Remediation and Risk Assessment
Transforming post-industrial and contaminated properties into usable sites is an important component of community revitalization. Site remediation can restore contaminated properties for beneficial and productive uses, often while repurposing existing infrastructure.
Our experienced technical staff provide important cleanup and assessment services to help remove pollutant sources and create sites suitable for development. We have two seasoned West Virginia Licensed Remediation Specialists (LRS) on staff and are experienced with regulatory programs throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
We have extensive experience securing federal Brownfields Assessment and Cleanup Grants. We also work with communities to redevelop brownfields into productive properties.
We provide services supporting clients engaged in West Virginia’s Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP). The VRP provides a flexible regulatory framework designed to encourage companies, communities, and other stakeholders to proactively clean up sites impacted by historical pollution. Benefits of the program include flexible cleanup standards, based on site-specific conditions and future land uses, and liability protections for entities conducting the cleanup.
- Environmental due diligence (Phase I/II)
- Brownfields and other post-industrial redevelopment
- Site characterizations and field investigations for air, soil, surface water, and groundwater
- Underground storage tank closure and removal
- Stream and wetland restoration
- Risk-based corrective actions (WV VRP, PADEP Act II)
- Road decommissioning
Cambridge Municipal Airport Underground Storage Tank Closure
Downstream Strategies provided underground storage tank closure assessment and consulting services during the removal of two aviation-fuel tanks. The tank system included 6,000-gallon and 4,000-gallon capacity tanks, two fuel dispensers on a single pump island, and approximately 110 feet of underground distribution piping. During the closure, free phase petroleum was observed within the tank excavation and was observed to be in contact with groundwater. Following notification of a confirmed release to the Ohio Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations, the Airport Authority was required to complete a Tier 1 Source Evaluation in order to assess the horizontal and vertical extend of petroleum contamination in subsurface soil and groundwater. Downstream Strategies was retained to complete the Tier 1 assessment and related groundwater monitoring. Monitoring wells are being installed at the former tanks field location in December 2020, and we will submit the Tier 1 report and complete any additional assessment or remediation that is deemed necessary based on the results of the Tier 1.
Johns Manville Voluntary Remediation Program Site
The Johns Manville site is a 15-acre former manufacturing facility that is being remediated for commercial development. The site manufactured vitrolite glass and building insulation. It is being remediated by the City of Vienna in accordance with West Virginia’s Voluntary Remediation and Redevelopment Act. Remediation of the Riverside parcels is complete. For the Production Side site, Downstream Strategies is providing Licensed Remediation Specialist services and is guiding the City through the Voluntary Remediation Program cleanup process. Assessment of soil and groundwater has been largely completed. Our comprehensive revised Site Characterization Report was submitted to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection in December 2020. This will be followed by a Remedial Action Plan.