Collaborative Cleanup for Site Transition

Client: CH Lilly

Location: Portland, Oregon

The owner of a former pesticide formulation facility desired to transition the site into a viable industrial property. Through negotiations with the seller, buyer, off-site property owners, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, MFA was able to reach collaborative solutions and develop a low-risk, cost-effective cleanup. The clarity and precision of MFA’s remedy allowed the buyer to obtain funding from banks and the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department. Following successful implementation, the project was named the 2007 Brownfield of the Year by the State of Oregon.

The prospective purchaser limited its liability while at the same time taking on the cleanup responsibility. A second phase of work was completed, involving negotiations with the adjacent property owner to design and clean up off-site soil impacts. This work allowed the adjacent property owner to redevelop its property. MFA minimized financial risk, helped reach closure on long-term environmental liabilities, and advanced the business interests of all parties.

Results

  • MFA assisted the site owner and the owner’s legal counsel through all phases of site investigation, risk assessment, and feasibility study efforts.
  • A thriving business of approximately 70 employees is now located at the site.
  • MFA assisted with insurance recovery, which funded site characterization efforts.
  • MFA worked directly with private and public financing institutions on the buyer’s behalf to facilitate cleanup funding.
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_T. Wall

Ted Wall, PE

Oregon Operations Director/Principal Engineer