The Insider
A Monthly News Publication
September 2018 edition

It's A Dirty Job, But Somebody Has To Do It !
Pascagoula, MS

Hull's Environmental Services conducted remedial activities at a former diammonium phosphate fertilizer plant that began operation back in the 1950s. Earlier this year, the site was placed on the EPA's Superfund Program National Priorities List (NPL). Superfund, which Congress established in 1980, investigates and cleans up hazardous waste sites and converts them into community resources. The EPA adds sites to the NPL when contamination threatens human health and the environment.

The primary scope of work was shutdown activities consisting of hydro-blasting storage tanks and their associated product lines as well as vacuum truck removal of by-product build-up that resulted from the neutralization of high pH wastewater.

The cleaning crew used a 10,000 psi hydro-blaster to remove the extreme scale and buildup on the tanks and lines resulting from years of continuous operation. Over at the neutralization basin, where wastewater flows nearing the end of its treatment process, the by-product of the neutralization process, consisting mostly of sludge and solids, was vacuumed out and dumped locally at the plant's onsite wastewater ponds. The project was completed in one week with a crew of nine people.

A Hull's environmental cleaning crew technician is seen removing sludge and solids from the top of a neutralization basin with an industrial loader vacuum truck to restore operability. 
Not A "Good Night On The Water" For This Vessel Owner
Madeira Beach, FL

What started out as a typical quiet night at a small Florida marina turned into a nightmare for a boat owner whose vessel caught fire from some type of electrical issue. Fortunately, no one was injured and a good samaritan used a tow rope to pull the boat away from other larger fishing boats in the vicinity. Unfortunately, the fire caused significant damage and the boat sunk to just below the surface, full of diesel fuel and oil. 

Responding to a U.S. Coast Guard authorization to proceed, Hull's Environmental Services mobilized a small team of HAZMAT personnel to the scene to conduct the initial spill containment using sorbent products, containment boom and a work boat to mitigate further pollution to the surrounding environment. Additional response personnel and divers performed a variety of tasks including stinging the fuel tanks for pump out, patching holes and rigging lift bags. Utilizing four 3" pumps and 4 lift bags, the boat was raised to the surface and pushed to a nearby ramp. 

Once the boat was onshore, the response crew was able to remove additional environmental hazards such as batteries, fuel tanks, motors, chemicals and lube oil. Eventually Hull's transported and disposed of the environmental hazards including petroleum contact water and nearly 40 drums full of diesel impacted boom, pads and debris.

An electrical fire caused a fishing vessel to erupt in flames and eventually sink. Fuel, oil and other environmental hazards were removed along with the vessel once it was floated and brought to shore. 
A Diamond Performance Clears The Tracks For Railroad
Jacksonville, FL

Railroads are used to transport an amazing array of goods across the country. Those goods are loaded and stored in various types of railcars. In the case of coal, an open-top version with a drop-bottom design makes unloading quick and easy by utilizing gravity to do the work.

Unfortunately, there are times when those hopper doors on the drop-bottom design can fail. In this particular case, a locomotive hauling coal up the east coast of the United States experienced a hopper door failure, dumping an estimated 125 tons of coal over a 700-yard stretch of railroad.

The large quantity of coal that spilled was shorting out crossing arms and had to be addressed promptly as a matter of safety. Utilizing an industrial loader vacuum truck specially equipped to travel directly on the railroad tracks, Hull's Environmental Services vacuum removed the coal that was distributed in between the tracks and along the outside of the tracks. Once a loader was full, the coal was dumped into roll-off boxes and transported to another location at the direction of the railroad. A crew of four railroad certified technicians spent four 12-hour days on the project working within the railroad's train schedule to avoid any disruptions.

This industrial loader vacuum truck Hull's owns and operates is specially equipped to travel directly on the railroad tracks. The modification enables the unit much greater access to rail yards and narrow embankments. 
Tank Cleaning Project Comes Down To The Wire
Carrollton, GA

When you're one of the leading suppliers of wire and cable in the U.S. and abroad, you can't afford to disrupt production for an extended period - it can have a substantial impact on your customers who expect their products to be manufactured and delivered on time. But servicing and preventative maintenance are critical to keeping an organization running smoothly.

Case in point: a Hull's customer was having difficulty with a lubrication system. Specifically, a lubrication product that's stored inside a holding tank and pumped through piping that's ultimately used to lubricate specialty equipment routinely used at the manufacturing facility. 

The risk of a shutdown was high; an estimated 70% of the product was in a solid or sludge state making it nearly impossible to pump and perform it's lubricating duties. To avoid a shutdown, Hull's was given a narrow 48-hour window to clean the 12,000-gallon tank that's used to store this lubricating product. Since time was of the essence, and to minimize the tank being out of commission, our confined space entry certified tank cleaning crew tackled the project utilizing a combination of vacuum trucks, high pressure water blasters and a vacuum tanker. The sludge and solids mixture, coupled with rinseate water from the cleaning process, was removed from the tank and safely transported to a TSDF for disposal. A job well done and another deadline met!

Two 3,000 gallon vacuum trucks and two 5,000 gallon vacuum tankers were necessary to remove a mixture of used product and rinseate water within a very short time span to meet customer requirements. 
Drillers Shouldn't Have To Wait For The Dust To Settle
Carlsbad, NM

Drillers in the Permian and Delaware basins of New Mexico have been flourishing. Oil and gas drilling rigs are at an all-time high in New Mexico, trailing only Oklahoma and Texas in terms of the quantity of rigs. 

One of the many challenges drillers face are the conditions of the roads leading to their rigs. Heavy, consistent traffic leads to substantial airborne dust, potholes, wash-boarding and runoff. In addition, dust can be a nuisance and cause a wide range of issues with health, erosion and proper operation of vehicles and equipment. 

To combat road dust, Hull's Environmental Services is providing surface stabilization to an energy company with miles of lease roads and active drilling pads. Utilizing two bobtail vacuum trucks with mounted spray bars for application, the desired amount of chemical is drawn into the trucks from frac tanks onsite and then properly diluted according to the condition of the roads. The desired area is sprayed until the tank is empty. The process is then repeated until the proper amount of chemical has been applied.

Once the roads are stabilized our chemical application seals the surface, which in turn greatly suppresses dust, reduces permeability and slows the absorption of fluids (oil based and water based) into the ground. This sealing property helps treated surfaces shed rainwater, reduces wash-boarding and improves road stability in wet conditions. 

This stabilization has eliminated the need to work on the roads throughout the drilling process and has simultaneously reduced the amount of dust that non-treated roads and pads generally produce. Because soil types vary, different chemical applications can be used to match soil types for optimal results.

Modified vacuum trucks are used to disperse a chemical dust suppressant that combats dust, erosion, run-off, and leaching. The suppressant is formulated for use even in sensitive habitats and will not leach into the groundwater.

Locations in Florida, Georgia, Texas and Oklahoma

Panama City, FL  
1810 Industrial Road
Panama City, FL 32405 
Office: 850-571-3124
Steve Hamilton Area Manager

Tampa, FL
7930 US Highway 301 N
Tampa, FL 33637 
Office: 813-985-1427
Mike Bevacqua  |  Area Manager

Jacksonville, FL
10145 103rd Street, 
Jacksonville, FL 32210
Office: 904-379-3645
Larry Hall  |  Area Manager

Atlanta, GA
29 Southern Court
Hiram, GA 30141
Office: 678-909-5282
Mike Morris  |  Area Manager

Wilson, OK 
6988 Reck Road
Wilson, OK 73463
Office: 580-668-3546
Ben Denny  |  Area Manager 

Odessa, TX 
2500 West Murphy St
Odessa, TX 79763 
Office: 432-934-6266 
 Stephen Hamilton  |  Area Manager
 


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Jamie Michael
jmichael@hullsenvironmental.com
470-955-7938