CEA provides Licensed Site Professional (LSP) services in Massachusetts, Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP) services in Connecticut, and Professional Engineering (PE) Services in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont and Maine. CEA also provides environmental compliance/permitting services for projects having federal, state or local agency involvement. For instance, CEA has worked closely with USEPA Region I in the preparation of Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) for projects having USEPA involvement such as Brownfield Sites. CEA has also written Brownfield Grant proposals which have led to multiple awards of Brownfield Cleanup Grants, and subsequently worked with municipalities to achieve compliance with Grant requirements.
PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SERVICES
CEA’s Registered Professional Engineers (PEs) are experienced in the preparation of remedial designs, construction documents, bidding documents, contract documents, and general specifications and technical specifications for a remediation project.
- For a former Solid Waste Disposal Area in Ware, MA, CEA prepared Construction Documents for the creation of a 16,380 square foot wetland replication area following a remedial action. CEA’s Engineers prepared all bidding documents, forms and contract documents, and prepared the technical specifications for the project. CEA’s Engineers also reviewed all bids submitted for the project in response to the Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by the Town.
- For the Towns of Holden, Pepperell, Ware and Northborough, CEA’s engineers have conducted landfill monitoring activities to establish compliance with Massachusetts Solid Waste Disposal Regulations. A component of these programs is a landfill cap inspection which involves inspecting the landfill cover for: (1) signs of erosion or other potential damage to landfill caps or fences,
(2) evidence of access by unauthorized persons, (3) status of monitoring wells, and (4) evidence of vegetative growth on the cap.
LSP AND LEP SERVICES
CEA’s LSPs manage all phases of the Massachusetts Contingency Plan for MA-listed sites (or CT-listed Sites for LEPs) such as former solid waste disposal landfills, former dry cleaners and industrial facilities, bulk petroleum terminals, rifle and skeet trap shooting ranges, rail yards, scrap metal yards, hospitals, prisons, incinerators, highway depots, gas stations, and residential properties, including:
- Phase I Initial Site Investigations/Tier Classification – to identify the presence of contamination at a project site.
- Phase II Comprehensive Site Assessments – to define the nature and extent of contamination at a project site.
- Phase III Remedial Action Planning – includes evaluation and selection of the Remedial Action Alternative (RAA).
- Phase IV Remedial Implementation Plan – includes design and implementation of Remedial Action Alternative (RAA).
- Phase V Remedy Operations Status – includes management of ongoing response actions at project sites.
Contaminants encountered during project activities typically include petroleum (gasoline, diesel, kerosene, fuel oils, cutting oils), heavy metals (lead, arsenic, barium, cadmium), polychlorinated byphenyls (PCBs) and chlorinated solvents. CEA’s LSPs also oversee performance of human health and environmental risk characterizations using MCP Methods 1, 2 and 3.
SUPPORT FOR FEDERAL/BROWNFIELDS PROJECTS
CEA has worked closely with USEPA Region I in the preparation of Site-Specific Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPPs) in accordance with the USEPA Region I “Planning and Documenting Brownfields Projects Generic QAPPs and Site-specific QAPP Addenda” (Final Version, March 2009).
- For a Mill site in Grafton, MA, CEA prepared a QAPP to conduct assessment activities to determine the presence/absence of diesel USTs at the site and to evaluate soil quality.
- For the former Northborough Fish and Game site, CEA prepared two (2) site-specific QAPPs to fulfill obligations associated with the Town’s award of two (2) Brownfield’s Cleanup Grants for cleanup activities at the former Fish and Game Site.
- For a Fuel Oil Company site in Taunton, MA, CEA prepared a Site-Specific QAPP Addendum to conduct UST closure, soil excavation and assessment activities. The work performed under the QAPP was funded by an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Cooperative Agreement Grant.
At the former Northborough Fish & Game Club Site, upon conducting all assessment and remedial activities for this former rifle range property (which had historically been the subject of sporadic discharge of gunshot & bullets containing arsenic and lead), CEA coordinated the acquisition of all environmental permits required to implement the RAA. Since the contaminated area was comprised of approximately
1.6 acres of jurisdictional wetland resource areas and associated upland buffer zones, the following permits and approvals were obtained for the project under CEA’s direction:
- Authorization to Discharge [pursuant to USEPA Remediation General Permit MAG910000];
- Notice of Intent and Order of Conditions [pursuant to the Wetlands Protection Act and the local Conservation Commission;
- Section 404 Clean Water Act Permit [pursuant to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers]; and
- a Notice of Intent for Construction Stormwater General Permit Environmental Notification Form & Certificate [pursuant to Mass Environmental Policy Act].
INSURANCE CLAIM MANAGEMENT
On behalf of an insurance company, CEA coordinates third-party oversight of various homeowner, auto and business insurance claims that involve environmental liability. As part of this process, CEA reviews contractor invoices to determine whether the costs invoiced on a project are consistent with industry standards and also whether the activities completed were necessary for the project. CEA also prepares memoranda for the insurance company for specific projects which summarize: (1) the activities which have been completed at the Site and a industry review of the costs incurred to-date; and (2) the additional activities which appear to be required for the Site to achieve the project’s goals and the anticipated costs of those anticipated activities. These Memoranda are provided to the insurance company to allow the company to anticipate future costs associated with the projects.