Environmental & Industrial – Case Studies
Former automotive stamping plant – waste and industrial services
EMS provided characterization and removal of various hazardous and non-hazardous waste containers in addition to bulk waste removal and confined space industrial cleaning. EMS removed approximately 250,000 gallons of oil and water from two oil water separators and five press pits and pressure washed all surfaces utilizing 5,000 psi hot pressure wash units. EMS safety protocols required the implementation of lockout/tagout procedures, confined space procedures and continuous air monitoring throughout the work.
Property redevelopment – line jetting and waste disposal
EMS was contracted to provide sewer line jetting services and waste management associated with the release of PCB-containing oil from transformers into a storm drain approximately 860 feet in length. This project included high-pressure line jet cleaning of the storm drain and confirmation sampling as well as the proper storage, analysis, characterization and disposal of all waste materials.
Chemical manufacturer – waste management
Immediately following a fire at the facility, EMS mobilized to provide on-site haz-cat identification and characterization of approximately 15,000 unknown chemical samples whose labels had been burned off during the fire. EMS completed all characterization and waste profiling within two weeks. After approval at applicable disposal facilities, EMS shipped all of the hazardous and non-hazardous waste materials for proper disposal.
College campus – mercury abatement
EMS was contacted to remove mercury-containing polyurethane flooring (74’ x 95’) installed beneath a gymnasium floor, which was emitting harmful vapors in excess of the recommended threshold of the Ohio EPA and the Ohio Department of Health.
This project consisted of the following scope of work:
- Establish full containment to prevent harmful vapors from impacting adjacent rooms within the main building, a requirement to keep classes and the main building open to students and faculty.
- Staging of roll-off boxes to containerize waste
- Gymnasium flooring removal
- Gymnasium sub-flooring removal
- Polyurethane flooring removal
- Epoxy application
- Transportation and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous waste
EMS worked closely with the college and its environmental consultant in establishing a safe and effective work plan. A key requirement was to keep all other areas of the campus building open for classes and students. Continuous air monitoring was utilized, along with specialized equipment, to allow for real-time readings in the work zone and all adjacent areas. This project was completed on time and on budget, with minimal disruption to students and the college.
Former transmission manufacturing plant – waste management
EMS provided all aspects of waste management prior to and during demolition activities on this project site. EMS mobilized HazMat technicians to identify more than 400 containers of known and unknown waste material through on-site characterization and off-site laboratory analysis of the material. EMS subsequently repackaged or containerized the materials and provided transportation and disposal of the hazardous and non-hazardous waste. EMS provided transportation and disposal of more than 100,000 gallons of hazardous and non-hazardous oily water from the facility. EMS also provided transportation and disposal of a roll-off box load of spontaneously combustible filters. Through all of this work, EMS handled 100 percent of the waste management activities, whereby allowing the demolition contractor to fully focus on its primary responsibilities.
Adhesives manufacturer – tank cleaning
EMS was contracted to provide cleaning of two 10,000-gallon aboveground tanks used to store GME 2417 adhesive, an acrylic copolymer used in the manufacturing of glue. The job scope consisted of site preparation, lockout/tagout, confined space entry, residual product removal, pressure washing and site restoration. Completing this project safely and quickly reduced the direct cost to the client and also prevented significant indirect costs by allowing the tanks to be returned immediately to service.
Former industrial property – demolition, site remediation and industrial services
EMS was contracted to provide abatement of on-site asbestos-containing materials (within on-site structures and tunnels); removal, characterization and disposal of all building residuals and universal wastes; demolition and related abatement of an on-site warehouse structure; subsurface demolition of basements, tunnels and slab structures; environmental remediation of 17,500 tons of contaminated soil in 21 remediation zones; industrial cleaning services within the former Pack House to remove residual Portland dust and debris and demolition of equipment and interior components identified as unsafe for future site development plans.