Petroleum Refinery & Terminal Support

refinery 2American refiners of petroleum products spent $112 billion on environmental improvements between 1990 and 2008, and continue to invest in high-tech emissions control and other remedial systems to reduce impacts on the environment. Refineries in the Delaware Valley face increased regulatory pressure and operating costs to maintain environmental compliance.

AMO personnel have provided professional environmental support to local refineries including: Sun’s Philadelphia and Marcus Hook Refineries; Motiva’s former Delaware City Refinery, and Conoco’s Westville, New Jersey refinery. Our services have ranged from RCRA Corrective Action support to due diligence tasks in support of property acquisitions and divestitures. Our long history of environmental support to the industry enables us to provide experienced personnel who understand refinery operations and associated state/federal environmental regulatory programs. This includes decades of refinery and terminal experience, with specialization in: Site Investigation; Risk Assessment; Remedial Planning & Design; Remediation Oversight; Site Monitoring, Reporting, and Data Management; System Optimization; and Site Closure.

refineryOur approach to remediation and long term operation & maintenance of environmental remediation systems has saved local facilities millions of dollars in environmental costs and reduced potential human health and environmental liabilities. The value AMO brings to remedial projects is our practical experience in: defining areas of concern; developing conceptual cleanup plans; defining limits of remediation; developing closure documentation plans commensurate with client and agency requirements; subcontracting/overseeing remediation contractors; collecting, evaluating, and presenting post-treatment analytical data to confirm attainment of remedial objectives; and negotiating closure with agency stakeholders

RCRA Corrective Action & Spill Support

Directed Verification of Release Study (VRS) at oil refinery in Delaware Valley. Field work consisted of installing 16 monitoring wells, 57 soil borings, collection of surface & subsurface soil and groundwater samples. Constructed VRS database and prepared VRS Report. Following USEPA approval of VRS Report, and in accordance with the refinery’s Corrective Action Permit, prepared and implemented RCRA Facility Investigation (RFI) Work Plan. RFI work involved additional evaluation of two dredged material storage areas (DMSAs) associated with Solid Waste Management Units in the Corrective Action Permit. RFI field work included additional soil boring and well installations, soil and groundwater sampling/analysis. Successfully negotiated agency-approved , site-wide approach to groundwater investigation and remediation, which resulted in significant savings on project costs. Upon completion of RFI tasks, performed detailed assessment of free-phase hydrocarbons through well bail-down tests, and prepared Corrective Measures Work Plan for USEPA review and approval.


Refinery/Terminal Audits

Solid/hazardous waste technical expert on multi-discipline refinery/terminal audit team. Audit involved inspection of six major petroleum refineries across the United States. Provided real time input to client and final comprehensive report regarding regulatory/permit compliance, and remedial cost projections for SWMUs and other identified AOCs. Results of work used by prospective purchasers to evaluate facility conditions.

RCRA Part B Permitting

Directed numerous projects involving a Delaware Valley refinery Hazardous Waste Landfill and Land Treatment Unit (LTU). Projects ranged from groundwater monitoring programs to landfill and LTU closures. Work included field data acquisition, database construction/management, and preparation of Quarterly and Annual Reports under Part B Permits. Other work involved: assessment of leachate collection systems; preparation of Post-Closure Plans, Post-Closure Care Permits, permit modifications, and public notice documentation; and negotiation of on-site dredge material reuse as landfill cap material. Success in this latter task saved client nearly $1M. Also prepared and implemented Work Plans to investigate potential sources of leachate materials in a down-gradient monitor well. The investigation revealed build up in the Leachate Collection System due to malfunctioning pumps and poor storm-water management practices. Additional management tasks included, but were not limited to: attendance at numerous meetings with state agency; preparation of permit renewal applications; and consultation/negotiation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to establish a General Permit for Wetlands Mitigation, which required the refinery to create 4.67 acres of replacement wetlands and to enhance a phragmites wetland (~1 acre) adjacent to the replacement wetlands site.