News Archive

First Quarter, 2019 News Update for Some Representative Projects Being Managed by Project Navigator, Ltd. (PNL)

PNL continues to be especially active managing $10MM’s of our clients’ site remediation liabilities, especially in the West and along the Gulf Coast. Our work focus is especially on complex CERCLA and RCRA sites, where multiple PRP stakeholders help drive the work under the regulatory oversight of either U.S. EPA or the respective State Agency(-cies). […]

Project Navigator, Ltd. Participates in “Brightfields” Panel at California Land Recycling Conference, Carson, CA, October 24 & 25, 2018

Project Navigator, Ltd. Participates in “Brightfields” Panel at California Land Recycling Conference, Carson, CA, October 24 & 25, 2018

PNL’s Dr. Ian Webster presented and participated in a panel discussion about the development of solar power installations on Brownfield sites at this major event hosted by CCLR, U.S. EPA and DTSC. Panel participants included representatives from U.S. EPA Region 9, and Southern California’s new local community choice power provider in the Clean Power Alliance (www.cleanpoweralliance.org). […]

Project Navigator, Ltd.’s Houston Staff Describe a New Management Approach for the Stewardship and Operations, Monitoring & Maintenance (OM&M) of Long-Closed, Superfund (CERCLA) Sites

Project Navigator, Ltd.’s Houston Staff Describe a New Management Approach for the Stewardship and Operations, Monitoring & Maintenance (OM&M) of Long-Closed, Superfund (CERCLA) Sites

PNL has worked for PRPs managing environmental response actions at Gulf Coast CERCLA sites since the company’s founding 21 years ago.

Project Navigator, Ltd. Contributes to the Development and Operations of Pipeline LandWatch, LLC

Project Navigator, Ltd. Contributes to the Development and Operations of Pipeline LandWatch, LLC

Project Navigator, Ltd., has worked in partnership with Terradex, Inc. (Palo Alto, CA) to conceive of, and develop a web-enabled, pipeline integrity monitoring system called Pipeline LandWatch, LLC. The service is in the process of being rolled out to pipeline owners and operators. An explanatory article has been published, and is online in the trade journal, North American Oil & […]

As Superfund Sites become ready for re-development and reuse, the Tex Tin CERCLA site in Texas City, TX, long-managed by PNL, re-enters life as an oil storage terminal

As Superfund Sites become ready for re-development and reuse, the Tex Tin CERCLA site in Texas City, TX, long-managed by PNL, re-enters life as an oil storage terminal

In this article, Genesis Energy, L.P.’s Kristi Unzicker and Project Navigator, Ltd.’s Bob Piniewski describe how, via collaborative effort of many stakeholders, and U.S. EPA certifying the site as “ready for reuse”, the former Tex Tin CERCLA site is presently functioning as a crude oil terminal.

Ascon 2017 Summary Update

Ascon 2017 Summary Update

DTSC approved the remedial design in May 2017 for the final remedy Completed Lagoon 5 solidification in November 2017 – solidification of drilling mud in Lagoon 5 to enable abandonment of two oil wells Currently in abandonment phase for the abandonment of two oil wells dating back to the 1920s Final remedy will begin after […]

EPA Recognizes Former Texas City, TX, Superfund Site for Excellence in Reuse

EPA Recognizes Former Texas City, TX, Superfund Site for Excellence in Reuse

DALLAS – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized stakeholders at the former Tex Tin Superfund site in Texas City, Texas, with EPA’s Excellence in Site Reuse award. The award recognizes Superfund site partners who have collaborated with EPA to support redeveloping Superfund sites in ways that are beneficial to the community and compatible with the cleanup.

Project Navigator, Ltd.’s Phased Response to Remediation Site Matters in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey (Aug/Sept, 2017), and Its Impact on Remediation Projects in the Gulf Coast Area

Project Navigator, Ltd.’s Phased Response to Remediation Site Matters in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey (Aug/Sept, 2017), and Its Impact on Remediation Projects in the Gulf Coast Area

HOUSTON – Project Navigator, Ltd. manages remediation and response actions at several Superfund (CERCLA) sites in the Houston area.

PNL and PVN develop 3 MW solar installation at former Owens Corning Landfill in Gloucester Township, NJ

PNL and PVN develop 3 MW solar installation at former Owens Corning Landfill in Gloucester Township, NJ

Project Navigator, Ltd. working in association with sister solar power development firm, PVNavigator, LLC, and Marina Energy, LLC of South Jersey Industries (Folsom, NJ) has developed and commissioned the operation of a 3 MW PV solar power installation on a former Owens Corning landfill site in Gloucester Township, New Jersey.

PNL presents at CCLR workshop in Vista, CA on “Resources for Sustainable Redevelopment and Land Recycling: The Solar Power Tool”

PNL’s Dr. Ian A. Webster and Robert Fritz delivered a presentation at a Center for Creative Land Recycling ( https://www.cclr.org/) workshop in Vista, CA on “Resources for Sustainable Redevelopment and Land Recycling: The “Solar Power Tool” (see slides here).

PNL’s Ian Webster facilitates workshop on “Renewable Energy Development on Brownfields: New Opportunities and Issues” at the Farella Braun + Martel, LLP legal firm

Project Navigator, Ltd.’s Dr. Ian A. Webster facilitated a workshop on “Renewable Energy Development on Brownfields: New Opportunities and Issues” at the Farella Braun + Martel, LLP legal firm as part of their Unplugged Renewable Energy Series (see slides here)

PVNavigator, LLC is in the process of selecting an EPC contractor to design and build a 3MW solar PV installation at Milliken Landfill in Ontario, CA

PVNavigator, LLC is in the process of selecting an EPC contractor to complete design and build out PVN’s 3MW photovoltaic solar power installation on the top deck of the Milliken Landfill in Ontario, CA.

PNL is hosting a Site Remediation Workshop Strategy Conference for our Fortune 100 clients in Houston, TX on May 5-6, 2015

PNL will be hosting a 2-day Environmental Industry Leadership Workshop in Houston, May 5-6, 2015, featuring 11 guest speakers. The workshop will provide Project Managers with practical information on cost saving strategies at both multi-party and single party sites, liability management, past successful case studies and lessons learned, regulatory changes and how these changes could […]

PNL staff continue to assist all stakeholders on the Hinkley Chromium-6 Groundwater Remediation Program

Project Navigator, Ltd staff continue to assist the Hinkley Community, Community leaders, California Regional Water Quality Control Board-Lahontan Region, and PG&E in performing technical outreach and communication regarding PG&E’s chromium-6 groundwater remediation program at over 3000 acres in the Hinkley Community to the west of Barstow, California. Notable recent events included a PNL presentation describing […]

PNL’s Dr. Halil Kavak participated as a judge in USC’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Annual Student Research Symposium

PNL staff members Dr. Ian A. Webster and Dr. Nariman Nourbakhsh were invited to participate and speak at The Solar Qatar Summit 2014, in Doha, Qatar, supported by Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation. Their presentation on behalf of PV Navigator, LLC, focused on the need for strategic facility-location planning to go hand in hand […]

PNL’s Dr. Halil Kavak participated as a judge in USC’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Annual Student Research Symposium

PNL’s Dr. Halil Kavak participated as a judge in USC’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Annual Student Research Symposium

Project Navigator, Ltd.’s foundation is built on the application of science and engineering to solving environmental engineering challenges. PNL therefore maintains strong ties to academia as a source of ideas and talent. We also give back. PNL’s Dr. Halil Kavak participated as a judge in the University of Southern California’s Department of Chemical Engineering and […]

Ian Webster and Mark Landress present two separate talks at 21st IPEC Conference

Ian Webster and Mark Landress of Project Navigator, Ltd. delivered two separate talks on oil field remediation topics at the 21st International Petroleum Environmental Conference held in Houston, Texas, October 14 to 16, 2014. Dr. Webster discussed the “soft science” of stakeholder management and approaches to improve trust between contentious parties during long and complex […]

PVNavigator, LLC (PVN) has entered into a power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison, for a 3MW photovoltaic installation at the Milliken Landfill in Ontario, California

Project Navigator, Ltd. (PNL), via its solar power projects development group, PVNavigator, LLC (PVN), has entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Southern California Edison (SCE) for a 3MW (AC) solar photovoltaic (PV) facility to be located at the closed Milliken Sanitary Landfill located in Ontario, CA. The power generated from the facility will […]

PVNavigator, LLC (PVN) has received conditional approvals from New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities for the development of a 3.9MW photovoltaic installation on the Somerdale Landfill in New Jersey

PVNavigator, LLC has received conditional approvals from New Jersey’s Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) to design, build and operate a 3.9MW (DC) racked PV solar power installation at the Owens Corning’s closed Somerdale Landfill (300 Somerdale Road, Gloucester, NJ 08083) in Camden County. The Board’s actions, together with an earlier NJ Department of Environmental Protections […]

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Project Navigator, Ltd. donates to School of Tomorrow in Boyle Heights, CA to help fund planter boxes

Via a donation, Project Navigator, Ltd. has helped fund the construction of planter boxes at The School of Tomorrow in Boyle Heights, California. PNL staff decided to help when we learned how the perception of soil lead impacts, associated with compliance issues regarding the Exide facility in Vernon, CA, were affecting school children’s plans to […]

Building trust via technical outreach at a complex project: PG&E’s Chromium-6 Groundwater Remediation Program

PNL’s Dr. Ian A. Webster will discuss his recent work at PG&E’s chromium-6 groundwater remediation project in Hinkley, California at the March, 2014 National Meeting of AEHS in San Diego. Ian serves as a PG&E sponsored technical and project management resource to the Hinkley community. Duties include technical and regulatory interpretation, and community education. 1-pg […]

PVNavigator has completed pilot testing a PV solar racking system on the cap of a closed Superfund landfill site in Los Angeles, CA

The work was funded by the California Energy Commission. The final report evaluated the performance of a solar racking system at the closed Operating Industries Incorporated (OII) Landfill in Monterrey Park, California a suburb in Los Angeles County located 15 miles southeast from Downtown. The system was placed at the landfill for over a year […]

PNL updates EPA Region 5 staff on developing PV solar projects on landfills

Ian Webster was one of two outside speakers at a July 25, 2013 EPA Region V Information Session for RCRA and CERCLA Project Managers on “Renewable Energy on Contaminated Land.” Dr. Webster’s presentation focused on the technical and administrative opportunities and challenges associated with developing MW scale PV power installations on closed landfill sites. The […]

PNL describes Community technical activities on the PG&E chromium-6 groundwater plume to the Lahontan Water Board

A Project Navigator, Ltd. staff team continues to support the Community of Hinkley in their understanding of the technical issues surrounding PG&E’s planning and remediation activities on the clean up of Hinkley’s chromium-6 groundwater plume. PNL staff recently provided a technical update at a July 17, 2013 meeting of the California Regional Water Quality Control […]

Update on Ward Transformer Superfund Site

The Ward Transformer Superfund Site Trustees have selected Project Navigator, Ltd. as their Project Coordinator responsible for overseeing, monitoring and coordinating all actions necessary to conduct the Phase II Removal Action as required by a 2005 Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent (“AOC”), and all actions necessary to conduct a supplemental RI and focused […]

Update on BKK Landfill Site

Project Navigator, Ltd staff in Los Angeles are assisting the BKK Landfill Site Working Group (PRP Group) with all phases of current site management and eventual long-term remedy planning. The BKK Landfill is a State Superfund site of more than 500 acres, and is located in West Covina, CA. The majority of PNL’s activities encompass […]

Project Navigator, Ltd. helps PRPs with Cemetery Relocation at a Texas Superfund Site

PNL’s Houston office is assisting the PRPs, who are engaged in the early stages of the forecasted 4-year remediation of the Malone Superfund Site in Texas City, with the relocation of an old cemetery which is located within the boundary of the former waste disposal facility. Title to the cemetery land is also being held […]

Update on the Ascon Landfill Site

Project Navigator, Ltd. project managers continue to assist the Ascon Landfill Site PRP Group with work on key project phases and overall site interim management and monitoring. The Ascon Site, located in Huntington Beach, CA, operated as a 38 acre waste disposal site, accepting drilling muds and associated wastes for over a 45 year time […]

Project Navigator, Ltd.’s Houston, Texas office has been managing all aspects of the planning, design, and remedy construction at the Cox Road landfill site, northeast of Houston

Project Navigator, Ltd.’s Houston, Texas office has been managing all aspects of the planning, design, and remedy construction at the Cox Road landfill site, northeast of Houston. PNL has just received notification from TCEQ that all aspects of work proposed under the Remedial Action Plan (RAP) have been completed, as described in PNL’s Response Action […]

PVNavigator contributed to the U.S. EPA’s and NREL’s recently-released (February 2013) document titled “Best Practices for Siting Solar Photovoltaics on Municipal Solid Waste Landfills.”

PVNavigator contributed to the U.S. EPA’s and NREL’s recently-released (February 2013) document titled ” Best Practices for Siting Solar Photovoltaics on Municipal Solid Waste Landfills.” The document was created to provide assistance in addressing common technical challenges and identifying the benefits for siting PV on MSW landfills. PVNavigator’s graphics can be found on pages 9 […]

PNL Contributes Ideas and Advice for EPA Document, “Best Practices for Siting Solar Photovoltaics on Municipal Solid Waste Landfill”

U.S. EPA has posted a draft version of their long awaited document titled “Best Practices for Siting Solar Photovoltaics on Municipal Solid Waste Landfills,” to their website at http://www.epa.gov/renewableenergyland/. The document, coauthored with DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is extensive and detailed at 77 pages. PVN, a unit of PNL, is proud to have […]

PVN Participates in the EDIN-USVI Energy Workshop

PVN’s Dr. Ian A. Webster participated in the EDIN-USVI Energy Workshop held in Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI. The workshop focused on ongoing projects and strategies for the USVI to achieve 60% clean energy by 2025. These programs are part of the Energy Development in Island Nations (EDIN)-U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) project launched in 2010 with […]

PVN Discusses Solar on Landfills in OKC Brownfields 2012 Panel Discussion

PVN participated in the Oklahoma Brownfields Conference 2012 held in Oklahoma City, OK on May 22-23, 2012. Dr. Ian Webster of PNL discussed developing landfill based, PV solar power installations during an opening day plenary roundtable discussion. The panel was hosted by Robert Colangelo of Chicago’s Green Sense Radio Show. Other panelists were Marielle Boortz […]

Environmental Project Management Activities: 2010 to 2011 Summary

Many projects which had been in the planning stages in the mid to late 2000’s were significantly advanced, some even into and through remedial actions. In all the following projects PNL staff were deeply embedded and functioned in a remedy-influencing role, while at the same time, promoting a health and safety operating culture. Cox Road […]

Big Bear Solar Project

Project Navigator, Ltd.’s solar power development business unit, PV Navigator, LLC has recently made significant strides in bringing a 1.5MW PV facility online. The development will be located on the cap of the closed Big Bear Landfill in San Bernardino County, CA. Read the news article from Big Bear Grizzly.

Coeur Rochester Mine Seeking Solar Power Sources

By Solar Industry Staff – solarindustrymag.com Project Navigator Ltd. (PNL) has been retained by Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. to assist in the development of a prospective solar development on the mine’s behalf. PNL says it is seeking written proposals from renewable energy developers to negotiate and enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) to provide […]

Project Navigator, Ltd. has entered into an option agreement with the County of San Bernardino to evaluate solar development at Big Bear Sanitary Landfill

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BREA, CALIFORNIA Project Navigator, Ltd. (PNL), via its solar power projects development group, PVNavigator (PVN), has entered into a lease option agreement with the County of San Bernardino to evaluate and explore the development of a photovoltaic (PV) solar facility at the closed Big Bear Sanitary Landfill located in Big Bear, CA. […]

Aerial view of the Fort Irwin Military Reservation central base area in the Mojave Desert, located in San Bernardino County, California.

Project Navigator, Ltd.’s Solar Team Wins Contract from U.S. Army

PNL’s PVNavigator Group has won a contract from the U.S. Army to assess the viability of using solar power to run remote electrical equipment at Fort Irwin, California. Fort Irwin is a major training area for the U.S. Military, and is located in the Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County. Facilities currently powered by generators, […]

Project Navigator, Ltd. and SunPods, Inc. Recently Exhibited at the Tech Connect Expo 2010

Project Navigator, Ltd. (PNL) staff recently discussed the business opportunities which can be realized from siting small scale solar facilities on brownfield sites or urban-located closed landfills. At Tech Connect World Summit Conference & Expo 2010, Anaheim, CA, June 21 to 24, 2010) we had a booth, system model and made a presentation. PNL staff, […]

Dr. Ian Webster Represented Project Navigator, Ltd. at the National Brownfields Association Atlanta 2010 Meeting on March 24 & 25

Dr. Ian Webster represented Project Navigator, Ltd. at the National Brownfields Association’s Atlanta 2010 Meeting on March 24 & 25. Ian was a member of a panel session covering Re-Powering America’s Land: Renewable Energy on Contaminated Sites. Ian described PNL’s business plan which entails the siting, design and financing of small scale, distributed solar facilities […]

PNL Talks About Facilitating Land Conveyance in Brownfields Projects using Innovative GIS and Visualization Techniques at AEHS Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA March 15 -18

Project Navigator, Ltd. has developed a rigorous protocol for the GIS-enabled screening of Brownfield sites. The system allows sites to be prioritized in the queue for reuse. Click here for poster.

PNL Staff Work on the Classification of Landfill Fires

Drs. Halil Kavak, Raudel Sanchez and Ian Webster have worked for a number of major clients on landfill assessment and closure projects. A notable example is the Operating Industries Inc (OII) Landfill in Monterey Park, CA. In addition to helping with more routine site design and construction activities, the PNL team was asked to investigate […]

PNL’s Graphics Team Builds 3D Hard Model to Help Outreach Activities at Asarco Smelter Clean Up Project in El Paso, TX

Roberto Puga’s PNL team is now actively engaged in planning activities related to the future demolition and cleanup at the former Asarco smelter site in El Paso. Communication and outreach will be an important component of a successful project. PNL is expert in the use of visual techniques and graphics to explain project activities (Visual […]

Project Navigator, Ltd. Discusses Solar Power Opportunities on Brownfield Sites at National Brownfield Association Meeting in Sacramento

PNL’s Ian Webster discussed how solar facilities can be sited on Brownfield Sites at NBA’s Sacramento Meeting on January 14, 2010. The talk discussed how smaller, urban-located PV facilities, which are close to transmission and load, can be more quickly permitted, financed brought online, than larger competing facilities located in the desert southwest. Webster gave […]