FRANK E. RATTS GENERATING STATION (PHOTO source: HOOSIER ENERGY)

Environmental Study for Hoosier Energy

Project Details:

KERAMIDA contracted with power generator Hoosier Energy to perform a regulated materials assessment, a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), and Phase II Environmental Site Investigation at the Frank E. Ratts generating station, a coal-fired power plant on the banks of the White River. KERAMIDA also generated a health and safety plan for the project. The regulated materials assessment tested for the presence of lead, asbestos and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCB wipes were used on materials suspected of containing PCBs, and drill cores of potentially affected concrete were taken which resulted in KERAMIDA generating a Hazardous Materials Report (HMI) for the site. Additionally, KERAMIDA performed an asbestos inspection as well as an inspection for lead-based paint (LBP). Subsequently, a Phase I ESA performed at the site indicated three recognized environmental conditions (RECs) related to historical use of the site and potential impacts from off-site sources.

The Phase II Investigation was performed that specifically focused on subsurface soil and groundwater quality based on potential effects from RECs identified in the Phase I. Hand-augering, hand-shoveling and the a GeoProbe drill rig were utilized in the collection of samples. Ultimately, KERAMIDA’s work led to a continuing relationship with Hoosier Energy on future projects based on our expertise at the site area and in the environmental field in general.


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