With a qualified team of Professional Geologists, Engineers, and Geoscientists, we have the experience and resources to complete every type and phase of site remediation, from initial discovery and delineation to physical remediation and post-remedial care plans. With 40 years of experience, we develop and implement our scope of work by intuitively looking ahead, always allowing the end goals of the project to guide the decision-making process.
Site Investigation and Cleanup
Brickhouse is a leader in site investigation and remediation, with a proven track record. We have completed literally thousands of projects since our inception in 1977. From small scale, localized impacts at gas stations, strip malls, and dry cleaners, to large industrial properties, our team of experienced scientists can work with property owners and buyers to provide the best approach for each particular site and client.
From initial site investigation to complex contaminant delineation and remediation, our team of scientists works with our clients and regulators to successfully bring projects to completion. Site remediation programs are developed using sound science and the highest level of quality in the industry.
Soil Vapor Intrusion
The intrusion of contaminated soil vapors into homes, schools, and businesses has become one of the most important aspects of environmental site investigation and remediation. The potential health risks associated with long-term exposure to indoor air contaminants has caused vapor intrusion to be the most important factor to consider in many environmental studies.
Brickhouse scientists and engineers have conducted extensive vapor migration studies in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. We understand the complex variables associated with vapor migration, and how site-specific geologic conditions, subsurface utility trenches, and building construction can impact the potential for vapors to migrate into buildings.
By integrating our expertise in geology, hydrogeology, engineering, and forensic chemistry, we have successfully identified the sources of vapors in cases where the source was previously unknown or misidentified. And based on our experience and expertise in this arena, we have provided expert testimony and litigation support in high profile legal cases centered on the intrusion of volatile organic chemical vapors into buildings.
Voluntary Cleanup Programs and Brownfields
In 1995, Pennsylvania became a pioneer in the efforts to create a statewide, risk based, voluntary cleanup program with the passage of the Land Recycling and Environmental Remediation Standards Act (commonly known as Act 2). Over the years, many states have adopted similar regulations. Brickhouse’s experienced team has been recognized by attorneys, developers, and regulators for its expertise in successfully remediating sites in accordance with the regulations of Act 2 and other state risk-based cleanup programs.
Years of experience have enabled our team to streamline the process. We have proven time and again that conducting a high quality comprehensive initial investigation pays dividends by reducing the need to repeat investigative activities which lead to increased costs and delays in project approval. We continually work with regulators and provide quality data and reports with proper documentation. We pride ourselves in doing it right the first time, and have successfully demonstrated attainment under the Statewide Health, Special Industrial, and Site Specific Standards at over 100 sites across the state. In fact, many of our projects are inherited from our competitors after years of time and countless dollars have been wasted on failed efforts to properly remediate a Site.
State Mandated and Federal Cleanup Programs
Our experienced professionals have been involved in State and Federally regulated cleanups since these rules and regulations were first implemented, providing a vast array of expertise. We have helped clients redevelop Federal Superfund sites under CERCLA, PCB sites under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and managed the final cleanup of sites under the RCRA Corrective Action Process. We also have significant experience in completing remediation under the New Jersey Site Remediation and Reform Act (SRRA), the Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA), Delaware’s Hazardous Substance Cleanup Act (HSCA), or Pennsylvania’s Storage Tank Corrective Action Process (CAP). Whether it be a Federal or State cleanup, or a combination of both, Brickhouse can properly assess and navigate these complex regulatory systems to ensure a timely cleanup and closure of the project.
Storage Tank Removal and Assessment
Whether an Aboveground or an Underground Storage Tank (AST or UST) system is a regulated or non-regulated under federal or state law, we have the in-depth knowledge to properly evaluate, test, close, or remediate impacts as a result of the operation of storage tank systems. These systems can range from a single 275-gallon home heating oil tank that has burst, leaking its entire contents onto the basement floor of a home, to 10,000-gallon bulk petroleum and other hazardous liquid storage tank systems that have created extensive groundwater contaminant plumes. Assessments performed on existing tank systems or prior to removal are conducted in combination with geophysical locating to ensure the integrity of the tank system and safety of site workers during the investigative phase. Brickhouse provides qualified Geoscientists to assess conditions encountered during removal and to collect proper soil and groundwater samples to satisfy regulatory closure requirements.