Soil and Waste Remediation
Apogee offers expertise in environmental remediation to aide in the removal of pollutants and contaminants.
Apogee performed soil and groundwater remediation services to clean close 17 sites, and design, construct, and operate three Dual Phase Extraction (DPE) Systems to remove VOC from the groundwater. Installation of the DPEs required installation of 27 groundwater wells and over 1,800 feet of dual wall piping through the heart of the research support facilities. In preparation of soils remediation and construction of the DPE Systems, Apogee implemented a fully compliant Integrated Safety and Management System and a DOE approved Quality Assurance Program. These programs required approved procedures, work and design plans, and Sampling and Analysis Plans, in addition to management of all data from the cleanup program. Prior to work proceeding in the field, Apogee conducted self-assessments in addition to DOE Readiness Assessments. As a result of soils cleanup, over 52,000 tons of contaminate soils were trucked through a congested research facility and dense neighborhoods to the disposal site. The project was the only DOE small business site to complete ARRA fieldwork prior to the milestone date.
- Installed a Dual Phased Extraction (DPE) system consisting of 26 wells and monitored DPE performance for six months and then turned over the system to M&O two years ahead of schedule. Additional wells were incorporated into the well network, upgraded, and maintained as part of the DPE System. Monitoring and sampling were completed in accordance with the Site Sampling and Analysis Plan. Contaminants of Concern (COC) were volatile organic compounds (VOCs), total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), radionuclides, and metals. Samples for radionuclide analyses were managed in compliance with the Radiation Protection Program. Removal of more than 161,000 gallons of TPH contaminated groundwater helped reduce future groundwater contamination, as TPH are the primary COC in the shallow groundwater system.
- Collected and provided data in compliance with DOE Order 458.1, Radiation Protection of the Public and Environment, National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants. Monitoring results were provided and entered into the Environmental Monitoring Information System database. Data was uploaded to the California GEO Tracker System. Field teams and Radiological Control personnel assessed potential exposures for handling impacted soil and groundwater. No radioactively contaminated soils, water, or air were encountered during remediation.
- Performed surveillance and maintenance of the operating DPE system, including record keeping and reporting. Surveillances were conducted as required by the ISMS Plan and the Storm Water Protection Plan. RCRA permitted facility access inspections were conducted. Site roads were inspected, maintained, and repaired as needed.
- Remedial investigations included excavation, removal, packaging, and offsite disposal of contaminated soil from three Operable Units. COC were PCBs, lead, VOCs, TPH, tritium, activated materials, and heavy metals. Shipping was completed in a compliant manner.
- Fieldwork was performed to an Integrated Work Control process. A Task Order Performance Baseline was developed and used to track performance using a compliant EVMS per DOE O 413.3B. The Health, Safety, and Quality Assurance Program was approved by DOE HQ. Blue sheeting was used to expedite this Program’s approval. Weekly status meetings were held; monthly project performance reviews were conducted; and support was provided to DOE for quarterly project reviews.
- Physical property management was conducted under the appropriate FAR clauses; at the end of the contract, property was dispositioned per 41CFRPart102-36.
- The Worker Health and Safety Plan was modified and approved by DOE. The Health and Safety Program Plan (HSPP) was prepared and approved by DOE HQ. This HSPP was implemented under a Site-Specific Health and Safety Plan (SHSP), which included the Job Hazards Analysis (JHA). Prior to excavation, the SHSP was reviewed and the JHA was modified to incorporate changes in conditions. Excavation projects required a readiness assessment checklist to be reviewed and approved by DOE, the M&O, and the Stanford University Representative. More than 250,000 hours were worked without an injury or reportable event.
- The implemented Emergency Management Plan included a local health care provider, identified hazards, and continuity of operations.
- The Quality Assurance Project Plan and procedures were blue sheeted and approved by DOE HQ and implemented as the Quality Program. Monthly quality reviews were conducted, and yearly self-assessments were completed; all resulted in no significant audit findings.
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