Fritz Heneman has achieved considerable professional success as an expert with years of experience in environmental and remediation/reclamation as well as toxic chemical decontamination and demilitarization. He advises this is a broad field which is heavily regulated. Remediation projects begin for a number of reasons, such as public lawsuits, health hazards, or to meet environmental standards.
The ocean’s currents and global wind patterns allow what happens on one side of the world to eventually impact the rest of the world. When a magnitude-9 earthquake wreaked havoc in northeastern Japan in 2011, it triggered a massive Tsunami. It killed 16,000 and damaged the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant causing a level 7 nuclear meltdown. Radioactive water has been discovered leaking from the plant and has made its way into the Pacific Ocean. Also debris from the Japanese disaster found its way to North America’s western shores.
Fritz Heneman explains environmental remediation is the act of contaminant and pollution removal from water sources, sediment or soil. The process of remediation and reclamation starts with proper planning and ends with certification when action has been taken to reduce, isolate or remove contamination. The ultimate goal is the protection of people and animals and from chemical exposure.
Fritz Heneman Overviews the Remediation Process
Fritz is considered an expert in this field and his environmental remediation experience includes program/project management in support of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Defense (DOD). He has managed, supervised, and served in key positions for several of URS’s largest Federal and state HTW remediation projects performed under CERCLA and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
Environmental remediation, restoration, and reclamation are not swift processes. The Exxon Valdez spill of 1989 proved that point to this day. At the time, the Exxon Valdez spill was the largest oil spill in U.S. history dumping 41 million liters (10.0 million US gallons) into Alaskan waters. The herring fishery that suddenly collapsed four years following the spill has yet to recover. A 2001 study surveying 96 sites along 8,000 miles of coastline still found oil at 58% of the sites assessed with a linear equivalency of nearly 6kms of contaminated shoreline.
In the United States a common remediation technique is solidification and stabilization. Fritz Heneman describes the process. The method is to use cement to safely block off contaminants from spreading. It solidifies the soil and stops rain water from eroding pollutants from other sources. It is not only safe it is very affordable. It is a preferred treatment for brownfield properties (abandoned properties that were once commercial or industrial sites) as the soil and water are kept onsite.
Environmental concerns top the agenda during most political elections; they feature prominently in corporate responsibility platforms and there is no shortage of stories to be found in the media. Consumers and the general public are holding governments and private industry to higher standards when it comes to protecting, preserving and reclaiming the environment for generations to come.
The need for environmental reclamation has given birth to an entire industry dedicated to reversing the effects of mining, oil sands, forestry, industry and natural disasters. A quick online search for ‘environmental remediation companies’ finds an environmental industry online guide listing nearly 400 companies undertaking reclamation of waterways, oceans & land.
There is a price to be paid for taking that which we ‘need’ from the Earth and putting that which we no longer want back into the earth. Current and future generations need to protect the environment. There is a need to institute mandatory reclamation and remediation of land, waterways and oceans, explore alternative fuel sources and conserve resources, advises Fritz Heneman.