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40-Hour Hazwoper Training

Through the eyes of Project Navigator’s Anthony Vu, this video gives us a peek into his week of 40-hr Hazwoper training. The training was conducted by Environmental Training and Compliance (ETAC) located in Anaheim, CA.

EPA Approves Project Navigator, Ltd. as Norfolk Southern’s Project Coordinator in the latest settlement regarding the February 3, 2013 derailment in East Palestine, Ohio

Norfolk Southern Corporation has reached an agreement on a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to resolve all their claims and investigations arising from the derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

EPA approved Project Navigator, Ltd. as the Settling Defendants’ Project Coordinator and ARCADIS U.S. Inc. as Settling Defendants’ Supervising Contractor. The Project Coordinator is responsible for administration of all actions by Settling Defendants required as the Work by this Consent Decree. (see Section VIII, para 27, p22/101)

As detailed by the DOJ and EPA in the consent decree, Norfolk Southern has developed, coordinated, and performed one of the most comprehensive incident responses in recent history. At the core of that response are significant investments that have been realized to date, including:

  • Approximately $780 million in environmental response and remediation costs.
  • A recently announced $600 million class action settlement, which along with the community health program under the consent decree with DOJ and EPA, fulfills Norfolk Southern’s promise to address long-term healthcare for residents of East Palestine and surrounding areas.
  • Direct financial support and commitments of $107 million to the community through its Family Assistance Center and investments in the citizens, businesses, and life of the East Palestine and surrounding Ohio and Pennsylvania communities.

To understand more about the settlement, visit https://norfolksouthern.mediaroom.com/2024-05-23-Norfolk-Southern-reaches-agreement-to-resolve-federal-East-Palestine-derailment-claims-and-investigations

To learn more about Norfolk Southern’s commitment and ongoing remediation efforts in East Palestine visit NSMakingItRight.com.

California Regional Water Quality Control Board Sets Maximum Level of Chromium-6 in Drinking Water

Project Navigator, Ltd. (PNL) continues to perform as the Independent Review Program (IRP) manager at PG&E’s Cr(VI) Groundwater Remediation Program in Hinkley, CA. PNL’s role is to advise members of the Hinkley Community on remedial progress, in collaboration with the California Regional Water Quality Control Board and PG&E. The pathway to establish a Cr(VI) drinking water standard has been long, with Hinkley often in the spotlight.

On April 17, 2024, the Water Board voted unanimously to set the maximum contaminant level of Cr(VI) in drinking water to be 10 parts per billion. As the IRP Manager, PNL will continue to evaluate remedial progress and provide technical assistance.  

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Project Navigator, Ltd. has joined Verdantas

As of April 1, 2024, Project Navigator, Ltd. (PNL) has joined Verdantas, LLC.

This union will allow for the integration of PNL’s strengths and capabilities with more than 1,200 environmental scientists, engineers, and technical experts in more than 50 offices throughout the United States. This new collaboration is guided by a shared vision—to innovatively solve our PRP clients’ challenges, especially in the arena of CERCLA and RCRA regulated remediation projects.

Read the full announcement (PDF)

$3 million awarded for project that could help clean contaminated site in Harrison County

PNL’s Marc Ferries, P.E. is the Environmental Trustee of the Reichhold Environmental Response Trust (between U.S. DOJ, Mississippi DEQ & PNL) responsible for the remediation of a former Reichhold facility in Gulfport, MS. PNL has been working with the project stakeholders to remediate the site in response the site impacts conditions described in the above PNL Conceptual Site Model (CSM). Good news has just arrived that the project will be securing extra funds for the clean-up.  

https://www.wlox.com/2024/03/28/3-million-awarded-project-that-could-help-clean-contaminated-site-harrison-county/

In addition, PNL’s sister company, PVNavigator, LLC, working in collaboration with BREG, is in the planning process to install a utility-scale PV solar facility on part of the site.

CERCLA Multi-party PRP Sites Management Services

Project Navigator, Ltd. is contracted by a Fortune 100 Client to represent their interests at a portfolio of CERCLA sites managed under EPA’s Superfund program. These types of multi-party sites commonly have many corporations involved that share in the oversight, cost, and implementation of investigations and corrective actions to remediate former commercial facilities. 

As the Client’s representative, PNL routinely participates in project calls, reviews documents as appropriate, tracks budgets, reviews risks and schedules, monitors media and protects the Client’s liability. In this role, PNL performs as an extension of the Client’s in-house technical team delivering expert-level project management resources and free up internal department staff to focus their involvement on higher priority environmental projects and risks.