Case Study: Solvent Release Characterization & Remediation

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In 2003, chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs) associated with dry cleaning operations were discovered in the groundwater beneath a former dry cleaning facility in Las Vegas, NV. Broadbent was contracted to conduct on- and off-site characterization activities. Broadbent prepared and implemented a detailed Site Characterization Work Plan (Work Plan) which included design, construction oversight, development, and soil and groundwater sample collection from seven groundwater monitor wells. Groundwater sample laboratory analytical results indicated the on- and off-site presence of dissolved tetrachloroethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE), dichloroethylene (DCE) and vinyl chloride (VC) constituent concentrations in groundwater in excess of their respective Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs). Broadbent prepared and implemented a subsequent Work Plan to monitor groundwater beneath the site and to conduct VC Read More »

Creating a Culture of Safety Within Broadbent

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Broadbent management has been successful in creating a culture of safety in the company. This has been accomplished through the shared learning of experiences in the field and analysis of knowledge gained from our valued clients. A simple example of this safety mindset, is how it has effected the way we park our vehicles. Even when commuting to and from work, using our personal vehicles, employees have embraced the idea of backing vehicles into parking spots. With a vehicle in this position, when leaving a parking spot, the driver is traveling forward. By leaving in the forward direction one is less likely to cause an accident. Drivers have also surveyed the front of the vehicle and scanned the area for Read More »

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 »

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 »