One of the largest national suppliers of baked products to McDonald’s Restaurants needed to assess and mitigate soil contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons (hydraulic oil) inside of their leased Southern California production site. In addition, The Reynolds Group was requested to provide asbestos related pre-demolition consulting advice. Approximately two years before its lease expired, the Client began the process of evaluating potential environmental impairment caused during its operation of an industrial bakery at the site. Fresh Start engaged TRG because of our prudent approach to assessing and dealing with environmental liabilities. After performing a complete assessment, TRG quantified and budgeted the cost of remediation. To ensure there would be no issues with the landlord/property owner upon the expiration of it lease, Fresh Start Bakeries asked TRG to proactively engage the regulatory agency, the County of Los Angeles Fire Department, to approve an expedited Remedial Action Plan.
TRG demolished the concrete floor and excavated approximately 400 tons of soil from the interior of the production building in confined conditions. Excavation was advanced until onsite laboratory analysis of the soils confirmed that levels of hydraulic oil met the cleanup levels pre-established by the Fire Department. In the end, Fresh Start Bakeries received a No Further Action Letter with no restrictions on the sites future use. TRG arranged for the safe transportation and disposal of the contaminated soils and restored the floor inside the building to its original condition. All of the work was completed under a tight timeline over a Thanksgiving Holiday. During decommissioning and demolition of the manufacturing equipment and tenant improvement, issues related to potential asbestos-containing materials in building products and kilns arose. TRG was engaged to assess the issues, provide solutions, and engage and manage a contractor to abate the issues as required for Fresh Start Bakeries to move out of the premises with no residual liability.