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John Gerber

Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. Provides Due Diligence Services for Pentwater Township Property

By Environmental Site Assessments, Projects

October 2022

Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) assisted with the due diligence of a property consisting of several parcels totaling approximately 160 acres of vacant land located within the Pentwater Oil Field in Pentwater Township. LEI completed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) on the property which led to the identification of several recognized environmental conditions (RECs) related to former oil exploration and/or extraction activities. A Phase II ESA was completed which identified the presence of hazardous substances at levels above the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Part 201 Cleanup Criteria. Therefore, LEI completed a Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA) on behalf of the client for submittal to the EGLE. Documentation of Due Care Compliance, which demonstrates compliance with applicable due care obligations, was also prepared. The environmental services rendered will protect the client from cleanup liability relating to the known contamination and ensure compliance with applicable due care and continuing obligations.

Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. Continues to Support Grand Haven Businesses

By Environmental Site Assessments, Projects

February 2022

Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) assisted with the acquisition of a 150,000 square foot industrial facility, with known environmental concerns, located within the City of Grand Haven, MI. LEI’s role was to conduct “all appropriate inquires” and to obtain cleanup liability protection for the new owner through the submission of a Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA) to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Remediation and Redevelopment Division (RRD). In accordance with the requirements under Part 201 and CERCLA, LEI assisted with the development of Documentation of Due Care Compliance to ensure compliance with applicable due care and continuing obligations. Exposure pathways were evaluated which led to the completion of a vapor study in order to address possible vapor intrusion concerns within the facility building.

LEI assists with Wetland Restoration Project

By Natural Resources, Projects

LEI was retained by the City of Grand Haven to develop an alternative wetland mitigation plan that would be used to facilitate the construction of wetland on Harbor Island.  The alternative wetland mitigation plan prepared by LEI was approximately $200,000 less than original plans prepared by another consulting firm.

In addition to the development aspects of the project, LEI was also contracted to obtain regulatory approval of the wetland mitigation plan and construct the wetland.

LEI obtains wetland permit for restoration project

By Natural Resources, Projects

As part of a brownfield redevelopment project in southeastern Muskegon County, LEI secured a Wetland Permit through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Water Resources Division, under provisions of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, and Parts 31 and 303.  The Wetland Permit will enable LEI to restore regulated wetland along a prime trout stream that historically served as a dumping area.  Items to be removed from the dumping area include automobile parts, tires, metal, broken concrete, and other materials.

Large Metropolitan Hotel Owner Retains LEI for Subsurface Investigation

By Projects, Remediation

A large metropolitan hotel owner pursued Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) for the purpose of conducting a subsurface investigation that will ultimately lead to a No Further Action letter from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.  LEI has developed a plan to create a Conceptual Site Model that will establish the existing Site conditions.  Once the model is completed, LEI will conduct the appropriate investigation activities necessary to define the extent of soil and groundwater contamination and mitigate potential unacceptable exposures.  Tasks associated with this project will include numerous soil borings, installation of monitoring wells, soil and groundwater sampling, a vapor intrusion assessment, preparation of restrictive covenants, a groundwater mixing zone evaluation, groundwater modeling, and reporting.

Commercial Nursery Cleanup

By Projects, Remediation

Lakeshore Environmental, Inc. (LEI) conducted a Phase I ESA at a commercial nursery and identified stained soils and the former presence of two underground storage tanks (USTs) on the Site.  To address these recognized environmental conditions, LEI completed an extensive Phase II Investigation to assess the condition of the soils and groundwater.  Significant gasoline-related soil and groundwater contamination was identified in the vicinity of the former USTs.  Corrective action activities to remediate the contamination involved excavation and disposal of nearly 350 tons of impacted soil; the design, construction, and operation of an air sparge/soil vapor extraction system; and the recovery of approximately 5,000 gallons of free product.