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CUGS: Clean Up Goals

Posted by Laura Fleming on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 13:01 PM

While I was traveling from Glendive, MT, where SRS Crisafulli is based, to New Orleans, LA, for Battelle’s 2015 Contaminated Sediments Conference, the EPA was making an emergency trip from its office in Colorado to Glendive to begin to deal with the Bridger Pipeline oil spill, before this also became a contaminated sediments problem.

This is a stark reminder that while many of these projects are long term, and have defined goals, there are emergencies that require immediate action.

Da Nang Airbase, Vietnam: Cleaning the Ground

Da Nang International Airport

Photo: Agent Orange Action Group

At the Battelle Conference, the most unusual presentation came from Dr. Kent Sorenson, of CDM Smith. His client is the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); the site is the Da Nang Airbase, Vietnam. This airbase was used by the US military from 1959–1975. At the north end of the airbase, Operation Ranch Hand mixed, loaded, and stored 100,000 barrels of Agent Orange. The toxic Dioxin (2,3,7,8 – TCDD) is a component of Agent Orange, and was left behind, devastating those with prolonged exposure. The residuals represent the highest levels of dioxin in the world. The clean-up, which is happening now, is Thermal Conduction Heating under Vacuum Extraction, with insulated covers, and heater wells. The volume of material requiring treatment is 42,000 m3 of soil and 45,000 m3 of sediment.

Environmental Remediation at Da Nang Airport: USAID Dioxin Contamination Project Progress: Soil Sampling

Last year, USAID and CDM Smith received an Honor Award in Environmental Communication from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. The award recognized the public information and stakeholder involvement program associated with remediation of dioxin contamination at the Da Nang Airport in Vietnam.

“As we prepare to move and clean this ground, so have we moved mountains to bring the United States and Vietnam to this landmark moment,” said U.S. Ambassador David B. Shear. “We are both moving earth and taking the first steps to bury the legacies of our past. I look forward to even more successes to follow,” he added. Two U.S. companies, CDM Smith and Tetra Tech Inc., were awarded the contract for construction management and oversight of the entire project in coordination with the Vietnamese ministry.

Kent Sorenson’s presentation was focused on the technical aspects of the remediation, and he acknowledged the political and cultural environmental impacts as well.

Other Remediation Sites presented:

The Gowanus Canal. Yes! The Gowanus Canal Photo:

brainware3000/Flickr

Photo: brainware3000/Flickr

This NYC site was originally a shallow wetland that was an authorized fill site in 1849. There were 3 manufactured gas plants (MGP) plants which discharged into the canal, in addition to sewage.

From the late 1800's to the mid 1900's, hundreds of Manufactured Gas Plants supplied homes and industry with fuel for heating, cooking, and lighting. Today, the New York State Department of Economic Conservation, and others, are overseeing the investigation and cleanup of contamination left behind from these plants.

Brian Carr, Assistant Regional Counsel, U.S. EPA, New York, presented on the history and proposed Gowanus Canal cleanup. There was a Record of Decision (ROD) in 2013. (I had total acronym fatigue and confusion.)

The 100 page ROD document – the Record of Decision – outlines the $500 million cleanup which is now proceeding.  What are we cleaning? There are PAHs, PCB’s and heavy metals, including mercury, lead, copper and bicycles on their way out of the Gowanus Canal.

Acronym cheat sheet:

PAH: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. PAHs have been identified as carcinogenic and mutagenic (as well as teratogenic), and are considered pollutants of concern for the potency of potential adverse health impacts; the same holds true of their presence at significant levels over time in human diets.

PCB: polychlorinated biphenyl. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PCBs cause cancer in animals and are probable human carcinogens, and they have been widely disbursed in the environment, way beyond the Hudson River, which we have all heard so much about.

Conference Notes

This conference – the 8th – that Battelle has assembled on this topic was well attended. Organizers commented on the attendance of over 1,000 sophisticated project managers, scientists, vendors, contractors, and representatives of industry – Dow, DuPont, Honeywell, The Boeing Company – as well as the regulatory EPA, and the Scientific community from the Corp of Engineers.

Dr. Todd Bridges, Senior Research Scientist at the Research & Development Center of the US Army Corp in Vicksburg, Mississippi, was particularly outspoken, advocating for full and open deliberations within the Community of Environmental Remediation stakeholders.

Todd led a spirited review of decision making processes, and advocated that “sunlight is the best of disinfectants.”

The Conference’s closing roundtable panel addressed the question: Can Urban Master Planning Help Resolve the Cost/Benefit Impasse at Large Contaminated Sediment Sites. The panel told stories of reconnecting communities to their rivers, using design competitions and economic development projects to increase the values of the outcomes.

Great idea.

Yes, we will provide updates and comments on the impact of the January 17, 2015 Bridger Pipeline Yellowstone River oil spill on these pages in the weeks and months ahead.  So far, of the 50,000 gallons of oil originally believed released, responders have recovered more than 21,000 gallons from both the pipeline and the Yellowstone River.

Links:

USAID Da Nang Airport Cleanup

Gowanus Canal Record of Decision

Bridger Pipeline Oil Spill Response

Topics: EPA, habitat remediation, Glendive, International Market, Battelle, USAID, dioxin, Da Nang, Agent Orange, Bridger Pipeline

SRSC Fall Show Schedule - World Dairy Expo and WEFTEC

Posted by Laura Fleming on Mon, Sep 08, 2014 @ 07:09 AM


SRS Crisafulli is packing personnel and equipment to exhibit at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, September 30th – October 4th.

SRS Crisafulli's Booths: #726 & 727

We’ll be outside with a Slurry Pump, and a FLUMP with new agitation features on display. Stop by and find out how SRS Crisafulli can solve your settled solids lagoon challenges.  

Here is our encampment photo from last year's World Dairy Expo:

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Staff attending in 2014: Dredge Rental and Sales Manager Troy Fercho, and Chad Schipman, Engineering Manager.

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WEFTEC:  Water Environment Federation:  water quality people at the annual water quality event takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana September 29th – October 1st.

SRS Crisafulli's Booth: #7928

Staff attending: Applications Engineer Tristan Hoff, CFO Laura Fleming, Treasurer Aldace Fleming, with support from Representative Frank Vestal of Tennessee.  We look forward to connecting with other Representatives and Customers at this National Event.

Also, 

In the News:

Tristan Hoff, Applications Engineer, recently opened an SRS Crisafulli Sales office in Kennebunk, Maine. While attending the Western Dredging Association trade show in Toronto, Canada, writer Judith Powers interviewed Mr. Hoff for International Dredging Review.

The article and photo can be found here.

Manure Managers Expo

Finally, in early June, SRS Crisafulli participated for the first time in the Manure Managers Show in Springfield, Missouri.  The Floating Lagoon Pumping System (FLUMP), competed with Agitation Boats at a Dairy Lagoon, and generated interest because of it's low-turbidity and electric approach to moving manure.  Design Engineer Jordan Webb was interviewed by Douglas Hamiilton, PdD, Oklahoma State University, Associate Professor, Waste Management Specialist.  That interview was filmed and will be available soon.

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 Photo:  Jordan Webb and Douglas Hamiliton fiilming in front of the FLUMP.

 

Happy Hunting one and all.

Links to the 2 Fall Shows: 

http://www.weftec.org/

https://www.worlddairyexpo.com/

 

Topics: dredge, flump, Municipal dredging, sludge, maintenance dredging, Hydraulic dredging, rotomite 6000, WEFTEC, World Dairy Expo, Manure

Spring Schedule - Rural Water Shows in the Northwest

Posted by Laura Fleming on Thu, Feb 06, 2014 @ 13:02 PM

Well, it's actually a bit of winter schedule, but this winter needs more spring.

We are kicking off our trade show schedule by being in two places:  Fargo, North Dakota and Great Falls, Montana.  In both cases, we are attending the State Rural Water Show. 

At the Fargo Rural Water Show, SRS Crisafulli's Troy Fercho, Dredge Sales and Rental, will be making a presentation:  Wastewater Lagoon Dredging Process.

The A Team will then travel to Des Moines, Iowa, for their Rural Water Show (February 24 - 26), and swing by the Pumper Show in Indianapolis.  Let us know if you want to meet up.  We are traveling lightly at the Pumper Show - you will not find us on the Exhibitors List.

In March, we are working the Idaho Rural Water Show (March 12 - 14) in Boise, and then at the end of April, we will be at the California Rural Water Show at Lake Tahoe.  We can't wait for that show - as it will actually be spring then, even if California is experiencing a drought.

Of course, we will also be at the Glendive Agri-Tech Exposition at the Eastern Plains Event Center that opens tomorrow, February 7, and continues into Saturday.  We are introducing SRS Crisafulli's DUAL-PRO (540/1000) Power Unit at this event.  Please stop by.  Our original camouflage trailer pump will also be on display outdoors.

Links:

North Dakota Rural Water Association

In many areas of North Dakota, water used for domestic, municipal, and livestock needs, is of
insufficient quantity and/or quality. This has inconvenienced the residents of small towns and rural areas, as well as retarded the overall economic growth of North Dakota. The formation of rural water systems has helped to bring clean, safe water to many of these areas throughout North Dakota.

Montana Rural Water Association

Provides training and technical assistance to people running systems for drinking water, waste water, including tribal communities.

Iowa Rural Water:  Feburary 24 - 26

Conference theme:  Power of the Past;  Force of the Future

Idaho Rural Water Association March 12 - 14

Quoting from a recent press release in the Idaho Statesman:  "Idaho Gov. Otter touted a study in his State of the State address to look at raising the height of the nearly century-old Arrowrock Dam to increase the Treasure Valley's water supply.  But if the 348-foot dam is raised, it will be flood control that drives the decision and the millions of dollars in federal spending the project would need...  an estimated $10 billion worth of homes, buildings and other structures lie in the Boise River flood plain.  Water supply is a future concern for Idaho's farmers, but flooding is an every-year worry for anyone living along the river."

Water is never boring.

California Rural Water Association EXPO:  April 28 - May 1, South Lake Tahoe

Glendive Agricultural Trade Exposition  - Glendive, Montana

 

 in Just- spring when the world is mud- luscious the little lame balloonman whistles far and wee.
E. E. Cummings

Topics: dredging, Municipal dredging, water treatment plant, wastewater treatment plant, Rural Water, WWTP