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Some of our representative projects include the following:


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  • Confidential Client, State College, PA. Principal environmental scientist on an evaluation of the potential environmental contamination and public health effects resulting from emissions at the Applied Research Laboratory and the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute vehicular test track at the Pennsylvania State University.  The facility is the site of tests utilizing a variety of hazardous materials which are undertaken by the Federal government, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State University.  The project consisted of soil sampling, surface water sampling, groundwater sampling and air sampling for the materials utilized in the tests.  Sample analyses were compiled, utilizing Tier II Quality Assurance/Quality Control procedures, into a report of the findings of the investigation, along with specific recommendations for remedial action.
  • Confidential Client, Newark, NJ. Licensing project specialist for a major electric and gas utility with responsibility for preparation and submission of site plan applications, subdivision applications, Freshwater Wetlands permit applications, NJPDES permits, Waterfront Development Permits, Coastal Area Facilities Review Act (CAFRA) applications, Stream Encroachment applications and Soil Erosion Control applications for substations, switching stations, generating stations and transmission line rights-of-way.  Preparation of proposed corporate policy for environmental protection during maintenance in transmission line rights-of-way.
  • Confidential Client, Hudson County, NJ. Project leader in a major waste characterization study for a large urban New Jersey County.
  • Confidential Client, Bergen County, NJ. Project leader on a pilot study related to a county Sludge Management Plan for the purpose of determining the environmental and health effects related to the utilization of chemically stabilized sludge for landfill closure cover.
  • Confidential Client, Middlesex County, NJ. Principal wetland scientist on a 286-acre tract of land in Carteret Borough planned for development as a regional shopping center.  The project involves delineation and characterization of freshwater and tidal wetlands and habitats along the Rahway River and Arthur Kill, permit applications including Individual Freshwater Wetlands Permit, Waterfront Development Permit and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits to allow the development to proceed.
  • Confidential Clients, Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon, Warren, Sussex, Mercer, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic and Burlington Counties, NJ, Bucks and Union Counties, PA, Orange County, NY. Principal scientist and soil evaluator on individual lots and major subdivisions.  Projects included soil profile pits, permeability testing and evaluations for the purpose of determination of the suitability for installation of individual subsurface sewage disposal systems for residential and commercial sites.  Testing was conducted in accordance with applicable regulations in the respective states.  Additional projects included evaluation of existing residential systems for proper functioning and potential causes of malfunctions.
  • Confidential Client, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan Counties, NY. Principal environmental scientist on the wetland evaluation and habitat assessment of six large, commercial, single-family, townhouse and condominium developments throughout southern New York.  Responsible for securing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jurisdictional Determinations and Nationwide Permits, as well as New York Department of Environmental Conservation approvals.  Habitat assessment for several endangered species, including the timber rattlesnake, Indiana bat, upland sandpiper, wood turtle and bog turtle.  Phase I and II bog turtle survey on wetland systems associated with a proposed residential subdivisions in the Town of Minisink, Orange County, New York within the Hudson/Housatonic Recovery Unit as identified in the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Bog Turtle Northern Population Recovery Plan.
  • Confidential Client, Orange County, NY. Principal environmental scientist on the wetland evaluation and habitat assessment and contamination assessment of an approximately 250-acre parcel of land in Sterling Forest in the Town of Warwick. The subject property was formerly utilized as a nickel research and development (R&D) facility with a dedicated sewage and chemical treatment plant. The project included conducting Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments along with preparation of specifications for remediation and demolition of the structures on the site. In addition, an ecological evaluation was begun to allow potential development as a private university campus, while maintaining and protecting the environmentally and ecologically sensitive areas on and near the site.
  • Confidential Client, Town of Ludlow, Hampden County, MA. Principal environmental scientist on an evaluation for the presence and extent of freshwater wetlands regulated pursuant to the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (MGL c. 131, § 40). The work resulted from a violation cited by the Ludlow Conservation Commission for agricultural activities in a wetland.  AVAA generated a professional report to support the client’s compliance with the “Farming in Wetland Resource Areas” prepared jointly by the Departments of Environmental Management, Environmental Protection and Food and Agriculture of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The violation was ultimately dismissed.
  • Confidential Clients, Hudson, Middlesex, Somerset & Sussex Counties, NJ. Principal environmental scientist on the evaluations of childcare facilities to identify areas of environmental concern as they relate to licensing pursuant to N.J.A.C 10:122-5.2, Indoor Environmental Health Assessment (IEHA) requirements of the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services and the New Jersey Technical Requirements for Site Remediation (TRSR).
  • Confidential Clients, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset & Warren Counties, NJ. Principal environmental scientist on the Baseline Ecological Evaluations (BEE) and Ecological Risk Assessments (ERA) related to the remediation of contaminated sites. Projects included qualitative and quantitative, site-specific evaluations of the likelihood of adverse ecological effects which have occurred or will occur from site-related contamination. The evaluations were conducted pursuant to the New Jersey Technical Requirements for Site Remediation (TRSR) and EPA Guidance document Ecological Risk Assessment Guidance for Superfund, Process for Designing and Conducting Ecological Risk Assessments (EPA 540-R-97-006). 
  • Confidential Clients, Middlesex, Bergen, Union, Essex, Morris and Monmouth Counties, NJ, and Orange County, NY.  Principal environmental scientist, Subsurface Evaluator and Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) on projects involving soil and ground water contaminations related to underground storage tanks, industrial operations and solid waste landfills.  Conducted ground water investigation by supervision of monitoring wells that were installed in several locations on the various sites.  These included both deep and shallow wells installed to determine both elevation and flow direction of ground water, as well as for use in sampling for volatile organic compounds including PCE, TCE, vinyl chloride and other compounds. Ground water remedial investigations were conducted and included siting additional monitoring wells and ground water flow direction was also determined.  As appropriate, ground water remedial action included utilizing existing and new wells to determine the flow direction and plumes.  In specific cases, and based upon the nature of the contamination and the concentration, in situ bioremediation technology was applied to bioremediate the aquifer utilizing a combination of Natural Attenuation and Passive Accelerated Anaerobic Bioremediation. Using a direct push method, a slow release substrate edible oil emulsion was injected into the formation to generate reducing conditions and provide the native micro-flora with sufficient carbon to conduct reductive dechlorination.  Baseline Ecological Evaluations (BEE) were completed in accordance with the New Jersey Technical Requirements for Site Remediation (TRSR).  Soil remedial investigations included placing soil borings to determine the potential impact of the contaminants on the adjoining wetlands or other receptors. Sampling for the appropriate compounds was conducted to ascertain if soil contamination was present in excess of the existing Soil Cleanup Criteria.  Soil remedial action activities resulted in the excavation and removal of the soil to a disposal facility and conducted post-excavation sampling. Projects are ongoing in various stages of completion.

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