Robert P. Trail, LSRP

Technical Director



NJDEP Industrial Site Recovery Act

Underground Storage Tanks

Site investigations


BS, Geology - State University of New York College at Oneonta

Robert P. Trail, LSRP

Technical Director

Mr. Trail is a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) with over twenty-two years of experience in all aspects of environmental investigations, including services related to geology, hydrogeology, soil and groundwater characterization, soil and groundwater remediation, underground storage tank (UST) closures, soil vapor investigations, Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, and Preliminary Assessments.


While he specializes in the New Jersey regulatory environment, he has also worked on numerous investigation and remediation cases in Pennsylvania and New York, with additional experience in Virginia, Massachusetts, Florida, Delaware, and Indiana regulatory environments.


His experience includes investigation and remediation activities with a wide range of contaminants of concern, including petroleum products (gasoline, diesel fuel, No. 2, No. 4, and No. 6 heating oils), chlorinated solvents (tetrachloroethene, trichloroethene, and degradation products), historic fill materials, plasticizers, metals, polychlorinated biphenyls, radionucleotides, pesticides, and herbicides.


Mr. Trail has a strong command of the technical regulations associated with New Jersey Industrial Site Recovery Act (ISRA), New Jersey’s Technical Requirements for Site Remediation, and associated guidance documents. Within the New Jersey regulatory program, he has prepared reports for all stages of regulatory submittal, including Preliminary Assessment (PA), Site Investigation Reports (RIRs), Remedial Investigation Reports (RIRs), Remedial Investigation Workplans (RIWs), Remedial Action Workplans (RAWs), Remedial Action Progress Reports (RAPRs), Site Closure Reports, General Information Notices (GINs), Classification Exception Areas (CEAs), and engineering and institutional controls.

representative projects
  • Brought a conveyor equipment manufacturer located in Winslow Township, New Jersey through the ISRA process. The Preliminary Assessment identified 28 possible areas of concern, of which several required further investigation, including aboveground storage tanks, floor drains, septic systems, septic lift stations, and former septic spray fields. No impacts were detected exceeding the NJDEP remediation standards. The project was administratively closed with a Response Action Outcome letter.
  • Completed remediation started by another consultant on a former automobile dealership located in Sewell, New Jersey containing leaking underground storage tanks. A Remedial Action Permit application had previously been rejected by the NJDEP where multiple deficiencies were noted. Mr. Trail was retained as LSRP to resolve the outstanding compliance issues and bring the Site to regulatory closure. Work included updated groundwater sampling, horizontal groundwater delineation, vapor intrusion sampling, and receptor surveys. Following completion of a Remedial Action Report, a groundwater permit was obtained from the NJDEP. The project remains in post-remedial care for groundwater monitored natural attenuation.
  • Mr. Trail took on remediation at a former dry cleaner located in Hackensack, New Jersey from the previous, outgoing LSRP. Site soil and groundwater were highly contaminated with tetrachloroethene (PCE) including a large pocket of DNAPL located beneath the site structure. Two separate soil excavation events were conducted to remove the shallow source area above groundwater, which is located at approximately 3 feet below ground surface. Remediation of the groundwater and DNAPL has been complicated by the clay and silt dominated varved glacial lake sediments beneath the Site. Two rounds of remedial injections utilizing ZVI have been completed. Initial results indicate source area control has been achieved around the DNAPL pocket; however, significant contaminant mass remains. Future work will include additional remediation to obtain a monitored natural attenuation remedial action.
  • Mr. Trail directly oversaw the closure of multiple regulated underground storage tanks (USTs) at a former commercial/industrial facility located in Aberdeen, New Jersey. The USTs were previously unknown and were discovered during site redevelopment. Work included the emergency scheduling of the tank closure, filing a Notice of Intent to Close with the NJDEP and requesting a variance not to wait the required 15 days before completing the closure, field oversight of the tank removals, and reporting to the NJDEP. A small remedial soil excavation was completed at one tank where field evidence indicated impacted soil was present. Post-excavation soil samples showed no remaining impacted soil was present at any of the tanks. A Response Action Outcome letter was issued, administratively closing the case.