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September 3, 2010

Petroleum Soil Contamination Discovered at Brownfield Site

Acknowledgement to Great American A municipality purchased a former manufacturing facility as part of a larger Brownfield re-development project. After taking control of the property and beginning the project, the municipality discovered an old tank was missed during due diligence. Soil samples taken from the tank pit were impacted with petroleum. The area had to […]

September 3, 2010

Solvent Laced Wash Water Contaminates Water Supply Well

Acknowledgement to Great American A small paint manufacturing company performed routine drum washing operations over a severely compromised concrete containment pad. Over time, solvent laced wash water migrated through cracks in the concrete and into the subsurface soils and groundwater. The plume of solvents traveled off site and contaminated a nearby municipal water supply well. […]

September 3, 2010

Hazardous Waste Contaminates Contents of Dumpster

Acknowledgement to Great American An unknown party illegally placed a container of hazardous liquid waste into a dumpster at a small manufacturing facility. The container leaked and contaminated the contents of the load which in turn contaminated the waste on the tipping floor of the transfer station. Clean-up costs and legal fees exceeded $150,000.

September 3, 2010

Landfill Sued For Contamination of Neighboring Property

Acknowledgement to Great American Operators of a construction and demolition (C&D) waste landfill were sued by an adjacent property owned who alleged that contamination had migrated from the C&D landfill onto their property. The complaint alleged that the C&D operators accepted asbestos and various liquid wastes which subsequently contaminated the groundwater. The complaint also alleged […]

September 3, 2010

Landfill Owner Sued by Residents

Acknowledgement to Great American A residential community located one half of a mile from a landfill sued the landfill owner and operator for odor issues and devaluation of the property. The suit also alleged that truck traffic related to the site operations resulted in the release of contaminated dust to adjacent properties.

September 3, 2010

Solvent Waste Contaminates Lab

Acknowledgement to Great American A drum of spent solvent waste located in a storage shed on the property of a laboratory was knocked over as employees were attempting to move several drums. Before the spill was contained, the solvent waste ran across the laboratory’s parking lot and on to the ground of an adjacent property. […]

September 3, 2010

Dry Cleaning Operaton Causes Hotel Contamination

Acknowledgement to Great American A hotel constructed in the early 1980s had a dry cleaning operation in the basement of the building as a service for their guests. Prior to sale of the property in the late 2000s, an environmental investigation was performed on behalf of the buyer. This investigation found staining around the base […]

September 3, 2010

Hospital HVAC Repairs Cause Aspergillus

Acknowledgement to Great American A mechanical contractor was hired to perform HVAC repairs at a hospital. No medical procedures were performed during the actual renovation activities and proper measures were taken to ensure proper encapsulation. Despite the controls, one year after completion of the project, the contractor was notified that several aspergillus (a type of […]

September 3, 2010

Legionella Discovered in Hospital Water Supply

Acknowledgement to Great American Legionella was discovered in the water supply of a major metropolitan hospital. An entire wing of the hospital needed to be vacated and patients removed while the water system went through treatment for the legionella. In addition to the remediation costs, several patients sued the hospital claiming bodily injury from exposure to […]

September 3, 2010

Fumes Migrate to Hospital From Parking Garage

A street and road contractor was hired to apply a sealing coat to a new concrete parking garage next to a hospital. During the application of the sealant, fumes migrated into the hospital’s air intake system. Several patients and hospital staff were overcome by the fumes and became ill. Lawsuits were filed alleging bodily injury […]

September 3, 2010

Thieves Damage Transformer Releasing PCBs

Acknowledgement to Great American A financial institution was preparing a foreclosed site for re-sale. While the facility was unoccupied thieves broke into the structure in an attempt to steal wiring and copper piping. In the process the thieves damaged a transformer releasing PCB containing oil to the floor. The financial institution was responsible for the […]

September 3, 2010

Vandals Damage Chemical Tank Valve

Acknowledgement to Great American Over the weekend vandals climbed the fence at a chemical distribution facility. Besides breaking a few windows; they also damaged a valve on a 10,000 gallon tank of chemicals. The damaged valve leaked until Monday morning when it was discovered by facility employees. While most of the contents of the tank […]


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