Tag Archives: Engineered Control

NAESIP and Terradex Introduce Brownfield Loss Control Services

Terradex’s exclusive loss control services support Gremesco’s Site Pollution Liability (SPL) coverage for owners and developers of brownfield properties subject to IC/ECs.

Forecasting an Engineering Control or Institutional Control Breach, A Study of Third-party Excavation Activity

Excavations by third-parties are inevitable near any cleanup site. Of concern to cleanup site managers, these unexpected events can breach institutional or engineering controls relied upon in a site’s cleanup remedy. Third-party excavators include utility companies, developers and contractors whose work is not part of the site cleanup process. Terradex completed an analysis of excavation […]

The Release of an Institutional Control Data Schema and Flow

  Marking a big step forward in the “institution” for institutional controls (ICs), on June 10, 2013 the Environmental Information Exchange Network (EIEN) announced the release of an IC Data Exchange. The IC Data Exchange provides a standard means for sharing IC information between separately-owned computer systems – including sharing among different levels of government and between […]

Terradex Gains GSA Contract Vehicle to Serve Federal Clients

Terradex, a unique and pioneering provider of information-based long-term stewardship (LTS) services, is pleased to announce its award of U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 899 Contract for Environmental Services (Contract number GA-10F-009AA). Through this GSA contract, federal clients can tailor and procure the Terradex LandWatch and similar LTS services they need to support remedy protection […]

Dig Clean Excavation Advisory Begins in Delaware

As another step towards increased environmental agency integration into one-call systems, on December 17, 2012 Terradex expanded its Dig Clean service on behalf of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (DNREC).   Terradex Dig Clean builds near real-time advisories that it sends to contractors and designers after they submit “locate requests” but  before […]

Off-site Groundwater Plumes – Terradex LandWatch Is A Risk Manager’s Best Friend

Groundwater contamination plumes often migrate off-site beyond the site where the chemicals were released.   The fate of the off-site plume poses a vexing risk management challenge for the regulator, potential responsible parties and even affected local governments.  Terradex’s LandWatch is an efficient and effective adjunct to the risk management plan for an off-site plume. […]

Brownfield Developer Fails to Meet BFPP Defense; Found Liable Under CERCLA for Removing Concrete Slab Above Contaminated Soil

This Saline, Michigan case adds another decision to similar recent cases such as Ashley II and Robertshaw, which assess whether current owners of contaminated property met CERCLA’s Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser (BFPP) defense.  It also showcases the interesting legal question concerning the relation between BFPP requirements to (1) take reasonable steps, after acquisition, to prevent “releases” and (2) […]

BNA to Host September 28th Webinar On Continuing Obligations

Two Terradex leaders, Bob Wenzlau and myself (Michael Sowinski), accompanied by Tim Haley of Barnes and Thornburg, will lead a September 28th, 2pm EST webinar, hosted by BNA.  Our main focus will cover the recently published ASTM E2790-11, “Standard Guide for Identifying and Complying With Continuing Obligations.”  This Guide provides industry consensus on good methods or “best practices” […]

U.S. Mayors Report Touts Brownfield Successes; Stays Silent on ICs

The United States Conference of Mayors recently published “Recycling America’s Land: A National Report on Brownfields Redevelopment.” The report highlighted the successes and benefits of brownfield redevelopment, but stayed silent on the use of Institutional Controls (ICs).  Of course many factors contribute to Brownfield successes but the important role of ICs, and their ongoing stewardship, ought […]

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 […]