Block 48 - Chlorinated Solvent Remediation – The Battle of Client Expectations and Reality
Kyle Hayes, Environmental Department Manager / Senior Associate, Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Terracon was engaged to assist a national client in a high-profile redevelopment project in downtown Jacksonville which required an expedited remedial strategy for chlorinated solvent groundwater impacts to meet the needs of the development timeline. In developing the remedial approach, an innovative approach was selected that combined both biotic and abiotic mechanisms with a sorption platform. Although client expectations were tempered with the inherent uncertainty in meeting timelines, along with the dangers of redevelopment processes inhibiting the remedial strategy, a RAP was promptly developed and approved by the FDEP within two weeks of submittal. This paved the way for expedited field injections and subsequent quarterly sampling. Construction schedules ultimately required wells to be abandoned and sampling suspended prior to reaching closure criteria, which set in motion a chain of adverse outcomes. Although site closure is imminent, the path was wrought with avoidable setbacks and lessons learned.
Mr. Hayes currently serves as the Environmental Department Manager in Terracon’s Jacksonville, Florida office and oversees a diverse team of Scientists, Ecologists, Architectural Historians, and Archaeologists. Mr. Hayes has 17 years of experience as an environmental consultant/environmental scientist. His experience includes the facilitation and management of multidisciplinary environmental projects including due diligence, contamination assessment, remediation, industrial compliance, and permitting.