Moonstone Environmental performs environmental work for a broad spectrum of commercial, municipal, and residential clients. Much of our work is based on environmental due diligence associated with commercial property transactions.
We are proud to be the current environmental contractor for the Lehigh Valley Land Recycling Initiative (LVLRI), a division of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (LVEDC). LVEDC is a not-for-profit, regional economic development agency, and LVLRI is their brownfields redevelopment and sustainability program. Through a competitive bid process, LVEDC selected Moonstone Environmental to perform environmental site assessments using USEPA Brownfield Assessment Grant funding. Moonstone has worked for LVEDC in this capacity since 2005.
Below are summaries of some of Moonstone Environmental’s recent projects. For more information on how we can assist you with your project, please contact us.
Moonstone Environmental completed a Phase I and limited Phase II environmental site assessment of this former steel fabrication site as part of a commercial property transaction. Work was completed on behalf of the buyer to determine the level of environmental remediation required to redevelop the property as a mixed use waterfront venue. The project was funded by LVEDC's Brownfields Assessment Grant. The work completed by Moonstone provided the buyer with preliminary information regarding the level of environmental liability at the site early in the transaction process so the buyer could make informed decisions about the terms and conditions of the purchase.
Subsequent to Moonstone's reporting, LVEDC assisted the buyer with obtaining a Targeted Brownfield Assessment Grant from the USEPA. Moonstone acted as a transitional liaison, attending meetings and transferring environmental information about the site to the USEPA contractor who eventually completed the full Phase II assessment.
Moonstone Environmental performed a Phase I environmental site assessment for a doctor who was purchasing a hotel and apartment building and converting them into his medical offices. The Phase I entailed inspection of personal spaces such as tenants apartments and boarding house and hotel rooms, requiring discretion on the part of the site inspector. Moonstone completed the project on time and on budget, allowing the client to close on the property as scheduled.
Moonstone Environmental conducted a Phase II environmental site assessment of a former industrial facility with several large buildings and active rail lines on the site. From circa 1895 through 1985, the site was part of a cement production facility. From 1995 to 2003, a series of companies performed waste paper recycling at the site. The waste paper recycling facility was dismantled in 2007, and the site buildings were vacated. Moonstone installed seven groundwater monitoring wells and performed groundwater, surface water, and soil sampling at the site. Based on the results, Moonstone assisted the client in obtaining an Act 2 Release of Liability for the Site under the Non-Residential Standard. This project was funded by LVEDC's Brownfields Assessment Grant.
Moonstone Environmental performed a Phase I/Phase II environmental site assessment for an active dry cleaning facility. The Phase I assessment identified a potential release of dry cleaning solvent into the ground below the building. Phase II sampling of soil and soil gas confirmed that solvent had been released into the subsurface. Moonstone assisted the property owner in selecting a qualified contractor to install a sub-slab vapor extraction system. This work was funded by LVEDC's Brownfields Assessment Grant.
Moonstone Environmental investigated an unregulated, out-of-service, 10,000-gallon, underground storage tank (UST) located behind a private club. The tank was formerly used to store heating oil for the club building. A preliminary investigation completed in June 2008 indicated that a release had occurred at one end of the tank. Additional sampling completed in August 2008 indicated that the previously identified release was associated with a surface release at the remote fill pipe located east of the tank, and not with the tank itself (which was found to be sound). Subsequent to this determination, the tank was permanently closed in place. This work was funded by LVEDC's Brownfields Assessment Grant.
After the tank closure, the property owner contracted directly with Moonstone to complete the PADEP Act 2 reporting process. Moonstone obtained an expedited Act 2 approval for the site, allowing the owner to proceed with the sale of the property unencumbered by environmental issues.
Moonstone Environmental completed a Phase II environmental site assessment at a former quarry that was filled with fly ash. The site was being considered as a retail location for an out-of-state fireworks manufacturer, and the proposed end use was a major factor in the environmental investigation. The investigation included soil sampling, fly ash sampling, groundwater monitoring well installation and sampling, and surface water sampling. As part of the project, Moonstone attended a meeting at the PADEP Northeast Regional Office in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to discuss various aspects of regulatory compliance, including disposal options for excess fly ash, erosion and sedimentation control issues, and potential impacts of fly ash on soil, groundwater, and surface water in the adjacent stream. Representatives from the applicable PADEP programs were present at the meeting to provide the client with department-wide consensus regarding each issue. This work was funded by LVEDC's Brownfields Assessment Grant.
Moonstone Environmental completed a Phase I environmental site assessment and asbestos survey for a former restaurant and dance hall located in center city Allentown. The property consisted of three adjacent buildings that had been vacant for 10-20 years and had been acquired by the City through an eminent domain action. Portions of the building were deemed structurally unsound by the City, and the property had extensive problems with mold, vectors, and fecal matter. Moonstone's assessment provided the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Allentown with information to distribute to potential developers who were proposing redevelopment options for the site. The project was funded by LVEDC's Brownfields Assessment Grant.
Moonstone Environmental completed a Phase I environmental site assessment and asbestos and lead-based paint survey for two adjacent townhomes located in center city Allentown. The structural condition of both townhomes was very poor, with significant portions of the buildings either having totally or partially collapsed. Portions of the buildings which had not collapsed had experienced significant disrepair, with plaster, sheet rock and/or other ceiling and building materials nearly covering the floors. The site was deemed uninhabitable by the City, and had been boarded up to prevent access. The site contained extensive asbestos, lead-based paint, and mold. Moonstone's assessment provided the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Allentown with information to distribute to potential developers who were proposing redevelopment options for the site. The project was funded by LVEDC's Brownfields Assessment Grant.
Moonstone Environmental performed a Phase II environmental site assessment for an out-of-service rail corridor extending approximately 3 miles through the City of Bethlehem, PA. The City of Bethlehem was acquiring the site as part of a regional, publicly accessible greenway and trail. The site passed through commercial and residential properties, including properties formerly owned and operated by Bethlehem Steel. Moonstone conducted soil sampling along the former rail corridor in specified areas of concern and used the results to make recommendations to the City regarding the intended future use of the site as a public parkway. This project was funded by LVEDC's Brownfields Assessment Grant.
Moonstone Environmental conducted a Phase II environmental site assessment on a portion of the former State Hospital campus in Allentown, PA. The project was funded by LVEDC's Brownfields Assessment Grant. The work was performed in anticipation of the City of Allentown acquiring the property from the State. The scope of work included a geophysical survey and installation of test pits in areas of suspected landfilling; installation of soil borings in selected areas of concern related to historical site activities; and an asbestos survey of the on-site barns and out buildings. The results indicated the presence of one large area of landfill material which is mostly wood and contains large void spaces. This information will be vital for future developers to consider when submitting development proposals to the City.
Subsequent to Moonstone's reporting, LVEDC assisted the City with obtaining a Targeted Brownfield Assessment Grant from the USEPA to further investigate the site. Moonstone worked with the USEPA to be sure their contractor had as much information about the site as possible prior to developing a their scope of work.
Moonstone Environmental investigated a former heating oil tank located at a residence in Palmer, PA. The homeowner had previously hired a tank company to remove a 550-gallon underground storage tank from their yard. In the homeowner’s absence, the tank company removed and disposed of the tank and placed excavated soil back into the excavation. They verbally informed the homeowner that the tank had holes in it, and that a remedial investigation was warranted, but they provided the homeowner with no written or photographic documentation showing the condition of the tank or evidence that a release had occurred. The homeowner contacted Moonstone for assistance. Moonstone installed soil borings in the area of the former tank and determined that no release had occurred. Moonstone's work saved the homeowner thousands of dollars in spurious remediation costs.