Project Safety – Working in Remote Locations

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Broadbent conducts work throughout the western United States. Environmental projects can include work such as operations and maintenance of remediation systems, in remote parts of Nevada, California, Oregon, and other western states. To ensure the safety of employees, emergency packs are stored in vehicles. Field personnel are trained to utilize the contents of the packs to assist themselves, or others. Vehicle training and defensive driving lessons are provided to field personnel to help prepare drivers for situations such as vehicle malfunction, or facing the ever changing elements of weather. For work at the Leviathan Mine in Alpine County, California, workers under go defensive driver, fatigue management, and mountain driving training programs to prepare them to navigate potentially dangerous, remote mountain Read More »

The 3 Keys to Environmental Project Management

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Broadbent’s success as a firm is demonstrated by our ability to maintain long-term relationships with valued clients. Producing quality results during environmental site investigations, and other projects, is the product of careful attention to three key components of project management (1) adherence to project scope, (2) compliance with budgetary requirements, and (3) meeting schedule obligations. The result of carefully monitoring these components, during the course of a project, is a quality product delivered to clients on time and on budget; our primary objective as environmental and engineering professionals. Adherence to a project scope is an often overlooked project component that Broadbent personnel monitor during weekly staff meetings and by maintaining open communication with the client and project staff. Through experience, Read More »

Environmental Experience – Landfill Remediation

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Kings Beach, California On behalf of the USDA – Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU), Broadbent conducted several rounds of groundwater and volatile gas vapor (via PID instrumentation) monitoring and reporting activities for four existing groundwater monitor wells associated with a former landfill site. Additionally, Broadbent conducted two rounds of additional groundwater characterization activities, via Geoprobe boring installation and water sampling, in the area of MW-4. These activities were conducted during high and low water table periods of the year to determine if groundwater had been impacted above a shallow clay layer. Broadbent also facilitated surface water sampling activities for two streams transecting the forme

Case Study: Pump and Treat Remediation

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South Lake Tahoe, CA – Broadbent provided third party review and documentation of historical operation and maintenance activities for an existing on-site groundwater pump and treat remediation system, and provided recommendations for system modifications and future operations. Constituents of concern included PCE, TCE, DCA, and vinyl chloride. Recommendations and actions included: Repairing system components, Testing system operations, And modifying the system to address iron fouling problems. Broadbent was retained to operate the system and monitor associated wells. Through a series of repairs and tests, and minimal system operation time, it was determined that the system was no longer needed, as it was no longer extracting impacted water associated with the landfill. The USDA-Tahoe National Forest (TNF) approved to terminate remediation Read More »

Environmental Experience – Total Petroleum Hydrocarbon Impacts

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Broadbent managed a project in Sparks, NV, where a diesel fuel release was discovered, emanating from a failed dispenser piping bushing (the facility operates two diesel fuel underground storage tanks (USTs), one 5,000 gallon capacity and one 8,000 gallon capacity). Initial soil sampling assessment activities, conducted via hand sampling at the point of release, found total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) diesel impacts present at 1,700 mg/kg and 16,000 mg/kg. Subsequent soil characterization activities were conducted via installation and sampling of two GeoProbe soil borings, found TPH diesel impacts present at 1,100 mg/kg in one boring at ~10.5 feet below land surface (bls), and 2,500 mg/kg in the second boring at ~15 feet bls. Additional site characterization activities were conducted using drilling Read More »