How The Cost Of Cleanup Can Be Controlled By Things You Cannot Control

Land Use And Geology As Hidden Variables

Written by Keith Gaskill,  L.P.G., Project Manager and Geochemist, EnviroForensics, in collaboration with Steve Henshaw, P.G., President & CEO, EnviroForensics.

As seen in the October 2011 issue of Cleaner & Launderer.

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I am often asked by drycleaners how we will do the clean up and what will be the costs? It is almost always impossible to say at the onset because almost every situation is unique with a number of variables.

Environmental contamination from dry cleaning facilities is ob­served commonly. Historical spills and releases, from outdated machin­ery and outdated hazardous material handling practices are examples of the causes that may have impacted the soil and groundwater below such facilities.

Unfortunately, the amount of material released into the subsurface and the time duration during which it was released are not the sole in­dicators of the resources required to remediate the impacted media. The cost of cleanup is determined by a complicated combination of variables. For instance, if a gallon of Perc is spilled at Site A and at Site B, the cost of cleanup may be vastly greater at Site B based on the type of geology below the ground and/or the type of current use of the land at the surface. Continue reading “How The Cost Of Cleanup Can Be Controlled By Things You Cannot Control”

Planning For Remediation During Renovation

Written By Stephen Henshaw, P.G., President and CEO, EnviroForensics
As seen in the June 2010 issue of Cleaner & Launderer.

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Soil and groundwater investigations and cleanups can take years before site closure is obtained from the regulatory agencies.  Over the course of these activities, it is not unusual for impaired properties and shopping centers to be bought, sold, refinanced and renovated.

If you are the one responsible for the paying for the cleanup, keeping in close contact with the property owners and property managers can save you a lot of headaches and money.  Site investigations and remediations tend to drag on for two primary reasons; 1) Lack of funding necessary to complete the work; and 2) slow turnaround time by the regulatory agencies reviewing investigation reports, feasibility studies and remediation work plans.  Because the process is stretched over years, neighboring tenants come and go and renovations occur.  If you are paying attention, the construction activities associated with new tenants and renovations can be used to reduce your overall cleanup costs. Continue reading “Planning For Remediation During Renovation”

Insurance Archaeology – What is it and Why is it Beneficial?

Published in Fabricare The Magazine of Drycleaning & Laundry Institute Sep/Oct 2008

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Insurance archeology is the process of location and finding historical insurance policies that covered individuals and businesses. Historical insurance can be a huge benefit to drycleaners, as old policies can be used to pay for costs associated with soil and groundwater contamination investigations, legal representation, and even the cleanup of contaminated sits. Continue reading “Insurance Archaeology – What is it and Why is it Beneficial?”

Finding Funds for Clean Up

Insurance Coverage and State Funds
Published in Fabricare July/August 2008

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With more than 25 years of experience, Stephen Henshaw, President of EnviroForensics®, a national environmental engineering firm specializing in remediation for drycleaners, says that drycleaners in states with or without cleanup funds have viable solutions for finding dollars for cleanup from historical insurance policies. EnviroForensics® operates a customer service department for drycleaners at 1-866-888-7911 with offices nationwide. Continue reading “Finding Funds for Clean Up”

With DERF Deadline Looming, Old CGL Insurance can be Vital Protection

Published in Wisconsin Fabricare Institute’s Impressions July/August 2008 issue

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As most dry cleaners know, the deadline to enter sites into the Dry Cleaner Environmental Response Fund (DERF) Program is quickly approaching. Simply stated, if soil and groundwater samples are not collected at your site and you have not entered you site into the DERF program by August 30, 2008, you will not be eligible with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Continue reading “With DERF Deadline Looming, Old CGL Insurance can be Vital Protection”