Liberty Environmental

Site Assessment and Remediation

site assessment and remediation

Liberty Environmental’s team of specialists are experts in environmental site evaluation and remediation at large industrial complexes, commercial properties and residential development tracts. We understand the technical challenges, regulatory environment and business dynamics facing today’s environmental managers and real estate developers.

Our capabilities span the range of assessment and investigative services, including Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and comprehensive soil and groundwater investigations. Hydrogeologists and remediation engineers perform contaminant fate-and-transport modeling, risk assessments, remedial feasibility evaluations and remediation system design and installation in support of the remedial objectives of our customers.

Environmental Site Assessments

In order to protect against environmental liabilities, it is critical for commercial property purchasers to conduct appropriate due diligence prior to acquisition of a site. Liberty Environmental has conducted thousands of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and through our involvement in ASTM Committee E50, we stay ahead of the curve in the latest standards for conducting All Appropriate Inquiry. Our experience and knowledge enable us to communicate the real environmental risks and propose common sense solutions to prospective purchasers, their lenders and attorneys.

Property Condition Assessments

Our real estate due diligence team knows buildings. Property Condition Assessments can provide decisive information for lenders, developers, and real estate investors through an evaluation of the physical condition of a property. Our seasoned engineers and construction industry experts are known for their thorough investigation, concise reporting, and business-minded approach to property evaluations.

Asbestos and Hazardous Building Materials

It is not uncommon for redevelopment projects to be delayed due to the difficulties posed by hazardous building materials. Building inspection by certified individuals, preparation of a thorough materials inventory and preparation of management plans and demolition specifications enable building projects to progress smoothly, ensure that worker and occupant health is protected and help avoid costly penalties from regulatory agencies due to hazardous material mismanagement.

Remedial Investigations and Feasibility Studies

Today’s risk-based approach to corrective actions at brownfield, hazardous waste and other contaminated sites requires a high level of scientific expertise and an understanding of federal and state regulatory programs. Application of our expertise in contaminant fate-and-transport modeling, risk assessment and use of institutional and engineering controls, ensures that remedial efforts are guided by informed decision making that takes into account the planned site use and human exposure pathways. Liberty Environmental’s experience in this area places our clients at the forefront of this rapidly changing, innovative field. Our staff has completed site investigations under a wide range of programs including:

  • Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, or Superfund)
  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  • State Storage Tank Programs
  • Voluntary Cleanups (including brownfields redevelopment)

We have experience with a full spectrum of geological and ecological conditions that can be encountered at a project site–including sanitary landfills, hazardous waste landfills, lagoons and impoundments, operating manufacturing plants, abandoned disposal sites and waste piles.

Storage Tank Management

Liberty Environmental’s storage tank services span all levels of tank management–from tank system design, to tank inspection, spill plan development, tank removal and corrective action. Our staff has presented to national audiences on spill prevention planning and we have managed hundreds of storage tank removals, leaking tank investigations and remediations. Through our understanding of modern technological developments in tank materials, appurtenances and containment devices, we provide protective system designs that avoid future liability from spills and leaks.

Soil and Groundwater Remediation

Engineered remediation systems remain a large part of environmental cleanup solutions, and our team of experts brings an unequaled level of complementary skills to our system designs. Through the collaborative efforts of our diverse team of scientists and engineers, we design and operate efficient, innovative treatment systems designed to fit each site’s unique setting and remedial objectives. Our applied remedial technologies have included:

  • Multiphase Fluid Extraction
  • Physical and Biological Ex-Situ Treatment
  • Phytoremediation
  • Soil Vapor Extraction, Air Sparging and Bioventing
  • In-Situ Bioremediation
  • Chemical Oxidation

Most importantly, our investigative and remedial solutions are designed, engineered and operated with one overriding objective–to achieve site cleanup and re-use goals on time and under budget.

Laurel Center II Brownfield Redevelopment Reading, PA

Liberty managed and completed a comprehensive Act 2 site characterization and remedial project at the former Reading Industries complex, which was once the largest iron pipe manufacturing operation in the United States. Work was coordinated with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Brownfield Action Team program and resulted in the redevelopment of a portion of the complex as Evergreen Community Power, Inc., a biofuels power generation facility.

Goggle Works Center for the Arts Brownfield Redevelopment Reading, PA

Liberty performed the assessment, characterization and Act 2 remedial activities associated with the redevelopment of this 11-acre brownfield site, which included several former industrial complexes.  Liberty’s efforts included the implementation of remedial strategies for Special Industrial Area classification under Act 2, achieving a Release of Liability for the property owners and paving the way for the site’s renewal as the City of Reading’s vibrant arts and performance center.