Acme Solvent Reclaiming, Inc. Site
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NES served as the Technical Manager and O&M contractor at the Acme Solvent Reclaiming, Inc. Site near Rockford, Illinois, for the Acme Solvents RD/RA Group. NES’ responsibilities included sampling; reporting; budgeting; invoicing; regulatory agency negotiations; operating and maintaining the remedy components; and maintaining the grounds and security of over 20 acres. NES teamed with a local firm to provide O&M services. NES provided the “brains” for the data interpretation, reporting, regulatory agency negotiations, and overall remedy optimization. The local firm provided the “brawn” to conduct routine maintenance of the water treatment plant, maintain the roads and fencing, and collect groundwater quality and Solvent Vapor Extraction (SVE) discharge air samples.
During the remedy design and implementation, NES managed all aspects of the nearly $17,000,000.00 remedy. Remedy components included an alternate water supply for nearby residences; a groundwater extraction well field; a water treatment plant; SVE system; stabilization, transport, and off-site destruction of 8,000 gallons of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and volatile organic compound (VOC) sludge; and on-site low temperature thermal stripping of 7,000 tons of PCB and VOC contaminated soil. Every consent decree-mandated deadline was met or exceeded and the project was implemented on time and on budget. NES successfully demonstrated that VOCs in bedrock met Site cleanup standards and eliminated the Record of Decision (ROD) mandated Bedrock Vapor Extraction system through an Explanation of Significant Difference. NES organized and conducted contact and negotiation with state and federal agencies, local citizens, and media representatives.