Before you get that assignment,
check in with your state’s DEP and
gather all of the information they’re
willing to give about transportation
fuel spills. We have found our DEP
They will set you up with a line up of
vetted professionals who specialize in
Haz-Mat cleanup and who are geared to
respond immediately. By the way, we’ve
never found any of the “blitzers” on the
state’s approved list.
These vendors will know how to provide you with a proposal that includes
results of ground sampling tests, estimates of contamination volume, mitigation procedures, disposal procedures
and final approval by the State. They will
provide you with a total cost and require
payment up front. That’s how Haz-Mat
You will have to deliver that $10,000
check before any work begins. We are
using an amount of $10,000 only because, through the use of state approved vendors, we have been able to
beat the “blitzers” by at least 50 percent
Know who your allies are
Work with your state DEP office to
be prepared before you receive that
assignment. Become familiar with
virtually any of their vetted mitigators. Hopefully, your insured should
be tipped off in the event they receive
word from the state (or a “blitzer”) of
Become familiar with the state code,
and while it isn’t necessary to become a
scientist, at least read through the code to
become familiar with the process. Interview a few of the vetted mitigators about
their approach and get to know them before the loss occurs.
A copy of the federal hazardous waste
regulations (40 CFR Parts 260-268) can
be obtained from public, college or law
libraries; EPA Region 4, Atlanta Federal
Center, 61 Forsyth Street, S.W., Atlanta,
Georgia 30303-3104 (404/562-8579);
or the U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402. Copies of
Chapter 62-730, F.A.C. may be obtained
from the Department of Environmental
Catina Lemke is a senior adjuster for Peter
J. Crosa & Co., independent adjusters in
Florida and Georgia. Peter J. Crosa is a
principal of the firm and also serves as
president of the National Association of
Independent Insurance Adjusters (NAIIA).
Here are some questions to help vet any contractors your firm
might be considering for fuel spills or other types of hazardous
1. Is your company on the state’s approved vendors list for Haz
Mat mitigation? (It’s easy to check and if they don’t know
about the list, you probably don’t want to work with them
2. What types of certifications do your employees who will be
working on the job carry? (Individuals hold certifications, not
3. Do you have liability coverage specific to Haz Mat mitigation?
What are the limits?
4. Discuss the company’s history and pollution discharge-related expertise.
5. Is the company and its employees certified/experienced in
complete cleanup and remediation vs. just containment and
6. Does the company have an approved business license for this
7. What territories and counties do you cover?
8. Can you itemize your equipment inventory used for
9. Does the company have a fee schedule?
10. Does the company have OVA (organic vapor analyzer) field
instruments for soil screenings?
11. Do you have excavation equipment, or can you readily rent it?
12. Is your company familiar with the MOT (maintenance of
traffic) requirements of DOT?
13. Where would your company take the contaminated soil for
14. Does your company (or lab or consultant) have a DEP-approved Quality Assurance Plan/SOP for sampling?
15. Is the company familiar with the petroleum cleanup
requirements in FAC 62-780, including submitting the DRF
(Discharge Report Form) and SRR (Interim Source Removal