The 4.5-acre facility was owned and occupied by a large corporation’s relay instrument division from the late 1800’s until 1983 to manufacture electric meters, electrical instruments, recording instruments, protective relays, voltage regulators, automotive generator motor equipment, street arc lamps and ventilating motors. Nineteenth century multi-story industrial buildings occupied more than 80% of the property. After purchasing the property in December 1983, client discovered that the property contaminated, and subsequently commenced litigation against the former owner/operator.
Prestige Environmental’s project team conducted major investigative and remedial phases between 1994 and 2005. In March 1998, more than 30,000 gallons of heating oil was overfilled by an oil supplier. Prestige Environmental supervised cleanup of the building interior areas undertaken by the oil supplier’s insurance company, and later evaluated impact on subsurface soil and groundwater. In December 1998, Prestige Environmental disposed drums and containers of hazardous materials on an emergent basis. In March 1999, Prestige Environmental mobilized resources in response to a major spill from several transformers inside the building due to vandalism. The firm supervised employees and subcontractors during all phases, reviewed contractors’ health and safety plans, conducted safety briefings, maintained manifests, MSDS, and employee training records, and verified compliance records and licenses of disposal facilities.
From 1994 until 2001, Prestige Environmental conducted extensive soil and groundwater investigation, removed several underground storage tanks (USTs), characterized waste and disposed at offsite facilities, performed asbestos and lead paint surveys, and prepared bid specifications and solicited estimates from vendors for the lead and asbestos abatement. Prestige Environmental also assisted client’s legal team as an expert witness/consultant, and prepared several legal affidavits to support the conclusion that historic operations had impacted the soil and groundwater quality at the site.
In an Expert Report submitted to NJDEP in September 2002, Prestige Environmental concluded, with a reasonable degree of scientific certainty, that historic industrial operations caused the site contamination. In response, NJDEP agreed with the conclusions presented in the report and directed the former owner/operator to initiate remedial efforts. Prestige Environmental’s expert team also participated in intense negotiations between the parties to develop remedial investigation and corrective measures to provide client maximum protection against future liabilities. As part of the settlement, the former owner/operator agreed to remediate the site, and reimbursed client the cost of environmental services, which exceeded $500,000.
After the settlement was reached between the parties in 2002, the former owner/operator undertook site remediation. Prior to demolition of buildings in 2007, Prestige Environmental assisted client during asbestos and lead abatement, building decommissioning, and decontamination. Following demolition of buildings in 2007, our project team continues to provide services on as-needed basis.