Archive for the ‘Site Assessment’ Category

Due Diligence Compliance Audit – RMP Audit of Iowa Ammonia Refrigeration Operation

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Due Diligence RMP Focused Compliance Audit of Cold Storage Facility
Client:
National Food Processing Company
Location(s):
Iowa

Key Elements: Due Diligence, Environmental compliance audit, Multimedia compliance audit, Accidental Release Prevention, Risk Management Program

Overview: Caltha LLP was retained by a national food processing company to conduct a multimedia environmental compliance audit of this cold storage facility as part of its due diligence. The scope of the audit covered all media including wastes, hazardous waste, wastewater, hazardous materials, DOT HazMat and air emissions. Due to the use of anhydrous ammonia refrigerant systems, the facility was subject to the Accidental Release Prevention provisions of 40 CFR 68. The majority of the audit was to review operations for compliance with the requirements of the Risk Management Program and Process Safety Management. This included conformance with the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration guidelines. Caltha provided IIA certified auditors to conduct the review.

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Phase I Environmental Assessment For Historical Industrial Site

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Phase 1 ESA
Client:
Property Owner
Location(s):
Duluth, Minnesota

Key Elements: Phase 1, Environmental Assessment, All Appropriate Inquiry

Overview: Caltha LLP was retained by the property owner to conduct a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment for their property located in Duluth, Minnesota. Historical records indicated that the property was in industrial use from at least 1910 through 1970s. The assessment was conducted to meet the requirements of ASTM E-1527-13 and the US EPA All Appropriate Inquiry requirements. The assessment determined based on historical records where past industrial activities and bulk fuel storage occurred on the property.

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Soil Vapor Intrusion Assessment in Minnesota

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Soil Vapor Intrusion Assessment
Client:
 National bank
Location(s):
Minnesota

Key Elements: Environmental site assessment, soil vapor sampling, ASTM Standard  E2600-10

Overview: Caltha LLP was retained by this national bank to address potential vapor intrusion risks identified in a Tier I Vapor Encroachment Screening Assessment conducted in accordance with ASTM Standard  E2600-10. Potential vapor sources were identified within the specified search distance. Subslab soil vapor samples were collected in accordance with MPCA and US EPA guidelines. All concentrations were found to be below MPCA soil vapor intrusion screening values for commercial/industrial uses. No further investigation was required.

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Response Action Plan To Address Soil Contamination During Site Redevelopment

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project:Site Investigation, Response Action Under Voluntary Site Cleanup Program
Client:
Site Redevelopment Company
Location(s):
Minnesota

Key Elements: Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment, Phase 2 Limited Site Investigation, Response Action Plan

Overview: Caltha LLP was retained by a site redevelopment company to conduct a Phase I ESA on this previously developed property. The assessment determined that past chemical releases had occurred on the property due to historical industrial activity on the property. A Phase 2 investigation was conducted which confirmed that contamination was present which would need to be addressed during the demolition and redevelopment of the site. Caltha prepared a Response Action Plan to be implemented during site redevelopment, which as approved by the State agency. Caltha then oversaw implementation of the RAP in coordination with the redevelopment contractor.

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Phase II Environmental Investigations In Minnesota and North Dakota

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Phase 2 Site Investigations For Sites In Minnesota & North Dakota
Client:
National Equipment Contractor
Location(s):
Minnesota and North Dakota

Key Elements: Phase 2 studies, groundwater studies, contaminated soil, petroleum cleanup

Overview: Caltha LLP was retained by this national corporation to conduct soil and groundwater investigations at two of its operations, located in Minnesota and North Dakota. Investigations were designed to assess the potential for past releases on the properties from prior on-site operations. Work focused on floor drains, trenches, oil water separators and on site septic systems.

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Environmental Due Diligence For Mississippi Food Manufacturing Plant

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Techncial Support for Environmental Due Diligence During Corporate Merger
Client:
National Food Ingredient Manufacturer/External Legal Counsel
Location(s):
Mississippi

Key Elements: Technical support to resolve issues related to due diligence assessments, environmental compliance audit, Phase I ESA

Overview: Caltha LLP provided expect technical support to this national food manufacturing corporation through their external legal counsel. Work was to provide expert technical reviews and consultant services related to due diligence preformed by the merger partner consultant. Issues were related to resolving Recognized Environmental Conditions, conformance to the new ASTM Standard Practice E 1527-13, and obligations related to shared environmental permits for air emissions, wastewater and stormwater.

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Regulatory Compliance Audit and Due Diligence For Minnesota and North Dakota Food Manufacturing Plants

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Compliance Audit and Environmental Due Diligence For Minnesota and North Dakota Food Manufacturing Plants 
Client:
 International Food Manufacturing Industry 
Location(s):
Minnesota and North Dakota

Key Elements: Environmental Compliance Audit, Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment

Overview:  Caltha was retained by this multinational food manufacturer to conduct an environmental regulatory compliance audit and a Phase I ESA at two of its plants located near Minneapolis, Minnesota and near Bismarck, North Dakota. Compliance audits were conducted to assess compliance with EPA, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), and Hennepin County requirements in Minnesota, and EPA and North Dakota Department of Health (NDDH) requirements in North Dakota. Regulatory requirements evaluated included:

  • Clean Air Act,
  • Clean Water Act,
  • RCRA hazardous waste and solid waste requirements,
  • Emergency Preparedness and Community Right-to-know Act (EPCRA) requirements,
  • Toxic Substance Control Act,
  • Above and underground tank requirements,
  • OSHA Hazard Communication.

Caltha also completed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) for both sites, in accordance with ASTM E1527-05.

 

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Phase 1 Environmental Assessment and Compliance Review For Racine, WI Facilities

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Environmental Due Diligence, Phase 1 ESA and Compliance Assessment For Operations Near Racine, Wisconsin
Client: Real Estate Holding Company
Location(s): Wisconsin
Key Elements: Pre-acquisition Due Diligence, Phase I Environmental Assessment, Permit Review

Overview: Caltha was retained by this Real Estate Holding Company to conduct environmental due diligence of three properties located near Racine, Wisconsin they intended to acquire and continue to operate. Caltha staff conducted a Phase 1 ESA in accordance with ASTM standard practice E 1527-05. The ESA was augmented with a review of business risks associated with the acquisition and operation of these three existing businesses. Although no Recognized Environmental Conditions were identified, several business risks were revealed, including lack of spill prevention and control measures required under Federal rules, and lack of a State air emission permit for certain VOC emitting sources. Caltha recommended that both deficiencies be addressed prior to closing.

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Environmental Site Assessment For Bulk Chemical Storage Facility Near Madison, WI

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Phase 1 Environmental Assessment For Bulk Chemical Storage Facility Near Madison, WI
Client: Food Product Manufacturer
Location(s): Wisconsin

Key Elements: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment for property acquisition

Overview: Caltha LLP was retained by this food product manufacturing company to conduct a Phase 1 ESA for a property they intended to acquire to expand operations near Madison, Wisconsin. The property was a former bulk fuel and agricultural chemical storage and distribution facility and had known past spills  and leaking tanks resulting in reportable releases of herbicides and pesticides. Caltha reviewed historical records of spills and cleanup actions and discussed past remediation with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture project manager responsible for overseeing cleanup and site closure. It was determined that historical releases had been adequately addresses and were considered “Historical Recognized Environmental Conditions” (HREC) only, and no further site investigation was recommended. The prospective Buyer was able to complete the acquisition of the property.

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Phase II Environmental Investigation of Gas Station in Minneapolis – St Paul Metro Area

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Caltha LLP Project Summary

Project: Phase II Limited Site Investigation at Gas Station
Client: Regional Bank
Location(s): Minnesota

Key Elements: Soil and Groundwater Investigation

Overview:  Caltha LLP was retained by a prospective lender to conduct a soil and groundwater investigation for this gas station located in Minnetonka, Minnesota. The investigation was required under internal bank policies which prescribed a site investigation be conducted prior to issuing loans on any current or former gas station properties. The gas station had been in business for many years and had previously reported leaking tanks; the LUST site had been cleaned up and closed, but it was anticipated that the Phase 2 may encounter residual contamination which had been allowed to remain on-site at the time the LUST was closed. As expected, some petroleum impacted soil was found at the site, but it could be determined that additional no releases had occurred since the previous LUST was closed. The bank was able to use the results of the investigation to determine that risks associated with the gas station had been addressed and the bank was able to enter into a loan agreement with a new buyer.

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