Rail Projects / Personal and Visible Emissions Monitoring

Clients: Stacy and Witbeck; Salt Lake City Commuter Rail Constructors
Location: Wasatch Front, Utah

The FrontRunner commuter rail right-of-way from Salt Lake City to Provo, Utah passed through several former smelter sites where the soil was contaminated with lead and arsenic. SAGE performed personal air monitoring on construction workers to evaluate exposure levels and recommend appropriate engineering controls and personal protective equipment. Similarly, we performed personal air monitoring for workers constructing the Sugar House Streetcar light rail line in Salt Lake City where the right of way was contaminated with heavy metals from smelter slag used as ballast. We also conducted personal air monitoring for silica during demolition of a concrete batch plant within the commuter rail right-of-way and during concrete maintenance activities on the University light rail line.

SAGE prepared Fugitive Dust Plans and conducted Method 9 visible emissions monitoring for fugitive dust for several rail construction projects in the Wasatch Front. Monitoring was conducted in multiple locations along the linear rights-of-way and included sources such as haul road traffic, heavy equipment operation and material deposition. In addition to demonstrating compliance with the dust plan, the monitoring also supported the construction contractor’s good neighbor policy by increasing worker awareness of the potential for off-site emissions.