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Soil Characterization and Reclamation

CSE promotes and applies green approaches during the assessment and remediation of oil and hazardous material disposal sites. This includes considering all environmental effects of remedy implementation and incorporating options to eliminate or reduce the environmental footprint of cleanup activities to the maximum extent possible.

CSE has been at the forefront of soil reclamation projects by working with developers and contractors to assist with managing earthworks by fully characterizing soils, preparing soil management plans, and submitting LSP Opinions regarding appropriate placement of soils. See the MassDEP list of Facilities Accepting Reclamation Soil.

Another way CSE focuses on reducing waste is by recycling contaminated soil generated during cleanups. Typical oil spills will generate tons of petroleum contaminated soil, instead of sending this material to a landfill, CSE prepares a MassDEP Bill of Lading (BOL) package including full laboratory analytical data and site characterization information for acceptance at a soil recycling facility such as Aggregate Industries, Ted Ondrick Company, and Environmental Soil Management Companies (ESMI). During soil cleanup and excavation activities, CSE’s contractors transport the soil to a facility that uses encapsulation and bio-remediation methods to convert the soil into environmentally safe products for use as construction base or as soil cover for landfills. The encapsulation process utilizes commercial emulsions to bind the petroleum materials thereby preventing further migration while bio-remediation uses naturally occurring microbes to break down the petroleum into inert soil substances.