Environmental Consulting and Engineering Services as Tier 2 subcontractor
TERRA is supporting the prime contractor for the full-scale remediation program at a former former large Northern California utility company’s power plant site. The remediation program consists of in-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) injections combined with surfactant injections. TERRA provides trained Operations & Maintenance (O&M) technical field staff, materials and supplies to monitor, update, and support the implementation of the remediation program in concert with the prime contractor at this former power plant site.
TERRA participates in comprehensive safety meetings, compliance inspections, and daily tailgate safety meetings with the utility company and other subcontractor representatives during field activities.
Challenge Faced: The TERRA team was faced with unusually challenging permitting schedules and requirements due to the urgency of the project timeline for portions of the work.
Actions Taken/Resolutions: TERRA project staff took an “all hands on deck” approach, professionally communicated the extreme sense of urgency of the desired outcome to the permitting agency (the City), executed a multi-point communication plan to the agency (in which TERRA and the prime contractor both worked together and delivered a consistent message), and successfully obtained the required permits within one or two days, which would normally take approximately a week.
Challenge Faced: Working in an area that is well-known for high crime rates and related safety challenges, TERRA project staff mitigated the difficult safety conditions of the work location by recognizing the need to adapt normal safety protocol to meet the unique requirements of this project. Failure to recognize the need and make these important adaptions could have resulted in risky, unsafe outcomes.
Actions Taken/Resolutions: TERRA project staff took extra precautions in all tasks. For example, when crossing streets at the site, staff would walk to the closest traffic signal rather than use crosswalks. They found this was necessary due to the high speed and erratic behavior of drivers in the area, which posed significant risk to pedestrians. This attention to unique safety needs has resulted in no safety incidents for TERRA’s work/staff at this active site.