Monthly Archives: July 2010

Helping West Virginia Screen One Call Excavation Tickets at Cleanup Sites

In both a progressive and unique move, the West Virginia DEP joined the state’s call-before-you dig, or “One Call” center to help screen for improper excavations at about 100 of the state’s environmental covenant sites.   The process requires a daily review of excavation tickets at or near these site which, in turn, allows DEP to […]

EPA Cleanup Proposal Relies on Institutional Control Monitoring

A recent EPA cleanup proposal directly recognizes what many have come to accept as a given – cleanups need institutional controls (ICs), monitoring of ICs is a critical component of cleanup remedies, and private sector landwatch services make monitoring effective. Recognizing the key role of IC monitoring, EPA’s June 2010 “proposed plan” for a Southern […]

Learning Lessons from a Personal Encounter with a Failing Groundwater Recovery System

Children playing patty-cake in the discharge of the discharge of a remediation recovery well: this article reveals first-hand challenges to landowners and responsible parties when a remedial piping fails.  As the task group chair for ASTM’s Continuing Obligations Guide, Terradex’s Bob Wenzlau shares his personal encounter with a failed remedial system, the difficult to report […]

Terradex Wins Patent “Method and Apparatus For Monitoring and Responding to Land Use Activities”

Seven years ago, we created a new methodology for increasing the effectiveness of institutional controls, and as of June 29, 2010 this innovation is protected by a patent. So what led to the patent?  Failed approaches led to a new idea.  We knew a duty existed to monitor safe use of contaminated sites, but whose […]