Environmental Remediation

Burleson’s environmental staff has extensive experience performing environmental characterization and remediation projects. We also complete HAZMAT Surveys for asbestos, lead, PCBs, mercury, and other contaminants. Projects have been conducted under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) , the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and other relevant federal and state regulations. We use a strategic approach that incorporates site specific issues at each remediation site.

Burleson staff has designed systems for groundwater remediation, soil remediation, and dual-phase extraction. Treatment systems for extracted groundwater have included air stripping, ultraviolet oxidation and granular activated carbon, and deep well injection.  In situ systems have included iron walls to remediate chlorinated solvents, air sparging, and dual phase extraction. We have also developed ozone monitored natural attenuation plans at many sites.

Before implementing remediation, Burleson first ensures that site characterization is sufficient to support the necessary decisions. Burleson’s strategy is to develop two key elements to ensure that data collected during a field investigation will ultimately lead to appropriate site characterization and aid in selecting a remediation technology. The first element is to develop a conceptual site model (CSM) in which chemical releases, exposure pathways, and receptors are identified, and the second element is to develop data quality objectives (DQO). Burleson staff use the DQO process recommended by the EPA to ensure that sufficient data are collected. By developing a CSM and DQOs before a field investigation, sufficient samples are collected and appropriate parameters are analyzed.

Burleson staff used CSM and DQO tools at a naval installation site. The CSM indicated that groundwater was considered to be a threat only to aquatic receptors and not to human health. We then applied this information to establish appropriate detection limits for analysis of groundwater samples. DQOs were used to ensure that sufficient samples were collected and that collected samples were analyzed for parameters that would influence potential treatment technologies. By using these tools, our clients received the best value from the investigation.

Burleson staff has used a probabilistic risk assessment approach for allowing higher concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) to remain in soil than would normally be allowed.

In Burleson’s experience, it is crucial to involve engineers, geologists, and regulatory specialists during all stages of an environmental investigation and remediation project. Our comprehensive approach and extensive experience remediating environmental contamination make us an ideal firm to solve your environmental problems.

Representative Environmental Remediation Projects

Bureau of Land Management

  • Helen Mercury Mine Removal Site Investigation
  • Longfellow Mill Site Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis and Human Health & Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Corona and Twin Peaks Mine Drainage Treatment Project

National Park Service

  • Firing Ranges CERCLA Preliminary Assessment
  • Fort Barry UST Investigation

Rocco’s Freestone Corners

  • Ozone Sparging Project California Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund

USACE

  • Former Titan 1A Missile Site Permanganate Pilot Test
  • Leviathan Mine Superfund Site Technical Support
  • Fort Irwin National Training Center Hazardous Waste Management Unit Closure

US Forest Service

  • Lower Brush Creek Gold Mine Data Acquisition & Treatability Studies
  • Fort Barry Balloon Hanger EE/CA
  • Fort Barry Housing Lead Investigation
  • Fort Mason Blackpoint Hillslope Investigation
  • Sweeney Ridge NIKE Missle HAZMAT Survey
  • Presidio of San Francisco Diesel Spill Removal Action
  • Alcatraz Oil Water Separator Design
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Quarry Firing Range Investigation and Risk Assessment

Client Satisfaction

"Burleson Consulting was excellent to work with and very professional. They assembled a top-notch team of experts to study and propose solutions to the water supply challenges at Sutter National Wildlife Refuge. The communication was excellent throughout the project. This included project staff, contracting personnel, and interested stakeholders. As a result, the project was completed on time and on budget. I would not hesitate to use or recommend Burleson Consulting in the future."Kevin Clancy, Project Manager – United States Bureau of Reclamation

"Burleson provided exceptional services under this contract. Because of their successful work, they were awarded a $7M follow-on IDIQ contract in 2014, that also encompasses biological monitoring at former Fort Ord. They have consistently improved their plant material collection and propagation techniques and pass the savings onto the federal government. Burleson is a valuable team member on Fort Ord and I feel that they are true stewards of the environment." William K. Collins, BRAC Environmental Coordinator, US Army Corps of Engineers

"Burleson has been able to work with several government agencies (to include tribal groups and natural resource trustees) and several responsible parties to assist in progressing this site to a stage where technical and agency concerns can be identified and resolved. Strengths – overall and in depth understanding of mine site and CERCLA dynamics. Deficiencies – none. I would not hesitate to use Burleson." Daniel McMindes, USACE Liaison to EPA, US Army Corps of Engineers

"Burleson helped to manage the Sacramento Area Voltage Support Environmental Impact Statement. They came through and were always available during an ‘energy crisis’ in California. I will continue to work with them."Loreen McMahon, Project Manager - California Public Utilities Commission

"We appreciated Burleson’s great work, re: completing the draft EIR on the scheduled date (it was a tremendous task, but they completed it). All of them put a lot of work into it (it was a true team effort). They should all be proud of this accomplishment given the changes and obstacles encountered along the way, and I cannot thank them enough."Glenn M. Shuder, AIA, CFM, Chief Architect - Project Director, SMUD

"We chose Burleson Consulting because of their experience with the specific project matter in technical and regulatory issues and for their record of excellent communication skills in complex, multiparty projects. They were responsive to the matter and were sensitive to all relationships between the parties involved."Kevin Mayer, PE, Project Manager - USEPA