Orion was retained to design and implement an in situ chemical reduction (ISCR) treatment program at an active manufacturing facility in New England. Historical operations at the site included rotogravure printing. The heavy metal cadmium was released from multiple sources including a former process waste pipeline and stormwater management system. Groundwater at the site is naturally acidic and oxidizing, which results in cadmium speciating as a soluble cation (Cd2+). Because of relatively high groundwater flux and low organic carbon content in the aquifer matrix, soluble cadmium impacts have migrated downgradient towards a gaining river. Results of hydrologic modeling indicated that cadmium-impacted groundwater discharges to the river through riverbed sediments and anoxic wetland hydric soil. Precipitation of soluble cadmium from discharging groundwater has contributed to impacts in wetland hydric soil and riverbed sediments, which present a chronic risk to potential
Orion’s Berkeley-based project geologist, Scott, attended the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) Foundation and the Sustainable Remediation Forum’s (SURF) 34th Annual East Coast Conference in Amherst, Massachusetts, during October 2018. The conference included several sessions about sustainable remediation. Scott gave a presentation titled Incorporating Sustainability into Remedial Decision Making Led to Case Closure at a Petroleum Site. His presentation detailed a project in which Orion, the client, and the regulatory agency were able to successfully incorporate sustainability into the remedial strategy by focusing on risk assessment and investigation. The results were significant: case closure 4 years earlier than originally anticipated and a 60 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Scott’s presentation showed how prioritizing sustainability in the site management
Orion was a sponsor of the Center for Creative Land Recycling’s (CCLR’s) 2018 California Land Recycling Conference in Carson, California, during October 2018. Several Orion staff from the Long Beach office attended, including senior managers Jeff and John, project managers Adair and Mia, and administrative staff Mary and Janette. Jeff, Orion’s president, participated in a technical panel entitled Alternatives to Dig-and-Haul. He presented a case study in which Orion saved a client over 5 million dollars by implementing onsite soil treatment instead of dig-and-haul and successfully achieved case closure and property sale. John, Adair, and Mia attended other sessions, learning about property redevelopment and entitlement, liability transfer mechanisms, multi-incremental sampling, and more. Mary and Janette greeted conference participants at the Orion booth,
During September 2018, the Long Beach office welcomed John to the team. John is Orion's Director of Oil and Gas and is a registered geologist and certified hydrogeologist with over 30 years of experience in the environmental field. He has extensive experience with oil field geology (PETRA and PETREL), reservoir development, aquifer evaluation, wastewater treatment, soil treatment, and groundwater remediation.
During his spare time, John likes to explore the different California landscapes with his grandchildren. Some of these places include the Sierra Nevada, Kings Canyon, Sequoia National Park, Bishop, and Mammoth Lakes.
Welcome to the team, John!
Orion was invited to speak at Johnson Middle School Career Day in Westminster, California, for the third year in a row.
Jeff, Orion's president, delivered a 30-minute presentation to three different groups over the course of the morning. Jeff spoke to 8th grade students about the technical people (engineers, geologists, and scientists) who work at Orion, the kind of work environmental consultants do, and the best high school class subjects to study when preparing for college and an eventual career in environmental science or engineering.
A few weeks later, Jeff received handwritten thank-you cards from several students. Two message excerpts: (1) "You spoke with such enthusiasm and excitement about your job, it got me excited about your job as well." (2) "You have impacted my career choice in a positive way."
We have another addition to Orion!
Maclyn joined the Long Beach office in July 2018. He has an M.S. degree in environmental and water quality engineering from M.I.T. He brings 6 years of experience in the environmental consulting field with 2 years of experience as an environmental project manager. Maclyn's diverse skill set has been applied to a variety of projects ranging from large-scale excavations, remediation of inorganic and recalcitrant compounds, brownfield sites, and landfill leachate plants.
Welcome to the team, Maclyn!
We’re on a roll!
In June 2018, we welcomed David to the Long Beach office. He earned a B.S. degree in geology from California State University, Long Beach. David has 7 years of experience working as a lab technician at the Institute for Integrated Research on Materials, Environment, and Society and as a hydrologist at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). David's experience with the USGS included managing and performing groundwater sampling events and aquifer tests, analyzing data for potential anomalies or correlations, working in conjunction with public agencies, and assisting with geophysical and subsidence surveys.
Welcome to the team, David!
It’s true, for some people, “you only log once.” But here at Orion, that's not the case and we know the importance of a good boring log and the skill needed to make one. I mean, how can we design an effective remedial approach if we don’t understand what’s going on beneath our (safety boot-clad) feet? And ask any geologist, there’s two secrets to good soil classification: a righteous Hawaiian shirt and getting your hands dirty. That’s why Orion held an interactive soil classification course in the back warehouse of the Long Beach office in May as part of our Staff Development Program. We brushed off our calibrated soil sample kit from Midwest GeoSciences and got to work. Berkeley-based Professional Geologist Scott dropped knowledge on our technical staff, giving the do’s and do more’s of USCS soil classification. Sedimentation tests? Check. Dilatancy? Done. And don't fret; elastic or plastic, soil isn’t
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In April 2018, we welcomed Sierra to the Long Beach office. She had been living in the U.K. while earning her M.S. degree and is now back in the States. Sierra holds an M.S. degree in biodiversity, conservation, and management from the University of Oxford and a B.S. degree in civil engineering, with emphases in environmental engineering and water resources, from UCLA. She has interned at MWH Global, Inc. (now part of Stantec, Inc.) and WEST Environmental Services and Technology as well as assisted in several UCLA research programs.
Welcome to the team, Sierra!
Caryn, senior project geologist in the Burbank office, volunteered at the Cypress Elementary Annual Fun Run, hosted by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), in April 2018. The Fun Run raises funds to help pay the salaries of physical education, music, and computer teachers as well as academic specialists and the school’s art program. Caryn serves as Treasurer on the Executive Board of Cypress's PTA and helped set up the course. Students participating in the Fun Run faced several obstacles ranging from a tunnel crawl to hurdles. There were seven waves of runners including transitional kindergarten through fifth grade.
The Fun Run raised over $34,000 this year. Caryn enjoyed cheering on the kids throughout the course and seeing all the enthusiasm they had for the activities.