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KEMRON selected to install first phase of gyp stack cover at Mississippi Phosphate

EPA Region 4 announced the award of a contract to KEMRON Environmental Services, Inc. for the installation of 56 acres of impermeable cover on the East Gypsum Stack (EGS) Complex at the former Mississippi Phosphate Corporation (MPC) fertilizer manufacturing plant in Pascagoula, MS. This firm fixed price contract was awarded under an unrestricted acquisition by Region 4. The liner system consists of 50-Mil Structured Geomembrane covered with a Tufted Geotextile Cover (artificial turf). KEMRON is teaming with COMANCO, Inc, a national leader in landfill cover installation, on this project. Watershed Geo, Inc. will supply the Tufted Geotextile Cover, an innovative product providing upfront and long-term cost savings to EPA and the State of Mississippi.

KEMRON has been supporting EPA at the MPC Superfund Site since February of 2017; first with water treatment services and later with earthwork to prepare the EGS for cover installation. Phase 1A, the subject of this contract, is the first step in a multi-step process to completely close and cover the EGS and associated wastewater ponds.

Celebrate World Environment Day

As KEMRON enters its 44th year of business, our employees continue working diligently with our clients to plan and implement environmental investigations and remedies to protect human health and the environment. Recognizing the importance of cleaning up legacy contaminants as well as ensuring compliance with current environmental regulations at active facilities, KEMRON consistently seeks to employ safe, cost-effective and protective methods to meet our clients’ environmental priorities and objectives. As we celebrate World Environment Day today, our employee-owners continue to invest themselves in improving the environment in their own communities and those of our clients’ sites!

Welcome to KEMRON – Skip Sleister!

KEMRON is excited to welcome Michael “Skip” Sleister to the team in our Southeast Home Office in Atlanta, GA. Skip is a native Georgian and recent graduate from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Geology and minor in Physics. While at the University of Georgia, Skip had the opportunity to gain experience with Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments, Groundwater Sampling and Characterization, and Soil and Lithology Identification and Logging, as well as technological experience with mapping and modelling programs including Fortran and ArcGIS. Welcome, Skip!

Everglades Reconstruction Program – Bridge Installation

KEMRON recently broke ground on the installation of the Jet Farm Bridge. Construction of the bridge is an extension of our work for the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) on Bolles Canal. KEMRON recently completed the widening of over three miles of Bolles Canal, during which the original bridge was removed. The Jet Farm Bridge installation involves widening a section of Bolles Canal at the crossing, fabrication of the 90 foot long steel span, construction of footers and placement of the structure. The project is scheduled to be completed in approximately 3 months.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

In an effort to protect our environmental future, KEMRON joins in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – 10 AM to 2 PM

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

To find out more information and to locate a collection site near you, visit: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

Welcome to KEMRON – Brandon Murphy!

KEMRON’s WV office has hired Brandon Murphy as an Environmental Technician/Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. In this role, Brandon will serve as the primary operator for 10 package wastewater treatment plants where KEMRON currently provides contract operation and maintenance (O&M) services and NPDES permit compliance monitoring. Brandon comes to KEMRON from a local public service district (PSD), where he was responsible for system maintenance, utility locates, sewer taps, operation of remote controlled line inspection camera system, QA/QC testing on system influent & effluent and other activities. Brandon also has experience with contract operation of a wastewater treatment plant specifically designed for selenium removal. Please join us in welcoming Brandon to KEMRON!

BOS Carbon Substrate Injection

KEMRON’s West Virginia office is in the process of conducting a large scale BOS carbon substrate injection at an active retail petroleum facility in western WV to remediate subsurface petroleum impacts at the facility. BOS injections are being performed using our specially designed high-pressure injection trailer in an attempt to aggressively move the site to No Further Action (NFA) status. Due to the large contaminant footprint, injection activities are being conducted in phases across four (4) separate treatment areas designated as Treatment Areas A through D. A total of 40 injection points were advanced in Treatment Area A. Treatment Area A was located towards the southern portion of the UST basin and encompassed approximately 1,000 square feet (ft2). BOS injection activities are currently underway in Treatment Area B (located east of the dispenser islands in the vicinity of monitoring wells MW-5 and MW-6) which will consist of 100 injection points and encompasses approximately 2,560 ft2, Treatment Area C (located east of the dispensers in the vicinity of monitoring well MW-10) which will consist of 34 injection points and encompasses approximately 845 ft2, and Treatment Area D (located northeast of the dispensers in the vicinity of monitoring well MW-9) which will consist of 39 injection points and encompasses approximately 980 ft2.

BOS injection activities at this facility include the injection of 18,805 lbs of BOS and 14,150 lbs of gypsum into a total of 213 injection points encompassing a total of 5,385 ft2. Kudos to KEMRON Project Manager Abdo Chaber and KEMRON injection crew members Tim Mihal, Christopher Hedrick, Evan Amick and Jac Jensen for their work on this large BOS injection project.

DCHWS 2019

Meet with KEMRON Representatives John Dwyer, Lou Ehrhard and Don Rigger at the 12th Symposium on Design and Construction Issues at Hazardous Waste Sites (DCHWS) Conference April 8-10th at the Philadelphia 201 hotel.For more information on the event visit: https://www.same.org/Get-Con…/Find-a-Post/Philadelphia/DCHWS

Congratulations Safety Light Superfund Site Team

KEMRON would like to recognize and congratulate its Safety Light Superfund Site Team on a HUGE safety achievement! The team has worked more than 114,000 hours without an OSHA recordable or incident. This includes approximately 41,500 hours for radiation subcontractors on site and the removal and transport of 1800 loads of radioactive material. This strong safety record over the course of six years demonstrates the Safety Light crew’s dedication and commitment to the protection of worker safety on this very complicated project. KEMRON thanks the Safety Light Team – Dave Tiedman, Heather Garrison, Dan Jones, Guy Smith and Zach Smith. Safety Light is a $29M radiological ongoing cleanup under a contract with EPA Region 3. To read more about the Safety Light project, visit our website at: http://www.kemron.com/665/

Large scale water treatment system optimization generates significant cost savings

KEMRON, under contract to USEPA, reengineered the water treatment process at the Mississippi Phosphate Corporation Superfund Site to accelerate treatment and maximize throughput. Water management volumes from low pH (<2) leachate and rainfall coming in contact with the gypsum stacks on this 400 acre site exceeds 1.5 billion gallons since KEMRON took over management. One inch of rain fall generates 9 million gallons of low pH contact water. The existing treatment process was able to effectively treat 1.5 million gallons a day. Through a series of modifications to include construction of mixing and settling ponds, KEMRON increased the treatment capacity to 4 million gallons per day.

KEMRON further reengineered the treatment process by installing an in-line mixing operation that introduces spent lime slurry from the mechanical plant into the low pH water before piping the lime slurry three miles to a series of mixing and settling ponds. This provided a marked improvement to pH adjustment through a much shorter treatment time frame further increasing overall efficiency by 20%. Cost savings in reduced quick lime are $22,000 per month. Savings on total treatment costs are in excess of $2.5M per year.

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