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City of Fort Lauderdale (CFL) – Environmental/Engineering Services
October 13, 2015

The management and staff of EE&G have provided environmental/engineering consulting services for the City of Fort Lauderdale since 1998 and we continue. Services included Environmental Due Diligence Assessments (Phase I & Phase II ESAs), Asbestos-Containing Building Material (ACBM) surveys (pre-demolition/renovations), lead-based paint (LBP) inspections, IAQ/Mold assessment, Brownfields consulting, Expanded Site Assessments, Remedial Action Plan design/implementation, Engineering Services, Dewatering design plans for WW2011 sanitary sewer installation projects, and Endangered Species assessment/relocation. The following is an example of a project under this contract that demonstrates our technical skills and innovative approach employed on behalf of our clients.

The Lincoln Park Complex was historically a City-owned/operated trash incinerator from the 1920s to the 1950s, and later redeveloped into the sanitary sewer plant in the 1970s/1980s, and finally a residential trash transfer station. Adjoining properties included a residential park (Lincoln Park), single-family homes, and a historic elementary school (recently redeveloped into the CFL One-Stop Permitting Shop). Phase I and II ESAs were performed of the trash transfer station in 1998, when the environmental issue was first identified. CFL was awarded a Brownfields Pilot Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2000, which was used to prepare a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP), and to conduct a regional Phase I and II ESA of the entire Lincoln Park Complex, which revealed a more widespread impact. Expanded soil and groundwater assessment and development of a feasibility study and risk assessment were conducted in 2001 and 2002. We served as a liaison between CFL, FDEP and community activist groups who were concerned about public health issues. Based on our research and advice, the park was closed to public access, and negotiations conducted with FDEP to develop a Risk-Based Corrective Action (RBCA) closure solution. A Remedial Action Plan was developed in 2003/2004, and approved by the FDEP. Following the removal of an improperly abandoned underground storage tank, the former elementary school site was deemed acceptable for redevelopment into the One-Stop Shop. We again participated in a community meeting to unveil an innovative solution, which included the use of a semi-permeable geosynthetic liner and clean fill to provide a protective cover for the park. This cost-effective solution saved the City hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential excavation/disposal costs, and minimized potential liabilities associated with the generation of dust during removal/transport. The FDEP approved this innovative Engineering Control solution, and we installed the protective cap in 2005.