Union High School was developing land adjacent to their existing facilities to provide new baseball fields and related infrastructure, and the administration was concerned that the soil in the berm around the high school’s gun range might have lead contamination. The gun range had been present at the high school for twenty-five years.
Froehling & Robertson, Inc. was brought on board to perform:
- Initial soil sampling to confirm the levels of lead in the backstop of the range,
- Delineation of the contaminated soil volume utilizing an X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) sampling device which measures lead content in soil in real time, and Direct Push (Geoprobe) style drilling,
- Review of lead in soil regulatory compliance requirements,
- Generation of a site sampling plan for submittal to the Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC), and
- An estimate of the contaminated soil volume.
Once the contaminated soil volume was mapped, F&R professionals worked with a remedial contractor to develop and utilize a plan to treat the contaminated soil onsite — an approach that allowed our client to avoid hauling the contaminated soil to a hazardous waste landfill, and which allowed onsite reuse of the stabilized soil.
This approach reduced the cleanup costs from $140,000 to $50,000.