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).



Dry Cleaner 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.



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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W&M Recently Closed Two Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) Projects

W&M recently closed two Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) projects for real estate development clients.  In both cases, the client’s goal was to obtain regulatory closure suitable for residential development.  In west Dallas, we completed an affected property assessment at a former commercial property contaminated with metals (arsenic, lead, cadmium), and removed waste material such as buried drums and scrap tires from the property.  Using site-specific soil and groundwater data, W&M was able to demonstrate that concentrations of metals remaining in surface soil met residential assessment levels and were not a threat to groundwater.  The TCEQ issued a Certificate of Completion for residential use of the property with no restrictions.  In downtown San Antonio, a property located on the San Antonio River was found to contain concentrations of metals and semi-volatile organic compounds above action levels in surface and subsurface soil.  Most of the impacted soil was removed during excavation related
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W&M Closes Four Voluntary Cleanup Program Sites

2017 kicked off on a good note as four of W&M’s clients received closure letters from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for real property that had been entered into the Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP). The most challenging closure was for a former light industrial facility in West Texas that had a release of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the shallow portions of the Ogallala Aquifer. The Ogallala is a highly valued source of water for agricultural, industrial and domestic use in West Texas and beyond.  The affected portion of the aquifer extended to a depth of nearly 100 feet.  Many years of monitoring by previous consultants had shown that the VOCs were not being degraded at a very rapid pace, so W&M recommended that the client seek a Municipal Setting Designation (MSD) to restrict the use of groundwater from the affected area.  W&M worked closely with the
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VCP Closure – Retail Property Garland

W&M assisted a real estate developer with the evaluation, remediation, and closure of a property located in Garland that had been historically contaminated.  The Site had been a shopping center with a separate service station located on the front side of the property.  Contamination at the Site was associated with maintenance operations at the former service station along with several off-Site properties including a dry cleaner.  The Site was entered into the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) Voluntary Cleanup Program (VCP) to address the chemicals of concern (COC) and subsequently re-develop the property. The property was completely razed to the ground and was being redeveloped for commercial retail businesses including a bank. The primary COCs were related to the former service station along with several off-Site sources.  The prompt remediation and closure from TCEQ were critical to the redevelopment process from the standpoint of the lender and the potential tenants who required that
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New Senior Engineer Joins W&M

Patrick Johnson, P.E. has joined W&M Environmental in our Plano office as a Senior Engineer.  Patrick specializes in remediation of contaminated properties.  Most recently, he managed over 30 projects in the TCEQ’s Dry Cleaner Remediation Program.  He has over 20 years of experience and graduated in Engineering from the University of New Orleans.  Patrick will be focusing on helping clients navigate the Voluntary Cleanup Program in Texas.