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Remediation, Operation & Maintenance Services for TSL Superfund Site

Project Details:

KERAMIDA was retained by the TERF Board to perform Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS), Remedial Design, Remedy Construction Oversight, and all Operation and Maintenance (O&M) Services, following completion of the remedial construction activities at the Tippecanoe Sanitary Landfill (TSL) Superfund site. 

The Remedy included:

  • a cap, leachate and gas extraction and management
  • groundwater monitoring
  • wetlands construction
  • fencing

The O&M activities included:

  • leachate extraction and management
  • gas extraction and management
  • groundwater monitoring (40 wells)
  • repairing/replacing leachate wells, methane wells, and groundwater wells
  • cap inspections, repairs and maintenance
  • constructed remedial wetlands inspections and maintenance
  • fencing inspection and maintenance
  • mowing & seeding
  • repair of roads
  • maintenance of on-Site office, and security.

The scope of services also includes the drafting and submission to IDEM/EPA of all reports required, reporting to the Client quarterly, handling public relations with public and media, and monitoring and assessing the financial status of the funds allocated for the Superfund Site's 30-year O&M. 

In 2014, KERAMIDA made the case to the Client that the TSL Superfund Site could be beneficially reused while maintaining protection of human health. KERAMIDA was retained by the TERF Board to petition the USEPA and IDEM for considering TSL for Reuse, and to perform the Reuse Study.  KERAMIDA conducted a Reuse Specific Risk Assessment and prepared a comprehensive Reuse Study, which was approved by both USEPA and IDEM.  The next step of the Reuse process is the amendment of the Consent Decree and ROD.

KERAMIDA Develops Design Course for Purdue Civil Engineering Seniors

KERAMIDA worked with Purdue’s School of Civil Engineering to develop a first-of its kind Senior Design Course for the Spring 2016 Semester, focusing on the TSL Superfund Site Reuse. The outcome of the course will be a winning Conceptual Design for TSL's Reuse, which will include all the reuse elements of the TSL Superfund Site Reuse Planning Study performed by KERAMIDA and approved by the USEPA and IDEM. 

The Superfund site's reuse is championed by the TERF Board, the entity responsible for its cleanup, operation, and maintenance so that this beautiful land can be enjoyed by the citizens of Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Tippecanoe County. 

There were 80 students enrolled, all CE seniors. Taught by Dr. Vicky Keramida, there were 15 competing teams, with 3 winning designs taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes at the end of the semester. 

This course set precedent, nationally, as this was the first time a multifaceted Superfund Reuse Planning Study was the subject of a University Senior Design Course and the first time such Reuse Study will result in a product with the latest advances in engineering design which will allow, facilitate and expedite a Superfund site's full reuse potential. 

Vicky Keramida Awarded as Outstanding Educator at Purdue University

Dr. Vicky Keramida, Ph.D., was instrumental in helping the Lyles School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University to develop the Senior Design Course for the Spring 2016 Semester. The outcome of the course was a Conceptual Design for Tippecanoe Sanitary Landfill (TSL) Superfund Site's Reuse, a Superfund site that KERAMIDA has managed since the 1990's. This course was the first time a multifaceted Superfund Reuse Planning Study was the subject of a University Senior Design Course. 

In recognition of Dr. Keramida's time, effort, and commitment, Professor Robert Jacko and the Senior Design students presented Dr. Keramida with plaque for being an outstanding educator. Dr. Keramida's passion, leadership, and knowledge of the TSL site were conducive to these Design students becoming highly efficient and effective in their final project submittal packets. Dr. Keramida's adept ability to influence these students and assist their creativity is where her true leadership skills and determination manifested. In addition to the plaque, the students gratefully signed a “thank you” card to further express their appreciation.

Professor Robert Jacko with Dr. Vicky Keramida

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