Soil Morphology Classification and Survey

May 29, 2013

Soil Spill

Source: Great American Environmental Division, May 2013

During construction of a new office building, an excavation contractor collected several tons of contaminated soil for off-site disposal. Unbeknownst to the driver of one of the dump trucks, the rear dump gate of his truck was ajar allowing soil to spill throughout the trip before being pulled over by the police. Things go from had to worse when it was determined that the soils had been contaminated with PCBs. The soil spillage causes a road closure of several hours and the excavation contractor was held responsible for the emergency hazmat clean-up of the soil.


September 21, 2010

Contractor Spreads Contaminated Soil

Acknowledgement to Great American

During the course of performing site preparation work for a new building the excavation contractor spread contaminated soil throughout the site. The contractor was held partially responsible for exacerbating the contaminated soil.…

September 3, 2010

Petroleum Soil Contamination Discovered at Brownfield Site

Acknowledgement to Great American

A municipality purchased a former manufacturing facility as part of a larger Brownfield re-development project. After taking control of the property and beginning the project, the municipality discovered an old tank was missed during due diligence. Soil samples taken from the tank pit were impacted with petroleum. The area had to be over excavated and additional costs were incurred to properly dispose of the soils.…