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Contaminated Soil & Water Disposal

Advanced Environmental (AE) specializes in the removal and disposal of contaminated soil and water.

After an underground tank has been removed and soil contamination is evident, AE is obligated to report a spill to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) who, in turn, issues a spill number. A spill number is similar to a lien on your property and must be satisfied, especially in the case of a real estate transaction. If your oil tank is 1100 gallons or more, AE must also receive permits from the Westchester County Department of Health (DOH), and the tank must be registered with the DOH.

Before AE can proceed with the removal of any contaminated soil or water for disposal, a soil sample must be taken to test for the Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) in the soil in order for an accredited recycling facility to accept the soil and dispose of it properly. Once the sample results have been returned from a certified third party laboratory, AE can then commence with the remediation.

If ground water has been affected, AE technicians will use a vacuum truck to remove all contaminated liquid. If any liquidation keeps occurring, AE may be required to install a monitoring well to track future leakage and contamination.

In order to remove contaminated soil, AE utilizes a full size excavator in most cases. This process involves excavation, transportation and disposal of the contaminated soil. Soil can either be live loaded into a dump truck, or stockpiled onto plastic at the site for later disposal. After all of the contaminated soil is excavated, AE will then take a STARS soil sample to determine if all the contamination has been removed. The STARS soil sample is not required by the NYSDEC for closure and is taken only on an as needed basis. STARS is usually required by most insurance companies if they are covering the remediation.

Finally, AE will close the excavation using clean dirt or dirt/gravel mixture and restore the site to its original condition. AE will then issue a closure report to the NYSDEC to request closing your spill number, issue to you an official AE Certificate of Completion and send all requisite reports to the municipal officials if required. It is important to note that the spill number is not closed until the NYSDEC issues a "No Further Action" letter and closes the spill. If a monitoring well has been installed, AE cannot request spill closure until the well is monitored for quite some time depending on the severity of the water contamination.

All work performed by AE is in accordance with applicable state and federal regulations in order to ensure the health, safety and welfare of our customers, the general public and the environment.

AE will work closely and professionally with all homeowners, real estate agents and insurance companies in reviewing and selecting the most immediate, appropriate, effective, and cost-efficient options. AE takes the fear out of oil tank issues with integrity and expertise; handling all paperwork right up to closing the spill number and arrangement of all permits and inspections with local officials if applicable.

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