Severe soil contamination is a major cause for concern that can have a harmful impact on human health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the levels of pollution in soils to protect the environment and reduce the likelihood that people will come into contact with harmful contaminants. Sites that are severely polluted can be remediated using a choice of pollution control technologies, and the EPA rigorously enforces the need for soil remediation as part of the Superfund program.
What is a Superfund Site?
Today, most of us are well aware of the risks that toxic waste sites pose to ecological and human health, but it was not until the late 1970s that the extent of such hazards truly entered the public consciousness. Toxic waste dumps like the Valley of the Drums gained national media attention which alerted the general population. Superfund was established in response to the subsequent national outcry.
Congress established the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) in 1980—more often referred to as Superfund. This allowed the EPA to clean up contaminated sites and to force responsible parties to take part in clean up efforts, or to reimburse the government for work conducted by the EPA. Companies responsible for such pollution may be liable for cleaning up polluted soils and could be charged as much as $37,000 per day of non-compliance.
Soil Remediation—the Benefits & Challenges
Soil remediation refers to the process of reducing contaminant levels within soils to limits that are suitable for use. The benefits of remediating soils are two-fold: it ensures a return to regulatory compliance and reclaims the viability of your site without environmental risk. Removing chemicals and hydrocarbons that have spilled from facilities, landfills, pipelines, or storage tanks can be an extremely complex process, particularly for common contaminants like brominated or chlorinated compounds with corrosive emission streams.
At Anguil, we have decades of experience with complicated groundwater and soil remediation works with a fleet of cutting-edge pollution control technologies at our disposal. We have demonstrable expertise dealing with the dynamic challenges of remediating soils at Superfund sites across the USA.
Case Study: Superfund Soil Remediation
Anguil was part of a team of contracted companies brought in to help implement a groundwater pump and treatment system to help remove trichloroethylene (TCE) from an aquifer which had been designated a Superfund site. The project posed some severe engineering and logistical challenges; hence the reason multiple contractors and sub-contractors were required to complete the full scope of work.
Our role in the soil remediation project covered two distinct phases. We reviewed the initial electrical designs and system controls with a mind to ensuring the necessary approvals. Following that, we were the go-to supplier of all water treatment and logistics equipment for construction and had field engineers on-site to help with installation.
We successfully added value to this soil remediation project by managing multiple vendors as well as identifying and expediting cost-savings options to ensure strict construction schedule were met in-like with those EPA penalty deadlines.
No two soil remediation applications have the same requirements, which is why choosing the right contractors is crucial in meeting uncompromising deadlines and ensuring a full return to site viability. Refer to our soil remediation page for a full breakdown of our capabilities and available system solutions. Or if you have any specific questions, contact a member of the team today.