What is specialty remediation consulting? It is a level of data analyses and interpretation that you cannot receive from a full-service consulting firm. Our expertise is most relevant when: a) the remediation strategy is not working as expected, b) when you and your current consultants cannot make sense of the data being generated, c) when you need to change direction in your strategy but don’t know where to start, or d) when you need an outside opinion based on nearly two decades of expertise in both academic research and consulting.
Finneran Environmental, LLC provides environmental remediation services to public and private clients on a range of contaminants, described in detail below. Our goal is to develop the best strategy based on all available site data, and to identify the large and small details that will be the keys to success, even with the most difficult projects. Dr. Kevin Finneran is a tenured professor of environmental engineering, which means we have fewer clients to whom we can give immediate and focused attention. It is an expertise that is difficult to find in more traditional consulting firms.
Specialty remediation may not be required for your site. If we determine that a more traditional approach is sufficient for your project, then we are happy to refer you to the appropriate colleague who can assist you in meeting your goals. We will do this at any point in a project, from the initial conversation to when we have already reviewed site data.
About Dr. Kevin T. Finneran
Dr. Finneran is a professor at Clemson University in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences. He has a very active research program focused on remediation, and he uses his research expertise to address projects with which others have had difficulty. If you are interested in learning more about his research and academic life click here. He was named a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 2012. He also worked for Geosyntec before his first academic position – so he knows a lot about research and practice.
What makes an academic-consultant different? It’s about the details. We look at every detail to make sure that the correct strategy is applied on a site-specific basis. We don’t miss anything, because we are developing the technologies in our lab and applying them in the field, as well as making traditional strategies better by adapting them for sites based on all data, and by first making sure our clients have the right data to make the best decisions. We know where research ends and practice begins, but we use all current research to tailor the remediation strategy for a particular site.
Our approach is all about the data. We review all available historic and current data, and find the details that may have been overlooked. If more data are required, then we will develop a detailed analytical plan for both aqueous and solid-phase samples, so our clients have everything necessary to refine an existing field application, or develop a completely new remediation strategy. We let the data guide the strategy, rather than letting the available technologies guide the suggestions. We are not vendors. We work with any amendment provider that will best meet our client needs.
We provide data analyses and interpretation related to different contaminants to develop site-specific solutions for the most difficult projects.
Chlorinated Solvent Remediation
We have developed a number of novel approaches for chlorinated aliphatic and aromatic compounds, which have been applied in situ. We understand the unique chemistry and microbiology of chlorinated solvent remediation, and can adapt traditional and cutting-edge strategies for complete degradation.
Metal and Metalloid Remediation
Metal and metalloid chemistry is complex, and our expertise with iron and manganese biogeochemistry positions us as leaders in this field. We have worked with chromium, selenium, uranium, arsenic, technetium, and heavy metals to develop in situ and ex situ remediation approaches.
Petroleum Hydrocarbons and Oxygenates
Despite what we know, these compounds are still a problematic in soil, water, and groundwater. There is no single approach for petroleum hydrocarbons or fuel oxygenates; the remediation strategy must be tailored to the hydrogeology, microbiology, and chemistry of the site to completely oxidize the compounds to innocuous end products.
Explosives and Energetics Remediation
This is a niche of ours in remediation, and relates to few industries. However, when present, explosives and energetics can pose a substantial risk to human health and the number of reactive pathways requires a detailed expertise. This is where our research background is critical, as we have developed a number of the technologies being put into practice.
Combined Remediation Strategies
Sometimes bioremediation and chemical remediation must be combined, and when that happens the stakeholders need a consultant who understands the complex interactions amongst the biology and chemistry to be successful. Many of our current projects combine remedies for more rapid and complete site restoration.
Monitored Natural Attenuation (MNA)
Natural attenuation is a goal of many of our clients, because it symbolizes a point at which active remediation can stop and the site is essentially cleaning itself. However, convincing regulators that this is the best approach requires absolutely focused data interpretation. We have helped a number of clients reach MNA endpoints.
All projects remain confidential, to protect the interests of the stakeholders.