About Us - Key Personnel

Scott Garpiel
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Technical Specialties

Experienced in DOT, RCRA, CERCLA and OSHA regulatory issues concerning hazardous site activities and clean up procedures. Extensive experience with PADEP (Interim Response Service Contract) and EPA (ERCS and ERRS Region II, III, and IV) protocol and procedures. Vast knowledge of site characterization processes, transportation and waste disposal requirements including land disposal restrictions, treatment methods, and disposal facility acceptance procedures. Experienced in large material handling projects such as on-site treatment, landfill capping, demolition, water treatment plant installation and maintenance.

Experience Summary

25+ years' experience in the environmental industry. Supervised and managed various multi-faceted project sites. Responsibilities included plan preparation including work, H&S, traffic control, wetlands, E&S, and construction site development, assessment and investigation, budgets and schedules, coordination of site activities, procurement and management of vendor and subcontractors, and monthly reporting. Develop and maintain schedules and budgets pertaining to specific project sites. Client satisfaction repeatedly accomplished.

Credentials

  • OSHA 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Training, 1987
  • OSHA 8-Hour Refresher Course (29 CFR 1910.120), annually
  • ICS-100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800, 339 (2006)
  • USACE Construction Quality Management Training, 2006
  • Level A training class (Compliance Plus Services) and Level A drills in preparation for formal level A drills conducted with USEPA II at Edison, NJ facility in July, 2005
  • Approved EPA Region II, III, IV Response Manager
  • DOT Hazard Communication Training
  • Environmental Sampling and Data Analysis Training
  • Confined Space Entry Training
  • American Red Cross CPR / First Aid Certified

Key Projects

  • Project Manager - Tupelo Ricin - (USEPA Region IV). ER Response to a crude Ricin contaminated building (under FBI investigation). All site personnel signed FBI non-disclosure agreements prior to receiving information regarding site or working on the site. Apparently the suspect was utilizing a coffee grinder to crush castor beans in an effort to make a toxin to be used in some criminal fashion. START and EPA sampled both locations (building and trailer) for Ricin. The trailer resulted as a negative. Entry was conducted in the Dojo (martial arts) building and a bleach solution was used to decontaminate/deactivate the active poison relating to the ricin residue due to a previous sample event by the FBI. Carpet, ceiling tiles and a few miscellaneous items were removed from the building after being decontaminated and sent to a subtitle D landfill. Post treatment sampling was conducted to confirm removal of Ricin was completed. Ceiling tiles and carpet was replaced after confirmatory results proved the area was safe to enter in a normal fashion. All assessment and decontamination work was conducted in Level C breathing protection. All personnel entering building was bleach solution deconned upon exit from the building and the PPE was also sampled to confirm deactivation/removal of the ricin residue.
  • Project Manager, Coyne Textile (USEPA Region III) for an SVE/Air sparging installation at a former textile plant and adjacent park property. Installed 22 sparge and sve wells, thirteen ISCO wells and conducted two permanganate injections to curtain off migration of contaminants (TCE and PCE) into the park area. Installed four x 220' x 3 horizontal SVE/injection wells under two sets of CSX railroad tracks and under the source building (currently active). All vertical and horizontal wells are connected to a vapor phase carbon treatment trailer equipped with remote monitoring. Installed a total of 26 monitoring wells throughout park and outside building.
  • Project Manager - Kanawha River Sunken Tank (USEPA Region III). A response was required after a pickup truck drove into the river with a portable asphalt tar in the bed of the truck. Responded with a marine salvage company to deploy sorbent boom around the tank and then mechanically winched the tank to the salvage boat equipped with secondary containment. Collected tank on shoreline removed remaining oily tar and placed into a drum for State of WV Environmental officials to dispose and recycle.
  • Project Manager - Royster Guano, (USEPA Region III) for a residential cleanup / impacted soil removal/disposal project in Columbia SC. Site work included tree felling and removal of 25 x 60'+ trees in a tight-spaced neighborhood, sidewalk and driveway removal and replacement, retaining walls installation, surveying of property lines via tax maps/survey and restoration of fence lines, vegetation and shrubbery. Removed up to 2' of soil below ground surface on a total of 13 properties and completed a 10-11 week project in 9 weeks.
  • Project Manager Tank Car Corporation (USEPA, Region III) on a hazardous and non-hazardous benzene excavation and disposal project near Philadelphia, PA. Grid sampled, excavated and disposed of approximately 20,000 tons of impacted or hazardous materials. Conducted on-site demolition of several buildings, one adjacent to SEPTA train tracks. Coordinated and completed removal of non-hazardous metals impacted sand blasting grit adjacent to an active SEPTA line and constructed a sediment collection basin for the property during and upon completion of site work.
  • Response Manager, Lin Electric - (USEPA Region III) on a 2-phase site and wastewater treatment plant clean-up of PCB TSCA impacted soils and debris (utility/pipe infrastructure removal) at a defunct electric motor rewinding and refurbishment plant in southern WV and removal and replacement of filter bed media in three filter beds at the wastewater treatment plant located about 1.5 miles from the site. Removal and replacement of one 12 x 300' storm water pipe and collection box.
  • Response Manager Michelin Powerhouse - (USEPA Region II) for a hazardous and non-hazardous soil excavation and demolition project in central New Jersey. Removed impacted soils and ash from 2 stacks, demolition of one stack (150' H), and revetment of shoreline along creek. Conducted on site sampling and assessment and off-site disposal of contaminated materials.
  • Response Manager, Buckbee Mears - (USEPA Region II) for a large manufacturer of television components in upstate NY. Removed hazardous chemicals from process units, thousands of feet of various types piping, recycling of scrap metals, demolition of two buildings over 500'L, coordination and disposal of collected debris, chemicals and tanks. Clean out of tanks and vessels, removal and segregation of contaminated debris and C&D materials, and collection and inventory of thousands of pieces of office furniture, files, computers, etc.
  • Project Manager Glen Cove Long Island, NY (USACE). The project entailed removal in excess of 30,000 cubic yards of dredge material from a federal navigation channel and placing the material in upland dewatering cells to dry. The dredge material was contaminated with low level radioactive isotopes, radium and thorium, to be removed by others during a subsequent phase of the project. The dredging operation is part of an on-going Federal and responsible party remediation effort to re-develop the entire Glen Cove/North Shore area. The project was valued at $2.3 million and involved a crew exceeding 15 multi-disciplinary personnel.
  • Project Manager - Punta Gorda, FL (Private/FDEP). A land acquisition project for the State of Florida and a local developer consisted of identification, classification, removal, and temporary storage of petroleum contaminated soils. The soils were characterized, removed from the site, and treated at a local incinerator to remove the hydrocarbon contaminant. Over 120 well points that included a 200-500 gallon diesel tank at each specific site were investigated and the contaminated soil was removed. The project was on a fast track to be completed due to the sale of the 93,000 acre property.
  • Response Manager Public Water Installation Projects (E Norriton and Watson Johnson Landfill - (US EPA III). Two public water installations and residential cleanup for US EPA III; one was located in E. Norriton Township, PA and the other was in Richland Township, PA. Responsible for the installation of in excess of 3,800 LF of 4-12 ductile iron water main pipe, 7,500 LF of lateral copper piping, and oversight of Master Plumber conducting all interior connection piping. Well abandonment was conducted at both sites which adhered to the Pennsylvania DEP Rules and Guidelines. Responsible for coordination with all interested parties e.g., US EPA, Richland Township Water Authority, Site Engineer for the Township Van Cleef Engineering, subcontractors Urweiler & Walter, N. Abbonizio Contractors, Yerkes Mechanical Company, Site Blauvet Engineers, E. Norriton Water Authority, Bruce's Plumbing, the involved residents, and other various individuals.
  • Project Manager - Roebling Steel - Roebling, NJ (USEPA II). Work conducted on this on-going project of five years had previously completed major asbestos removals, numerous large sized building demolitions, excavation of petroleum and acid contaminated soils as well as many other aspects. Over 15,000 creosote contaminated railroad ties were removed and disposed of off the site at a recycling facility in Pennsylvania. Nine additional buildings were demolished and the environmentally impacted areas were addressed. Several roofing systems were removed and disposed including asbestos impacted materials within the structures. Extensive cost estimates and schedules were developed to assist the EPA in their decision making processes at the site. In excess of 1,000 tons of tangled and bunched scrap steel wire (ranging in size from thin piano-type wire to thick wire) was arranged for recycling at no cost to the client. Recycling efforts helped generate an additional $350K+ to help fund the on-going project. Over 20,000 yards of old timbers, trees and brush were reduced to chips and used at the site as mulch. The majority of outstanding issues were finalized under his management at the site.
  • Response Manager - Li-Tungsten-Captains Cove Site - Glen Cove, NY (US EPA II). Assumed responsibilities of previous contractor who was remediating a pre-World War II tungsten ore manufacturer's facility and surrounding property 26 acres total. Radioactive soils (Thorium-226 and Radium-228) mixed with metals contaminated material were removed, segregated, and staged for off-site disposal by the PRP group. A subcontracted radiological services company was hired to assist, train and direct personnel on radiological issues associated with the site, daily excavation/segregation, confirmation/verification sampling of soils, personnel, and equipment. Removed and staged in excess of 60,000 yards of potentially contaminated soils on this high profile site.
  • Response Manager - Emmell Septic (residential) - Egg Harbor, NJ (US EPA II). Work included installation of ~3,200 LF of 8 and 16 ductile iron water main pipe and lateral service connections to 38 residential homes with impacted ground water. Detailed coordination, planning, and organization throughout the project was imperative with residents and homeowners, tasked with implementing agreements with New Jersey American Water (NJAW) and Lafayette Construction (awarded the work prior to receiving the Task Order) for the oversight and installation of the water main. NJAW maintains the water rights and maintenance performance of all water mains installed in South Jersey. Coordinated all well closures through the local municipalities and the residents. Conflicting stances by the US EPA, NJDEP, and the township concerning the well closures, installation of the lateral services, and apprising residents of their rights and obligations were negotiated and addressed.
  • Project Manager - Yorktowne Special Products - Red Lion, PA (PADEP). Managed this small plating shop cleanup for the PADEP. Assessment, prevention of leaking material into the public, and stabilization of site was the initial primary task. Responsible for all sampling and characterization coordination, consolidation of compatible materials, and shipment preparation of site F-listed and characteristic wastes in both buildings. One building was demolished to excavate and remove contaminated soils and concrete treatment vats used in the plating process. Established sampling scenarios for surrounding property of obvious past effluent discharge operations. Surrounding soils contaminated with heavy metals, cyanide and zinc. Soil excavations were in compliance with PA Act II requirements and guidelines under the residential cleanup parameters. A 2 monitoring well installed for future documentation of any residual contaminants after restoration activities was completed.
  • Superintendent - Jones Sanitation - Hyde Park, NY (Private). Managed this five-acre consolidation/landfill cap for Alpha Laval Corporation. The 57-acre site in Dutchess County opened in 1956 to dispose of septic and industrial wastes including solvents, oils and greases, metals from plating operations, pigments, phenols, and volatile organic compounds. Several post-treatment pits were identified during the EPA assessment phase subsequently being added to the NPL site list. These pit areas, now overgrown by trees and brush, were excavated and centralized into one main location. Materials were mixed on site during subsurface placement to ensure consistency of materials being removed from the pits. A three-foot soil cap over a 40 ml VFDP liner was installed over the sub-base materials. Responsible for generating work and safety plans, budgets, site H&S, daily operations.
  • Project Manager - Hunterstown Road - Gettysburg, PA (Private). Site stabilization/fixation and landfill cap project. Treated ~6,500 tons heavy metal contaminated soils via pugmill. Earthen cap placed one foot over subgrade on two five-acre fields. Encountered buried drums containing volatile organics, segregated drums and soil, followed by appropriate off-site disposal. Stream encroachment included 1,100 LF contaminated soil removal and replacement with clean soil/gravel. Wetlands mitigation involved crossing stream, removal of contaminated soil, and replacing soils. Capped ~10 acres with 20,000 yards of imported soil; installed over 4,500 linear feet of drainage ditches, three sediment ponds, and ~2,000 feet of access road. Responsible for writing plans, submittals, schedule of values, QAPP, budget control, change orders and H&S issues. Completed one year O&M contract. This project employed a crew exceeding 15 multi-disciplinary personnel and was valued at $2.4 million.
  • Project Superintendent - Bottlehouse Site - Allentown, PA (PADEP). The site consisted of a three floor building (the length of a city block), a sub-basement, and several rooms in an adjacent building. Formerly a brewery bottling house, the property was leased to an independent manufacturer recycling and producing/distributing a variety of plastics and plasticizers. The investigation/cleanup was conducted unilaterally with the PADEP Bureau of Investigation and the Attorney General's office. Initial access into the main building was nearly impossible by foot. Over 3,000 drums, 900 cubic yards of metal contaminated resins and powders (D006 and D008), thousands of bagged product, 110 drums of lab packs, and 20,000 gallons of bulk hazardous liquid and decon waters were addressed during the cleanup. Site activities and responsibilities included organization and segregation of waste streams, characterization, containerizing, sampling, detailed documentation, profiling, manifesting, and transportation and disposal scenarios within regulatory methods and guidelines. Responsible for generating work and safety plans, budgets, schedules, site H&S, and daily operations.
  • Project Superintendent - Allentown Paint Site - Allentown, PA (PADEP). Project entailed assessment, classification and disposal of 1,000 drums of paint related wastes including solvents and pigments. Various sized paint related cans in excess of 60,000 containers were packaged for shipment. All ancillary piping and raw material tanks were either drained, cleaned out, frozen and decontaminated. Coordinated TSDF's for expeditious/cost effective disposal services. Responsible for generating work and safety plans, budgets, site H&S, daily operations.
  • Response Manager Green Pond Road - New Foundland, NJ (US EPA II). Crude oil recovery from the groundwater in a conservation area. Responsible for coordination of all site activities including wetlands management, health and safety issues, cost tracking using RCMS, daily operations and schedules, T&D coordination, subcontractor procurement and management, and reports to the EPA. Key activities included four recovery well installations, 20 monitoring wells, watershed restoration and bio-log installation, automated control system for the oil recovery, and installation of a 150'L x 15'W x 25'D recovery trench to expedite oil recovery on the site. Responsible for generating work and safety plans, RCMS cost tracking, site H&S, daily operations.
  • Response Manager All Plating - Brooklyn, NY (US EPA II). Conducted an electroplating site cleanup for EPA Region II in Brooklyn, NY. The tight-quartered site located in a residential neighborhood was conducted in level B breathing protection while maintaining the potential for releases. All plating baths, drums, bulk materials, and associated appurtenances were characterized, prepared for shipment and off-site disposal was arranged. Responsible for the coordination of all site activities, delisting of cyanide wastes, micro-encapsulation of cyanide impacted (F-listed) debris, and disposal of various leachable metal contaminated media and waste. Performed H&S duties monitoring for cyanides, meetings, air monitoring. Responsible for generating work and safety plans, RCMS cost tracking, site H&S, daily operations.
  • Response Manager - Pyridium Disposal - Harriman, NY (US EPA II). Removed 6,500 tons of non-hazardous mercury soils and 200,000 gallons of non-regulated mercury-tainted water at this EPA site in Harriman, NY. Scheduling and logistical coordination were critical on this tight-quartered site covering half an acre to a well-traveled highway. Wetland restoration re-established in a 50' x 125' area. Coordinated subcontract to remove non-regulated sediment contained in ~250' of 4' CMP located under the highway. Responsible for generating work and safety plans, RCMS cost tracking, site H&S, erosion control plan, daily operations.
  • Response Manager Magic Marker - Trenton, NJ (US EPA II). The project entailed removal of various metals contaminated wastes including pigments, hazardous substances contained in drums, concrete collection pits, and trenches. Two collection systems (static precipitator and bag house dust collector) were cleaned out, decontaminated and removed from a two-story unstable rooftop. The work was conducted with strict adherence to scaffolding construction, construction of work platforms attached to the collectors, stabilization of roof areas, confined space entries into the collectors, and pressure washing collection systems with the recovery of rinsate. Safety plan modified in accordance with the roof and associated work.
  • Project Supervisor Duralac Chemical Newark, NJ. This project involved the sampling, characterization, analysis and disposal of approximately 600 various-sized containers at an abandoned paint manufacturer. Waste minimization efforts reduced final disposal volumes to 212 drums. Twenty-three storage tanks (17 UST's and 6 AST's) containing 22,000 gallons were also sampled, characterized, analyzed and the contents were disposed, reclaimed and recycled. 9 UST's, including ancillary piping, were removed, decontaminated and recycled. Four UST's were abandoned in place utilizing 2,500 psi concrete filler. In addition, 150 tons of listed contaminated soil, from the UST removal activity, was sampled and disposed.
  • Project Supervisor for a lagoon remediation project involving the removal of cyanide- and chromium-contaminated soils (approx. 1500 tons) under the Pennsylvania State Land Recycling Program. Operations included temporary road construction, decontamination pad installation, and excavation and load out of contaminated soils; backfill and restoration activities were completed and maintained for the following year. Responsible for daily operations, coordination of project activities, people and project performance and client satisfaction. He assisted in development and writing of site plans including work, health and safety, and erosion/sediment control plans.
  • Phoenix Steel - Project Supervisor on a PADEP project in Phoenixville, PA that involved waste characterization and disposal of 600 drums and removal of material from 16 aboveground storage tanks totaling in excess of 200,000 gallons of bulk wastewater and tank bottom sludge. Waste minimization efforts of drummed waste reduced waste volume by 30%, thus reducing client disposal costs. Utilization of EPA/ERT DrumTrak Program provided an excellent organizational tool for site waste, tracking of identified waste and producing accurate quantitative reports for compatible waste group consolidation and final disposal scenarios.
  • Response Manager - Barrier Industries - Port Jervis, NY (US EPA II). Defunct industrial cleaner manufacturer prompted by emergency response by NYSDEC. Project assigned by EPA following NYSDEC response to frozen pipes bursting. Project initiated in February 1994 with containment, stabilization, and countermeasures for potential releases into public systems. Followed by an in depth sampling, characterization, consolidation, tank and building cleanout and decontamination process; coordinated all T&D aspects of an extensive variety of chemicals including HF and other corrosives, flammable insecticides, oxidizers, cyanides, poisons, heavy metals, and an R&D lab containing over 7,000 containers of various reagents and mixtures. In depth hazard characterization, bench scale testing, and consolidation procedures were adhered to for proper shipment and disposal scenarios. Responsible for proper waste profiling, manifesting, land disposal restriction forms, and disposal according to RCRA, DOT classes, and TSDF permit guidelines. Ensured government received best, cost efficient disposal scenarios while every container was tracked cradle to grave utilizing the EPA DrumTrak program. First significant project using DrumTrak consistently assisted with software upgrades throughout the project for ease and critical usability of the program. Conducted over 100 confined space entries into process AST's.

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