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Our Mission

At McGinley & Associates, our mission is to fully commit our values of impeccable service, technical skills and professionalism to every project we take on. As an environmental and engineering consulting firm, we are dedicated to the details that ensure success for any project. We make your issues our own. Our experience and expertise are the foundation upon which we build your solutions.

Best In-Class Service

We deliver products and services that raise the bar for value in the environmental consulting industry. When you contract with McGinley & Associates you get the best representation available, and develop lasting relationships with a team you can trust.

Professional Services with a Personal Touch

We know how to solve problems. The staff at McGinley & Associates is fully qualified to perform services in the following core areas.

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Brownfields redevelopment

McGinley & Associates has been awarded the Brownfields contract with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) to provide consulting services under the Nevada Brownfields Program. Under this contract, McGinley & Associates personnel will inform communities about funding opportunities and perform Phase I, Phase II, and/or Phase III Environmental Site Assessment activities (ESA) on Brownfields sites.

Brownfields redevelopment may include:

  • Blighted properties
  • Contaminated soil sites
  • Contaminated groundwater sites
  • Mine scarred sites
  • Meth lab sites

Clients include:

  • Public Municipalities
  • Redevelopment Agencies
  • Developers

Phase I assessments (ESA)

McGinley & Associates personnel have performed hundreds of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) and Transaction Screening reports for property transfers and refinancing for a wide variety of Clients throughout Nevada, California, Idaho and New Mexico. Our Phase I ESAs are conducted in accordance with the guidelines developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), while catering to specific client requirements.

Phase I ESAs may include:

  • Site inspection
  • Historic records review
  • Environmental setting review
  • Commercial database review
  • Regulatory agency review
  • Interviews
  • Documentation
  • Report preparation

Clients include:

  • Developers
  • Hotels/Casinos
  • Manufacturers
  • Automotive Shops
  • Property Managers
  • Agricultural Facilities
  • Banks & Lenders
  • Mining Companies
  • Petroleum Retailers

Soil and groundwater investigations

No company works in a vacuum. Assessment of impacts to the environment have become a reality for any company whose facilities, operations or products intersect with the physical world. Environmental site characterization studies are often a legal necessity. McGinley & Associates personnel have conducted hundreds of Phase II environmental site characterization studies at a variety of industrial and commercial properties. Our Phase II studies include field investigations to gather necessary site-specific soil, groundwater and analytical data, followed by analysis of impacts facility activities have on the surrounding environment.

Soil and groundwater investigations may include:

  • Health and Safety Plans (HASP)
  • Permitting
  • Utility clearance (USA Dig Alert)
  • Soil borings/soil sampling
  • Groundwater monitoring wells and sampling
  • Surface water sampling
  • Soil gas surveys
  • Aquifer testing
  • Soil/groundwater analytical testing
  • Groundwater transport modeling

Clients include:

  • Petroleum Retailers
  • Universities
  • Financial Institutions
  • Aerospace Industry
  • Property Developers
  • Utility Companies
  • Dry Cleaners
  • Manufacturers
  • Processing Facilities
  • Property Owners
  • Airports
  • Mining Properties


Groundwater and surface water assessments are critical for the long-term sustainability of these resources. Aquifer conditions are characterized for projects, local to regional in scale, that will utilize, allocate, or impact groundwater. Analytical and numerical groundwater models are developed to quantify future impacts to groundwater and surface water supplies under varying natural conditions and anthropogenic stressors. McGinley and Associates has extensive experience in the design and implementation of practical hydrogeologic investigations.

Hydrogeology may include:

  • Numerical groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling
  • Conceptual hydrogeologic model development
  • Baseline characterization studies and water resources evaluations
  • Aquifer test design, implementation, and analysis
  • Site-wide water balance studies
  • Mine water management
  • Water quality management
  • Well design


Environmental geochemistry is an important environmental consideration in any mining project. Water quality predictions and waste rock characterization are key components of permitting a new mine or mine expansion. Geochemical assessments are also critical for mitigating the source of water quality issues in existing operations and are also critical to ensuring an absence of impacts after mine closure. McGinley and Associates has experience in all aspects of environmental geochemistry at mine sites.

Geochemistry may include:

  • Pit lake water quality modeling
  • Waste rock and ore geochemical characterization baselines
  • Metals attenuation studies
  • Waste rock management plans
  • Conceptual closure designs
  • Isotope and tracer studies for source determination
  • Third party review

Site remediation

Real or perceived risks from environmental contamination can cripple or sometimes kill industrial and commercial operations. At McGinley & Associates, our goal is to convert an environmental liability into an economic asset without disruption of business activities and as cost effectively as possible. Our engineers and scientists have successfully designed and implemented innovative and proven on-site remediation systems to restore economic vitality and attractiveness to your site.

Site remediation may include:

  • Risk based corrective action
  • Groundwater pump & treat
  • Air stripping
  • Dual Phase Extraction
  • Oxidation
  • Air sparging
  • Vacuum Extraction
  • Product Recovery
  • Monitored natural attenuation
  • Bioremediation
  • Excavation/offsite disposal

Clients include:

  • Petroleum Retailers
  • Universities
  • Financial Institutions
  • Property Developers
  • Utility Companies
  • Dry Cleaners
  • Manufacturers
  • Processing Facilities
  • Airports
  • Homeowners

Expert witness and litigation support

McGinley & Associates serves law firms with two distinct services: litigation support and expert testimony. The management team and scientists at McGinley & Associates are experienced in all protocols for defensible data collection and the preparation of robust scientific opinions to support sucessful litigation. The Principals at McGinley & Associates are committed to providing professional opinions for any environmental litigation matter, in deposition or on the stand. McGinley & Associates is ready to provide winning service to your litigation team.

Expert Witness service may include:

  • Site records review
  • Soil and groundwater investigation
  • Sample analytical reporting
  • Groundwater modeling
  • Deposition
  • Testimony

Clients include:

  • Property Owners and Developers
  • Financial Institutions
  • Casinos and Hospitality
  • Manufacturers
  • Agriculture Industry
  • Aerospace Industry
  • Public Utilities

Permitting and compliance

Compliance with today’s environmental laws can be enormously challenging. Facility owners and operators are faced with a myriad of regulatory requirements administered by local, State and federal agencies. Confusion can lead to operation delays and even shutdowns. McGinley & Associates personnel know the ins and outs of environmental permit procurement, monitoring and reporting needed to keep your business running smoothly.

Permitting & Compliance may include:

  • Spill Plans (SPCC)
  • Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMR)
  • Hazardous Materials Management Plans (HMMP)
  • Storm Water Plans (SWPP)
  • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES)
  • Air Quality
  • Underground Injection Control (UIC)
  • Risks Hazard Analyses (ARTAH)
  • Process Safety Management

Clients include:

  • Petroleum retailers
  • Communication companies
  • Utility companies
  • Processing facilities
  • Developers
  • Construction companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Hospitals
  • Airports
  • Mining Properties

GIS and remote sensing

The GIS Division at McGinley and Associates provides a range of geospatial services which include GIS, remote sensing image processing, cartographic design, geodatabase development management, and spatial analysis. We produce geospatial data for environmental remediation applications, land use change, vegetation, and species distribution.

GIS & remote sensing may include:

  • Change detection
  • Consulting
  • Cartography
  • Data acquisition
  • Digitizing
  • Feature extraction
  • Geocoding
  • Geodatabase development
  • Georeferencing
  • Image processing
  • Metadata
  • 3D Modeling
  • Raster data processing
  • Supervised/unsupervised classification
  • Topology
  • Vector data processing
  • Visualizations

GIS software:

  • ESRI ArcGIS 10.1
  • Quantum GIS
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • Trimble GPS Pathfinder Office
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Google Earth

Closure optimization

Many site owners and operators are frustrated by their consultant’s failure to provide the ultimate result: site closure. McGinley & Associates provides value-added third-party review for environmental projects at every stage of development. Careful review of existing site records, remediation designs and monitoring data, combined with our vast experience, allows McGinley & Associates to fine-tune a remediation project to achieve expedited site closure: owners are freed from costly expenses, operators are freed from site obstructions, developers are freed to sell their properties – years in advance of their current consultant’s schedule. The return on investment for our third-party review and closure optimization services typically exceeds the cost by a wide margin.

Closure optimization may include:

  • Third-party review
  • Targeted system data acquisition
  • Conceptual site modeling (CSM)
  • Mass removal evaluation
  • System design evaluation
  • Mass removal cost management
  • System enhancement

Clients include:

  • Petroleum Retailers
  • Dry Cleaners
  • Brownfields Cleanup Sites
  • Industrial Facilities
  • Aerospace
  • Insurance Companies

Underground storage tank (UST) services

McGinley & Associates offers UST services above and beyond those of our competitors. Let the experienced staff at McGinley & Associates help with UST leak detection compliance, reduce costly contaminated site cleanups and optimize existing cleanups to expedite site closure. McGinley & Associates personnel worked in conjunction with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) over ten years ago in developing their Petroleum Fund reimbursement procedures and guidelines. Those procedures are still in place today. McGinley & Associates is also working with the NDEP for implementation of the new Energy Policy Act requirements to minimize its impact on the petroleum industry. Get the inside edge for navigating UST projects with McGinley & Associates.

UST services may include:

  • Phase I ESA for Retail Station Property Transactions
  • Soil and Groundwater site assessments
  • Cost Effective Site Remediation
  • Closure Optimization
  • State Fund Submittals
  • Insurance Fund Investigation
  • Reimbursement guarantee for qualifying sites
  • UST System Compliance Auditing
  • Personnel class A, B, C training and staffing

Clients include:

  • Petroleum Retailers
  • Mining Properties
  • Universities
  • Airports
  • Manufacturers

Spill control (SPCC) and stormwater (SWPP) plans

McGinley & Associates personnel have performed numerous Spill Prevention Control Countermeasure Plans (SPCCP) throughout Nevada and California. The governing laws and regulations found in the Clean Water Act (CWA), Title 33 United States Code and Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 112, requires a regulated facility (total aboveground oil storage greater than 1,320-gallons) to prepare a written spill contingency plan within six months after operations commence, and that the facility must implement the plan no later than 12 months after operations commence.

The objective of a SWPPP is to prevent pollutants from entering storm water which passes through the facility. The EPA defines storm water as “run-off from a storm event, snow melt runoff, and surface runoff and drainage”. McGinley & Associates personnel have performed numerous Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans SWPPP throughout Nevada and California. SWPPPs are prepared in accordance with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits.

SPCC and SWPP Plans may include:

  • Site inspection
  • Filing Notice of Intent to discharge
  • Historic records review
  • Facility mapping
  • Interviews
  • Engineering certification
  • Report preparation
  • Documentation
  • Report preparation

Clients include:

  • Petroleum Bulk Plants
  • Manufacturers
  • Hospitals
  • Airports
  • Mining Companies
  • Developers

Hazardous materials management

McGinley & Associates personnel have performed numerous Hazardous Material Management Plans (HMMP) throughout the West. These plans provides the requirements for the management of hazardous waste, non-hazardous waste, used oil, used antifreeze, and universal waste materials to ensure compliance with all generator waste management and transportation requirements promulgated in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 40 parts 260 through 273, CFR Title 49, and the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC).

HMMPs may include:

  • Site inspection
  • Waste characterization
  • Generator classification/EPA ID numbering
  • Storage requirements
  • Container labeling
  • Manifest requirements
  • Record keeping/house keeping

Clients include:

  • Manufacturers
  • Warehousing
  • Hotels
  • Mining Properties
  • Developers