Highly Complex Remediation Meets its Match

Soil remediation isn’t the only area where EWMI excels. This year, we provided all our service lines, including demolition, transportation and disposal, emergency response and restoration, for a highly complex remediation project in California.

Read on to see how EWMI’s varied service lines helped alleviate tension in a highly complex remediation project.

The Challenge: Highly Complex Remediation

A former dry-cleaning facility in Newport Beach, California, required remediation of soil contaminated with Tetrachloroethylene, a fluid used in the industry. The dry-cleaning facility was located within a bustling, active strip mall, meaning that the soil needed to be remediated while allowing nearby businesses to remain open. 

The site was in the middle of an active strip mall, which remained open for the duration of the highly complex remediation project

EWMI created a critical mobilization plan for the project and set to work on the highly complex project.

The Solution: A Full-Service Environmental Management Partner

EWMI’s team worked flexibly to ensure that other businesses in the strip mall would remain unaffected by the remediation project. The first phase of the project was performed in the evening to limit public exposure.

Our Field team arrived on site, broke the concrete floors of the former dry cleaner and removed concrete to eliminate noise and vibration on the site. Once the soil below the floor was exposed, remediation began inside the shopfront.

Breaking the concrete flooring to expose contaminated soil

Using compact mini-excavators and small motorized wheel barrows, EWMI excavated eight feet below the shop floor, loaded the soil and moved the dirt into a skid steel, which transferred the soil in staged roll-offs.

EWMI was highly adaptable during this stage of the project. When contaminant level testing indicated that the team needed to dig deeper, the team worked on holidays and weekends to complete the necessary tasks. In addition, the team had to dig around gas lines and a manifold to ensure that other stores could continue operating throughout the project lifecycle.

The team then performed slot excavation by backfilling the pit incrementally with flowable fill. This precise and complex task was critical for maintaining building integrity. EWMI also assisted the job’s environmental consultant in laying conveyance lines and placing concrete footings in the storefront.

Once the soil below the former dry cleaner was excavated and remediated, and replaced with a new concrete floor, the shopfront was turned over to the new owners – good as new and ready to operate with a new life.

Remediation Across the Nation

EWMI brought countless value-added benefits to this project and provided best-in-class service to the highly complex remediation project. No matter where your project is, no matter what service it requires, EWMI can help your team create the strongest and safest outcome during your next environmental management job.

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