Commercial Property Re-Development Case Studies

The professionals at BMS LLC environmental services have managed a wide range environmental work conducted at various locations throughout Ohio and the USA to facilitate Brownfield Redevelopment. The nature of the projects and responsibilities of BMS LLC professionals are outlined in the following summaries:

Brownfield Technical Assistance

In 2014, BMS was contracted by another consulting firm to provide specialized services to complete the clean-up and revitalization of 15-acres of riverfront property along the Ohio River. Field activities for the project, named the Ironton Riverfront Development and Trails Brownfields Project, was previously completed by Superior under the regulatory guidance of the Ohio Voluntary Action Program (OVAP).

Following departure of key personnel, Superior contracted Mr. Brian Hackett of Brownfield Management Services to assist with the technical, legal and reporting tasks required to complete the Ohio Brownfield process. Activities included:

  • Working with City of Ironton to finalize a modified future property-use plan.
  • Identification of data gaps, allowing resolution of key technical issues and completion of required OVAP elements within a compressed schedule.
  • Identification of data gaps, allowing resolution of key technical issues and completion of required OVAP elements within a compressed schedule.
  • Interfacing successfully with State of Ohio regulators, Owners and the City to resolve outstanding environmental issues
  • Interfacing successfully with Superior support staff to complete reporting activities.

Following submittal to Ohio EPA, the NFA and associated covenant-not-to-sue was approved by OEPA in November 2015.

Urban Property Remediation - 2009

Mr. Hackett of BMS LLC, serving as the certified professional (CP), was retained by a regional service center and telecommunications hub, located in a high growth area of Cleveland, Ohio. This facility had been the subject of several environmental investigations over the previous 15 years to assess impacts from former fueling stations and dry cleaning facility. Historic investigations had uncovered hydrocarbon and chlorinated DNAPL sources, resulting in groundwater plumes for benzene and chlorinated volatile organic compounds (CVOCs).

BMS LLC sought a cost effective solution which would minimize disruption at this active site. BMS LLC proposed to achieve regulatory closure by: 1) completing remediation and closure reporting to Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations ( BUSTR); 2) entering the site into the Ohio Brownfield Voluntary Action Program (OVAP); 3) completing investigative activities consistent with Ohio VAP protocol, and 4) demonstrating through risk assessment activities and by utilizing the existing Urban Setting Designation for groundwater, the Site was eligible for a Covenant-Not-To-Sue (CNTS) from the state of Ohio.

Mr. Hackett prepared numerous documents in support of the above activities, including a Phase I Brownfield Site Assessment (ESA), Phase II ESA, and Risk Assessment for current and future site users. BMS LLC was able to eliminate the environmental liability for the pre-existing contamination and save the client an estimated $200,000 of remediation expenses at the DNAPL source area. The VAP No Further Action documents have been approved and CNTS was received in March 2009.