Fort Irwin National Training Center H.W.M.U Closure

Burleson was awarded two task orders at Fort Irwin National Training Center in southern California under our Environmental Compliance and Occupational Safety and Health (ECOSH) contract for the USACE Sacramento District.

The task orders involved pursuing closure of 14 Hazardous Waste Management Units under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The RCRA Hazardous Waste Management Units include former wash racks, hazardous waste storage facilities, and oil/water separators.

Project activities included reviewing existing documents, conducting site visits, and developing a closure strategy in coordination with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Burleson prepared a closure strategy memorandum that specified which units should be submitted for closure with no further action and which should be further evaluated. The closure strategy memorandum specified sampling locations for units requiring further characterization to support a risk assessment to obtain unit closure.

Burleson also developed a Standardized Risk Assessment Methodology Work Plan that detailed the risk assessment approach for the units. Burleson conducted field activities to support unit closure including background sample collection and an oil/water separator vault investigation. To support field activities and specify sampling and analysis techniques to collect accurate and representative data, Burleson prepared field work plans, health and safety plans, and quality assurance project plans.

Burleson provided project and site management, provided data collection and analysis, and prepared a summary report. Burleson oversaw a confined-space entry team that advanced borings beneath a vault to characterize subsurface contamination. Field work deviated from that specified in the Final Work Plan because of site conditions; however, Burleson was able to complete characterization by involving the USACE project manager and Fort Irwin environmental staff in reaching consensus to collect representative samples and remain on budget.

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