SoundEarth is providing environmental site assessments for the UST Revolving Loan & Grant Program to determine cleanup actions for six individual applicant sites. The environmental site assessments include the review of any existing data and reports and the completion of RIs to identify and fill in data gaps such as the contamination at a site, the status of a UST system, or preliminary preconstruction planning for infrastructure upgrades at the site. SoundEarth has completed expedited assessment work for closure on the six UST sites in different locations across Washington within the extremely tight deadline of three months. Management tasks include contracting, budget tracking, field work coordination, and reporting for rapid mobilization and project completion. Tasks include soil and groundwater sampling to complete site characterization, vapor intrusion assessments to determine if the vapor intrusion pathway is complete, and aquifer testing to determine groundwater and contaminant flow rates. Work also includes UST infrastructure surveys and design and planning for UST infrastructure upgrades. At the conclusion of the field work SoundEarth summarized all work done in Preliminary Planning Assessments, which included focused FSs for each property. Public involvement support efforts include weekly coordination with PLIA, Ecology, property owners, contractors, subconsultants, and other stakeholders.
In addition to the Loan & Grant Program, SoundEarth has been tasked with supporting the Petroleum Technical Assistance Program (PTAP). PLIA is implementing an expanded technical assistance program to qualify petroleum storage tanks. Beginning January 2018, PTAP will offer customers technical assistance and written opinions on whether a cleanup has met the state’s requirements. The program will be available for customers who conduct cleanups of qualifying petroleum contaminated sites. The PTAP program is an alternative option instead of entering the Voluntary Cleanup Program. The goal is to move projects through the program quickly, with the goal of all opinions issued within 45 days. PLIA wants to review the 3,000 sites and determine LUST File Review/Path Forward actions needed in order to close as many of those sites as possible in the next 10 years. Preliminary plans are to handle about 200 sites each year for the next 15 years. SoundEarth staff are assisting PLIA with coordinating and planning methodologies to process PTAP sites in a uniform, expedited, MTCA equivalent pathway to closure and issuance of No Further Action opinions.
SoundEarth also provided Technical Support for this program by assisting PLIA with guidance for expedited permit review and issuance by developing step-by-step guidelines for environmental review and permitting that can be used on each of PLIA’s projects. The guidelines include a process for preparation of the appropriate SEPA exemption or review document to satisfy SEPA lead agency requirements and submittal with the permit applications for integration of SEPA/MTCA. SoundEarth also developed a flowchart for SEPA environmental review and UST and cleanup permitting to serve as a tool for vendors working on PLIA projects. SoundEarth worked with PLIA staff to obtain written consent from both the City of Seattle DCI staff and the Seattle Fire Department to prioritize PLIA projects that are submitted to them.