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NJ Soil and Groundwater Testing

Steve Rich Environmental Contractors geoprobe services for soil and groundwater remediation

What can a preliminary site investigation do?

  1. Determine if soils are clean and you can export the soils.
  2. If they come back over any criteria, we can go back and individually grab samples to determine if there is only one hot spot, prior to digging and mixing it all together.
  3. We can run analysis for certified clean, permeability, compaction classifications as well.
  4. ROCK AND WATER. By doing the investigation, you will know if ground water or bedrock is evident prior.
  5. Last year we did an investigation for a pool company. After finding out bedrock was evident, it allowed the contractor to apply to the town for a change in pool elevation. The contractor stated they usually dig the fiberglass pools the morning of installation. By knowing this ahead of time, it saved them cost of remobilization of their equipment and the pool and crane itself. It also allowed them to do another pool the next day as they waited for approvals.


Certified Clean Analysis
soil testing
IT IS NOW THE LAW! Are you planning a construction or landscaping project involving the removal of soil? Guard your backyard!

  • The property owner is responsible for their own soil, as NJDEP defines it, cradle to grave. Most towns will require soil moving permits for soil removal on your property, and the recipient will also need them. In most cases, the recipient will require Certified Clean Fill documentation.

    How contractors and homeowners get sued

      Exporting soil

    • Property owner is responsible for their soil from cradle to grave. This means if the dump site is checked during or after construction, the home, business or facility can sue the originator or owner of the property from where it came. Surely, the contractors, GC, Excavator, Trucker, and anyone else involved will most likely be responsible as well.
    • As a contractor, they will rely on you, at whatever level to make sure the project is completed professionally. You cannot say “I didn’t know, they told me it was clean”.
    • But its virgin soil! This would be from an area of a property that was never developed and most likely is forested. Know one knows if anything was ever dumped, liquids etc.

      We sampled soil that came out of a yard where it was all trees. It ended up they burned wood all the time in outside fire pit. Some of the wood was old fence made out of pressure treated lumber. The ashes went into the woods, now the soils were impacted.

      Back in the 50’s and 60’s, it was not uncommon for vacuum waste companies to drive down a dirt road and let the valve open. What seems as virgin property, really is not.

    • So, you really had virgin, clean soil. Truck broker takes your soil, dumps at a site where its comingled with other loads. It is discovered now that the site has contaminated soil (could be years down the road), You are brought up in a lawsuit for dumping there. Without having prior sampling completed you cannot prove that the soil you exported was clean, you are now part of an environmental cleanup.
    • I only sent 50 yards there, they brought in over 1,000 yards — best case, you are only responsible for say 5%. Worst case, others did sampling and can prove their soil was clean. Now you could be in for 50% or more. Worse, they can say your 5% impacted the other 95%.
    • Cost of a Cleanup

      • Attorney fees.
      • Reputation.
      • Others that hired you hear about it and decide to test their properties where you worked.
      • Environmental consultant.
      • Owners attorney’s fees and other innocent contractors that had certified clean fill documentation, their attorney’s fees.
      • Removal and disposal fees.
      • Import of certified clean fill.
      • Restoration of the site, let’s hope there was not a $200,000.00 outdoor kitchen etc. over the fill.
      • Family members get sick.
      • Employees stating you put them in a dangerous situation.

      Recently, we were hired to sample a backyard where a swimming pool was removed and filled in. After completion, the owner did some research and felt he should do some due diligence before it got too late (health and safety of course). After doing soil samples, the initial results were for extreme concentrations over the ground water impact and residential direct contact for a known carcinogen. This soil came from a property where a house was raised and the compound was consistent with banned chemicals used prior to 1988. Over 30 years later, the impacts were severe.

      From a conversation with an environmental attorney who asked my thoughts

      In 2014 a homeowner in NJ hired a landscaper to excavate a hillside in their back yard and build a retaining wall. The landscaper hired a trucking broker who had “a home for the dirt” and charged a rate of $950.00 for the day for the truck and $125.00 per load to dump the soil. The trucker brought the dirt to a construction site where they were filling in low areas for a building. In total, it was reported that soil came from about 5 sites totaling 2,000 cubic yards.
      Later on, the soil was tested and was over the limits for 12 compounds and was heavily impacted by lead. NJDEP required all the soil to be removed and disposed of. The cleanup, with sampling afterwards, oversight, fines……………. Was over $400,000.00 dollars. 3 of the sites had the soil tested prior showing that their soil was certified clean. The other two, including their client did not have theirs tested. In the end, the two properties that could not prove their soils were clean and could not have been the source, were forced to pay the majority of the cleanup and legal fees. One of the homeowners lost their home.

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Based on 101 reviews
William Heyman
William Heyman
January 3, 2024
Very helpful, friendly and the price was reasonable. Great staff! Would highly recommend them
Pedro Junior
Pedro Junior
December 16, 2023
They did a fast and great job removing oil tank with no problems , you guys are they best
Cristin Burtis
Cristin Burtis
December 7, 2023
I had an excellent experience with this company. They performed the work on time and communicated every step of the way. I highly recommend them.
Deb Skawinski
Deb Skawinski
November 28, 2023
A special thank you to an amazing team from Steve Rich Environmental who helped from the time of estimate until completion of the project. A special shout out to Louis and Mark who worked so hard and so professionally to complete the job . With gratitude and appreciation ..
Scott A
Scott A
November 13, 2023
Steve Rich is a great group of professionals that make a messy job less stressful. They took care of two of my commercial properties. One was an easy oil tank removal and the other was not so easy. There was remediation work that needed to be done and there were many people that they needed to coordinate with including PSEG, county and city departments, as well as the tenants of the buildings. They did it all with the upmost competency and professionalism. Everything was always explained and reviewed with me and even the owner came to the job site for a meeting. Suzanne took great care of our remediation and educated us along the way so we never had a doubt this was being done correctly. If I could give them 6 stars I would. I highly recommend them for any job, commercial or residential.
Laurie Reid
Laurie Reid
November 6, 2023
Steve Rich Environmental Contractors were a dream to work with. Glenn Fisher made everything so easy and the workers the day of were extremely polite and professional. Would highly recommend.
Kathy Gonzales
Kathy Gonzales
October 3, 2023
I received the recommendation for Steve Rich and Associates, Inc. from a friend who raved about their service. My first contact was during the weekend and online. Steve called me back on the next work day. And from there everything was clearly explained. All my questions were answered. Steve and his office had everything organized. The permit came in a timely manner. PSE&G labeled the gas and water lines. Everything was taken care of. The day of the oil tank removal went smoothly. All work was done neatly. A tarp was put out to collect the dirt. The hole that was dug was precise and just the size needed to remove the tank. The crew that came walked me though the process and answered all my questions. It was arranged for PSE&G to be there to make sure none of the digging for the oil tank was done around the gas line. The whole process could not have been easier. I wholeheartedly recommend this company for removal of an underground oil tank. And bonus!!! My oil tank was intact and had no signs of contamination in the soil.
Karin D
Karin D
September 8, 2023
I recently had to have an underground oil tank removed for a sale of a home. Everyone of their staff members, and I dealt with quite a few people were exceptional. They assisted me promptly. They were professional, courteous, and fair with their pricing. All around a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend them.
Devin Pendergast
Devin Pendergast
August 23, 2023
I reached out to Steve Rich for our oil tank removal - we were selling our house, and needed to have it removed. The service from Steve Rich is great, and easy and to the point. Their prices were better than 2 other companies I reached out to, and Glenn responded to my inquiry super fast. They also helped guide me for getting the permit. Glenn helped answer all my questions, and we were able to get a schedule pinned down in about a week (it depends on your town), but everything went smooth, and Glenn sent the completed paperwork the next day to ensure we could move forward with the sale. The actual extraction was super smooth. Danny was the excavator, and he used a detector and found exactly where the tank was, and they were done in just a few hours. Overall, great experience for something so intimidating. Much easier than I expected, and better price than the others I reached out to. Recommended for Passaic county and wherever else they might serve in the NE.
August 4, 2023