Summer 2017: What’s New at Roux?

Take an inside look at our upcoming events, webinars, and new employees.

Roux ICSC Exhibits

New England Conference & Deal Making
Tuesday, July 18th – Boston, MA
Booth #826 

PA/NJ/DE Conference & Deal Making
Monday, September 11th – Atlantic City, NJ
Booth #622

Chicago Deal Making
Wednesday, September 27th – Chicago, IL
Booth #506

Western Conference & Deal Making
Monday, October 2nd – Los Angeles, CA
Booth #2012

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Upcoming Webinars

Be Prepared! What you need to know about the current status of PFAS
Tuesday, July 18th – 2:30pm (EST)
Presented by Roux’s Seth Kellogg and Adam Love, Ph.D. and Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Steve Russo and Frank Citera 

Environmental Cost Recovery Actions – Keys to Success and Pitfalls to Avoid
Wednesday, August 2nd – 2:00pm
Presented by Roux’s Daniel Sullivan and Goldberg Segalla LLP’s John Parker and George Buermann 

Approaches for Assessing Nitrate Impacts to Groundwater
Thursday, August 31st – 2:00pm
Presented by Roux’s Walt McNab – Registration link to follow

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Who’s New at Roux?

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Aaron Sappenfield as a Senior Geologist in Roux’s Long Beach, California office. Dr. Sappenfield is a California-licensed Professional Geologist with extensive research and consulting experience. As a research scientist, Dr. Sappenfield has applied advanced field- and lab-based methods for geological characterization shown to be instrumental in developing high-resolution, cost-effective conceptual models describing subsurface conditions. As a consultant, Dr. Sappenfield has gained extensive project management experience, having coordinated, managed, and provided strategic advisement for hydrogeological, compliance monitoring, remedial design, and geotechnical projects nationwide.

We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Sappenfield and are looking forward to applying his diverse technical background in several of our core practice areas. Please join us in welcoming him to Roux!

Last Chance To Register for the Complimentary Webinar: Be Prepared! What you need to know about the current status of PFAS

Be Prepared! What you need to know about the current status of PFAS

Tuesday, July 18th • 2:30pm (EST) • Presented by Roux Associates and Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Please join Roux Associates and Greenberg Traurig, LLP for a complimentary webinar. Frank Citera and Steve Russo, members of Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s environmental practice group, will join Seth Kellogg and Adam Love, Ph.D. from Roux Associates, to discuss the current status of PFAS regulation and litigation. Utilizing the alleged PFOA contamination in drinking water in Hoosick Falls, New York as a case study, Messrs. Citera and Russo will explore PFOA and PFOS state regulatory action, formal rulemaking, and the current status of pending litigation, including claims for medical monitoring. Ms. Kellogg and Dr. Love will provide insight into some of the most important technical elements to be aware of related to investigation, remediation, and forensics.

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Roux at Work: Award Winning Brownfield Cleanup Project

Recently, one of Roux’s brownfield redevelopment projects in Brooklyn, New York was awarded the 2017 Big Apple Brownfield Award for Innovation by the New York City Brownfield Partnership. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a brownfield as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” To put it in the most simplistic terms possible, brownfield sites need to be cleaned up, much like many of the sites we work on at Roux. The difference lies in the “expansion, redevelopment, or reuse”—brownfields are getting cleaned up with the purpose of creating new buildings (including residential or commercial spaces, universities, and many more), adding value to the surrounding community.

Roux’s Noelle Clarke, the Principal Engineer on the Brooklyn brownfield site, is a Manhattan College graduate who has been working at our firm for 19 years. As the Principal Engineer for the Site, Noelle evaluated site remediation alternatives, prepared technical documents, and reviewed and sealed all documents needed for submittal to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). Our remediation was completed under the NYSDEC’s Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP), which encourages private-sector cleanups of brownfields for redevelopment and revitalization in economically struggling communities.

Noelle’s extensive work on the Site included preparing the Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP), remedial design documents, Final Engineering Report (FER), and Site Management Plan (SMP). During construction, Roux had full-time field managers on-site operating under Noelle’s direction to ensure the plans were carried out correctly. This field presence, as well as her weekly site visits, allowed Noelle to certify the FER, which documented all aspects of the remediation. While Noelle created and reviewed plans, overseeing their execution, a new building was in the process of being built on-site. As brownfield sites normally call for a hasty cleanup, this was one of our expected yet difficult challenges. To get past the many hurdles of remediating a site amid construction, Noelle and David Bligh, a Senior Engineer at Roux, spent much time on the phone with regulators to expedite design document approvals to make sure building construction could continue.

Roux’s remediation was needed since the soil, groundwater, and soil vapor at the Site were contaminated with dry cleaning chemicals, calling for multiple treatment methods. A Community Air Monitoring Plan (CAMP) for volatile organic compounds (VOCs), dust, and odor was put in place, and odor suppressant foam was routinely sprayed on soil piles on-site to further control any possible odors. To remediate the soil, we used a unique process: slurry (a thick semiliquid mixture) made up of cement and bentonite clay was pumped into holes in the ground as they were dug out, which secured the walls of the holes and allowed us to easily excavate the contaminated soil. This innovative method solved one of the most pivotal site challenges, removing soil from 35 feet below grade next to a 100-year-old building without requiring extensive dewatering. In addition, zero valent iron or ZVI was used to create a permeable reactive barrier wall to passively treat groundwater. The ZVI treatment chemically reduces the amount of chlorinated solvents in groundwater, and has been used for many years to treat dry cleaning contamination.

Roux completed all remedial measures within the desired timeframe, and the Site was awarded a Certificate of Completion from the NYSDEC in 2015. The Brooklyn Site construction is complete as well, which is now a seven-story mixed use residential and commercial building. There are retail shops on the ground floor and the remaining floors are residential, a portion of which is affordable housing.

When asked about the project and its challenges, Noelle commented, “I’ve been at Roux for 19 years, and it’s never boring. There’s always something different and new to learn.” The diligent work put in by Noelle and the supporting Roux team (including Joe Duminuco, David Bligh, Ron Lombino, and Levi Curnutte) helped our client meet their goals on time and on budget, adding value to the community, and transforming a previously underutilized space.

To read more about Roux’s Featured Projects, please click here.

Available Position: Staff Engineer

Roux Associates is seeking entry-level (staff) Environmental/Civil Engineers who will work on projects related to the investigation and environmental remediation of industrial and commercial sites. Excellent teamwork and organizational skills are required. Candidates should be prepared for professional growth into areas such as assessment of remedial alternatives, management of various investigative and engineering tasks, conceptual plans, and regulatory agency interaction.

We are looking for Staff Engineers for our Logan Township, New Jersey, Oak Brook, Illinois, and Long Beach, California offices. To see more featured jobs click here, or view all of our available positions at the button below:

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The Most Toxic Town in the World – Visited by Jack Caravanos

Kabwe, Zambia is the world’s most toxic town according to pollution experts. Fumes from a large state-owned smelter that closed in 1994 produced lead levels that are as much as 100 times the recommended safety levels, damaging the organs of generations of children and affecting thousands of people every day. The effects of lead poisoning cannot be reversed, including brain damage, paralysis, blindness, and death.

“It is shocking to think that we are here in 2017 and that problem we have known about for decades is still here,” said Jack Caravanos, an environmental health professor at New York University and advisor to Pure Earth. Fortunately, two years ago, non-profit organizations like Environment Africa and Pure Earth began to clean up homes using workers from the community, targeting the most polluted homes first and replacing their yards with clean soil. In addition to the ongoing work from these organizations, a new $65MM project for Kabwe and three other copperbelt mining areas would offer constant medical surveillance and treatment programs to anyone with high blood lead levels, pending its approval. Caravanos believes that though Kabwe may never be a lead-free town, it can be a lead safe town. Click here to read more on this story from The Guardian.

Successful Coastal Steward Long Island Field Trip

Monday, June 13 The Deer Park High School Life Skills class took a field trip to the Marine Environmental Stewardship Center (MESC) at Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai for a fun and enlightening day of marine education, led by members of the non-profit organization Coastal Steward Long Island (CSLI). The class took part in many of the education programs offered by CSLI, including discovering/identifying marine organisms on the beach, using seine nets to collect and observe ocean life, touring the shellfish hatchery and the MESC, interacting with the MESC’s touch tank, and taking a nature walk.

Deer Park’s students and teachers loved their informative day at the beach, and CSLI’s marine educators look forward to the next opportunity to share their knowledge and resources with Long Island students. Click here to read more about this field trip, and find out more about CSLI’s education programs here.

Coastal Steward Long Island

Coastal Steward Long Island

Coastal Steward Long Island