GHD took on the responsibility for implementing a United States
Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) approved remedy and
providing long-term operation, maintenance, and monitoring
(OM&M) for the Buckeye Reclamation Landfill in Ohio.
A Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) Group was able to divest
Remedial Action liability to GHD for defined and undefined scope
and timing for 30 years with a single, upfront payment.
GHD worked with an insurer to provide specialized financial
assurance for the environmental liability scope, schedule, and cost
estimate developed for the liability transfer.
The project is unique in that the USEPA accepted changes to the
Consent Decree to allow the use of the environmental insurance
policy for financial assurance. This innovative concept was also
evaluated for use at other sites.
The Buckeye Reclamation Landfill, licensed in 1971, was a
100-acre mixed municipal and industrial waste landfill located on
and adjacent to pre-1950s deep underground coal mines. The Record
of Decision providing the remedy for the Superfund site was issued
in 1991, and a Consent Decree was lodged in 1998.
The PRP Group completed Phase I of the remedy in 2003. The scope
of the Phase II remedial program was deferred until sufficient
post-Phase I remedy completion monitoring data were obtained. In
2004, the PRP Group transferred the Consent Decree responsibilities
GHD's work included Phase II remedy design and construction, as
well as final development and implementation of 30 years of Phase I
and II remedy OM&M programs, including inspections,
maintenance, and repairs; groundwater, surface water, and landfill
gas monitoring programs; and reporting and representation.
GHD was able to save approximately US$2 million by negotiating a
Phase II remedy scope reduction. GHD also immediately addressed
significant erosion issues at the site from tropical storm