If contamination has been found on your property in Massachusetts, you will need to hire a Licensed Site Professional (LSP) to determine if cleanup work is required. The LSP’s job is to work with you to develop and execute a scope of work that will satisfy the state requirements to address the contaminated property as established in the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP). Our team has the expertise to evaluate remedial options and guide you through your specific situation in the most practical and cost effective ways available.
IES provides assessment and immediate response action (IRA) oversight for contractors responding to sudden spills, leaks, and other releases of oil and/or hazardous materials (OHM). These could include anything from a roadway accident spilling oil to the ground surface, leaking above ground and underground (AST/UST) oil tanks, and releases of other OHM prompting a hazmat response. We maintain relationships with many regional emergency response dispatchers and responders such as Cura Emergency Services, Emergency Response & Training Solutions (ERTS), Patriot Environmental Services, US Ecology, Inc., Environmental Restoration LLC, ACV Enviro, Western Mass Environmental LLC, Moran Environmental Recovery, Global Remediation Services, Inc., and NEDT Inc.
During a spill response IES is responsible for: • Assessing the extent of the release and affected areas; • Determining and delegating response actions; • Performing field screening and environmental sampling; • Selecting and submitting samples to be laboratory analyzed; • Performing a risk characterization; • Preparing the Permanent Solution closure report and associated documents to be submitted to the MassDEP. All IES personnel are 40-Hour Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certified. IES completes a broad range of response actions required for both simple and complex OHM releases with a cost-effective and innovative approach to remediation in accordance with current and potential future site uses.
IES has extensive experience with investigating and characterizing contamination of soils and groundwater. Our team has been involved in planning, field sampling, and data analysis phases of contaminant investigations at hundreds of sites across the New England region for a combined total of more than 40 years. Characterizing the magnitude and extent of groundwater contamination is a challenging task due to the limited locations from which subsurface data can be collected and to the dynamic nature of contaminant plumes as they migrate and degrade over time. A solid background in geology, soils, hydrology, and chemistry, along with applicable regulations and laboratory analysis methods, is needed to successfully delineate contamination. Understanding the nature and extent of contamination is an essential step in determining how best to reduce further impacts and to identify appropriate cleanup approaches. IES applies the Conceptual Site Model (CSM) approach, which is a three-dimensional picture of site conditions that illustrates contaminant distribution, release mechanisms, exposure pathways, migration routes and potential receptors. The purpose of the conceptual site model is to present an understanding of known and suspect environmental conditions as they currently exist for the Disposal Site. The CSM also provides a basis for evaluating the need for implementing additional remedial actions.
The focus of an Imminent Hazard Evaluation is to determine actual or likely exposures within the ground surface, drinking water, or indoor air to human and environmental receptors under current site conditions and the surrounding environment based upon the potential for carcinogenic health effects. Risk Characterizations for Imminent Hazard Evaluations are conducted separately for safety, human health, and the environment, depending on the type of condition that triggered the need for the evaluation. The toxicity information used to characterize risk includes reference doses and reference concentrations, and carcinogenic slope factors and unit risk values.
The Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Materials Release, Prevention and Response Act (M.G.L. c.21E) and the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (the MCP), 310 CMR 40.0000, contain the requirements and timeframes for completing the cleanup of releases. Many clients have reached out to IES after receiving a MassDEP ‘Notice of Responsibility’ letter, indicating an urgent legal matter and requiring necessary prompt action. IES is able to help decipher the legal and statutory liabilities, necessary response actions, and options available. If you have received one of these letters, please review the Massachusetts Contingency Plan (MCP) First Year Compliance Fact Sheet and contact IES as soon as possible to review your case.
IES can help identify whether a release and/or threat of release of oil and hazardous material requires notification to the MassDEP. There are three (3) reportable release notification thresholds according to the MCP:
If you have experienced a release and/or threat of release of oil and hazardous materials to the environment, please contact IES today to determine your regulatory reporting requirements. Furthermore, a release indicated by the measurement of oil and/or hazardous material in soil and/or groundwater requires notification to the MassDEP if the measured concentration in any soil or groundwater sample is equal to or greater than the media and category-specific Reportable Concentrations in effect on the date of the sample analysis.
“IES has provided the Town of Ipswich with professional environmental services associated with releases of oil and hazardous materials at our DPW facility. IES responded quickly to these releases and solved these problems according to DEP regulations and within budget.”
Department of Public Works, Town of Ipswich, MA
“Cura Emergency Services has worked with a number of Licensed Site Professionals with varying degrees of success, but we have always had positive experiences with IES. IES consistently works on behalf of the responsible party to achieve compliance in a reasonable, well documented, and financially responsible manner. In emergency response situations, trust in your partners is key, and we have faith that IES will deliver for our clients and represent our company in a professional and thoughtful manner.”
Director of Operations, Cura Emergency Services
“The Town recommends you and your firm, unequivocally, as a ‘world class’ environmental consultant. Not only do you have the qualifications, technical expertise and project management skills but have professionally performed to the best interests of your client consistent with state and local requirements.”
Assistant Town Administrator, Town of Burlington, MA
“IES has assisted the First Ipswich Bank in evaluating complicated environmental issues surrounding real estate acquisitions in very timely and cost-effective fashion. I look forward to conducting business with IES in the future. Thanks for all your help!”
Vice President, First Ipswich Bank
“In 2010, IES assisted Sports Oil Corporation in finding an end point for one of our former service stations. After having other firms work on this difficult case for many years, IES’s simple and logical solution was very much appreciated. Sports Oil Corporation is grateful for IES’s professional assistance.”
President, Sports Oil Corporation
I have worked with IES for several years and they are truly exceptional. They are very focused on the customer experience and have helped me with some last-minute rushes to ensure no issues with closings. Kerry and her team are a pleasure to communicate with and I highly recommend using them.
Salem Five Bank
“I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that it has been a pleasure to work with you and your staff. There was much apprehension in the community when we began removing municipal underground storage tanks. Many officials were alarmed by the time and expense this project would require. I found your genuine desire to expeditiously complete the project in a cost-effective manner refreshing. It has been my experience that most consultants view municipal government as a perpetual and unlimited source of funding. I never felt that way working with IES. I welcome your candor and your drive to complete the task at hand. I would gladly consider your firm should we develop a need for similar services in the future.”
Environmental Engineer, Town of Burlington, MA
I have had the pleasure of working with the IES team extensively over the past decade. They are professional, timely, friendly and pay extraordinary attention to detail. IES is my go-to resource for any level of environmental reporting from a simple Records Search to remediating complex contaminated properties. Their knowledge of environmental regulations and law is all encompassing. They are always able answer any question or recommend a pertinent course of action. You will not be disappointed if you chose to work with IES!
Granite State Development Corp.
IES, has been a pleasure to work with over the years I’ve been in lending! They are responsive, helpful, and always willing to go above and beyond in their explanations regarding the risks they assign. What is the most important to me, as a lender, is that they are on time with their reports and fair with their work and expectations.
East Boston Savings Bank
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