Industrial - Doremus Avenue, Newark, NJ
AESI was retained in 2016 to address outstanding environmental issues at 400 Doremus Ave. in Newark and bring the 11-acre industrial site – home to the former Reichold Chemical Plant -- into compliance with applicable remediation standards. Prior to AESI’s involvement, the property was the subject of multiple, open Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA) cases dating back to 1985, and those cases addressed multiple industrial uses dating back to 1907. Following the demolition of the former Reichold chemical plant’s buildings, AESI performed a preliminary assessment, site investigation, remedial investigation and remedial action activities to address soil issues at the property, which had more than 120 areas of environmental concern (AOCs). Following AESI’s successful remediation efforts, this industrial site was ready for reuse and Response Action Outcomes (RAOs) were issued, allowing for redevelopment of the property. The dual-purpose parcel today serves as a truck refueling/travel center for Pilot Travel Centers (front 8 acres), and secure truck and container storage facility (rear 3 acres).
Commercial – Foundry Street Landfill - Newark, NJ
This project began as a Phase I environmental site assessment for AESI’s client, a commercial landlord investor that plans to develop the Essex County property into a car and truck parking facility for national car tenants. Historically the site was used as a landfill through the 1960s and later converted to an outdoor movie theater. In the 1980s the drive-in was developed to an indoor 12-screen theater. The property’s former owner delivered the site to AESI’s client with a less-than-ideal grading plan and passive gas vent system to utilize for planned use. After AESI’s client assumed ownership, AESI received NJDEP approval to modify the existing cap (vegetation and parking lot) to a paved area; and modified existing passive methane gas venting system in the former building area to a configuration that met the client’s needs. The property owner achieved rezoning to subdivide property into two rental lots. AESI completed Minor Disruption Permit Approval and a Remedial Action Workplan. Site monitoring is ongoing for passive air vents, and engineering controls. Additionally, groundwater contamination was confirmed as non-issue and subsequently saved AESI’s client environmental insurance costs.
Mixed Use Residential – Military Ocean Terminal, Bayonne, NJ
This former United States military ocean terminal in the Port of New York and New Jersey – which operated from 1942 to 1999 – is being redeveloped by the City into a mixed-use development. No Further Action Letters and Deed Restrictions that were completed in 2007 required Soil Remedial Action Permit (RAPs) to meet current regulations. AESI worked directly with the City of Bayonne to complete multiple RAPs and modified the Classification Exception Area (CEA) in concurrence with the planned subdivisions of the peninsula areas owned by the City of Bayonne. RAPs and CEAs were approved by the NJDEP and planned to be transferred to various potential purchasers. AESI currently is engaged in ongoing due diligence support for potential purchasers of subdivided lots.
Brownfield Redevelopment – Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY
This Brooklyn site is comprised of 3-acre parking lot, two 2-story commercial buildings and one single-story distribution warehouse. Historically used as a petroleum refinery, dry dock and tar manufacturer, the current owner – a commercial landlord/investor – Is looking to transform the site into industrial/warehouse space. Contamination migrating at depth from offsite source and historic fill material were among the challenges of this remediation project. AESI worked with the incoming tenant’s consultant, performed investigation and produced reports to secure financing for purchase. AESI’s course of action included soil and groundwater remediation, including treating shallow contamination to break down volatile compounds, enhancing natural attenuation and in situ treatment of deeper contamination from offsite. AESI completed 50 percent of remediation, with the balance being performed by tenant. AESI is providing monthly progress reports for the NYSDEC (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation).
Retail – Sportswear/Footwear Retailer – Puerto Rico
A national sportswear/footwear retailer awarded AESI an indoor air quality (IAQ) and mold evaluation survey for 50 of its stores in Puerto Rico impacted by hurricane damage in Fall 2017. AESI was charged with identifying and addressing mold, IAQ and asbestos abatement issues that impact some commercial properties/retail businesses following a flood event, and help minimize further loss of business/inventory. The AESI team performed site inspections and testing, designed a remediation program for areas where mold was discovered and assisted the client with rebuilding efforts. Additionally, building materials were tested for asbestos and where any was identified, those contaminated materials were quantified and removed in accordance with all necessary regulations.
Utilities – Raritan River - Middlesex, New Jersey
During the installation of a 72” water main reinforcement project connecting South Bound Brook, NJ and Middlesex, NJ, Atlantic Environmental Solutions, Inc. (AESI) managed the removal, transportation, and disposal of over 25,000 tons of arsenic and asbestos contaminated soils and associated health and safety, including project site and perimeter air monitoring.
The project included the installation of a tunnel under the Raritan River and Raritan Canal. The environmental challenges of the project included the presence of asbestos soil contamination on the South Bound Brook side of the project, and arsenic soil contamination of the Middlesex project side. At the South Bound Brook site, the entrance of the tunnel was started by boring through an old asbestos factory’s waste asbestos dump area. At the Middlesex site, the exit portion of the tunnel was installed through a known arsenic contaminated site called Factory Lane.
AESI provided the oversight and management for the removal, transportation, and disposal of over 25,000 tons of arsenic and asbestos contaminated soil throughout the duration of the project and treated approximately 6-million gallons of arsenic contaminated water. Contaminated soil management included performing facility waste class soil sampling and preparing waste soil profile reports; preparation of waste manifests; coordination of vehicle loading and transportation; tracking disposal amounts; and frequent progress reporting. Contaminated water management included preparing water disposal permitting; water sampling and the preparation of monthly discharge reports; coordination of disposal water transportation and tracking water disposal volumes.
AESI also provided health and safety services including the preparation and maintenance of a Health and Safety Plan (HSP), holding and participating in health and safety meetings, managing the exclusion area boundaries, maintaining all health and safety applicable permits, and the performance of both asbestos and arsenic air monitoring for the purposes of worker (work site exclusion zone monitoring) and public (work site perimeter monitoring) safety.