Location: Auto Repair Facility, Pottstown, PA
Based on the findings of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), Brickhouse Environmental was retained to perform a Phase II ESA at an automotive repair facility. Historical information obtained during the Phase I ESA indicated possible residual soil contamination in association with the removal of a non-regulated underground storage tank (UST) during the 1990s. Historic reports indicated some soil was remediated, but post-excavation soil sampling showed some soil contamination remained on the site. Additionally, reports were discovered indicating that a malfunctioning septic system was receiving wastewater from shop floor drains. Sewage from the repair shop was reportedly discharged to a nearby drainage swale.
A Phase II scope of work was developed to investigate the areas of concern including: the advancement and field screening of 11 soil borings; collection of representative soil samples from soil borings and the drainage swale for laboratory analysis; and sampling of the on-site water supply well for laboratory analysis. Analytical results were compared to applicable State and Federal standards, and a report was prepared to document the investigation. The Phase II ESA provided the necessary information to conclude that environmental impacts as a result of the historic operations were not present at concentrations above current applicable standards. As a result, the owner was able to proceed with obtaining the desired financing and continue to grow the long-established business.