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Former BICC Cables Site Construction Hudson River Sediment Cap Under the EPRI Building Yonkers, Westchester County, New York

Sponsored by: Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Denver Post, SAME Philadelphia Post, and US EPA

Archived: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
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The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Denver Post and Philadelphia Post along with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are hosting a series of webinars based on talks given at recent Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites (DCHWS) Symposiums. The mission of the DCHWS symposiums is to facilitate an interactive engagement between professionals from government and the private sector related to relevant and topical issues affecting applications of engineering and science associated with cleaning up hazardous waste sites. The symposiums also serve as a platform to facilitate the exchange of information, encourage dialogue, share experiences, and build and enhance communication among design and construction professionals.

This presentation will highlight work at the BICC Cables Site, a former cable manufacturing facility whose operation led to contamination of on-site soil and sediment by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), has been the subject of remediation efforts since 2005. The impacted sediment could not be efficiently and safely removed by dredging as a result of horizontal and vertical spatial limitations, safety concerns, and the heavy debris content. Therefore, an engineering control was required to contain and treat the PCB impacted sediment. In addition to the engineering challenges posed by the site conditions, the need to work within the waters of the Hudson River created an extremely complex regulatory context. The presentation will discussion a Multi-Layer Sediment Cover System (SCS) engineering control which was designed and implemented to contain and treat the PCB-impacted sediment under the 29,500-square-foot EPRI Building in the Hudson River. In addition, SCS Remote Sensing System load cells with fiber optic cables were installed to monitor long-term movement and integrity of the SCS. Proactive stakeholder engagement was necessary to navigate the project through the two-year permitting process by leading numerous design presentations and negotiation sessions with the five regulatory agencies. Routinely adjusting the installation approach and construction schedule were also necessitated by the nature of working in a dynamic water body.

Upcoming Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites (DCHWS) Series Webinars

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Presenters:

Mike Newton, LSRP, PGMike Newton, LSRP, PG, PS&S
Michael Newton is a Project Manager at PS&S. Mr. Newton has 13 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry and holds LSRP and Professional Geologist certifications. He is a project manager for multiple industrial sites in New Jersey. Mr. Newton has site remediation experience at fuel terminals, manufacturing facilities, manufactured gas plant sites, refineries, retail gasoline, and dry-cleaning sites. He has conducted investigation and remediation activities for constituents of concern related to gasoline, diesel, fuel oil, MGP, LNAPL, poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), cutting oil, chlorinated solvents, metals, and pesticides in media such as soil, groundwater, soil vapor, wetlands, and surface water. He has extensive experience with sites undergoing remediation through New Jersey's Site Remediation Program, and is an expert in the New Jersey regulatory framework, including the ISRA Rules and Tech Regs.


Janos M. Szeman, P.E.Janos M. Szeman, P.E.
Janos M. Szeman is an Associate Principal and Environmental Engineer with over 20 years of successful remediation and waterfront construction experience. Mr. Szeman specializes in sediment remediation, waterfront rehabilitation, and shoreline/wetlands mitigation projects as well as in-situ containment and treatment of impacted soils and groundwater. He was the Environmental Engineer of Record and Program Manager for the design, permitting, remediation, and construction activities at this Hudson River waterfront development project in the City of Yonkers, Westchester County, New York.


Moderators:

Jean BalentJean Balent, U.S. EPA Technology Innovation and Field Services Division (balent.jean@epa.gov or 703-603-9924)
Ms Balent is on the staff of the EPA's Technology Innovation and Field Services Division where she has worked to collect and disseminate hazardous waste remediation and characterization information since 2003. Ms Balent manages the Clean Up Information Network website and actively supports online communication and collaboration resources available to EPA. She formerly worked with the US Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Engineering Division in the Buffalo District. Ms Balent was also a member of the SUNY-Buffalo Groundwater Research Group where she constructed and tested large scale models of groundwater flow. Ms Balent has also conducted research relating to the Great Lakes, environmental remediation, and brownfields re-development. She holds a Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from SUNY-Buffalo and a Master's degree in Information Technology from AIU.


Kate GarufiKate Garufi, EPA OSRTI (garufi.katherine@epa.gov or 703-517-5857)
Kate Garufi is the design and construction subject matter expert in the EPA Headquarters Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation. She has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She has over 15 years of experience in EPA Headquarters providing policy and technical support to all ten Regions for topics including design and remedial action scoping project management and groundwater policy development. In addition, she is the chair for the Adaptive Management Task Force Workgroup which is conducted six pilot projects to support future guidance development in this area.


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Jean Balent
Technology Integration and Information Branch

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Michael Adam
Technology Integration and Information Branch

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