Sagasser & Associates, Inc.
Environmental Assessment & Engineering Services
Sagasser & Associates, Inc.
SELECTED PROJECT EXPERIENCE

SELECTED PROJECT EXPERIENCE SINCE 1995

Antrim Gas Well Field - Manistee, Michigan: Project involved the environmental assessment of 19 Antrim gas wells, an injection well and a central processing facility (CPF). The scope of work established in cooperation with the client, involved a site reconnaissance of each well site and the CPF, 22 soil borings, soil analyses for chlorides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PNAs), monitor well sampling and analysis, and a comprehensive report. Results were compared with the Generic Residential Cleanup Criteria (GRCC) established under Part 201 of the NREPA. Project was completed in nine days without incurring laboratory rush charges.

 

Automotive Repair Business - Bellaire, Michigan: Sagasser & Associates, Inc. was retained to complete a Phase 1 ESA of an automotive repair facility. Project involved an adjacent leaking underground storage tank (LUST) facility. The assessment indicated the adjacent LUST facility was not a concern based on groundwater flow direction and laboratory analytical data from the nearest wells to the Subject Property. Project completed in one week.

 

Auto Salvage Yard - Grayling, Michigan: Project was a former auto salvage company on seven acres of land. A Phase 1 ESA identified on-site landfilling, which the MDNR had coordinated. The project involved intensive review of MDNR files and interviews with former owners, regulatory authorities, and local residences. Project completed in 16 days. Based on the results of the Phase 1 assessment, Sagasser & Associates provided a proposal for completing a Phase 2 Preliminary Contamination Assessment. A scope of work was developed to meet the Clientís needs. The Phase 2 included monitor well installation, groundwater sampling and residential water well sampling. Project was completed in 15 days from notice to proceed, without incurring rush charges on analytical or drilling services.

 

Vacant Land - Gaylord, Michigan: Phase 1 ESA of 23-acre parcel of undeveloped land. The site reconnaissance identified a gas well and on-site landfilling activities. Project completed in 15 days.

 

Industrial Building - Grayling, Michigan: Phase 1 ESA of an existing manufacturing facility. Historical information identified the Subject Property had been part of the City dump. Other historical activities had included a tool and die company and a plastics company. Current activities involved the use of oils, paints, and solvents contained in drums throughout the facility. Additional concerns identified included air discharges, aboveground gas and diesel tanks and floor drains. Project was completed in 12 days.

 

Undeveloped Parcel - Gaylord, Michigan: Assessment of Antrim gas central processing facility (CPF). ESA included advancement of five soil borings, soil sampling for VOCs, chlorides and triethylene glycol. It was determined that the de-hydrator was leaking triethylene glycol. Completed a Category S BEA and coordinated the removal and disposal of impacted soils.

 

Apartment Complex - Gaylord, Michigan: Project consisted of a small oil spill. Verification sampling was completed the same day as notice to proceed with verbal results provided to the client in four days.

 

Vacant Industrial Lot - Gaylord, Michigan: Phase 1 ESA of an undeveloped parcel within the Industrial Park. Historical information indicated the prior use was limited to residential. Nearby potential concerns included a former landfill and a known contaminated facility (Act 307 Site). Project completed in 13 days from notice to proceed.

 

Auto Sales - Gaylord, Michigan: Phase 1 ESA of a current commercial building. Site reconnaissance identified floor drains and several sites of known environmental concern. Historical research identified the site was a former gas station. Project completed in three weeks. Sagasser & Associates, Inc. prepared a scope of work for the Phase 2 preliminary contamination assessment to determine if the Site is a Facility and subsequently prepared a baseline environmental assessment for the Site.

 

UST Assessment - Higgins Lake, Michigan: Sagasser & Associates, Inc. was contracted to complete a site assessment of a non-regulated UST on a parcel being sold. Project involved hand auger borings for closure sample collection. Verbal results provided to client within four days.

 

Former Gas Station - Petoskey, Michigan: Consulting services pertaining to the review of an existing LUST facility to evaluate site conditions and assess alternatives to the proposed recommendations of the former consultant. Sagasser & Associates, Inc. identified several inconsistencies with the former consultantís activities and conclusions.

 

Commercial Building - Gaylord, Michigan: Project is an Act 307 facility which had known contamination since 1989. Services provided included the review of prior data and comparison with current cleanup requirements. Verification sampling of soil and groundwater conditions to confirm site conditions warranted closure of the site. The Site was subsequently sold and is being renovated for the new commercial business.

 

Public Schools - Otsego and Montmorency Counties, Michigan: Environmental assessments of two school facilities for compliance with Act 141. Assessments identified several areas of potential concern associated with the proposed building expansion, including the identification of regulated tanks.

 

Steel Fabrication - Gaylord, Michigan: Phase 1 ESA of a steel fabrication facility completed in connection with a proposed property transfer. Phase 1 report identified the presence of areas of landfilling, aboveground waste oil and fuel oil tanks and floor drains. Phase 2 activities confirmed the concerns as minor conditions not warranting further investigation. Project completed in seven days from notice to proceed.

 

Railroad Property - Central Lake, Michigan: Project consisted of a former railroad depot that was being considered for development. A Phase 1 ESA, completed within two weeks, identified groundwater contamination at the property. The source of the groundwater contamination was not clearly determined, but appeared to be the result of migration from an up-gradient source. Subsequently, a baseline environmental assessment was completed for the project within one day from notice to proceed.

 

307 Site - Boyne City, Michigan: Baseline environmental assessment (BEA) of an "Act 307" facility. Purchaser contracted Sagasser & Associates, Inc. to review existing MDEQ file information and prepare a BEA for use in obtaining an exemption for liability for existing environmental contamination. Project completed one week from notice to proceed and the BEA determination was approved by DEQ.

 

Office Complex - Grayling, Michigan: Phase 1 ESA of a multi-use commercial park which identified the former uses as including a body repair shop. The current use is limited to commercial businesses and the Subject Property is supplied with municipal water and sewer services. Phase 2 Preliminary Contamination Assessment was completed of the floor drains in the body shop. No evidence of environmental impact was identified.

 

Bulk Storage Facility - Gaylord, Michigan: Project consists of a bulk petroleum storage facility. Sagasser & Associates, Inc. was contracted to prepare a pollution incident protection plan (PIPP) for the aboveground storage tank facility.

 

Resort - Gaylord, Michigan: Sagasser & Associates, Inc. was retained to review a file for a leaking underground storage tank Site. The Client had a concern regarding the existing consultantís recommendations and cost proposal. Review of the file indicated that the project could be closed with no further action needed.

 

Former Autobody Shop - Gaylord, Michigan: Phase 1 ESA on a former Act 307 facility. The Phase 1 detailed the previous conditions, concerns and cleanup activities performed at the Site. No further investigative activities were warranted.

 

Active Gas Station, Boyne Falls, Michigan: Sagasser & Associates, Inc. was contracted to complete a final assessment report (FAR) for an inactive LUST facility. Subsequent to review of the existing data, Sagasser & Associates, Inc. completed groundwater sampling and analysis to evaluate current contaminant levels, identify potential preferred migration pathways and exposure routes. Further delineation of the groundwater was conducted by installing monitor wells with a hand auger, as a cost savings measure for our client. Based on the data obtained, Sagasser & Associates, Inc. completed a RI/FS, which identified natural attenuation as a viable remedial alternative for the Site. Sagasser & Associates, Inc. is proceeding with the monitoring activities to close the Site with an unrestricted closure and documentation of natural attenuation.

 

Undeveloped Parcel - Johannesburg, Michigan: Transaction screening of a 144-acre parcel of land. Site was identified as having three existing Antrim gas wells and two prior exploratory Niagaran oil well sites. The site was also identified as having two non-regulated USTs. Project included assessment of the USTs.

 

Industrial Property - Petoskey, Michigan: Project involved a former manufacturing site that had soil contamination as a result of former sand blasting activities. Sagasser & Associates, Inc. was retained to complete verification of soil remediation. Project was completed within one week from notice to proceed without incurring rush analytical charges. Closure report for the project has been approved.

 

Public Schools - Cheboygan County, Michigan: Completed environmental assessments of a school for compliance with Act 141. Project identified former USTs within the proposed construction area.

 

Proposed Commercial Park - Gaylord, Michigan: Phase 1 ESA on a 17.3-acre parcel, which was split for a small commercial park. Sagasser & Associates, Inc. was contracted to complete an overview of the entire parcel with completion of a Phase 1 on a 1.03-acre portion being sold for development. Project completed in one week from notice to proceed.

 

Plastics Injection Molding - South Bend, Indiana: Project involved three separate facilities including a plastic injection molding plant, a tool and die shop and a painting and finish coating plant. Phase 1 ESAs were completed on each facility. The results of the Phase 1 ESAs warranted progression to a Phase 2 Preliminary Contamination Assessment. The results of the Phase 2 assessment identified soil contamination at levels below the Indiana Department of Environmental Management Tier 2 Residential Cleanup Values set forth in the Voluntary Remediation Program.

 

Modular Home Sales - Gaylord, Michigan: Sagasser & Associates, Inc. assisted in closure of one regulated gasoline UST. A release from the dispenser was identified during UST removal activities. Soil borings and Site characterization was completed, including the 90-day IAR. An unrestricted closure was obtained through limited soil excavation and Tier 2 evaluation.

 

Former Gas Station/Current Quick Lube, Alpena, Michigan: A release was discovered by others during the in-place closure of a used oil UST. Sagasser & Associates, Inc. installed soil borings and monitoring wells to assess the lateral extent of the soil and groundwater contamination.

 

Former Electrician Shop, Gaylord Michigan: Project included a Phase 1 which identified three existing USTs (gasoline, diesel and heating oil), two abandoned USTs, a drum of solvent material, a burn pile, and potential asbestos-containing building material. Registered USTs as required, monitored the removal of the USTs, collected closure samples and completed a Site Assessment Report for closure of the USTs.

 

Former Gas Station/Repair Shop, Posen, Michigan: A release was discovered by others during the removal of one gasoline UST. Sagasser & Associates, Inc. completed soil borings to characterize the site and assess the extent of contamination. A comparison of analytical results with Risk-Based Screening Levels was completed, and a Closure Report was written within approximately three weeks of authorization to proceed.

 

Former Gas Station/Market, Lachine, Michigan: A release was discovered by others during the removal of two gasoline USTs. Sagasser & Associates, Inc. worked with the client to establish a work plan within their budgetary constraints. The initial phase of assessment work consisted of soil boring installation to assess the lateral and vertical extent of contamination, and was completed within three weeks of authorization to proceed. A Baseline Environmental Assessment was also completed to allow for the sale of the property.

 

Active Gas Station/Market, Roscommon, Michigan: An active gas station had a release discovered by others during an upgrade of the UST system, and subsequent assessment activities identified soil and groundwater contamination. Sagasser & Associates, Inc. performed a MDEQ file review to assess potential contributors to the on-site contamination, installed additional soil borings and wells to assess the lateral extent of contamination, sampled existing monitoring wells to update four year old data, and monitored the removal of a leaking UST containing kerosene. A work plan for additional assessment activities was also completed.

 

Active Gas Station/Market, Waters, Michigan: Project included monitoring of UST removal during an upgrade of the system. A release was discovered and reported, and borings/wells were installed to assess the lateral extent of contamination. Sagasser & Associates, Inc. worked with the client to develop a work plan that took budgetary constraints into consideration.

 

Former Gas Station, Atlanta, Michigan: The site was an active LUST facility which had limited assessment activities performed by others. Sagasser & Associates, Inc. performed a MDEQ file review to identify potential contributors to the on-site contamination, installed additional soil borings and wells (including obtaining off-site access agreements) to assess the lateral extent of contamination. An IAR was completed for the property along with a work plan proposing additional assessment activities. In addition, Sagasser & Associates, Inc. worked with the client and their legal representatives to identify potentially responsible parties to the existing contamination.

 

Undeveloped Commercial Lot - Gaylord, Michigan: Phase 1 ESA of an undeveloped commercial lot within the City of Gaylord. Project involved the review of DEQ file data for the adjoining auto body shop as well as nearby contaminated facilities. Project completed within five days from notice to proceed.

 

Former Bulk Plant, Atlanta, Michigan: Sagasser & Associates, Inc. was contracted to complete a Phase 2 investigation of a former petroleum bulk plant. The plant had USTs and ASTs which had been removed from the Site 10 years prior to our investigation. Sagasser & Associates, Inc. completed 28 hand auger borings, of which 4 temporary monitor wells and 14 permanent monitor wells were installed. Free product was identified, delineated and abated. Limited product remaining is monitored and a RI/FS is being completed to ascertain the most practical remedial alternative.

 

Former Gas Station, Kalkaska, Michigan: Sagasser & Associates, Inc. was contracted to complete the IAR and FAR for an inactive LUST facility. Subsequent to review of the existing data, Sagasser & Associates, Inc. completed hand auger borings to characterize the source of the contaminant plume. A truck-mounted drill rig was utilized to install monitor wells for groundwater sampling and analysis to evaluate current contaminant levels, identify potential preferred migration pathways and exposure routes.

 

Road Commission - Gaylord, Michigan: Project consisted of project management for RFP development, bid solicitation and contractor selection for completing the closure of two separate UST systems comprised of three USTs. UST Closure activities resulted in an unrestricted closure. Additional phases of the project included evaluation of the salt pile and on-Site brine lagoon. Activities included assessing the potential impacts suspected from leakage of the brine from the lagoon.

 

Property Transfer of Well Operations - Otsego County, MI: Project included assessment of four (4) Antrim Gas Wells, including limited soil sampling and analysis to identify potential for brine impact.

 

1,200-Acre Proposed Development - Crawford County, MI: The scope of the project was to complete an assessment of a 1,200-acre parcel of property which was proposed for development. The parcel was predominately undeveloped property, comprised of open grassland, exposed sand dunes, and forest land consisting primarily of jack pine and oak trees. The scope of work included completion of a site reconnaissance of the parcel, documenting areas of environmental concern. The work included a review of aerial photographs, water well logs, topographic maps, soil survey and environmental records. A total of six (6) soil borings to 8 feet below ground surface (bgs) were completed utilizing a hand auger and continuous soil sampling.

 


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