Consultants in the Earth and Environmental Sciences
Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Studies
Sola Superfund Site
As Manager of Environmental Affairs for Sola Optical USA, Inc., Mr. Adams had primary corporate responsibility for the management of the Sola Superfund site. Mr. Adams guided the project through the RI/FS process and securing a ROD and Administrative Consent Order in less than 18 months. As Project Manager, Mr. Adams was responsible for developing and implementing strategies for all phases of RI/FS work at the Site. Remedial investigations included characterization of the extent and distribution of chlorinated VOCs (primarily 1,1,1-TCA) in a complex geologic setting consisting of multiple, discontinuous layers of alluvial and fluvial sediments. Associated with the technical direction Mr. Adams contributed to the project, he negotiated the legal orders with EPA and served as the primary corporate spokesperson for the Site in various public forums sponsored by EPA.
CERCLA Private Cost Recovery Action
As a result of a large-scale acquisition by a plastic manufacturer, Mr. Adams coordinated the remedial investigations and feasibility studies of facilities included in the transaction. Due to undisclosed liabilities, the investigations were performed in such a manner to preserve the manufacturer’s rights under cost-recovery provisions of CERCLA. Mr. Adams was responsible for reviewing and producing documents, work plans, public notice provisions and investigation reports in accordance with the National Contingency Plan (NCP) to assure that work performed at these facilities was consistent with, and potentially recoverable within the framework of CERCLA
Third Party Review of Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study, Superfund Site
Mr. Adams conducted a third party review of an environmental consulting firm’s investigative and proposed remedial action plan for Federal Superfund Site in California. Investigations at the site had been conducted over an eight-year period to assess the extent of contamination at the Site and the available data and reviewed the quality and appropriateness of the previous investigatory work was reviewed. Input was also provided regarding the proposed remedial plan for purposes of optimizing the effectiveness of the proposed remedial system.
Manufacturing Site - Virginia
A small-volume sulfuric acid spill at this manufacturing facility led to a Special Order from the Virginia State Water Control Board to perform site investigations. In addition, three underground tanks were determined to be present at the Site and were closed and either removed or left in place as part of overall environmental compliance management of the Site. During the performance of these investigations, which determined that ground water had been impacted by Freon, isopropyl alcohol, ketone and TCE, Mr. Adams performed modeling and in situ aquifer testing which demonstrated that the site was not amenable for pump and treat technology. Based on this determination, a risk assessment was performed and a monitoring program was determined to be protective of both human health and the environment. The Virginia Water Board concurred and the site obtained a no further action determination from the Board.
RCRA Cleanup - Disposal Site - Missouri
Mr. Adams provided corporate management of the cleanup of lead-containing manufacturing waste at an illegal disposal site in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources required clean-up activities to remediate the site to background concentrations. In addition, a risk assessment including fish and wildlife toxicity studies and leachability testing was performed to determine the environmental impact to fish, wildlife, and ecosystems of the Lake of the Ozarks and two tributary streams. Mr. Adams directed the performance of these studies as well as acting as corporate representative in negotiations regarding the applicability, amount and settlement of RCRA penalties.