Cleanup, Remediation, and Closure
The complexity of environmental response requires environmental professionals with years of experience applying federal and state statutes, conducting remedial investigations and feasibility studies, preparing remedial action plans and cost allocations, and assessing site closure and post-closure obligations. Since 1991, BLDI has been providing the complete spectrum of investigation and remediation services to private companies and government. Our petroleum remediation design specialists utilize innovative approaches to evaluate and operate remedial systems for optimum and cost effective performance.
We pride ourselves on taking a practical approach to site investigations and moving the project – if warranted – into the remedial action stage as quickly as possible. Our demonstrated success in understanding our clients’ needs and applying sound scientific, engineering and economic and management skills at a broad and diverse range of site conditions has earned BLDI an outstanding reputation – as well as a long list of successfully “closed” sites.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Once a release is confirmed and reported within 24 hours, specific tasks and associated reports are required to be submitted to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). At any time prior to the regulatory due date, upon completion of all required tasks, a Closure Report (CR) may be submitted to EGLE. Part 213 requires the following reports:
- Initial Assessment Report (IAR): requires information related to the initial abatement measures, and site investigation. The IAR is required to be submitted to EGLE within 180 days of the release.
- Final Assessment Report (FAR): requires full characterization of the impacted media (soil, groundwater, vapor), exposure assessment, corrective action and timelines for task completion. The FAR is required to be submitted to EGLE within 365 days of the release.
- Corrective Action Plan (CAP): provides a detailed description of method and means to address the impacted media and mitigate exposures. The CAP is submitted as part of the FAR and has the same submittal time-frame requirement.
Closure Report (CR): documents the completion of all investigation and corrective action. The CR often includes restrictions on exposures to impacted soil and/or groundwater to remain in place. There is no specified timeline on submittal of a CR.
The investigation, cleanup, and closure of a release is costly but, if the proper steps are taken, the cost may be covered under Michigan's MUSTA cleanup fund.
- MUSTA: Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority
- Determination of Eligibility: the first step is to ensure that all the required paperwork is filed with MUSTA
- Compliance with applicable regulations, especially release reporting, is also critical to ensure MUSTA eligibility
- Reimbursement is available up to $1,000,000 for eligible expenses
- MUSTA has required deductibles of: $2,000 for owners of seven or fewer USTs and $10,000 for owners of eight or more USTs.
- Some limited financial assistance (Legacy Fund) may also be available for releases prior to December 30, 2014
If an owner/operator finds visible or olfactory evidence of contamination in the underground storage tank excavation or along pipe runs, or if analytical results show contamination, the owner/operator or their consultant must report a suspected or confirmed release within 24 hours to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Storage Tank Division by:
- FAX ( using form (BFS-3826) to 517-332-1428 or 517-332-1427
"Visible evidence" means presence of a product sheen on water or stained soils. "Olfactory evidence" means the smell of product odors in soils or water within the tank or pipe excavation.
Positive indication from field monitoring equipment such as H-Nu meters, organic vapor analyzers, or combustible gas detectors constitutes a suspected release. However, the owner/operator may report a suspected or confirmed release anytime they believe one has occurred.