Indiana Environmental Company Receives Three No Further Action Letters for Sites Impacted by Chlorinated Solvents

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Indiana Environmental Consultants Enviroforensics is well known throughout the country for work in the field of investigating and remediating chlorinated solvent contamination, particularly in the dry cleaner contamination and manufacturing contamination industry sectors. Recently, Enviroforensics obtained regulatory closure for three clients via the Agency’s issuance of letters indicating that No Further Action is required on these sites that involved pce contamination, perc removal, and extensive testing.

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After the client hired EnviroForensics to collect additional information regarding other potential sources of the impacts, it was confirmed that the contamination was actually from an unknown up gradient source.

Indiana environmental consultants Enviroforensics has completed a truly successful year in 2015 with the regulatory closure of several projects, on behalf of their clients, that require no further action moving forward into the new year. The final closure of these multi-year projects is a testament to the time, effort, and skill required to address PCE contamination, along with perc removal and TCE removal. Enviroforensics’ clients, including dry cleaners, manufacturers and other commercial business owners, can now move forward into 2016 with a clean environmental slate.

Their team of Indiana and Wisconsin environmental scientists and engineers continues to make extensive progress with clients throughout the country; however, three, in particular are now cleared of perc contamination and can continue to conduct business without further action based on regulatory compliance coming from state agencies. Each case has its own story and evolution of progress, but represents common issues facing land and business owners, particularly dealing with property once impacted by either dry cleaner contamination or manufacturing contamination.

In San Diego, a former dry cleaner, once located within a strip mall and later involved in a real estate transaction, was faced with the need to perform corrective action related to PCE contamination. The perc remediation was required to be performed in strict accordance with the requirements of the San Diego Department of Public Health. In 2005, the owner of the dry cleaner sought out Enviroforensics to perform extensive testing that indicated that past operational activity had caused PCE contamination in the surrounding soil and the underlying groundwater. After a series of technical and regulatory milestones were achieved; including developing and receiving an approved correction plan (CAP), removal of dry cleaning equipment, soil excavation, and several rounds of indoor air testing, the former dry cleaner was relieved of any further action.

A client in Elkhart, Indiana received news of TCE contamination in groundwater beneath their property, which launched widespread soil and groundwater testing. After the client hired EnviroForensics to collect additional information regarding other potential sources of the impacts, it was confirmed that the contamination was actually from an unknown up gradient source. The client was relieved of any obligation for further action in July of 2015 by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).

Also in Indiana (Jasper), Enviroforensics was hired to address a site where PERC contamination was found beneath the client’s building. Enviroforensics conducted an investigation and performed site characterization activities to evaluate the impacts. They discovered that only minimal concentrations of chlorinated solvents were in the soil, located in an isolated area beneath the active building. The Indiana environmental consultants were then able to prove that the contaminants were not migrating into, or to off-site locations through groundwater. Since the small source area of impacts beneath the building posed minimal cause for continued environmental concern, EnviroForensics recommended future land use be monitored to ensure the long-term safety of building occupants. Since the IDEM agreed with their approach, the client, seeking to sell the business, can now move forward with the sale of the property.

To learn more about this story, dry cleaner contamination, manufacturing contamination, or how to mitigate vapor intrusion, contact Enviroforensics at 866-888-7911.

About EnviroForensics
Enviroforensics provides advanced, comprehensive engineering and litigation support services to businesses, law firms and municipalities. The firm devotes itself to accurate, defensible work products on time and within budget. The team of engineers and scientists resolve environmental issues cost effectively to protect the long-term interests of its clients. EnviroForensics has offices in Indiana, Wisconsin, and California.

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