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Dirty Dirt: The hazards of soil pollution, and what to do about it

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Soil pollution is the build-up of toxic substances in concentrations high enough to be hazardous to human health, wildlife and the natural ecosystem. Contaminated soil can have serious health effects on humans, as well as the environment.

Health effects on humans include organ damage, increased risk of cancer, and bioaccumulation, or the transfer of pollution throughout the food chain. Regular monitoring of soil quality can help prevent exposure to dangerous contaminants.

But what do you do if you think your soil might be polluted? EFS provides complete and innovative remediation services for addressing contaminated sites. Our remediation services include: demolition, excavation, transportation and disposal of contaminated soil, construction and installation of in-situ remediation systems, and more. Click here to see how EFS can help you remove contaminated soil.

   Post Date: 08/08/2017


EPA Releases New Landfill Emission Standards

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landfill-879437_960_720New rules for solid waste landfills are expected to reduce methane emissions by 334,000 tons a year beginning in 2025- the equivalent of reducing 8.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to a recent press release from the EPA.

Municipal solid waste landfills are the second-largest industrial source of methane emissions in the United States, according to the EPA, and accounted for 20 percent of methane emissions in 2014. To reduce this number, certain landfills will soon be required to install and operate a gas collection control system within 30 months after gas emissions reach 34 metric tons of non-methane organic compounds or more per year. The previous threshold was 50 metric tons per year.

The new rules will apply only to landfills constructed, modified or reconstructed after July 17, 2014, with a capacity of 2.5 million metric tons and 2.5 million cubic meters of waste or more.

To learn more about EFS’ landfill services, click here.

   Post Date: 07/20/2016


Contaminated Soil Excavation Defined

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contaminated soil

Contaminated soil excavation involves taking soil from a contaminated site for above-ground treatment or disposal at a landfill. While this excavation can usually just involve soil, it may also require the removal of old drums, buried debris, or other contaminated items. By taking the precaution to move extra items to ensure individuals safety, a simple task becomes extremely important. To learn more about how EFS can help you in this area, Click Here.

   Post Date: 12/03/2015


EFS Service Areas – Did You Know?

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Excavator loading a truck on a construction site#DidYouKnow EFS provides complete and innovative remediation services for addressing contaminated sites. Our remediation services include: demolition; excavation, transportation and disposal of contaminated soil; construction and installation of in-situ remediation systems including SVE, groundwater pump and treat  and air sparging;  applications of  HRC®, ORC® and chemical oxidation technologies; and slurry wall construction. To learn more about EFS/ Remediation and Construction Services, click here.

   Post Date: 05/12/2015


Department of Defense Experience – Small Arms Firing Range Upgrade – Portsmouth, Virginia

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To date, EFS has completed approximately 4,000 environmental projects ranging from direct push sampling to facility decommissioning and demolition. Below is a case study on one of their previous projects.

EFS was contracted to perform Small Arms Firing Upgrades at the United States Coast Guard Integrated Support Command (USCG – ISC) Base in Portsmouth, Virginia. The project was performed under a contract with Readiness Management Support LLC under the United States Air Force AFCAP contract. EFS was retained to perform lead remediation and clean construction services at the site. Initially, EFS excavated, transported and properly disposed of lead-contaminated soil, and demolished and disposed of the former firing range backstop structures. Additionally, EFS performed complete firing range upgrades at the site.

The scope of services provided by EFS included:

  • Preparing a site specific Health and Safety Plan, Lead Work Plan and Waste Management Plan
  • Excavating, transporting and disposing of 750 CY of lead-contaminated soil and 280 CY of lead-contaminated debris
  • Excavating, transporting and on-site placement of 4,400 CY of non-impacted soil material
  • Installing a 115-feet long x 20-feet wide x 18-inch thick concrete pad for the new firing range trap system
  • Fabricating, installing and painting four steel sidewall baffles (14-feet high x 16-feet wide x 1/4-inch thick) and 23 steel overhead baffles (5.5-feet tall x 4-feet wide x 3/8-inch thick) including 92 feet of 16-inch x 12-inch x 5/16-inch structural tubing
  • Installing 3,000 linear feet of 4-inch x 8-inch salt-treated rough cut lumber
  • Installing new storm water control features at the site including concrete storm water control basins, reinforced concrete piping, 120-feet long x 30-feet wide retention pond, rip rap, etc.
  • Furnishing power, tie-ins, grounding and vaults to the new trap system
  • Constructing a new 14-22-feet wide x 250-feet long service road which included installation of sub-grade stone, porous pavement material, seeding and mulching

EFS provided HAZWOPER and lead worker trained personnel to perform the scope of work. All work activities were performed in strict accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Coast Guard, Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and local regulation. This project was a highly visible and active site and all work activities were performed by EFS without any lost time incidents.

   Post Date: 10/01/2014


Industry Experience – Plant Remediation and Demolition Activities – Muncie, Indiana

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Demolition Unsafe DustTo date, EFS has completed approximately 4,000 environmental projects ranging from direct push sampling to facility decommissioning and demolition. Here is a case study on one of their previous projects.

EFS was contracted to perform decontamination, demolition, and removal services at the former Indiana Steel and Wire Facility located in Muncie, Indiana. The project was performed in conjunction with an Agreed Order with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) for the site. EFS was retained to perform work activities in five specific areas of the facility including: Oil Temper, Cleaning House, Leach Plant, Galvanizing and Electroform areas. EFS performed work activities at the site for approximately 12 continuous months.

The scope of services provided by EFS included:

  • Preparing a site specific Health and Safety Plan, Quality Control Plan, Waste Management Plan, Sampling and Analysis Plan and Environmental Protection Plan
  • Waste characterization sampling and analysis for various media at the facility
  • Complete removal of all tanks, equipment, piping and mezzanines
  • Asbestos abatement and remediation in the Electroform, Galvanizing and Oil Temper areas
  • Gross removal of large debris including drums, pallets, wire, metal parts and abandoned equipment in all areas
  • Gross removal of small debris, dirt, dust, etc. in all areas using dry-vacuum methods
  • Removal and disposal of lead, zinc, and aluminum skims and pans from Galvanizing, Oil Temper and lead storage area outside of the wastewater treatment plant
  • Transfer, treatment and disposal of process liquids from the Cleaning House, Leach Plant, Galvanizing and Electroform areas
  • Decontamination of tubs and tanks in the Cleaning House and Leach Plant
  • Decontamination of structures using pressure washing in all areas and disposal of debris and contaminated wastes associated with the project

All work activities were performed in strict accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and City of Muncie regulations. EFS performed this project utilizing a 3,500 gallon vacuum truck and heavy equipment owned by EFS. All work activities were performed in Level C PPE with lead monitoring of all personnel.

   Post Date: 09/23/2014


Exploring EFS Services – Remediation and Construction

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Hard HatEFS provides complete and innovative remediation services for addressing contaminated sites. Our remediation services include: demolition; excavation, transportation and disposal of contaminated soil; construction and installation of in-situ remediation systems including SVE, groundwater pump and treat  and air sparging;  applications of  HRC®, ORC® and chemical oxidation technologies; and slurry wall construction.

EFS assists clients in all areas of waste management for RCRA, TSCA and non-hazardous wastes. These services include waste characterization, disposal coordination, tank cleaning, baghouse and scrubber maintenance, facility decontamination, demolition, spill response and drum management. All EFS personnel have completed 40 hours of hazardous waste operations health and safety training in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations to participate in these activities.

Our Remediation and Construction Services include:

  • In-Situ Soil Mixing/Soil Stabilization
  • Contaminated Soil Excavation, Transportation and Disposal
  • Remediation System Installation
  • Soil Stabilization
  • Tank Removal, Decommissioning and Cleaning
  • Brownfield Redevelopment
  • Demolition
  • Tank Installation
  • Landfill Construction and Closure
  • Wetland Reconstruction
  • Site Restoration, Landscaping, Clearing, Grubbing and Grading
   Post Date: 09/08/2014