Linebach Funkhouser delivered unprecedented service under strict business deadlines.

As part of due diligence activities for the purchase of certain assets of Bay Zinc, LFI was retained by Teck Cominco American to identify environmental liabilities and costs that may have been associated with the assets. For the deal to be accomplished, assessment activities and cleanup cost estimates had to be completed within an extremely limited timeframe.

The Bay Zinc Company had produced zinc sulfate micronutrient fertilizer at their Yakima, Washington, plant since 1972. During much of that time, arc furnace dust and fly ash from the incineration of scrap steel, brass, and tires was used as a source for zinc. Production of zinc from the ash left behind lead, cadmium, and dioxin as by-products.

A site-wide soil and groundwater assessment strategy was implemented. LFI analyzed sampling data in the field and provided daily recommendations to the client to fast-track the project. LFI developed a risk-based cleanup strategy and submitted a Remedial Action Plan for State review. Based on LFI’s work, an Agreed Order was negotiated and subsequently approved by the Washington Department of Energy in an unprecedented timeframe, meeting Teck Cominco’s schedule for the completion of financial arrangements. LFI subsequently prepared a Site Management Plan and assisted with soil and groundwater remediation activities at the site.

According to Washington regulatory officials and Bay Zinc personnel, the caliber of LFI’s work far exceeded the efforts from previous consultants at the site.

Key Services

  • Phase II Assessment
  • Voluntary Cleanup Plan
  • Site Remediation
  • Negotiation with WDOE
  • Cleanup Cost Opinion
  • Site Management Plan

Regulatory Programs/Issues

  • RCRA
  • Voluntary Cleanup
  • Agreed Order
  • Accelerated Schedule