Don’t Panic: There are Options & Tools Available to Address 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 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 that
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W&M obtains MSD and VCP Closure for Laboratory Property

W&M obtained a Certificate of Completion through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) at a groundwater contamination site which required risk-based assessment of soil, groundwater, surface water, sediment, and soil vapor; chemical and biological groundwater remediation; and a restriction on potable groundwater use through a Municipal Setting Designation (MSD).

Contaminated Soil Remediation – VCP

W&M closed a contaminated soil project for a former dry-cleaning facility in North Texas through the Texas Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). The goal of the project was to obtain regulatory closure in order to allow our client to use the property for future commercial development. An affected property assessment was completed for the property, which indicated that soil and groundwater underlying the site was impacted with perchloroethylene (also known as tetrachloroethene or “perc”), which is a common dry-cleaning solvent. After excavating and properly disposing of the contaminated soil, W&M worked with it’s client and the TCEQ to close the VCP case with the use of a Municipal Setting Designation (MSD) to ensure that the property was safe for future uses and to avoid potentially costly groundwater remediation activities. An MSD is an official designation by the local municipality as well as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) that certifies
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