Superfund site redeveloped into a unique habitat for monarch butterflies

Chemical Commodities, Inc. (CCI) Superfund site Kansas

Project highlights

Client challenge
The CCI Superfund site (CCI) recycled, stored, repackaged, and distributed various chemicals in a mixed commercial, industrial, and residential area. Nearby residents reported many fires and explosions at the site during the 1960s and 1970s. Adding to their worries, the EPA identified chlorinated solvents and metals in the site’s soil and groundwater — as well as its surrounding area — that now needed to be cleaned up.

Numerous stakeholders were involved, and the local community voiced their concerns throughout the cleanup process, including an expressed desire to see the site as a community and ecological asset. Haley & Aldrich was chosen for both our innovative thinking to optimize the site remediation and our ability to collaborate with the client, EPA, state of Kansas, and other local entities to successfully address the community’s input and facilitate the site’s redevelopment.

Our approach
While Haley & Aldrich did not prepare the original feasibility study, we did identify opportunities to improve the effectiveness of the remedial action plan (RAP) and facilitated acceptance of the modified RAP with the stakeholders. We also worked closely with the client to facilitate a cleanup conducive to the desired future redevelopment of the site, which included a pollinator habitat and educational trail for monarch butterflies

Our focus in regulatory interactions was to weave complex technical issues into an overall project framework and effectively advocate our client’s position through efficient data management, technical expertise, and communication to all stakeholders. Overcoming the traditional differences between owner and regulator resulted in “end vision” acceptance as well as significant cost savings and schedule improvements. This strategy was the cornerstone of our success. In fact, the EPA now includes lessons learned from the CCI project in presentations to its managers about how other sites can implement similar strategies.

Value delivered

  • Built full consensus among property owners and other stakeholders concerned with our client’s strategy.
  • RAP modifications reduced costs by more than $10M compared to EPA’s original expectations for full site excavation.
  • Additional technical refinements, including special treatment of hot spots, decreased costs by an additional $2M compared to the original feasibility study.
  • Our “one team” approach of knitting our remediation expertise with our construction services completed the project 12 months ahead of schedule and $300k under budget.

For more information on this project, contact:

Elie Haddad
Jennifer Kingston