Emergency/Disaster response Projects

PSC Environmental Services tornado response – Lowe's Sanford, NC

  • Project Name: PSC Environmental Services – Lowe’s Sanford
  • Client: PSC Environmental Services
  • Contract Value: $123,733
  • Problems: Structural issues, debris removal.
  • Contaminants: Paints, petroleum products, pesticides and other hazardous substances


    CCI responded to the facility following a tornado. The crew was tasked with segregating and removing the hazardous materials from the area. CCI removed the Hazardous Materials from the facility to the packaging area for PSC Environmental.

    CCI also provided packaging assistance to PSC and loading assistance.



    Anthrax Decontamination, Trenton, NJ and Washington, DC mail processing facilities


    CCI provided labor and management resources to in response to a bioterrorist attack at two major United States Postal Service (USPS) mail processing facilities. The Hamilton USPS – a 300,000-square foot facility in Trenton, NJ, was a regional processing center supporting a large section of the northeast U.S. The Brentwood USPS – an 800,000-square foot facility in Washington, DC, supported mail collection and distribution for all of the Nation’s Capital mail. CCI’s immediate objectives were to provide first response containment services and to deal with the continued influx and non-affected mail staged at these facilities. CCI’s response to both facilities occurred within a few hours of each other and CCI immediately dispatched 22 trained response personnel. Forty (40) additional personnel were immediately requested to assist in securing and containing the threat and spread of contamination at both facilities.

    Working through the general contractor, CCI coordinated and executed the packaging and loading of existing mail for distribution to emergency processing centers established in both regions to continue handling incoming mail. As these activities were being completed, an additional 60 personnel were dispatched to both locations to begin processing mail staged outside the facility in large transfer trailers. Off-site decontamination was accomplished by the use of commercial irradiation technology employed in the sterilization industry and adapted to handle bulk mail at technology centers in New Jersey and Ohio. Mail was repackaged to specific standards that facilitated the irradiation process. As mail trailers were cleared, work began on processing mail within each facility to the irradiation facilities. CCI mobilized an additional 50 personnel total to begin packaging mail from within this contaminated environment in both facilities.

    West Pharmaceutical Company plant explosion, Kinston, NC


    CCI personnel responded in connection to the West Pharmaceutical Plant explosion in Kinston, North Carolina. CCI was called to respond in two different capacities. The first was in an emergency response capacity, at which time CCI provided personnel and equipment for a variety of on-site tasks, involving personnel access and control (security and logging) for entry into the facility. Additional tasks involved containerizing and packaging of various wastes, such as drums, bagged and bulk materials, which were damaged by the fire and/or water from the firefighting effort. CCI provided 24 hour/7 day per week monitoring and collection of site drainage ditch water, which were sampled on a periodic basis by a West Pharmaceutical Environmental consultant. CCI used a series of pumps and vacuum trucks to transfer the water to 20,000-gallon Frac tanks and to the City of Kinston POTW.

    In addition to the Emergency Phase of this event, CCI was hired to perform the decontamination and demolition of the remaining facility. CCI provided decontamination, turnkey demolition and disposal of approximately 40,000 sqft. of the warehouse portion of the plant. Demolition was performed utilizing hydraulic shears and grapplers on hydraulic excavators. Materials stored in the warehouse, as well as the structure itself were segregated and staged using heavy equipment.

    The performance of the initial phase with this customer led to sole source project awards for St. Petersburg, Florida and Omaha, Nebraska. Both facilities were HEPA-vacuumed and the wastes containerized to relieve the facility of the powders that resulted in the Kinston NC explosive environment.

    deep horizons bp Gulf Oil Spill

    Client: Clean Harbors, SWS

    Contract Value – $40,000,000

    CCI was one of the first companies to respond to the Deep Horizons BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Working with our strategic partners, CCI provided both labor and equipment to assist in the clean-up both on land and water.

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    Hurricane Katrina Response, Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, MS

    In Stage One, CCI sent in a small strike team to set up a temporary decontamination area, search through the buildings to locate major problem areas, and started general collection and staging of materials. The Team – comprised of a supervisor and three technicians – was on site within 48 hours of Notice to Proceed. The Team spent three days on site performing reconnaissance, site set-up, and high hazard removal in areas where chemical mixing was a threat. In Stage Two, CCI mobilized a larger crew and equipment to continue with material collection and removal. Debris and other materials were removed from the buildings using skid steer loaders with grapplers to gain access to chemicals. A mini excavator was used to render the debris materials unusable. Chemical-type materials were removed from the buildings by personnel using carts and buckets to a staging area. Another contractor at the staging area worked on packaging, transportation, and disposal. This crew included one supervisor, one safety officer, two foreman or lead technicians, three operator technicians, and at times had between six and eight technicians. All supplies for OSHA Level C response were supplied along with necessary equipment to carry out the above tasks.

    Hurricane sandy response, manhattan, ny

    CCI responded to 55 Water Street, Manhattan, NY, just off Wall Street follow the Hurricane Sandy aftermath.  The Hudson River filled 6 floors below grade.  Half of the building space was parking garage and the other half offices and vaults. Bearer bonds and a trillion dollars cash were stored here.  Diesel fuel was stored for the emergency back-up generators.  Over 80,000 gal of red-dyed diesel was lost into the below-grade space.  CCI removed the diesel-contaminated water using vac trucks, tankers, high volume pumps and through multiple long series of vacuum hoses ran through multiple saw-cut concrete floors.