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NE Park Update: Parcel D TPH Cleanup is Complete

30 Jun

During May-June 2014, a remediation crew from V3 Companies performed dig/haul of petroleum-impacted soil on Parcel D within the NE Park site .  The objective of the work was to remove soil impacted with levels of total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH) that exceed site-specific Illinois EPA cleanup standards. Summary of findings of fieldwork below and can also be accessed online.

Excavation in Action!

Soil Remediation Activities

The cleanup work was performed in accordance with the IEPA-approved Remedial Action Plan (RAP) consisted of the excavation and haul-off of approximately 300 tons of TPH-impacted soils, and landfill disposal of these soils as a non-hazardous certified special waste.

After the impacted soils were removed, V3 collected soil verification samples from the excavation sidewalls and bottom. Soil analytical results for the verification samples were well below the site-specific soil TPH cleanup objective. No further soil remediation is required to address the issue.

Exploration for the Suspected Storm Sewer

While the cleanup excavation was open, V3 also explored the area where an suspected concrete storm sewer was previously observed in a soil boring. The excavator encountered concrete debris and a concrete floor slab at a depth of approximately 10 feet below grade, where water was observed flowing from beneath the slab. Remnants of the original soil boring were also encountered in this area. After further digging, no actual storm drain or sewer was found. It is evident that the concrete slab and groundwater found in the excavation were the features observed in the previous soil boring.  Thus, there is no evidence of a storm sewer in this area. The materials were actually a piece of the former building foundation from when the site was a brickyard long ago. No further work is required to address this matter.

Excavation Backfill

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The remediation excavation was subsequently backfilled with the stockpiled overburden soils and clean soil that was imported to the site.  The area was rough-graded smooth to match the surrounding ground surface.

GW Monitoring Well Installation

One permanent groundwater monitoring well was installed down-gradient from the TPH cleanup area.  No obvious evidence of TPH impacts was observed in the well boring soil samples, and no visual evidence of petroleum product or impacts was observed in the groundwater samples.   Soil samples were collected for laboratory analysis of BTEX, PAHs and TPH.  Groundwater samples were analyzed for BTEX and PAHs.Post Remediation Activities

Soil analytical results were reported to be non-detect for BTEX and well below the site-specific TPH soil cleanup objective.  Groundwater analytical results were reported to be non-detect for BTEX and PAHs. No further action is required with respect to groundwater down-gradient from the cleanup area.

The cleanup activities and results will be documented in the forthcoming Interim Remedial Action Completion Report (RACR), which will be submitted to the Illinois EPA Site Remediation Program for review in the 1st week of July.


April 2014 BICHC Updates

4 Apr

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The warm weather seems to stimulate a lot of activity in and around Blue Island, IL. This is no different for the Blue Island Community Health Coalition.

From gardening activities to street fairs, BICHC members are about to get very busy!

  • The Active Living Committee is planning for an Open Streets event, the 1st ever in Blue Island. At April 2’s Monthly Coalition Meeting, the group decided to host this event on Sunday, June 8 on Greenwood Ave between 127th and Vermont. The BICHC is a proud supporter of this project! Each committee will be represented in a unique way. Stay tuned for more details.
  • Gardening & Food Access Committee Members are gearing up for spring by supporting the Memorial Park Community Garden and the California Gardens Community Garden in recruitment efforts. An upcoming fundraiser on April 16 at the Rock Island Public House will help benefit gardens in Blue Island.

For more information on how to join one of Blue Island Community Gardens or to volunteer, contact Wendy at


Participate in Arbor Day This Year – April 25, 2014

4 Apr


The National Arbor Day Foundation has declared it’s theme for 2014, “Color Your World.” Trees bring us color, shade, fruit and oxygen. Celebrate trees on April 25th through caring for the old or planting a’new! More information at the Arbor Day Foundation Website.

Local opportunity: The 4th Annual Earth Awareness Day & Expo at South Suburban College, 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, IL.

  • Listen to presentations on Urban Agriculture, Natural Fertilizers, Pollution on the Little Calumet River, Green Cleaning and More. Weather Permitting, participants will be able to tour the campus and see native trees. For more information call (708) 210-5757.

Local opportunity: This Arbor Day, Blue Island’s Urban Forestry Board will be hosting a tree planting a Paul Revere School. Contact the Urban Forestry Board for more details! Email

Eisenhower students plant trees to beautify their community!

Eisenhower students plant trees to beautify their community!