Client Spotlight: Jay Santucci
Jay Santucci, professional Geologist and Treasurer with W. L. Burle Engineers, P.A., displayed an interest in geology and environmental remediation at a relatively young age, not realizing at the time that he was laying the groundwork for his professional vocation. He begins, “As a youth I started working summers with the W. L. Burle firm in the mid-90s. I originally worked on their land surveying crew, where I learned different aspects of professional land surveying principles and how civil engineering comingled with that field. After my first summer experience, I recall how the W. L. Burle staff had a hard time getting rid of me because I would show up every summer after (even on holidays) looking to work and learn more.” Much of his work in the summers involved assisting the drilling crew, where Santucci began to learn and understand more about geotechnical and environmental engineering, and eventually was trusted to work on environmental assessment projects. He continues, “Usually the environmental assessment projects involved the assessment of underground storage tank (UST) sites, and I recall being amazed at the contamination we would encounter during soil and groundwater sampling. I would help the senior environmental technicians during groundwater sampling and assist with groundwater remediation system operating and maintenance visits.” Suffice to say, this hands-on experience and sense of discovery would serve as a catalyst, inspiring Santucci to focus his university studies on geoscience. “I had no idea at that young age this would end up being my career focus, and that I would go on to a career in environmental remediation from this experience.”
Santucci earned his B.S. in Environmental Geoscience at Mississippi State University, and later added a Master of Science in Geology, also from Mississippi State University. Just prior to earning his Master’s degree in 2004, he returned to W. L. Burle to serve as a staff geologist where he was responsible for managing field crews and collecting field data, and had the opportunity to manage the firm’s Jackson, MS office. He received his professional Geologist license in 2009 and then became a project manager for W. L. Burle, where he managed environmental assessment projects, including Phase I ESAs, Phase II ESAs, UST assessment projects, environmental remediation projects, NEPA studies, groundwater and surface water samplings. In 2010 he made Partner, and currently serves as W. L. Burle’s Treasurer. In addition, Santucci manages the Madison (Gluckstadt), MS office, and as a Senior Professional Geologist, assists other Project Managers on numerous assessment and remedial sites. He continues, “I enjoy the diversity in my work and the flexibility to work on several different projects in different phases (i.e. research and development, planning, budgeting, assessment, remedial phases, and closing out projects). Of all the phases, two of my favorites include the remedial phases and closing out projects. Closing out projects for obvious reasons because I get to tell our client our hard work and planning was successful, and that the site has been successfully remediated. This leads me back to my other favorite phase, the remedial process. We use all types of remedial approaches, which are typically controlled by the site itself. Some call for dual-phase extraction systems (pump and treats), well evacuations or excavations, while others may call for a chemical injection approach. Each site is different, and it can be stimulating when devising a plan to reach our clients goals.”
When it comes to working with REGENESIS®, Santucci cites two key reasons why he feels they are an ideal partner. He shares, “One, the products work. Two, the REGENESIS staff helps make my life easier by jumping in and helping to develop a plan for these injection projects. By us providing them with the necessary background data they need, I can focus on other aspects of the project(s) while knowing that REGENESIS is developing a remedial plan and ‘recipe’ that will in the end, be successful.” Currently PetroFix™ and RegenOx® are used for several reasons, including their compatibility. “These two products seem to be a great compliment to one another since we typically work on remediating UST sites contaminated by petroleum impacts.” When he reflects on what makes W.L Burle unique among its competitors, Santucci feels it’s the firm’s thorough and comprehensive approach. He shares, “I feel like Burle has a very unique viewpoint when looking at assessment and remedial projects. This simply comes from the fact that we provide a turn-key approach, performing all aspects of the projects – from proposal development to the field work, including drilling, sampling, treatment system operation, maintenance, and site management- to signing and stamping the final reports. With our approach and work scope, there is little lost in transition by not having to subcontract out any of these tasks. I feel confident that our client is getting a better experience and end result. At the end of the day, it’s extremely rewarding to tell clients their site is being awarded a ‘No Further Action’ letter from their state’s Department of Environment Quality.”
Currently residing in Madison, MS with his wife and two daughters, Santucci finds time to enjoy the state’s abundant outdoor recreation, which includes hunting and fishing. He also likes to SCUBA dive with his father. He shares, “My Dad was a SCUBA instructor for around 30+ years and we have a small houseboat on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas, where we go each summer. We love to dive together, because he is still a teenager at heart and loves diving when he can. I also enjoy working on my tree farm, which allows me to get away from anything and everything- even cell phone service!” When asked how he has seen the industry change through the years, he quickly points to the advancements in technology. He concludes, “From a technical standpoint I say technology itself is the biggest difference. Anything from new modeling programs that help dial in contaminated smear zones in the subsurface for more effective treatments, to more specialized drill rigs that are smaller with more capabilities allowing sites to be more fully assessed. To me, this is really a tech-driven industry.”
REGENESIS is proud to have Jay Santucci, professional Geologist and Treasurer with W.L. Burle Engineers, P.A., as a valued client and partner in environmental remediation, and they appreciate his vast expertise and commitment in providing successful remediation outcomes for REGENESIS and its clients.
PetroFix Newsletter March 2022
Cleanup Goals Achieved at Formerly Used Defense Site
This case study reviews a former Naval Auxiliary Air Station located in the Outer Banks region of North Carolina. After a thorough evaluation of viable remedies for petroleum contamination, the project team opted for an in-situ injection of PetroFix® Remediation Fluid to remediate the contaminants through a combination of sorption and bioremediation by adding electron acceptors. Learn more by reading the case study.
Client Spotlight: Rick McGregor
As the President and Senior Technical Advisor of InSitu Remediation Services Ltd (IRSL), a Canadian based company specializing in the remediation of impacted soil and groundwater, Rick McGregor is responsible for all aspects of IRSL’s business. Well-positioned to lead IRSL in its long-term goals, McGregor is proud of the positive impact the company is making on the environment. With a philosophy focused on minimizing humanity’s ecological footprint, McGregor and his team pride themselves on going above and beyond to leave each site better than they found it.
Take Control – You Design. You Apply.
With over 527 projects worldwide, PetroFix leads the industry in cost-effectively addressing petroleum hydrocarbon impacts to quickly reach closure. Engineered to provide immediate and long-lasting results for a variety of sites such as retail gas stations and industrial spills, PetroFix is a cost-effective in-situ treatment for petroleum hydrocarbon contamination. PetroFix is made from natural non-hazardous activated carbon and soluble electron acceptor salts. It is therefore simple and safe to use.
Remediation Solutions at Battelle
Platforms, Posters and Special Event at the Upcoming Chlorinated Conference
We are pleased to announce that REGENESIS will be at the upcoming Battelle Twelfth International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds on May 22-26, 2022 in Palm Springs, California. To learn more about remediation solutions for your project, visit us at booth 523; attend our platforms where we’ll be presenting and chairing sessions; and say hello to our poster presenters.
Spotlight on Support: Tyler Harris
Upcoming Webinar: Monica Young, Senior Project Manager at CGRS, Inc.
Webinar Recording Now Available: Jack Shore
You’re Invited: Don’t Miss Hops and Props 2!
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Client Spotlight: Rick McGregor
Spotlight on Support: Tyler Harris
The diverse range of products and solutions within the environmental remediation industry demand a level of support that includes access to professionals with a keen focus and hands-on experience. Enter Tyler Harris, PetroFix Design Specialist for REGENESIS®. Harris joined REGENESIS 6 years ago and creates remedial designs for clients with petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated groundwater. Additionally, […]Read More
PetroFix Newsletter November 2021
PetroFix Client Spotlight: Stephanie Black
Stephanie Black brings over 25 years of environmental experience in areas including Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, Brownfield assessments, and more. As Project Manager for American Environmental Corporation (AEC), a consulting, engineering and contracting firm and valued REGENESIS® client, Ms. Black continues to provide expertise in an array of environmental remediation services. She begins, “In addition to performing environmental site and Brownfield assessments, I’ve managed regulatory compliance audits, permit preparation, and asbestos and lead surveys. I am also AEC’s Ohio office health and safety coordinator, providing assistance and reviews for site-specific health and safety plans for projects.”
Emerging PetroFix Application Approach: Underground Storage Tank (UST) Basin Flood
PetroFix® can be flooded into active tank basins to help address dissolved contamination that may be resident from prior releases and that may be difficult to reach with normal injection approaches. PetroFix also can be pre-applied to gravels and basin or utility cavities during installation of fuel infrastructure following a previous leak and remediation project, or during scheduled replacement of pipelines and underground storage tanks. This pre-application prevents contamination of clean backfill and reduces the risk and spread of future pollution events. Preventative treatment costs will be low and provide savings by avoiding/reducing the scale of any remedial works needed. PetroFix is a liquid form of activated carbon and so can provide unequalled coverage and coating of bedding materials. It spreads easily, is non-toxic and safe to handle and apply.
Case Study: PetroFix Applied To Active UST Basin, Quickly Meeting Cleanup Goals
This case study reviews an active gasoline station in Colorado where stained soils were discovered during the replacement of the underground storage tank (UST) spill buckets. After considering multiple options, CGRS, a leading environmental consulting firm, developed and implemented an innovative, low-risk, and highly cost-effective treatment program utilizing PetroFix to address the groundwater contamination in situ.
Emerging PetroFix Application Approach: Emergency In-Situ Spill Response
While hydrocarbon spill response methods reduce the immediate impact of a spill, residual risks remain because remaining hydrocarbons can form groundwater plumes that may threaten downgradient receptors or cross property boundaries. Eventual remediation of these residual risks can be costly because the time between emergency response and formal remedial assessment takes time while contaminants continue to migrate. Unfortunately, movement of residual contamination over boundaries can result in extra complexity and cost. PetroFix Remediation Fluid can be used in combination with other spill response methods such as excavation as a downgradient properly line barriers preventing plume encroachment (as shown in the figure above) or a trench or excavation surface coatings that reduce the vertical migration and formation of dissolved contamination in situ after a spill. A case study highlighting the latter scenario is linked below.
Case Study: Fuel Spill From Truck Rollover Receives No Further Action Following PetroFix Application
Emerging PetroFix Application Approach: Permeable Reactive Barriers for Construction Sites
Case Study: Remediation of the Largest Train Maintenance Depot in Northern Europe
Featured Case Study: PetroFix Used to Drive UST Release Across the U.S.
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Client Spotlight: Stephanie Black
Stephanie Black brings over 25 years of environmental experience in areas including Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments, Brownfield assessments, and more. As Project Manager for American Environmental Corporation (AEC), a consulting, engineering and contracting firm and valued REGENESIS® client, Ms. Black continues to provide expertise in an array of environmental remediation services. […]Read More
PetroFix Newsletter July 2021
PetroFix Client Spotlight: Megan Richard
As a Senior Project Manager with Antea Group, a global environment, health, safety and sustainability consulting firm, Megan Richard is tasked with an array of responsibilities that require constant collaboration, just one aspect of her work that she enjoys. She begins, “I work with a multi-disciplined team of professionals to identify cost-effective solutions to manage environmental risk. To do this, I am in charge of developing and implementing work plans, remedial investigations, and remedial action plans.” She continues, “What I like most about my job is working collaboratively with the team to solve complex problems. Individuals bring unique skillsets and important insights, and together, we can develop creative strategies.”
Featured Case Study: Multiple Site Closures Achieved Using PetroFix
This multi-site case study reviews eight underground storage tank (UST) sites where the leading global environmental consulting firm Antea® Group has closed the site or positioned it to be on-track for closure using PetroFix. Antea Group is amongst the first environmental consulting companies to recognize and adopt PetroFix as a tool to rapidly reduce PHC impacts and achieve remedial objectives in groundwater. Applying PetroFix with economic efficiency, the company successfully advanced a portfolio of legacy UST release sites through the closure process over a short timeframe. In this effort, Antea Group sought and obtained approvals through multiple state regulatory agencies, self-completed the designs to determine dosing and injection layouts, implemented PetroFix treatments using different in situ application methods, and conducted performance monitoring to demonstrate remedial objective attainment.
Featured Webinar: Recording Now Available
In this webinar we were pleased to have a special presentation by Jack Sheldon, Senior Remediation Specialist at Antea Group. His presentation discussed validating the role of PetroFix® technology for the remediation practitioner’s toolbox. He was joined by Todd Herrington, Global PetroFix Product Manager at REGENESIS.
This webinar will highlight the important role of the nitrate/sulfate electron acceptor package plays in the performance of the PetroFix technology. Four case studies will also be presented that look at application techniques, site chemistry changes, microbial profiles, and lessons learned.
Featured Video: A Practical Approach to Using PetroFix for Remediating Petroleum Plumes
In this video, Todd Herrington, Global PetroFix Product Manager for REGENESIS, presents his poster on “Performance of a Micron-Scale Carbon Remedial Fluid with Soluble Electron Acceptors for Remediating Petroleum Plumes.” PetroFix® is a water-based suspension of micron-scale (1-2μm) activated carbon biostimulating electron acceptors that is injected in situ under low pressure to sorb and then biodegrade high levels of petroleum hydrocarbons in groundwater. Engineered to provide immediate and long-lasting results for a variety of sites such as retail gas stations and industrial spills, PetroFix is a cost-effective in situ treatment for petroleum hydrocarbon contamination. PetroFix is made from natural non-hazardous activated carbon and soluble electron acceptor salts. It is therefore simple and safe to use.