The GeoScience Associates Emergency Response Philosophy includes:
- 24/7 on-call personnel, equipment, and contractors
- Dispatch by phone, email, or text message
- Prompt regulatory, responsible party, and contractor liaison and incident management
- Appropriate oversight, collection, and management of soil, liquid, and gas samples
- Cost effective options for mitigation, remediation, sample analysis, and waste disposal services
- Thorough documentation and appropriate reporting
GeoScience Associates Incident Managers provide experience and timely response to unexpected situations. In the always on, always connected world we live in, the ability to respond in hours instead of days is a critical feature in managing a release, and is central to our emergency response philosophy. GeoScience personnel’s history of working closely with the appropriate state, county, and local agencies allows us to facilitate practical and amenable solutions to conflicts between perception and regulation. Our relationships with remediation and emergency response contractors allows us to have equipment and personnel dispatched to the scene rapidly, reducing migration and impacts to the surrounding environment.
Having responded to diverse release sources and locations in our careers as Incident Managers, our experience on past emergency scenes is often directly applicable to new incidents. Our personnel have managed scenes ranging from single vehicle accidents resulting in the release of industrial fluids and petroleum hydrocarbons, to wide-spread propane releases in residential areas requiring mandatory evacuations. Our response to military contractor aircraft and civilian aircraft have resulted in efficient mitigation and subsequent regulatory closure of multiple high profile incidents. Further experience mitigating watercraft has prevented potential impact to public waterways and recreational areas.
Our Incident Managers hold current HAZWOPER and MSHA training certificates, and are supported with the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and field equipment to respond to a wide variety of material releases, ranging from petroleum hydrocarbons (gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, hydraulic oil, motor oil, and propane) to mercury and sulphuric acid. Our familiarity with photo-ionization detectors, flame-ionization detectors, lower explosive limit meters, four-gas meters, and other appropriate field instrumentation allows field screening of materials, reducing expensive and time consuming laboratory analyses during delineation and mitigation.
Following the immediate mitigation of a release, appropriate documentation of the release, mitigation activities, and subsequent disposal of impacted material is often required by regulatory agencies including State and Federal EPA, County Environmental Health, Office of Emergency Management, and law enforcement. GeoScience Associates’ extensive experience in liaison with regulatory agencies promotes our goal of achieving No Further Action (NFA) status for the release event in a timely and cost effective manner.