MCP Response Actions, Building Media Characterization and Beneficial Use Determination

Somerville, MA

Project Highlights

  • LSP-of-record for MCP response actions related to historical releases of petroleum products and PCBs
  • Integrated environmental investigation and cleanup with property development activities that allowed project to move forward in a safe and expeditious manner
  • Performed building media characterization, focused abatement of contaminated building media, and beneficial use determination that allowed for cost-effective reuse of certain materials on-site and the disposal of remaining materials as non-hazardous demolition debris
  • As part of the development of a former paper manufacturing and distribution facility into residential condominiums, EndPoint staff developed an overall environmental compliance program designed to assist a property developer in complying with complex state and federal environmental regulations, and meeting local municipal agency demands and challenges. We performed a multi-faceted investigation and cleanup program that included the following:

    • Petroleum underground storage tank (UST) removal, disposal and reporting;
    • Environmental media contamination investigation;
    • Focused soil remediation and ground water monitoring demonstrating compliance with environmental cleanup standards;
    • Building media characterization including evaluation for the presence of hazardous chemicals, asbestos, and lead;
    • Oversight of asbestos- and lead-containing building materials abatement in isolated areas of the former manufacturing buildings; and
    • Preparation of a Massachusetts Beneficial Use Determination application allowing for the safe reuse (as on-site or off-site fill) of certain building demolition debris.

    Due to an accelerated development schedule, fast-approaching environmental regulatory deadlines, and local municipal pressure to cleanup an abandoned property, EndPoint staff developed an aggressive environmental and building characterization study that quickly defined areas of environmental concern. Localized areas of soil and building media impacts were quickly cleaned up. A ground water monitoring program was established to demonstrate that ground water remediation was not required. Activities were performed in a way that allowed local municipal agency involvement, ultimately leading to their approval and acceptance of cleanup activities.