Location: Bethlehem, PA
Brickhouse Environmental was retained to perform a combination Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) at a metal manufacturing facility prior to a real estate transaction. The facility had a long history of manufacturing operations including metal fabrication and painting throughout the 20th century. Operations involved the use of chlorinated solvents, petroleum products, and other hazardous substances. Several potential environmental issues were identified that required further investigation. Brickhouse reviewed the potential issues with the client, and together developed a scope of work to evaluate those concerns in light of the proposed future use of the site.
The Phase II ESA included the advancement of soil borings, construction of temporary well points, and the collection of representative soil and groundwater samples for laboratory analysis. Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) was detected in soil and groundwater samples at concentrations above applicable standards. Through the Phase I and Phase II ESA, Brickhouse Environmental was able to fully evaluate potential environmental issues and provide our client with the necessary data to make informed decisions based on their level of risk and potential liabilities.