Contamination/Environmental case study


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Orlando Drum Company, Orlando, FL

  • Facility washes and reconditions used drums
  • Mercuri and Associates, Inc. was retained as hydrogeological consultant to verify state allegations of contamination of soil and ground water with heavy metals, pesticides, and volatile organic compounds.
  • Initiated preliminary soil and groundwater sampling program, prepared/submitted to regulatory agency comprehensive Contamination Assessment Plan (CAP) followed by preparation and submittal of project Quality Assurance/ Quality Control Plan in 1/85.
  • CAP called for drilling 12 soil borings and installation of 18 piezometers and 6 sets of nested (3 per) ground water monitoring wells.
  • Two-phase comprehensive and detailed environmental report outlining the findings and proposing the necessary additional work was submitted to client in 6/91.

Dublin Borough TCE Contamination

  • Hydrogeological Consultant of Record
  • Routine sampling of community wells found high levels of TCE in the ground water of Dublin Borough.
  • Further sampling revealed TCE contamination affected approximately 45 wells and covered a large portion of the Borough.
  • Monitored work progress, reviewed work proposed or performed by consultants for alleged polluters and reported to the Dublin Borough Council.
  • Case is in litigation and has required frequent expert testimony.
  • Site has been Included on the National Priority List (NPL).

Municipal Client-Northern Bucks County (Quakertown)

  • Investigation of environmental conditions at former foundry site acquired in 1988.
  • Designed and implemented detailed, phased program of investigation including extensive sampling of soil and perched ground water.
  • Investigation revealed presence of high levels of heavy metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, and volatile and semi-volatile organics.
  • Public ball-field adjacent to property was carefully examined for presence of residual foundry material, casting sand and furnace slag.

Bedminster Township

  • Assist municipal client with MTBE contamination problem.

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