Environmental support for post-fire cleanup at industrial facility

About this project

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After a fire at a large industrial facility, Barr was hired to provide emergency response services and longer-term environmental monitoring activities. One of the primary concerns was addressing contamination of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), contained in fire-fighting foams, in stormwater and fire-water ponds. We also provided general environmental compliance support during site cleanup and reconstruction activities. Barr conducted sampling and observation activities associated with PFAS-impacted water and potential stormwater runoff, collecting samples in accordance with industry best practices to prevent cross-contamination. We also inspected off-site surface-water bodies, from stream banks and by boat, for evidence of fire-related contamination. In addition, Barr worked with our client and the state environmental agency to determine treatment objectives and permit a system for removing PFAS compounds from water before it was discharged. We assisted with the design, permitting, and installation of a system that used granular activated carbon and ion exchange to remove PFAS. Once the system was operational, we conducted routine treatment-system sampling activities and tracked operational effectiveness. Finally, we helped identify regulatory requirements triggered by the event; prepared incident follow-up reports; assisted with waste management and disposal; and provided contractor oversight.


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Key team members

Karma Hughes

Vice President
Senior Geologist

Katie Wolohan

Environmental Engineer

Erik Boleman

Vice President
Senior Chemical Engineer

Andy McCabe

Environmental Engineer

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