Environmental Remediation Services
CommTank’s remediation professionals provide the experience, technical capabilities, and operational expertise to manage both small and large-scale environmental projects. Our technical and operations staff provides result-oriented systems and programs, incorporating both off-site removal and on-site treatment as needed. Below is a list of our services and capabilities:
- Emergency Response Service
- Free Product Recovery
- Soil Excavation
- Mobile Drilling
- In Situ Chemical Oxidation (ISCO)
- Soil Vapor Extraction
- Air Sparging
- Surfactant Enhanced Aquifer Remediation (SEAR)
- Pump and Treatment Systems for Contaminated Groundwater
When considering the application of different treatment technologies, our environmental team in coordination with your LSP will first consider the goals of remediation (e.g. removal, separation, containment, destruction). Once the goals are established, the team will consider technologies or groups of technologies to meet these goals. In many cases, multiple technologies are required to remediate an entire site. Several treatment processes are combined to meet the varying requirements of the contaminants affecting the site. The following are a few of the treatment technologies that we employ.
Pump and Treatment Systems
The dual bed system is a packaged system consisting of one clay/coal adsorber and two carbon adsorbers that can be configured in series or in parallel, depending upon the facility requirements. This is the most common type of system that we use and each unit can be customized to meet the flow requirements of the site.
In-Situ Soil Vapor Extraction
Soil vapor extraction (SVE) removes volatile organic compounds from a soil matrix. Air drawn through a soil matrix by a vacuum pump removes contaminated soil gas and induces additional volatile compounds to vaporize. Contaminants are drawn out of the soil with the exiting air and uncontaminated air is drawn in to repeat the process. The most common system is trailer-based which generates sufficient vacuum to influence a large area. We also provide smaller vacuum systems for areas where storage space is a concern or access to the contamination is difficult (typically in basements).
Air Sparging is an in-situ process in which air is bubbled through a contaminated aquifer to remove volatile contaminants. Injected air bubbles move vertically and horizontally in the soil creating an underground air stripping process that removes contaminants through volatilization. The most common air sparging process injects air into the groundwater through injection wells. Volatile compounds that are exposed to the sparged air convert to gas phase. Once in gas phase the volatiles either migrate to the ground surface or are captured via a soil vapor extraction system.
Chemical oxidation technology is based on the oxidative properties of specific chemicals. Through the process of oxidation, groundwater contaminants are ultimately broken down into carbon dioxide and water. To effectively degrade contaminants, the oxidant must come into contact with the contaminant molecules. Ideally, the delivery technique would ensure that the oxidant is evenly dispersed throughout the area to be treated. Chemical oxidation is a proven method of on-site contamination destruction and when used in conjunction with site excavation and water treatment systems it can accelerate site cleanup times.
Ozone used in site remediation is similar to other chemical oxidation techniques. The use of ozone differs from most oxidation processes because you can deliver more continuous oxidation instead of batch applications. Ozone is extremely effective in treating many groundwater pollutants including total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH). When compared to other chemical oxidation methods, ozone can treat an area in a shorter amount of time and the storage and transportation of dangerous liquids is eliminated.
Anaerobic bioremediation utilizes biological processes to break down or destroy contaminants. Enhanced anaerobic bioremediation aids in speeding up these processes and achieves a higher degree of chemical destruction. Bioremediation can be applied to achieve source reduction or plume-wide treatment, and it may be possible to complete the remedy in as little as 2 or 3 years. But for difficult sites (e.g., DNAPL source areas), it may be advantageous to combine enhanced anaerobic bioremediation with other remedial strategies or measures. The single largest difference between conventional remedial technologies and enhanced bioremediation may be that enhanced bioremediation, if properly implemented, can maintain effectiveness over a longer period of time at a lower overall cost.
Bioslurping is used to remediate soils contaminated by petroleum hydrocarbons. It is a cost-effective in situ remedial technology that simultaneously accomplishes LNAPL removal and soil remediation in the vadose zone, by removing LNAPL, then drawing contaminated soil-gas vapor from the ground. Bioventing of vadose zone soils is achieved by drawing air into the soil due to withdrawing soil gas via the recovery well. The system is designed to minimize environmental discharge of ground water and soil gas. When free-product removal activities are completed, the bioslurping system is easily converted to a conventional bioventing system to complete the remediation.
"Far, far exceeded my expectations for what could have been a messy and smelly job."
"All at Comm Tank made a very stressful situation for us more than manageable. The men who came to do the work were always on time, extremely polite, and hardworking."
"In 34 minutes they achieved the removal without doing any cutting inside my home! Seeing is believing, which is why I sent you, today, the photos taken of their remarkable effort."
"Recently we hired your company Comm Tank to remove an underground oil storage tank buried in our front yard for many years. We also asked you to install a new aboveground oil storage tank next to our house."
William J. Lewis.
"They left the area cleaner than they found it. They were very friendly and fully explained how the tank was to be cut and removed."
"I would recommend Commtank to anyone who needs an oil tank removed. The price for such great service was very reasonable. Truly a good experience for me and my family."
"In the 40 years that I have lived in my house I have never had anyone do so much work, rip up so much sod yet leave everything in such a clean, neat and apparently undisturbed state."
"When I called for an estimate, Margie was very informative and one of the reasons I chose CommTank to do the work."
Jack E. Meyer, M.D..
"Paul’s recommendation along with the comfort level I felt dealing with your team made my decision to choose CommTank and easy one. Should I ever hear of anyone in need of a new oil tank I would recommend CommTank without hesitation."
"We have used CommTank now for inspections and service for the last two years. We have found the CommTank team nothing less than professional, knowledgeable and reliable."
"I do mean all of them…you could be proud of them and know that they represent your company in a very professional manner. In today’s world, you very rarely see this."
Billl and Barbara Clough.
"The project was on time, under budget, and everyone connected with the project was very easy to work with, both people on-site and in the office. "
Town of Southborough, Ma
"I want to thank you for the excellent work you and your crew have done at my station."
"I am emailing you with this word of “Thanks” to Comm Tank for one of the most professional companies I have used in quite sometime."
"I will recommend your company to my colleagues and clients."
"I had an oil tank removed yesterday, and the whole operation could not have gone more smoothly."
"What could have been a stressful situation actually went smoothly without any issues or surprises. I would recommend CommTank in a heart beat to anyone in need of their services."
Scott E. Lechter.
"There were many steps throughout the process and at every step I was very well informed. The scheduling, coordination and communication was simply outstanding."
"I want to thank you for your work in the oil tank removal at my mother’s house in Walpole."
"Except for the oil smell for a while, you really couldn't tell that the work had been done; EVERYTHING was neat & tidy and cleaned up both inside and out."
"Thanks for your help and the customer service that CommTank provided."
North Reading, Ma
"Your employees did a nice job and were a credit to your company in their professional work and attitude."
"Thank you for doing a very nice job!"
Prides Crossing, MA
"Your crew just left my site and they are wonderful, clean, great, and nice!"
"I would certainly recommend your company."
"These two excellent employees came early, at 7:15 a.m. Which is very appreciated by us, clients that have to leave for our jobs."
"They patched the holes left from removing the fill and vent lines like pros - I did not expect this level of service."
"Kim and I are very happy to have found you!"
"We want to tank your for a job well done while removing the underground oil tank."
"I wanted to thank you for a great job on the installation of the new fuel dispenser."
"Thank you for your donation of 200+ gallons of fuel through your CommTank Cares Program to St. Clement Parish Schools. Your generosity is certainly a help to our schools and parish."
Reverend Paulo Cumin.
"just want to express my appreciation for the excellent service that was provide to me in the removing of our 1,000 gallon underground oil tank."
"What I think I’ll never forget was how clean the basement was after the two men had removed the contaminated soil from our house. It had never looked like that!"
"Early this month your company removed my almost 40-year-old tank from my basement and installed a Roth Tank. I was extremely pleased with the results and with the crew that did the work."
"It was neat and clean and they left the area spotless. The gentleman who came back to inspect the job was kind and courteous."
"The City is extremely grateful to CommTank for its assistance in this cleanup. We believe we made a very wise choice in the selection of CommTank. Please feel free to use me as a reference for your team's pursuit of other environmental work."
Thomas G. Ambrosino.
"She called to brag about how professional the service was, and how clean and precise the installation was."
"We really appreciate the responsiveness to what was a worrying situation and the two men who performed the work were true professionals."
"This company is the best. The price was very reasonable, better than anyone else I contacted, about $300.00 less,"
"I had my oil tank and boiler removed from my home. Comm Tank showed up on time and finished the job quickly and neatly."
"I want to thank CommTank for the wonderful job that your crew did yesterday while removing and installing my oil tank."
"Thanks so much for getting your guys out here so quickly to take care of the issue. While they could not tell exactly what caused the seepage, they ended up replacing the red connector with the fill gauge to be safe."
"There were two crews on separate days that did a great job and were very knowledgeable about their job and company."
"As for me the customer, I am very pleased on the workmanship that was performed, and I would recommend ComTank to anyone that needs a new tank."
"Your workers were out at my house in Wayland last week and did a fantastic job removing the oil tank from my basement."
"The quality of their craftsmanship is buzzworthy, the work surpassed my expectations."
"They showed up on time, were extraordinarily efficient and neat, provided a comprehensive removal, and were very courteous in all our dealings."
John P Senko.
"You and your entire on-site crew, including Santiago and Carlos, all have been first-rate and first-class."
"Thank you for your competence and professionalism, your cheerful and hard-working staff, your expertise with regulations/compliance issues, and for referring us to Tommasino & Tommasino in Boston."
Richard and Kristen Henshaw.
"Please note that this appreciation comes from a person managing construction for clients for some forty years."
"Excellent work so far. We wish these guys were on all three Boston projects."
Peachtree Corners, GA
"He will refer us to anyone and will definitely be using our services again."
"Please let the crew know that I really appreciate the hard work and professionalism."
"I spoke to Cindy the other day and reiterated to her about how happy we were with our experience."
"The thorough explanation of what was to be done was excellent."
"During this past summer I had an underground oil tank removed and replaced with an indoor Roth oil tank, and was exceptionally pleased with the service."
"In my opinion they were very professional and courteous."
Mary Louise Thrower.
"Thanks again to you and your team for the high level of workmanship and customer performance you provided."
"Your company has been most professional, timely, and informative!"
"This was our first experience with your company and we were very pleased from start to finish."
"Your crew were great to work with and did a great job, although very hot out there, they continued on with no complaints."
"All of our clients are more than satisfied with the quality of CommTanks installations and LEO is as well."
"It was a pleasure having them work at my house."
"They quickly went to work and solved the problem. As worried as I was, Luis made me feel that everything was going to be ok. Luis was always there no matter how many times I called."
Jeffery J. Graham.
New Bedford, MA
"We were so pleased with the removal of the old furnace."
"They tore down part of a wall, shoveled, removed my old tank and replaced it with a new tank, also gave me some oil."
"They were courteous and professional, timely and completed everything as well as anyone could have asked."
"I have dealt with contractors before and was very impressed with your crew."
"I would hope I would never have to have a UST removed again, but if I did, you would be the first people I would call."
"They left the basement much cleaner than when they started the job."
"Kevin's response and his team’s effort to help contain and cleanup a small spill were some of the best I have seen in my 40+ years in the petroleum industry."
"The technicians were outstanding. We needed 3 tanks removed from our basement."
"Kevin Hoag and Nelson were outstanding, they showed at 8:00 AM sharp, they were very professional, explaining all steps, very polite, their work was perfect."
"CommTank just finished the UST removal job and the customer is absolutely delighted."
"Amazed that this level of customer service still exists in this day and age!!"
Jamaica Plain, Ma
"Great job, completed on time, very aware of the Safety of our tenants."
Deborah M. McClory.
"Came when they said and did what they said quicker than I thought and left the cellar clean all at a reasonable price."
"I also commend Luis Diaz on his pleasant, informative phone manner when we first spoke and at the time of the site exploration. His handing of the situation convinced me to go with CommTank."
Newton Centre, Ma