one data center client, Landau Associates conducted one of the first Tier 2 health impact assessments in Washington State in order to demonstrate compliance with a stringent standard for nitric oxide (NO). While permitting the facility’s expansion plans in 2010 and 2011, Landau Associates performed one of the state’s first Tier 3 health impact assessments to meet new permitting requirements for diesel engine exhaust particulates (DEEP) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

Landau Associates staff also manages the preparation and submittal of engineering design reports and industrial wastewater discharge applications to regulatory agencies for data center discharge of industrial wastewater, including non-contact cooling water, to municipal water reclamation facilities.