Options & Tools Available in Addressing Historical Site Contamination Issues

Once you have documented your property is contaminated, what are your options? Once you receive that Phase II Investigation report that shows your property has some contamination issues, don’t panic yet. Everyone has heard the horror stories about millions spent on cleaning up site contamination that occurred half a century ago. Fortunately, we have come a long way in understanding behavior, fate and transport of chemicals in the environment.  Additionally, site cleanup decisions are almost entirely risk-based, meaning contaminated soil does not need to be remediated to background conditions, and groundwater does not always require treatment to potable water standards. In Texas, most contaminated sites are subject to the technical regulations under the Texas Risk Reduction Program (TRRP) or the Petroleum Storage Tank (PST) rules. Both of these programs have evolved in pragmatic ways to rely heavily on evaluating individual exposure pathways and requiring response actions only for those pathways
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EPA Brownfields Phase I

W&M conducted Phase I ESAs on four properties in 2007 and 2008 for Ann Grimes as part of the Brownfields Assessment Grants from the EPA for the investigation of Brownfields properties within the City. As part of the program, the City partners with local property owners to perform environmental assessments of their property as one of the tools to evaluate environmental issues and promote redevelopment. W&M conducted utility line replacement through a former landfill site.