NATIONAL BROWNFIELDS DEVELOPER

For this national brownfields real estate developer’s superfund site in the Philadelphia suburbs, Synergy performed remediation activities in conformance to a published EPA Record of Decision (ROD) which involved several unique contaminants, including ammonia and cyanide. Successful implementation of the remedy included conducting agency negotiation and stakeholder collaboration for this high profile project within a very vocal and active community.

METAL TREATING COMPANY

For this PRP in the North Penn Area 6 Superfund site, Synergy performed implementation of a complex Remedial Action Work Plan involving soil and groundwater remediation. Activities included an aquifer study and subsequent baseline Risk Assessment report which demonstrated sufficient groundwater capture to achieve regulatory approval for risk based contaminant concentration action levels. This resulted in significant cost savings for the client, which have been built into subsequent Consent Decrees for various Operating Units (OUs) at the site.

PHASE  I ENVIRONMENTAL SITE ASSESSMENTS – VIRGINIA & WEST VIRGINIA

Synergy Environmental, Inc. was retained by a confidential client from Houston, Texas to complete Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (Phase I ESAs) to facilitate the assets purchase of 107 facilities in Virginia and West Virginia.  The facilities included 13 bulk storage facilities, one corporate office building and 93 fuel stations.  All of the bulk storage facilities were located in Virginia.  Seventy-nine of the fuel stations were also located in Virginia.  The remaining fourteen fuel stations were located in West Virginia.  Some of the fuel station sites included car wash buildings and/or attached restaurants.   Additionally, three of the fuel station locations in West Virginia were located along the West Virginia Turnpike.

The Phase I ESAs were conducted in accordance with the American Society for Testing and Materials (“ASTM”) document entitled “Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments:  Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process,” (E152705), which pursuant to 40 CFR § 312.11 meets the requirements of all appropriate inquiry.  The objectives of this project were to evaluate the environmental conditions at the Sites, to document that due diligence was exercised; and, to perform “all appropriate inquiry” for the purpose of CERCLA sections 101(35)(B)(i)(I) and 101(35)(2)(B)(ii) and (iii) and in accordance with 40 CFR Part 312.

The Phase I ESA activities included: 

  • Performance of Site visits by Synergy personnel;
  • Review of regulatory databases and historic aerial photos, topographic maps and city directories;
  • Retrieval and review of regulatory files available through the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection;
  • Review of environmental lien and activity and use limitations information for each site;
  • Review of vapor migration screenings for each site; and
  • Preparation of a summary report.

Subsequent to conditions observed during the site visits and discovered during the review of the historic and regulatory information, limited Phase II investigations were recommended for eight of the thirteen bulk storage facilities.  The limited Phase II investigations included:

  • Preparation of a site-specific Health and Safety Plan, developed in accordance with the requirements set forth in 29 CFR 1910.120, Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response;
  • Mark out of public and private utilities by the Virginia ONE call;
  • Pre-excavation of the soil boring locations with an air knife/high vacuum (“soft-dig”) rig;
  • Installation of soil borings and the collection and analysis of soil samples;
  • Collection and analysis of groundwater samples, if groundwater was encountered during the soil boring activities; and
  • Preparation of a summary report of findings.

The Phase I ESAs and limited Phase II activities were completed within approximately ten weeks, wrapping up during mid-April 2014.  However, a listing of recognized environmental conditions, by location, was provided within six weeks to meet the settlement deadline.

PHASE I DUE-DILLIGENCE – CHIGAGO, IL 

Synergy Environmental, Inc. was retained by a large Gas Station owner to complete Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (Phase I ESAs) to facilitate the purchase of 22 facilities located in the Chicago, Illinois suburbs.  The facilities were all fuel stations.  Eighteen of the fuel stations were located in Illinois.  The remaining four fuel stations were located in Indiana.  Some of the fuel station sites included car wash buildings and/or attached restaurants.

The Phase I ESAs were conducted in accordance with the American Society for Testing and Materials (“ASTM”) document entitled “Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments:  Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process,” (E152713), which pursuant to 40 CFR § 312.11 meets the requirements of all appropriate inquiry.  The objectives of this project were to evaluate the environmental conditions at the Sites, to document that due diligence was exercised; and, to perform “all appropriate inquiry” for the purpose of CERCLA sections 101(35)(B)(i)(I) and 101(35)(2)(B)(ii) and (iii) and in accordance with 40 CFR Part 312.

The Phase I ESA activities included: 

  • Performance of Site visits by Synergy personnel;
  • Review of regulatory databases and historic aerial photos, topographic maps and city directories;
  • Attempted retrieval/retrieval and review of regulatory files available through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management;
  • Review of environmental lien and activity and use limitations information for each site;
  • Review of vapor migration screenings for each site; and
  • Preparation of a summary report.

The Phase I ESAs were completed within approximately nine weeks, wrapping up during early June 2014.  However, a listing of recognized environmental conditions, by location, was provided within seven weeks to meet the settlement deadline.

REGIONAL GASOLINE DISTRIBUTOR: REMEDIATION TO CLOSURE

For this major regional gasoline distributor, Synergy has performed all aspects of due diligence; site investigation; remediation and oversight to enable the client to acquire over 260 gasoline stations in the past 5 years.  Synergy has enabled the client to achieve significant cost savings through aggressive remedial strategies which emphasize satisfaction of regulatory requirements and achievements of No Further Action status, and have accessed available state funding where applicable (particularly PA USTIF).  Synergy has also developed their proprietary remote management system, FUELVIEW, in support of this client.

Ground Water Remediation in East Petersburg

jobsite_pic_w_tankSynergy implemented an aggressive liquid ring pump remediation system to address a significant petroleum hydrocarbon groundwater contamination problem.  Synergy was able within 18 months to petition for closure based on successful improvement in site conditions.

Regional gasoline distributor remediation to closure

For this major regional gasoline distributor, Synergy has performed all aspects of due diligence and site investigation and remediation and oversight to enable the client to acquire over 260 gasoline stations in the past 5 years.  Synergy has enabled the client to achieve significant cost savings through aggressive remedial strategies which emphasize satisfaction of regulatory requirements and achievements of No Further Action status, and have accessed available state funding where applicable (particularly PA USTIF).  Synergy has also developed their proprietary remote management system, FUELVIEW, in support of this client.