Author Archives: Roberto Piñón, P.Eng., P.E.
A former industrial building located in Berkeley, California was impacted with Chlorinated Volatile Organic Compounds (CVOCs), including trichloroethene (TCE) and cis-1,2-dichloroethylene (cis-1,2-DCE); total petroleum hydrocarbons as gasoline (TPH-g), Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid, and (DNAPL) and Light Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid (NAPL). A dual phase extraction system was permitted for site remediation.
Dual-Phase Extraction (DPE) is a remediation technology for soils and groundwater impacted with volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This technology works by extracting soil vapor and groundwater from the subsurface at a high vacuum, then treating the vapors and water prior to discharge.
Air sparge is an in situ groundwater remediation technology were air is injected into the groundwater to increase dissolved oxygen. Air sparge is used to remediate impacted groundwater with volatile organic compounds (VOCs), most commonly gasoline range organics.
Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE) is an in situ remediation technology designed to remediate soils impacted with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including gasoline, and chlorinated hydrocarbons. This technology works by extracting soil vapor at a high vacuum using subsurface wells, then treating the soil vapor prior to discharge.
Technical support was provided to two groundwater operating units. The operating units are designed to remediate the groundwater impacted with VOCs at two CERCLA sites.
An emergency cleanup response was executed after 7,000 gallons of lubricant oil were released. The release occurred as a result of railroad tank car colliding with a road tanker. The release affected soils in the vicinity of the incident, and impacted a nearby storm drain.
A food processor was experiencing low hydraulic residence times at one of their anaerobic digesters during the discharge of waste activated sludge. a feasibility study identified that the most cost-effective option was to thicken and anaerobically treat thickened waste activated sludge (TWAS) in a new digester designed specifically for that purpose.
A system for anaerobic digestion of slops, water treatment, and biogas utilization was designed to meet regulations, displace fuel-oil, and cut greenhouse gases at a Central American rum distillery.
After a marine terminal was demolished, several site assessments revealed that soil and groundwater at the site were impacted with petroleum hydrocarbons and lead. An interim remedial action plan (IRAP), a Remedial Action Plan (RAP), and a Sampling and Analysis Plan (SAP) were prepared and implemented to protect harbor water, and remediate the site.
Our project experience includes environmental engineering services for the aerospace industry which includes remediation of former aerospace sites that pre-date World War II (also called legacy sites), and several CERCLA sites located in Southern California.