General Dynamics contracted with ICF Kaiser Engineers, Inc. to decontaminate and demolish structures located at the Lindbergh Field and Harbor Drive sites in San Diego. Environmental Remediation Management was then selected by ICF Kaiser Engineers, Inc as the contractor to perform environmental demolition and remediation. This project underscores Environmental Remediation Management’s capacity to handle complex projects with rigorous schedules involving other contractors.
The Lindbergh Field site consisted of 91 acres, 32 buildings, and 2,836,000 square feet of building space. The Harbor Drive facility consisted of 4 acres, 4 buildings, and 34,500 square feet of building space. Project tasks were specific to each building and the former processes within each building. Site wide concerns were addressed for each building, as well as areas-of-concern pertinent to that facility or process area. The remediation program of each area-of-concern was tailored to address the array of potential chemical contamination and physical hazards present.
Due to the nature of the General Dynamics’ remediation program, detailed documentation had to be submitted by all contractors. This documentation included items such as a comprehensive Health & Safety Plan, employee records related to training and medical surveillance, security clearances, and schedules. Environmental Remediation Management's Project Manager attended all contractor-client weekly meetings and provided expertise in environmental issues to the general contractor throughout this project.
One key aspect of this project was the disposition of building equipment in a environmentally sound, yet cost effective manner. For example, the majority of equipment was sold following decontamination or consolidated and sold as non-hazardous scrap metal. Only a small percentage of equipment could not be decontaminated and required disposal as hazardous waste. Waste that was recycled included light bulbs and tubes, mercury switches, PCB contaminated equipment, and oil and water waste.
Environmental Remediation Management's site plans addressed hazardous waste management effectively. Rinse water from decontaminating the process plating lines was pumped to the on-site wastewater treatment plant where it was processed. Environmental Remediation Management was responsible for packaging and labeling all waste generated during remediation.
In summary, significant project accomplishments byEnvironmental Remediation Management include:
- Environmental Remediation Management recommended a recycling process for PCB-containing equipment rather than using landfill disposal as identified by the client. This method eliminated the cost of hazardous waste disposal.
- Environmental Remediation Management modified a hydroblasting method for machine pits, sumps, trenches, and floors to increase cleaning efficiency and reduce the volume of oily waste water. This modification resulted in completing work ahead of schedule and reducing hazardous waste recycling costs.
- Environmental Remediation Management’s cleaning method for concrete sumps, pits, and trenches containing oily residue eliminated contamination so that the concrete was non-hazardous and could be crushed for reuse or disposed in a local municipal landfill.
- Equipment that could not be decontaminated cost effectively was crushed before loading it into bins. This method reduced the volume of waste resulting in a savings of transportation costs.
- Environmental Remediation Management provided hard and soft demolition services to other team contractors when hazardous materials were present. Demolition activities included: cutting plating tank supports, removal of non-load bearing structures inside buildings, removal of load-bearing support structures associated with anodizing line, removal of false ceilings to access lights, and the removal of non-load bearing walls and ceiling to access hazardous substance containing equipment.
Environmental Remediation Management can address small-and large-scale remediation projects. The company is able to set-up and support operations in San Diego, San Diego County, and the greater Southern California area (Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernadino, and Ventura Counties). Environmental Remediation Management also serves facilities in Arizona and Nevada. Please contact us for further information on the General Dynamics project, or on any other matter.
Environmental Remediation Management recieved a Letter of Recommendation from both General Dynamics and ICF Kaiser Engineers for our work on this project.
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