Following the release of a significant quantity of PCB containing oils from a former electrical switching building, The Reynolds Group assisted the Brownfield property owner with spill cleanup, documentation and closure activities. TRG followed protocols specified in TSCA and 40 CFR 761 to decontaminate and wipe test the building from which the PCBs were released. In addition, TRG oversaw the excavation and disposal of PCB impacted soils and solid wastes.
Timing was critical at this Brownfield site because the release occurred at an abandoned building slated for immediate demolition. Without an agency release from spill response obligations, the grading and building at the site would have stopped, causing costly delays in the redevelopment. To expedite cleanup and closure, TRG informed the oversight agency (Los Angeles County Fire Department Hazardous Materials Division) of the ongoing cleanup progress and confirmation testing results. Once it was decontaminated to strict regulatory standards, TRG negotiated with the LACFD to obtain an expeditious release of the building, so that it could be demolished. Closure was granted within a week of TRG’s report submittal.