ASEP Networking Proves
Beneficial to Members
Central Indiana Chapter members Dylan Osborne from Advanced Vacuum Services and Lynn Partridge from Environmental Remediation Services (ERS) have both benefited from their memberships and networking opportunities. Both Companies provide emergency response and environmental cleanup services to adjacent areas in Central and Southern Indiana. At Chapter meetings, Dylan and Lynn had discussed utilizing each other's equipment and services when opportunities arose. In the past six months, both Companies have utilized vacuum truck services, labor and HAZMAT response services from the other.
ASEP meetings were the vehicle for both members to realize their Companies' similar business approach: client driven, value added services. Both Companies, and particularly their clients, have greatly benefited from their association through ASEP Central Indiana, and look forward to more partnering opportunities in the future.
Environmental Remediation Services, Inc.
Lynn Partridge
Business Development Director
ASEP Central Indiana Chapter President 

"Since joining ASEP, our networking potential within our industry has greatly increased.  It is nice to be able to call a friendly competitor with questions about a potential client, and upcoming job or to discuss safety and/or industry regulations.   Since joining ASEP six months ago, we've more than paid for our entry fees.  We have utilized the services of other members for sub-contract work as well as gotten several jobs and emergency response work from fellow members.  We even got a Christmas card from a fellow ASEP member who we now do work with on a regular basis.  I look forward to helping the ASEP membership grow as an additional avenue to help grow and develop our business."

Dylan Osborne
Safety Manager/Sales
Advanced Vacuum Services
Greensburg, IN
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Waste Tire Site Cleanup

ERS, Inc. was contracted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to remove, transport and recycle approximately 2100 tons of waste tires from six different sites across Indiana. The volume of tires at these sites ranged from 90 tons at the smaller residential site to 535 tons at an abandoned salvage yard site. Each site presented its own set of challenges: from working at a Brownfield in Greendale; to a steep, wooded ravine near Martinsville; to a wet bottomland site near Hillsdale (complete with Copperheads, one of the few venomous snakes in Indiana).Other locations in Indiana were Richmond, Rossville and South Bend. All these conditions and more were accounted for in our HASP, and the entire Project was completed without any incidents or near misses (including the Copperhead). Utilizing varied pieces of equipment (long reach excavators with grappler buckets, front end loaders, skid steers with grappler buckets), ERS personnel loaded subcontractor provided trucks for transporting to the processing location. ERS had two crews working on different sites simultaneously, which required us to use labor from all four ERS locations (Fort Wayne, IN; Indianapolis, IN; Bowling Green, OH; Montgomery, IL), and still provide the same level of service expected of us from our regular client base. The Project was begun in late July 2008 and was completed September 12, 2008, in accordance to the timeline set forth by IDEM. Projects such as these broaden our range of experience greatly, and further our position as a value added contractor to both the State of Indiana and our private sector clients.


Phenolic Solvent Release, St. Mary's River; Fort Wayne, IN

January 23, 2009

ERS was called to respond to a release of 300 gallons of phenolic solvent that had entered the St. Mary's River in Fort Wayne, IN. Most of the released material did not migrate from the release site due to frozen conditions. ERS Project Manager's provided a quick, decisive and unique approach to removing the contaminant: cutting chunks of contaminated ice that were then removed using a boom crane and sling. Much of the contaminant was recovered   in this manner, having been trapped in the layered ice (refer to pictures). Melting the ice and removing the contaminated water, along with some excavation work at the release site, required another week. In all, there were two roll offs of contaminated soil and debris removed from the site, along with 50,000 gallons of contaminated water. These liquids were transported to an approved treatment and disposal facility, and the solids roll offs were transported to an approved landfill. While this release had the potential to severely impact the immediate environment, the quick actions of both the generator and ERS field personnel greatly minimized this impact. Both IDEM and EPA Region V oversaw the operation, and not only approved the methodologies, but were impressed and very complimentary of ERS for our quick, safe and innovative approach.


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ERS Ohio

In the summer of 2007, ERS of Ohio was called to respond for a large quarry that had been inundated with floodwaters from abnormally heavy rains (over six inches in less than 24 hours on already saturated ground). The unusual rain event had also closed Interstate 75, a major thoroughfare through our area (Interstate 75 is in the background of the adjacent photo). Equipment in the bottom of the quarry, along with diesel fuel storage tanks had released their contents. The water level reached high enough to pass through a tunnel that connected another quarry section on the west side of Interstate 75. Fortunately, ERS of Ohio responded quickly enough to deploy containment boom to prevent migration of the diesel fuel/asphalt mix into the second quarry.

With the help of prevailing winds and boom deployment, the released material was consolidated into certain areas of the quarry, which facilitated recovery of much of the release. Over a one week period, the first two days of which were non- stop recovery efforts, ERS personnel recovered 21,000 gallons of impacted water in two vacuum trucks. The impacted water was transported to a treatment/disposal facility. Also, approximately 10 tons of impacted solids were recovered and transported for disposal. Resources from other ERS Divisions were utilized in this major incident, and helped minimize impact upon both the environment and the daily operations of the quarry. After the two week cleanup efforts, regulatory agencies gave the quarry a clean bill of health, and ERS had again proven our value to the clients we serve.

ERS, Inc. recently participated in the 2000 Corporate Pinewood Derby, sponsored by the Anthony Wayne Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Pinewood Derby is a community involvement fundraiser in which sponsors build "cars", which are then raced on a 30 foot computerized track. Awards are given to the fastest vehicles, with awards also presented for the entry showing the most creativity and effort in design. ERS is proud of our consistent second place finishes in each heat race. However, we swept the "design-build" awards with first place in the Most Creative Corporative Design and Best In Show, which is decided by popular vote. Our racer was modeled after our vacuum truck, including proper lighting and placarding. Pictured above is our winning team with their entry and their awards, Dan White (left) and Nathan Arnold (right).

ERS is proud to have competed in the 2000 Pinewood Derby, and to have supported the Boy Scouts of America and the local Anthony Wayne Area Council. We look forward to defending our titles in the years to come.

bloom_topAs an environmental emergency response contractor, ERS, Inc. has responded to many varied release scenarios, but this summer has provided us some very unusual situations. On July 17, 2001, we were mobilized by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to a possible petroleum release into Cedarville Reservoir, which happens to be the drinking water supply for the City of Fort Wayne. Absorbent booms were deployed at strategic locations to contain the "release". After much investigation and discussions, it was determined the "petroleum release" was actually an algae bloom. Constant winds form the Southwest had pushed the decomposing material against the shoreline, and the material did resemble heavy oil. Nature was allowed to take its course, and the bloom decomposed with no threat to fish, wildlife or humans. On September 5, 2001, ERS again mobilized to a local POTW, where an influent pond showed evidence of a release. The vibrant blue-green color had local officials fearing a complete upset of their wastewater treatment facility. Long hours and much sampling later, this "release" was determined to be a blue-green algae bloom, and presented no real threat to the POTW.

bloom_bottomThere have been no less than five of these types of "releases" reported across the State, which turned out to be naturally occurring phenomenon, including a blue-green algae bloom (Cylindrospermopsis) in Ball Lake that was toxic enough to warrant closure of the lake. Dr. Gwen White of the IDNR theorizes that the mild winters of the past few years, and low water levels, have contributed to the unique biology that led to these blooms, which generally occur during periods of warm, calm weather in lakes with little or no flow. The discovery of these organisms is very surprising since Cylindrospermopsis is a thought to be a subtropic-loving organism, originally found in Australia and recently in Florida.

Most of these "releases" were reported by the general public, and when reported were a legitimate cause for concern. However, it seems Mother Nature throws us a curve periodically, just to remind us that we do not, nor will we ever, completely understand or control her timeless rhythms.

Thanks to Dr. Gwen White, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and Jed Pearson, Fisheries Biologist with IDNR at the Tri-Lakes Fisheries Station, for their information and help in understanding this phenomenon.