When an oil and gas company purchased an industrial conglomerate, they soon discovered that one of the packaged properties posed several environmental challenges. During World War II, a manufacturer located on this industrial site alongside the Hudson River had produced heat resistant electrical cables that used polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs were identified in the onshore soils and Hudson River sediments, resulting in an environmental legacy for the new property owner. During our preliminary design of the remedy, new data indicated that the remedy was not constructible as planned, would require extraordinary measures, and our client would also incur additional unexpected costs. Haley & Aldrich collaborated with the client and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to update the feasibility study and evaluate alternative remedial approaches to meet the project’s objectives.
Haley & Aldrich convened a team of technical experts to re-evaluate potential remedies and costs. To create the new remediation strategy, we combined our geotechnical engineering expertise with our desire to help the client to reduce this liability consistent with sound economic and scientific principles. Creating a new strategy required extensive technical discussions and open communications with NYSDEC. The goal of this approach was to create an inclusive team capable of arriving at innovative solutions, while still adhering to the regulatory requirements. Throughout the process, Haley & Aldrich helped the client to continually move the project forward, maintain solid relationships with community leaders, limit negative press, and keep costs in check.
- Saved the client $200 million by using a collaborative approach to amend an existing Record of Decision to incorporate alternate engineering designs to meet the remedial objectives.
- Gained NYSDEC approval of the revised feasibility study and paved the way for the site’s future economic reuse.
- Helped the client maintain a positive image within the local community by “buying local” and actively pursuing relationships with local leaders and agencies.