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The phone directory is a good source for names and addresses of consultants, but it is not the only one. Environmental consultants are listed in the yellow pages of your telephone book or you can also search the Yellow Pages on the internet. They are commonly listed under "Environmental Consultants", "Geologists", "Geological Consultants", or "Environmental Cleanup". IDEM does not endorse or warranty the work performed by these companies.
IDEM recommends you solicit bids from at least three consultants. Be sure that the consultant includes in the proposal the experience and qualifications of the people who will be doing the work. In Indiana, reports of site investigation and cleanup activities must be signed by one of the following: 1) Registered Professional Engineer; 2) Licensed Professional Geologist; 3) Certified Hazardous Materials Manager; or 4) Registered Professional Soil Scientist.
Make sure the consultant can perform the following in accordance with the LUST guidance and laws:
It's worth your while to ask other UST owners and operators about consultants they have hired. Many consultants can provide references to previous customers upon your request. Talk to previous customers to find out if they were satisfied with the work of prospective consultants. Ask them whether or not they were satisfied with the consultant's expertise, technical and regulatory skills, promptness, client relations, etc.
While UST Removal can be performed by a contractor certified by the State Fire Marshal, if a petroleum release is documented, hiring an environmental contractor that specializes in site characterization and clean up of LUST sites may be cost-effective. Additionally, keep in mind that while the lowest bid may be appealing, finding an experienced contractor, who performs quality work, will often be cheaper in the long run.