Brownfield Science & Technology (BSTI), a local consulting and remediation firm, recently announced that they have eclipsed the three-million-pound mark in remediating industrial contaminants from the environment that could have otherwise ended up in soil and groundwater. Contaminants included unwelcome and unhealthy substances such as gasoline, dry cleaning chemicals, solvents and industrial wastes.
“All of us at BSTI grew up feeling a special connection to the natural environment. Here we are, years later, getting to do cool science for a living in a way that also makes the environment healthier for our families and provides special personal rewards for us. Even the efforts of a smaller firm like ours greatly reduce the levels of industrial chemicals contaminating our region,” says John Kollmeier, Vice President of BSTI.
The science behind environmental remediation is quite detailed, and those three million pounds don’t add up easily. Often, the BSTI scientists are working on a parts-per-billion level because some chemicals are harmful and can even cause cancer at very low concentrations.
Just five drops of benzene, a chemical in gasoline and other common substances, can contaminate enough drinking water to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
For BSTI, this is just the beginning; better corporate stewardship of the environment and governmental regulations have led to a significant increase in environmental cleanups in our region. “The remediation business for us is very satisfying, and we are seeing an influx of interest in our work from some of the area’s best companies,” says Kollmeier. BSTI is expanding their Pennsylvania and New Jersey offices to meet demand. “We have our sights set on the five-million-pound milestone.”