E2PM was contracted by the Camden Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to conduct due diligence and Preliminary Assessment (PA) tasks for two particular locations in the City of Camden, Camden County, New Jersey, summarized as follows:
For Pierce & Dupont Street Project, E2PM provided the following services throughout the duration of this project:
- Preliminary Assessment / Environmental Site Assessment: E2PM completed all PA/ESA requirements in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:26E and the ASTM standards (E1527-05). E2PM performed a diligent inquiry as defined in N.J.A.C. 7:26E-1.8 and ASTM E1527-05 by reviewing available environmental related documents and conducted a visual site survey to identify indicators of the potential existing presence of hazardous materials and hazardous wastes on the site. E2PM developed a history of ownership and operations at the site utilizing available title information, industrial/city directories, interviews, fire insurance maps, aerial photographs, topographic maps, etc. Municipal, county, state and federal databases were reviewed to obtain information regarding the potential presence of hazardous materials/wastes on the site or on properties located in the vicinity of the site. E2PM further identified and evaluated any current or former remediation activities conducted on-site, as well as enforcement actions for violation of environmental laws associated with the site and addressed identified areas of concern by providing recommendations regarding the need for sampling to comply with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 7:26E. E2PM prepared and submitted the PA/ESA report and attended an internal Camden Redevelopment Agency meeting to discuss the findings of the PA/ES.
- Site Investigation: To further evaluate any areas of concern identified by the PA/ESA, a Site Investigation (SI) workplan for the evaluation of noted areas of concern, including soil and groundwater sampling, was recommended per the contract to the Camden Redevelopment Agency. A Sampling, Analysis and Management Plan (SAMP), Quality Assurance Project Plan and a Health and Safety Plan (HASP) were prepared and submitted to the client and USEPA, however, based on the initiative of the local community members having created a community garden on the property, the CRA opted to not pursue any additional investigation for potential development.
For the Block N project E2PM was contracted for the following services:
- File Review: Completion of a review of all available information from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). E2PM also requested well records.
- Existing Document Review: Upon receipt of available reports from the NJDEP, E2PM reviewed all existing documentation and prepared a summary document detailing the findings, summary of all investigative activities conducted on the property, identified potential data gaps, and provided a basis for the preparation of a remedial investigation work plan. All previous investigative activities were compared to current sampling methodologies and remediation standards to ensure that the ultimate remediation of the site was compliant with current regulations. Additionally, a site plan was prepared to include the location of identified areas of concern (AOCs), including, but not limited to, storage tanks, drainage systems, monitoring wells, former sample collection points, and identified areas of impact and their associated contaminant levels.
- Remedial Investigation Work Plan: E2PM was awaiting approval of the document review summary which included recommendations for further work prior to completing the required Remedial Investigation Work Plan (RIWP) for Block N in accordance with the NJDEP Technical Requirements for Site Remediation (N.J.A.C. 7:26E; February 2011)). The RIWP was to include activities required to continue the investigation and remediation activities at the site will include, but are not limited to, public notification requirements, a Receptor Evaluation, a Baseline Ecological Evaluation, proposed soil and groundwater sampling and associated reporting requirements. All activities within the RIWP were to be in accordance with the NJDEP Technical Requirements for Site Remediation (N.J.A.C. 7:26E; February 2011) and the Field Sampling Procedures Manual (August 2005). The contract was canceled by the CRA prior to approval to complete the RIWP; therefore the sampling, analysis & management plan, along with the monitoring well abandonment were not completed for this location by E2PM.