Hazardous materials removal & facIlity decontamination

Multiple Service Center Locations, California

JJ&A provides hazardous materials management services for a confidential energy client at a portfolio of power distribution and maintenance facilities where mercury contamination is suspected from historical storage and repair of mercury containing meters. Impacted materials include floors, sub-floor soil, walls, ceilings, shelves, furniture, and equipment. Our client sought our support after their first project (by a different contractor) did not meet their cost, quality, and documentation needs.

Mercury Response Program
JJ&A reviewed the client’s mercury decontamination goals and applicable regulatory requirements to develop and implement a streamlined mercury response program at more than 100 identified facilities (with more sites expected to follow). We developed site-specific work plans, HASPs, and waste management and transportation plans to direct the safe and efficient management of hazardous materials in compliance with client policies and local, state, and federal rules, laws, and regulations. A key to our success has been to establish effective teaming relationships with hazardous waste response, remediation, transport, and disposal subcontractors to provide mercury assessment and decontamination services under both formal regulatory (DTSC) oversight and the client’s voluntary workplace safety initiative.

Program Management Services
JJ&A’s services to date have included program and project scoping, preparing planning documents, initial mercury vapor assessments, decontamination or disposal of impacted materials, hazardous waste management, public relations support, and comprehensive documentation and reporting. We directed our team of hazardous waste responders to establish work zones (i.e., Exclusion Zone, Contaminant Reduction Zone, and Support Zone), monitor conditions in the work area, and implement respiratory protection. Meanwhile, JJ&A coordinates with our client’s management and public relations team to meet aggressive schedules and manage facility staff concerns regarding potential exposure.

Facility Decontamination
JJ&A also coordinates with facility staff in advance of decontamination activities to identify waste reduction and consolidation measures and establish temporary waste storage procedures during each project. We segregate hazardous materials (elemental mercury) from other wastes to minimize the quantity of hazardous waste generated. JJ&A performs sampling and analysis as needed to support waste classification and profile assignments; reviews hazardous and non-hazardous waste manifests; provides waste inspections during temporary on-site storage; and coordinates for waste transport to appropriate off-site disposal facilities. JJ&A also identifies and documents greenhouse gas emissions and other sustainability measures to improve overall project sustainability. We leave our client’s facilities prepared and documented for reoccupation and continued use.

Our completed projects include:

  • Confirming for our client that one site was clean and no additional action was necessary.
  • Replacement of a badly cracked concrete floor and underlying soil from which mercury could not be effectively recovered.
  • Recovery and proper management of more than 50 pounds of elemental mercury from a single facility.

Our programmatic efficiencies ensure each project is executed safely, consistently, and defensibly, and are saving our client hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of the program.

In addition to the better level of service JJ&A is providing us, it also comes at a cost savings over the outgoing vendor which is greatly appreciated by myself and the project team.

We appreciate all of the assistance and the great quality of work you continue to provide to us and the responsiveness of you and your team.

It is truly amazing what can be accomplished when “who gets the credit” isn’t involved.

Regarding Reclamation Cost Estimates for the Ivanpah Solar Generating System, the largest operating concentrated solar power plant of its kind (note these were the first decommissioning plans and cost estimates prepared under a new guidance document form the Bureau of Land Management):

  • The work is excellent.  Nice back up on the costs and I think this will have no trouble moving forward through BLM.”
  • “They are outstanding,” “Good section on haz mat,” “robust” section on decommissioning, “Great section on site preparation,” and “very well done” and “completely reproducible” cost estimates.