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Sediment Cleanup in the Lower Duwamish Waterway

Sediment Cleanup in the Lower Duwamish Waterway

Farallon coordinates non-time-critical removal action at an early action area in the Lower Duwamish Waterway Superfund site

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Farallon negotiated with EPA and developed scopes of work for conducting an Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA), Removal Design, and Removal Action for cleaning up nearshore sediments and the shoreline bank in an Early Action Area of the Lower Duwamish Waterway (LDW) Superfund site. The work was conducted on behalf of former property owner Earle M. Jorgensen Company under an Administrative Order on Consent with EPA. An EE/CA was performed to evaluate possible alternatives for cleanup of sediment and associated bank soil adjacent to the LDW. The cleanup alternative selected by EPA was complete removal of the lateral and vertical extents of sediments and associated shoreline bank soils containing polychlorinated biphenyls and metals.

The cleanup action was performed as a Non-Time-Critical Removal Action (NTCRA). Construction was completed in July through September 2014 and included removal of contaminated sediments and associated shoreline bank soils, followed by placement of clean backfill and shoreline containment. Measures to protect the environment during the NTCRA included water quality monitoring, installation of a coffer dam, use of a silt curtain, and operation of a water treatment system for barge return water. Farallon conducted extensive coordination with EPA, Native American tribes, and other stakeholders and the public during the project. Sediments, stormwater, and groundwater monitoring is currently being performed for 10 years to assess concentration trends in surface sediments and potential sources of recontamination, both in-water and upland.

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We have specialized expertise in designing sediment investigations where sediments have been impacted by a wide range of contaminants including metals, refined petroleum compounds, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, pesticides, and...

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headshot of Amy Essig Desai Amy Essig Desai Chief Executive Officer and Principal Scientist

Amy's 20 years of industry experience includes overseeing multimillion-dollar projects under CERCLA, RCRA, and MTCA, and sites administered under Administrative Orders on Consent, Agreed Orders, and Consent...

Headshot of Emerald Ericksonn Emerald J. Erickson-Mulanax Associate Geologist

Emerald has more than 11 years of environmental consulting experience, and conducts services for clients in Washington and Oregon that include soil, air, and groundwater monitoring and site assessments. She also...

headshot of Phil Cordell Phil Cordell Senior Geologist

Phil is a Licensed/Registered Geologist with more than 14 years of experience performing soil, sediment, and groundwater site assessments, remediation, and cleanup actions. He has managed projects throughout the...

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