About Us - Key Personnel

Peter J. Palko, P.E., CHMM, LSRP

Technical Specialties

Master Level Certified Hazardous Materials Manager; Health and Safety; Biological/Chemical Decontamination and Demolition; Mechanical, Industrial, and Civil Engineering Design; Soil and Ground-Water Investigation and Remediation; Remedial Option Analyses; Treatment Systems Construction and Design; Production, Injection, Monitoring, Observation, and Recovery Wells Design; Vertical Turbine, Submersible, and Diaphragm Pump Design; UST Investigations and Remediation; MGP Remediation; Construction and Project Management.

Experience Summary

30 years experience; General Manager/Senior Project Manager/Corporate Office Health and Safety Officer for Panther Technologies, Inc. Formerly, Vice President with Site Management Inc. (Roux Subsidiary 1999); Principal Engineer and Corporate Health and Safety Officer at Roux Associates, Inc. (1991 to 2000); Senior Project Manager at A.C. Schultes (1988-1991). Responsible for preparation of over 100 remedial action work plans and 500 health and safety plans (HASPs). Managed hundreds of investigative and remediation projects at sites throughout the country, in addition to a number of international projects. Principal areas of responsibility have included proposal preparation to project completion in RCRA, CERCLA, and multiple State remedial investigations and design, environmental capping and remediation, landfill leachate recovery and treatment systems; air pollution control evaluation and design, municipal water treatment plants; innovative technology implementation, SVE/air sparge/reactor wall design, and design of mechanical, civil and electrical systems.


  • B.S. Commerce and Engineering/Operations Management
    Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
  • NJ Licensed Water Distribution Superintendent (#W-2669)
  • Licensed Professional Engineer (NJ, WV, DE, PA, OH)
  • NJ Certified Subsurface Evaluator (#0003318)
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (#7025)
  • NJ Certified Closure (#0003318)
  • NJ Licensed Soil Boring Installer (#B0327)
  • OSHA 40-hour Health and Safety Training
  • NJ Licensed Water Treatment Superintendent (#T-3082)
  • OSHA 8-hour Supervisor Training
  • Confined Space Entry Training
  • NJDOT Safety Training
  • Railroad Safety Worker's Training, NJ Transit
  • Graduate of Numerous Corporate Safety Training Programs (Solutia, Monsanto, Hercules, FMC)

Professional Affiliations

  • Tri-State Commercial Realty Association
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers
  • National Water Well Association

Key Projects

  • Project Director and Health and Safety Officer for ex-situ chemical oxidation of approximately 40,000 tons of chlorinated VOC impacted soils (PCE, TCE) at a site in Morris Plains, New Jersey. Design activities included soil handling cell with vapor control, sump underdrain design and construction; 250 linear foot steel sheet piling system design and installation to approximately 24' bgs; groundwater extraction storage and treatment system design including multiple 21K gallon storage tanks, extraction and conveyance pump design, 12" diameter dewatering well design and installation; design and construction of custom soil mixing attachment with vapor control hood and heat manifold injection for operation on rubber tired loader; design and fabrication of 500-gallon agricultural tired oxidant spray system including 15' boom width, chemically resistant spray nozzles, pumps and hose; design and installation of 2,500 gallon oxidant batch tanks including recirculation pumps, liquid and powder form oxidant transfer systems; design and installation 52' x 100' rail mounted sprung structure containing a 750 scfm vapor control system with extraction manifolds, 250 gallon moisture separator, 750 scfm rotary lobe blower and all interconnecting valving and piping systems; Field project management activities included onsite bench testing of chemical oxidant recipes for development of new recipes for changing site conditions; oversight of 12-15 man crew including multiple 75,000 lbs track mounted excavators, 25-ton off-road dump trucks, rubber tired loaders, LGP dozers and assorted field implementation equipment. Additionally, managed the excavation and segregation of buried lagoon sludge containing buried 55-gallon drums and debris for offsite disposal as hazardous waste while field crews investigated and characterized 9,000 tons of impacted lagoon sludge in Level B protection. Field activities included excavation to 30' bgs, screening of large diameter rocks and boulders, transfer of soils to holding cells, application and mixing of customs oxidant mix solution (300,000 lbs of oxidants) for rapid chemical oxidation of CVOCs in 1,000 ton batches, covering of soils and ultimate soil reuse sampling, design and oversight for installation of 12" high pressure ductile iron pipe water main around excavation areas, temporary and permanent relocation of 24" corrugated HDPE sewer line, 2.5 acres of wetlands clearing and restoration, installation of a 2-acre grass soil cap and final restoration activities.
  • Project Director and Health and Safety Officer for development, bench testing, installation and operation of in-situ chemical oxidation of groundwater through injection and recirculation beneath a 450,000 square foot abandoned manufacturing facility. Bench testing included development and testing of custom blends of chemical oxidants and catalysts for oxidation of chlorinated VOCs (TCE and 1, 1, 1-TCA) in 6 separate areas resulting from former degreasing operations. Field activities included design and installation of 120 two-inch vertical injection wells, 45 four-inch extraction wells, 21 horizontal infiltration galleries, groundwater extraction system consisting of a total fluids extraction through drop straw technique, design and installation of chemical handling, storage, mixing and injection system consisting of 5,500 gallon storage tanks, liquid and power oxidant transfer systems, chemically resistant interconnecting piping, injection pumps, manifolds, totalizing flowmeters and valving systems to focus flow and injection schemes. Site activities included mixing and injection of 65,000 lbs of activated chemical oxidants into vertical and horizontal injection locations, extraction and hydraulic influencing of site groundwater, mixing and reinjection of site groundwater into injection locations and post remedial effectiveness monitoring.
  • Project Director and Health and Safety Officer for design and installation of subsurface chemical oxidation injection system during site redevelopment activities in Roselle, New Jersey. Initial site conditions encountered extremely high concentrations of chlorinated solvents (PCE/TCE) in site soil as high as 5,000-mg/kg and site groundwater as high as 100 mg/l. The design elements included initial bench testing for optimization of chemical oxidant recipe and dosage calculations, injection network design including six (6) horizontal subsurface injection trenches installed at 3.5-4' bgs, sixty (60) 2" Schedule 40 vertical injection wells installed to 20' bgs and isolated into seven vertical injection zones consisting of 7-10 injection wells per zone. All zones were installed into the subsurface and terminated in a centrally located injection manifold consisting of direct read flowmeters, valves, stainless steel high pressure quick connect couplings, and chemically resistant double diagram injection pumps to allow injection from the main central location. During phase 1 of the injections, 35,000 lbs of sodium permanganate was injected in a 5-10% solution while monitoring local groundwater conditions per injection permit approvals. A total of 70,000 lbs of oxidants will be injected throughout the duration of the project. Installation of the complete system in the subsurface allowed redevelopment of the site concurrent with low profile site remediation activities.
  • Project Director for an in-situ chemical oxidation soil-mixing and groundwater remediation project located in Philadelphia, PA. Accelerated remedial timeframes due to a pending real estate transaction required redesign of the remedial approach away from soil vapor extraction system towards an on-site, in-situ destruction system addressing chlorinated VOCs, specifically PCE, in both overburden soil and deeper fractured bedrock simultaneously. The project included in-situ mixing of approximately 5,000 tons of CVOC contaminated soil utilizing 24,000 lbs of potassium permanganate in a 2 - 3% solution, mixing with a 55,000 lbs excavator and stabilization/backfill prior to post-remediation soil sampling. Groundwater contamination extending to approximately 55-feet bgs through shallow fractured bedrock was addressed through installation of six (6) 4-inch Sch. 40 PVC vertical injection wells installed to 55-feet bgs, with screen from 35' to 55' bgs. Injections of sodium permanganate ranging from 5 - 20% were completed with 18,000 lbs of sodium permanganate utilizing a custom designed and built enclosed injection trailer.
  • Project Director for combined in-situ/ex-situ chemical oxidation of approximately 14,000 tons of chlorinated VOC impacted soils (PCE, TCE) at a site in Morris Plains, New Jersey. Design activities included initial bench testing activities to determine optimum oxidant recipe and dosage requirements; design and oversight for rerouting of approximately 300 linear feet of high pressure 12-inch water main and temporary rerouting of a 24-inch storm sewer drain; installation of 100' x 200' soil holding cell lined with 40-mil PVC liner and surrounded by concrete jersey barriers and underdrain sump system, installation of multiple 21K gallon sedimentation and groundwater storage tanks, chemically resistant water transfer system for treatment of stored water; installation of multi station air monitoring network for perimeter air monitoring; installation of multiple 5,500 gallon batch mixing tanks with liquid and powder transfer and mixing systems, design of chemically resistant transfer system for injection of proprietary chemical oxidants through an excavator mounted mixing head. The 2-foot diameter excavator mounted mixing head design allowed for in-situ mixing of up to 6-foot lifts of soil in-situ, while injecting chemical oxidants directly into the mixing zone. Following treatment, each lot was excavated and transferred to the holding cell, and covered for the 72-hour "cook" cycle. Upon completion of the "cook" cycle, each 100-yard batch was sampled for compounds of concern based on a site-specific NJDEP-approved soil reuse criteria. Following sampling, batches below the site-specific reuse criteria were solidified and backfilled into the excavation. Upon completion of the 12,000 tons, the area was capped with topsoil and reseeded per local SESCP replanting requirements.
  • Project Director for an in-situ chemical oxidation pilot test in Waltham, Massachusetts utilizing 7,500 lbs of sodium permanganate. Pilot testing goals included demonstration of in-situ chemical oxidation of site groundwater for destruction of chlorinated VOCs (PCE, TCE and daughter products) for concentrations ranging from approximately 10-mg/l to as high as 200-mg/l total VOCs. Additional information utilized from bench testing activities demonstrated during pilot testing activities included natural oxidant demand evaluation, final permanganate mass requirements, destruction efficiencies for various oxidant concentrations, rebound evaluation and monitoring, and mass flux evaluation through colorimetric monitoring well analysis onsite.
  • Project Director for installation of an in-situ Chromium VI remediation system at an active industrial facility located in Baltimore, Maryland. Field activities included demolition of 18-24 inch reinforced concrete dipping vaults; demolition of steel floor superstructure; installation of multiple containment walls segregating the vaults into discreet infiltration cells; installation of 2-inch schedule 40 PVC piping conveyance and injection system for transfer and injection of chemical polysulfide; installation of 4-inch schedule 40 monitoring points; capping of infiltration cells with crushed stone and erecting a poly vapor barrier covering all cells to prevent vapor intrusion to the inside of the active facility.
  • Project Director for the excavation and chemical oxidation of soil beneath service/freight elevator systems at an active manufacturing facility located in Raritan, New Jersey. Removal of the floor slab, excavation to approximately 60-inches below the slab, post excavation sampling, and installation of 1-inch Sch. 40 injection wells and injection of a sodium persulfate/calcium peroxide mixture, backfill and reinforced concrete slab restoration were all completed to remediate subsurface soils contaminated with TPH as a result of oil releases from the hydraulic elevator mechanisms. Remediation was completed in accordance with OSHA confined space entry requirements and allowed for restoration of the elevator system in an expedited timeframe.
  • Project Director for implementation of in-situ chemical oxidation of chlorinated ethenes using sodium permanganate at former manufacturing facility in Eastern, Pennsylvania. System design included design and fabrication of portable mixing and injection trailer, installation of twenty-four (24) one-inch schedule 40 PVC injection points, mixing and injection of 12,500 lbs. of sodium permanganate in a 5% solution and post closure monitoring.
  • Project Director for the excavation and offsite disposal of RCRA F-listed and RCRA TSCA soil and groundwater from an abandoned facility in Englewood, New Jersey. The completed remediation included excavation and offsite disposal of approximately 5,800 tons of RCRA and TSCA hazardous soil in addition to extraction and offsite disposal of approximately 500,000 gallons of RCRA hazardous groundwater. Key design elements of the project included temporary routing of a surface drainage feature into a subsurface 24-inch HDPE conduit; design and installation of approximately 200-lf of access roads through wetlands areas; design and installation of steel sheeting and shoring systems to complete excavations ranging from 15-feet bgs to 25-feet bgs as close as 4-foot from the adjacent slab on grade building; constant vibration monitoring of adjacent structures; design and installation of a 200-gallon per minute dewatering system including 6-inch extraction wells, 4-inch submersible pumps, control panel and interconnecting piping; installation of four (4) 21,000-gallon onsite water storage tanks within a lined secondary containment system and tanker offloading pad; excavation and load-out of soil utilizing 100,000 lb excavators, backhoes, wheel tired loaders and miscellaneous supporting equipment. In addition to backfill with structural backfill, the excavation was bedded with approximately 24,000 lbs of potassium permanganate from 15' to 25' bgs to aid in chlorinated ethene destruction in residual groundwater following the source removal. The final restoration elements of the project included asphalt restoration activities, 0.50 acres of wetlands and wetlands transition area restoration and final streambed restoration following wetlands plantings.
  • Senior Project Manager in charge of $1.2M MGP pump and treat system installation at PSEG's Salem Nuclear Plant in Salem, NJ. The project involved the installation of over (12) 800' deep recovery wells in and around the cooling towers and other portions of the plant as well as mechanical piping systems to central booster pumping stations. The work was completed under the direction of PSEG personnel and involved extensive training for high voltage due to working in substation areas of the facility.
  • Corporate Health and Safety Officer for 10 different MGP sites over the last three years for Conectiv, PSEG, and PPL where services included investigatory test pitting as well as remediation services. Excavation safety, exposure assessment, odor control, dewatering/treatment design were all elements of many of the projects. Deep sheet piling design reviews were also performed to ensure appropriate earth support was provided where excavations exceeding 30 feet in depth.
  • Provided project management and engineering services for a $2M remedial construction project at the Lipari Landfill (#1 NPL) in NJ which consisted of drilling and installing twenty-two, 6-inch diameter, stainless-steel extraction wells, eleven 6-inch diameter injection wells, one 250 gpm double cased production well for potable supply, and landfill perimeter monitoring wells. Involved in submersible pump design installations and disposal of over 1,000 drums of hazardous waste including lab packing, approvals, loading, manifesting, and complete removal of six waste streams.
  • Provided senior project management and technical engineering supervision on over 100 remedial engineering/construction projects including the development, implementation, data evaluation and reporting of numerous SVE and air sparging remedial programs in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and New Jersey.
  • Developed equipment specifications and final design drawings for dozens of ground-water pump and treat, free product recovery, air sparging, SVE, air stripping, UV/oxidation, catalytic oxidation and thermal incineration systems ranging in water flows from 5 to 2,200 gpm and air flows from 100 to 500 SCFM in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
  • Provided project management and engineering services for a Fortune 500 industrial client during a CERCLA Remedial Investigation of their Marcus Hook, PA site, which included full-time site supervision during the installation of over 150 test pits. Compounds investigated included asbestos, metals, VOCs, SVOCs, PCBs and cyanide.
  • Provided project management and senior engineering services for a Fortune 500 industrial client during a $5M remedial cleanup of PCB-impacted soils to a depth of thirty feet BGS including the design and construction of a 100 gpm temporary ground-water treatment system and injection trench, vertical barriers to 55 feet bgs, and grading plan design and installation of a 2-acre encapsulated area.
  • Provided senior engineering services for the design of a ground-water pump and treat system for #6 fuel oil, gasoline and sulfuric acid including a multiple extraction well array, conveyance piping, treatment plant and components, and distribution piping to a secondary on-site treatment system for a major pigments manufacturer located in Pennsylvania.
  • Provided senior engineering and compliance services involving the preparation of a facility SPCC plan for an international communications client's site located in Queenstown, Maryland following the release and remediation of 2,000 gallons of #2 fuel oil to a neighboring surface-water body.
  • Provided senior engineering services for the design and installation of a 2,200 gpm pesticide contaminated ground-water treatment project in Dayton, New Jersey consisting of an Old Bridge aquifer extraction system, three 1,100 gpm injection wells, mechanical piping, control instrumentation, and custom well heads and concrete vaults, for a Fortune 500 industrial client.
  • Provided senior engineering services for the installation of a 250 SCFM combined ground-water pump and treat and SVE extraction system utilizing five 6-inch extraction wells, pneumatic recovery pumps, over 600 feet of vapor and ground-water discharge pumping, a fully-operational treatment compound equipped with oil/water separation, bag filtration, and carbon adsorption equipment for ground-water treatment and thermal/catalytic oxidation for vapor-phase treatment. All system components including instrumentation were installed with a fully operational PLC and complete telemetry control to operate remotely.
  • Provided senior engineering and civil design services for a one-acre asphalt cap and one-half acre vegetated cap for a Fortune 500 client located in Kenilworth, New Jersey. Design services included using DCA civil engineering software to prepare cross-sections for stream encroachment, waterfront development and wetlands permit approvals.
  • Performed over thirty remedial options analyses and cost estimates for numerous in-situ and ex-situ remedial technologies for both soils and ground water ranging from multi-thousand dollar excavation projects to $60M thermal incineration projects.
  • Provided senior engineering design services for a Fortune 500 client in Slatington, PA for the transportation and disposal of over 350,000 gallons of treatment plant lagoon aqueous and sediment contents and the closure of four treatment lagoons associated with chrome pigment manufacturing including backfilling, geotechnical compaction, and the installation of a vegetated cap.
  • Provided project management for two new 150' deep production wells and well houses in Medford Township, NJ equipped with vertical turbine pumps and a $1M treatment plant which treated iron, manganese, as well as organics using manganese greensand pressure filtration, carbon adsorption, gas chlorination and pH adjustment.
  • Provided project management and engineering services for the installation of over 200 production, extraction, injection, and monitoring wells throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New York utilizing auger, mud, reverse, and air rotary drilling methods ranging in diameters from 2 to 48 inches and depths to 2,250 feet.
  • Provided senior management and engineering services for a project consisting of three triple-cased production wells and well houses with a new $3M treatment plant consisting of eight 10½' diameter vertical-pressure filters, potassium permanganate and lime feed, sodium hypochlorite feed, backwash recycle system, and full distribution system between new wells and plant including 3,000 feet of 12" D.I.P. of force mains and 1,500 feet of concrete-reinforced sanitary sewers.
  • Designed over 100 permanent vertical turbine and submersible pump installations ranging from 5 to 10,000 gpm including ancillary equipment such as column pipe, discharge heads, hollow-shaft motors, controls, well houses, and manholes. Criteria evaluated included bowl diameter, impeller tolerances, shaft lengths and diameter, shaft elongation, and total dynamic head.
  • Provided project management and engineering for two new 1300' production wells and well houses into the Raritan Formation for Manchester Township, NJ and a 2050' production well and treatment plant upgrades for NJAWC in Brick Township, NJ.
  • Provided project management and engineering for an 18" x 12" x 700' deep production well for the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland including pumping equipment, well house, and distribution piping.
  • Performed and designed over thirty 72-hour aquifer pumping tests including evaluation of hydrologic data for production well and permanent pump design.
  • Provided compliance consulting services involving the preparation and obtainment of waterfront development, stream encroachment, and freshwater wetlands permits for a fortune 500 industrial client in northern New Jersey as part of a remedial action. Additional compliance services included the preparation of an RCRA contingency plan; coordinating with local officials, emergency services coordinators and health officials regarding community relations programs; and obtainment of DGW and Treatment Works Approval waivers from the State of New Jersey.
  • Provided CERCLA project management and senior engineering services for the preparation of two 90-page technical/legal response documents defending a position not to list an industrial client's Pennsylvania site in USEPA Region II regarding an inflated HRS score received by our client. The site has since been successful in receiving approval by PADEP to enter the Act 2 process and thus prevent listing.
  • Provided project management and engineering for the installation of ten recovery and monitoring wells, and an on-site air stripping and carbon adsorption system at an Air Force Base in Niagara Falls, New York.
  • Provided project management and senior engineering services for a Fortune 500 industrial client in regard to a petroleum contaminated soils project in Camden, New Jersey. Project requirements included completion of the fast-tracked project in an eight-week period and consisted of preparation of plans and specifications, completion of a bidding process, construction management and reporting for removal of over 1000 cubic yards of contaminated soils to a depth of 20 feet.
  • Provided CERCLA consulting engineering support and preparation of expert opinions for a Fortune 500 industrial client in regard to an attempt by private parties and USEPA to name their former manufacturing facility as a source of PCB contamination along the Passaic River.
  • Provided senior engineering services to a Fortune 500 client at their Portland, Connecticut facility involving the remediation of LNAPL contaminated ground water. An LNAPL extraction well array consisting of 11 extraction wells was installed and manifolded to a custom designed total fluids mobile SVE system consisting of a 25HP blower, electric control valves, moisture separator, controls, and trailer and was capable of being operated via remote telemetry.
  • Provided senior engineering services for the design and installation of a total fluids/LNAPL recovery and ground-water treatment system for treatment of a kerosene plume for a major industrial client's RCRA facility in Nitro, West Virginia. Additional design considerations included utilizing chemical sequestering agents and biocides associated with excessively high iron.
  • Provided senior engineering services for the design of landfill leachate extraction, conveyance, and treatment systems associated with landfill closure activities on a CERCLA site in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Specific activities included preparation of design drawings and specifications for the treatment of 12,000,000 gallons of heavy metals contaminated leachate. Treatment components included chemical precipitation, sand and bag filtration, and ion exchange filtration.
  • Provided project management and senior engineering services for the remedial investigation and design of a chlorinated VOC ground-water plume consisting of TCA and TCE. Remedial alternatives which were pilot tested and extensively evaluated included ex-situ pump and treat technologies, in-situ SVE/methane sparge curtains, and in-situ reactor walls. A remedial action work plan is currently being prepared for this New Jersey site which documents the extensive reductive dechlorination which is occurring naturally.
  • Provided project management and senior engineering services in regard to a pharmaceutical company's printing operation. Services included preparation of air emissions inventory and numerous air permits for submission to the State of New Jersey. Additional activities performed included preparation of an air emissions report and engineering reports associated with the use of an existing 12,000 SCFM recuperative thermal oxidizer. At the request of our client, extension HVAC and oxidizer replacement evaluations were conducted and included 20,000 SCFM recuperative, catalytic and regenerative thermal oxidizers.
  • Provided construction management and engineering support for the U.S. Department of Corrections at the Federal Correctional Complex in Fairton, New Jersey including the installation of 2 well houses with miscellaneous piping and pumps, installation of over 1200 linear feet of water main, construction of a water treatment plant consisting of cation exchange filters, water softening systems, and chlorination chemical feed equipment. This project also involved the implementation of an operation and maintenance program and supervisory operator training.
  • Provided principal engineering for a 100 SCFM SVE system in Millville, NJ for a private retail gasoline supply company. System components include two soil vapor extraction wells, a 2 hp regenerative blower, a 100 SCFM catalytic oxidizer, and related control and electrical apparatus. Ongoing system monitoring and maintenance is performed for state regulatory compliance.
  • Provided Principal engineering associated with a combination ground-water SVE (100 SCFM) remediation system in Brooklawn, NJ for a private retail gasoline supply company. System construction included the installation of multiple vapor and water pipelines in approximately 140' of trench, construction of a metal building with concrete foundation and floor, retrofitting of 3 wells for the purposes of ground-water and soil vapor extraction, installation of a 100 amp electrical service with explosion-proof components, installation of control and telemetry equipment, and the installation of remedial equipment including an iron filtration unit, liquid phase carbon absorption units, and a catalytic oxidizer. Ongoing system monitoring and maintenance is performed for state and county regulatory compliance.
  • Provided senior management and engineering for the voluntary cleanup actions associated with seven retail gasoline underground storage tank sites throughout southern New Jersey. Tasks included coordination and completion of ground-water gauging, bailing and sampling events, and correspondence with state agencies concerning remediation system performance and the progress of cleanup activities.
  • Project Manager for an RCRA sewer SWMU corrective measure project at a large chemical manufacturing facility in West Virginia. Project included a $15M sewer stabilization and rehabilitation program. This facility sewer system dates back to 1915. Negotiations with USEPA Region III were necessary to avoid extensive integrity evaluations via video camera and subsequent assessment of soil impact. The corrective measures requirements were limited to the process sewers only and the existing system can be left in place for all non-process waters without rehabilitation. After extensive options evaluations, a combined underground/aboveground new process sewer system was selected.
  • Project Manager and Principal Engineer of a multi-million dollar RCRA Facility Investigation and Corrective Measure Program for a 120-acre rubber chemical plant in USEPA Region III. Project included successful negotiations to target ground water as the primary media of concern as only 26 soil borings were necessary to establish that further soil investigations were not warranted. Ground-water investigations included a study area approach focused on the downgradient perimeter which is bordered by a major river. Ground-water/surface-water modeling performance indicated that concentrations are being diluted by a factor of 5,000 to 35,000. This modeling was used in conjunction with a site-specific risk assessment to convince the USEPA that corrective measures were warranted in only three isolated hot-spot areas. The corrective measures study was subsequently approved and design/implementation is proceeding for LNAPL recovery, limited ground-water extraction and in-situ biosparging in these three areas.
  • Managed pre-design investigations and final design for recovery of catastrophic releases of product from #6 fuel oil and gasoline USTs. Project design required significant geochemical analyses and material compatibility considerations for recovery pumps and piping due to acidic ground-water conditions. Implementation is pending.
  • Project manager and Principal Engineer for a fast-tracked Phase III Remedial Investigation (RI) and Remedial Action (RA) at a CT manufacturing facility impacted with petroleum hydrocarbons and separate-phase product. Project included negotiations to get project into CT Urban Sites Renewal program to facilitate CTDEP reviews. The RI field work and report were completed within 60 days and the RA Work Plan was approved by the CTDEP. Remedial actions consisting of source soil removal and off-site thermal desorption, and separate-phase product recovery from six wells using high vacuum extraction were completed within 9 months, and facilitated property sale ahead of schedule.
  • Principal-in-charge of design, permitting, construction and operation of a combined SVE and ground-water depression system for a PA site impacted by petroleum hydrocarbons. System includes five soil vapor/ground-water extraction wells; an oil-water separator; GAC units for aqueous treatment; thermal catalytic oxidation unit for vapor-phase treatment; and a sophisticated alarm/remote control/telemetry/data acquisition system. In 12 months, system achieved over 99% reduction of BTEX constituents in vapor phase and ground water.
  • After performing an evaluation of existing stormwater treatment systems, performed final design and implementation of an upgraded treatment system for an NPDES-permitted stormwater outfall in PA. Existing oil-water separator was found to be grossly underdesigned and required new equipment specifications to meet stringent discharge limits under peak storm-water flow conditions (70 gpm). Existing pumps and inline filters were reutilized to provide system redundancy.
  • Performed an evaluation and redesign of an aging separate-phase product recovery system for a chemical manufacturing facility in New Jersey. Redesign included refurbishing and reuse of dual ground-water and separate-phase product recovery pumps and specification of skimming devices with automated controls to replace ineffective ejector pumps in the recovery of weathered #6 fuel oil. New system has been installed and has resulted in significant O&M savings.
  • Project manager for spill response, investigation, remediation and upgrade of fuel system for a training facility in MD. Project included successful investigation and removal of 20,000 gallon UST, associated piping and impacted soils. Evaluation of fuel usage led to a design of a dual replacement system, using a much smaller manifold duel AST system. Implementation included preparation of SPCC plan and assistance in training on-site personnel.
  • Provided Principal engineering services including a Professional Engineering certification for a major Chemical Company's RCRA closure of a Spent Acid Lagoon area located along the Delaware River in the State of Delaware. Closure activities included the installation of a subsurface limestone bed beneath a backfilled granular layer to maintain neutral pH conditions associated with acid discharges and runoff into the former lagoon area.
  • Principal Engineer and Manager-in-Charge of preparing over 50 pages of technical/legal responses to USEPA Region IV regarding the proposed listing on the National Priorities List (NPL) of Dredge Spoils Areas (DSA's) neighboring our client's Pesticide Manufacturing Facility in Brunswick, Georgia. The fast-turn project required the development of expert technical opinions and arguments including the preparation of responses over a 30 day time frame. Experts opinions were provided on a number of technical areas including ecological and toxilogical factors (including slope and bioaccumulation factors) used by USEPA to support their HRS score as well as previous disposal practices and civil engineering related arguments associated with the construction of the DSA's by the Corps of Engineers.
  • Provided Principal Engineering and setup support of a pilot landfill gas extraction system for a paper manufacturer landfill in Lee, Massachusetts. Tasks performed on the project included pilot system layout, procurement of materials and equipment, coordination of electrical subcontractors for temporary power, construction of the system including a 1000-foot PVC header, management and performance of landfill gas static testing, system step testing, and system constant rate testing, dismantlement of the landfill gas extraction system, and preparation of a landfill gas extraction test report including a preliminary design of a permanent landfill gas extraction and treatment system.
  • Principal Engineer-in-Charge of a 300 gallon per minute air stripper system design to treat TCE-contaminated drinking water for a municipal water supply in Central New Jersey. Tasks included the selection of a proper low-profile air stripper and the associated design of a building addition, water storage reservoir modifications, electrical service modifications, control equipment, and all mechanical piping. Tasks also included the preparation of a complete specifications package using CSI formats, preparation of contract design drawings, management of the contractor bidding process, and overall contractor and project management.
  • Principal Engineer-in-Charge of a Feasibility Study for the treatment of process and stormwater associated with a major surfactant manufacturer's effluent discharge. Influent concentrations ranged from 37,000 milligrams per liter (mg/l) of COD to 15,000 mg/l of BOD with high suspended and dissolved solids concentrations as well as oil and grease. Options evaluated for batch treatment (25 gpm plant) of the total combined effluent included biological treatment alternatives (RBCs, SFBs, Mesophilic reactors, Thermophilic reactors), physical treatment options (GAC, Reverse Osmosis, Distillation, Ion exchange, Zimpro PACT), and chemical treatment options (ultraviolet, chlorine dioxide, supercritical water oxidation, supercritical carbon dioxide extraction). Thermophilic biological treatment and distillation were identified as the most viable forms of treatment based on our client's strategic objectives.
  • Provided senior engineering and remediation cost evaluations for two litigation support projects. Both projects involved multi-million dollar cleanups and had multiple remedial alternatives to be considered for addressing areas of concern including: disposal pits, lagoons, leachate, buried drums, and leaking tanks.

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