Bioremediation is well suited to the clean-up and safe disposal of soils contaminated with petroleum products. Working closely with its clients, QMLP develops a customized treatment program for each batch of soil, designed according to the type of soil and the nature of the contamination, as follows:
Before soil is accepted for treatment, clients must provide laboratory analyses and complete a Soil Characterization Profile to describe the physical and chemical characteristics of the contaminated soil. QMLP's Waste Management team reviews the profile and soil analyses to determine whether the soil is suitable for treatment through bioremediation and that it meets all federal, provincial and local regulations for management by QMLP.
To optimize treatment results, QMLP handles each project separately, developing specific treatment processes to address the type and level of contamination as found in the Soil Characterization Profile. Soils are treated independently and are segregated into separate piles according to their origin by site.
Upon completion of treatment, soils are tested to ensure they meet all regulatory standards. The clean soil is then used as fill in appropriately approved and permitted sites.
QMLP's Waste Management Facilities division has developed its own computer-based tracking system that monitors the degradation process and documents all activities related to the soil treatment and its subsequent reuse.
Each project is entered into a database where it is monitored and indexed by generator, soil characterization and treatment history, making pertinent information easily accessible to those involved at each step of the process.
Once the soil has been properly treated and disposed of, clients receive a Certificate of Disposal. QMLP maintains a detailed, up-to-date record of the receipt, treatment, and final disposal of soils, including the original Soil Characterization Profile and laboratory analyses, dates and tonnages received at the treatment facility, a detailed treatment history, laboratory results confirming successful bioremediation and final disposal dates, volumes and locations.
QMLP's data management soil tracking systems and environmental liability management has been fully audited by and met full approval of all major petroleum companies.