HRP Associates, Inc.’s New York Office Achieves OSHA’s SHARP Status
HRP’s Clifton Park, New York office recently received SHARP status by the EPA’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
SHARP (the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) recognizes small business employers who operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program. Acceptance of HRP’s New York office into SHARP is an achievement of status that singles it out among business peers as a model for worksite safety and health. Upon receiving SHARP recognition, OSHA has granted HRP’s New York office exemption from programmed inspections during the period that the SHARP certification is valid.
“We are pleased and proud to receive this certification from OSHA. HRP is committed to protecting our employees from all safety and health hazards and to working with OSHA to implement best practices in order to meet this goal”, said Tom Seguljic, VP and Regional Office Manager at HRP.
Kent Ward Joins HRP Associates, Inc. as Regional Manager of Florida Office
HRP Associates, Inc. (HRP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kent Ward to the position of Regional Office Manager of its New Port Richey, Florida office. In his new role as Regional Office Manager, Mr. Ward’s responsibilities include providing technical support to a project and management staff of engineers, scientists, and geologists within the Florida office, as well as the directing of the company’s business development in the southeastern regional states.
Prior to joining HRP, Mr. Ward was the president of a statewide environmental consulting firm, vice president of a mid-size national environmental firm, and project manager of a large national environmental firm. In these positions, he was responsible for the overall management of the company’s operations and business development.
Mr. Ward’s twenty-seven years of experience within the environmental consulting industry includes the coordination and performance of Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessments, Indoor Air Quality Assessments, Soil and Groundwater Assessments, Contamination Assessments, Underground Storage Tank Removal, Closure Assessments, Noise Impact Studies, Chinese Drywall Investigations, Hazardous Material Identification and Disposal, Asbestos Surveys and Abatement Projects, and general environmental consulting projects. Kent’s depth of experience and knowledge of risk management thresholds will be a great asset to HRP”, said Tad Goetcheus, Vice President and Regional Office Manager of HRP Associates.
Mr. Ward holds a B.A. degree in Environmental Science and Political Science from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. He is a certified Mold Inspector (EAA) and a licensed Mold Assessor for the State of Florida. Kent Ward can be reached at 888-341-7244.
Remedial System Optimization
A Cost-Effective Approach to Site Assessment and Remediation
For decades, remediation sites have used energy- and maintenance-intensive pump-and-treat and soil vapor extraction systems to remove contamination from the subsurface. As the contamination concentration decreases, these systems become less efficient. What was once a “state-of-the-art” treatment system can become a burden on Operation, Maintenance, and Monitoring (OMM) budgets. RSO is an excellent approach to evaluate and improve site remediation processes while maximizing each dollar spent for remediation.
RSO involves a systematic approach of identifying and evaluating operational modifications to improve system performance and reduce required remediation time, thereby reducing Operation and Maintenance (O&M) costs. HRP Associates, a multidisciplinary environmental and engineering consulting firm with three decades of experience providing responsive solutions to remedial system optimization, uses a phased approach, developed over 30-plus years of designing, operating and maintaining systems with minimal upfront costs to complete a RSO. The benefits to conducting a RSO include:
HRP Associates' Remedial Site Optimization Process
Whether HRP Associates, Inc. (HRP) is contracted to perform independent/third-party RSO evaluations or to operate remediation systems, we focus on three areas:
When needed, HRP Associates’ environmental engineers and hydrogeologists use statistical tools to evaluate current data collection efforts and the impact of removing wells from the monitoring program or reducing frequency of sample collection. We couple statistical analysis with practicality and experience to support these monitoring reductions.
RSO PROJECT EXAMPLES
HRP Associates’ engineering consultants perform RSO projects on a wide variety of remediation systems including groundwater pump and treat, multi-phase extraction (MPE), soil vapor extraction (SVE), in-situ oxidation, and in-situ bioremediation technologies. Following are examples of projects executed by HRP utilizing our three-focal-point approach.
Soil Vapor Extraction System
Soil vapor extraction (SVE) and air sparging (SVE) system were installed at a gasoline station to remediate a 500-gallon gasoline release to the soil and groundwater. After nearly three years of operation, the system had removed approximately 1,200 pounds (approximately 150 gallons) of petroleum hydrocarbons. However, significant groundwater contamination remained which was projected to require an additional 20 years of system operation to remediate.
Due to a pending real estate transfer, HRP’s environmental engineers were retained to improve the remedial system operation and reduce the required remediation time. After reviewing site investigation reports, groundwater sample results, and the remedial system, HRP recommended revisions to the air sparge well array, piping diameters, and ancillary equipment to further enhance the effectiveness of the air sparging system. The revised design plans were approved by the state agency and HRP supervised the remedial system modification. System monitoring indicated that the expanded system biodegraded approximately 16,714 pounds and volatilized about 3,212 pounds of petroleum hydrocarbon during the initial 12 months of operation. Groundwater monitoring revealed that system operation by HRP had diminished groundwater contaminant levels throughout the site and that the distribution of contaminants at levels above applicable standards was reduced to a single monitoring well. HRP evaluated system performance, and deactivated the system on a trial basis. Groundwater monitoring data collected after the trial shutdown revealed minimal rebound in contaminant levels and therefore, site closure was obtained.
Dual-Phase High-Vacuum Extraction System
In preparation for a site redevelopment project, HRP’s consulting engineers were called upon to maximize the operation of groundwater and soil remediation system. The project included the retrofitting of an existing Dual Phase High Vacuum Extraction System (DPHVES) and Groundwater Extraction System (GWE) located at the source and downdradient, respectively. In addition, two additional recovery wells were installed to increase the recovery of petroleum-impacted groundwater. The optimization project shortened the remediation time, improved the client’s standing with the state agency, and ultimately saved the client money by achieving spill closure an estimated five years sooner than was originally projected.
Biosparging & Bioventing System
HRP’s environmental engineers and hydrogeologists were retained to improve the operation of a groundwater remediation system. HRP successfully turned a system that had shown stagnated progress into a productive system through effective systems operation and monitoring. Initially, HRP completed a thorough system review and re-established site remediation goals and determined that the operation of the groundwater depression and product recovery components were not necessary. In addition, the air sparging and soil vapor extraction component was modified to be operated as a bioventing and biosparging system. Over the next year, the system degraded more than 9,200 pounds of petroleum hydrocarbon. Once BTEX constituent concentrations were treated to below applicable standards, HRP shut down the biosparging and bioventing system and initiated natural attenuation to remediate the groundwater impact.
Remediation system performance and uptime optimization can be challenging endeavors. System optimization means more than just keeping remediation systems fully operational. Effective system optimization can subtract years off the remediation system life cycle, resulting in expedited cleanup programs and significant cost savings. With O&M of remediation systems across the country, we continually learn many lessons about how to maintain our remediation equipment and systems at optimal performance and peak efficiency.
HRP ASSOCIATES, INC.
HRP is a multidisciplinary environmental and engineering consulting firm with over three decades of experience providing responsive solutions to private and public sector clients. HRP’s services span the globe, as well as the full spectrum of environmental and civil engineering disciplines. Since 1982, HRP has provided flexible and customized service to over 6,000 industrial, government, and private sector clients in nearly every state and over twenty countries.
HRP Associates EMIS2 Software Lets You Manage, Maintain, and Meet Your Compliance Needs
Most facilities today are faced with ever-increasing responsibilities for maintaining compliance data and reports, managing facility programs and directives, and meeting regulatory deadlines. You and others at your facility may be asked to meet these demands with fewer resources, while also under pressure to reduce overhead.
HRP’s Environmental Management Information System (EMIS2) software helps meet these challenges by helping your organization efficiently manage and access compliance and regulatory data, task assignments, schedules, training requirements, and MSDS information, all from a single, central location. EMIS2 provides automatic deadline notifications and e-mail reminder functions to keep your organization on track, and includes powerful access controls to ensure the security of all your data.
HRP’s competitively priced software, popular with our industrial, college/university and government clients, was redesigned in 2011 using an updated and advanced platform technology. With the enhanced framework, our second generation EMIS2 software allows you to securely manage data, internal programs and deadlines with even more efficiency and greater flexibility, throughout your entire organization.
Dave Pramanik or Michael Peck at 1-800-246-9021 for access to HRP’s online EMIS2 demo or for a complimentary on-site analysis.