Petrogram - Summer 2011 - (Page 24)
Environmental Cleanup Shortcuts
he last year in the FPMA has been one of reinvention and renewal. We are currently in the midst of a pro-business political climate that has not been this prevalent in Florida in the last 25 years. No matter what your opinion of the current state administration or legislative temperature, we have a great deal to be optimistic about environmentally. There is a tremendous acknowledgement and acceptance of risk-based environmental cleanup that cannot be denied nor ignored by FDEP. I urge every contaminated site owner or ‘responsible party’ to explore the options available and to consider the most financially feasible cleanup technique to reach environmental closure. Let’s discuss the options briefly…
Jill Smith, TERRA-COM Environmental
Natural Attenuation Monitoring Natural attenuation relies on natural processes to contain the spread of contamination and reduce the concentration of contaminants in soil and groundwater. If groundwater contaminant concentrations are above Groundwater Cleanup Target Levels, but below Natural Attenuation Default Concentrations, owners have the option of pursuing natural attenuation rather than active remediation as long as other environmental aspects of the site are met. To qualify for natural attenuation monitoring, the property must not have any soil contamination above cleanup target levels, and there must be no free product present on the property.
There are still monitoring costs associated with this option that must be occurred on a quarterly or semi-annual basis. However, more expensive remediation costs and costs associated with interruption to business operations can be avoided. As long as groundwater contamination is shown to be trending downward, this is a viable option.
Long-Term Natural Attenuation Monitoring In cases where the groundwater contamination is not trending downward and there is soil contamination on site that is not accessible due to infrastructure or other reasons, FDEP has determined that owners can proceed with long-term natural
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Summer 2011
Petrogram - Summer 2011
2011 Sunshine Food & Fuel Expo: Dawn of New Opportunities
Take Action: Be Involved and Be Impactful
FPMA’s Legislative Conference
FPMA Featured Advertiser Marketplace
Out and About the Industry
Florida Lottery Launches New Monopoly™ Scratch-Off Games in July
Taxes, Credits & Penalties
Bearing the Burden
BP-Branded Marketers Continue to “Fuel” Th eir Florida Communities
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Petrogram - Summer 2011
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