From a regulatory standpoint, the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) led the oversight and supervised the remediation process to ensure the land was remediated. The NDEP has a portion of its website dedicated to this project. http://ndep.nv.gov/bmi/index.htm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) delegated its authority to the NDEP but maintained involvement to help ensure the project was completed timely and in accordance with U.S. EPA standards. The NDEP had jurisdiction over the clean-up.
Locally, the city of Henderson continually monitored the progress of the remediation effort to ensure compliance with applicable standards. It wanted to ensure this project, which is located in the City of Henderson, is safe for future residents.
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Basic Remediation Company, will carry out the physical clean-up of the property pursuant to detailed plans approved by the NDEP.
The citizen's advisory group, The Restoration Advisory Committee (RAC), was formed in 1999. Its members represented a cross-section of the community including community leaders, business representatives and interested citizens. The committee met regularly to be updated on the remediation efforts, allow dialog amongst members and provide feedback on the process.
It is customary for a restoration project of this magnitude to have adequate oversight in order to ensure administrative, financial, quality, safety, and regulatory objectives are met. To that end, Basic Remediation Company (BRC) along with state and local officials, implemented a system of oversight to ensure the project was properly implemented consistent with regulatory and permit requirements. The public’s safety and that of the workers during the actual remediation and during placement of the impacted material was assured.
In addition to its responsibilities as owner and project manager, BRC contracted with Weston Solutions to provide additional oversight of the project. Weston Solutions served as the project construction manager. Weston Solutions worked with the contractor and subcontractors, BRC’s CAMU quality control team and local and state field representatives to ensure the project ran smoothly: all workers followed strict safety regulations; the contractor constructed and performed work in accordance with the approved plans and specifications; and all state and local regulations were followed.
Along with Weston Solutions, BRC hired Geosyntec, the design engineers for the CAMU, to provide quality assurance during the construction of the CAMU. Geosyntec was at the CAMU verifying all work associated with installation of the liner system, preparation of the waste, and placement of the waste were conducted in accordance with the project specifications. Its efforts ensured the CAMU was built in a manner that will safely inter the waste forever.
Finally, NDEP, the agency with direct regulatory responsibility, provides oversight as well. For this particular project NDEP hired two firms, Broadbent and Applied Soil and Water (ASW) to provide “boots on the ground” to oversee not only the work of the contractor, but also the work of BRC and its oversight staff. NDEP had staff on the site during a majority of the work hours.
Collectively, all this oversight means there were many people with the necessary expertise observing to make sure the project was executed in accordance with specifications and safely.