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  • Overview


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    Clean Harbors’ extensive manpower and equipment, along with our expertise, allow us to provide highly responsive environmental services for the Utilities industry.

    We understand the unique demands of the Utilities industry and tailor our environmental and waste management services to those needs. From specific tasks such as hazardous waste disposal and vault and manhole cleaning, to emergency response, equipment failures, plant fires, product releases and disaster recovery, our goal is to eliminate your liability, reduce costs and help you maintain your competitive edge. 

    Clean Harbors performs a broad array of on-site services to ensure the safety and peak performance of electrical equipment, transformers and the physical plant itself. We also manage associated waste; our EH&S experts handle the disposal or recycling of items such as waste oil, lamps, bulbs and batteries. 

    We serve a broad range of Utilities entities, including:

    • Electric, gas and water 
    • Investor, municipal and cooperatively-owned utilities 
    • Natural gas transmission and distribution companies 
    • Telecommunications companies

    Utilities Industry Services We Provide

    • Waste Disposal Services
    • Emergency Response
    • Remediation Services
    • Tank Cleaning
    • Transformer Services
    • Vacuum Services

    Download Case Study (Clean Harbors Transformer Services at Xcel Energy)
    Download Fact Sheet (Insite Services - Utilities Industry-Asset Management)
    Download Fact Sheet (Utility Industry Services)

  • Waste Disposal Services

    Waste Disposal Services

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    Clean Harbors Waste Disposal Services provide the widest range of treatment and disposal options in the industry for all of your hazardous and non-hazardous waste. 

    Unmatched in North America, our facilities provide services for all of the United States, Canada, northern Mexico and Puerto Rico. We handle drum and bulk hazardous waste in liquid, solid, semi-solid, sludge and gas forms.

    Your disposal needs are our business. We’ll work hard for your business.

    One Call Handles All of Your Hazardous Waste Disposal Needs

    Organizing multiple vendors is costly, time-consuming and it can leave gaps in your hazardous waste program that increase your risk or leave you open to problems with compliance.

    Employing the most advanced technologies, we provide a single source for all of your hazardous waste disposal needs, making the entire process easier, safer and more cost-effective. From PCBs to cyanides and explosives, we handle it all through a highly coordinated truck, rail and ship transportation network.

    Our services include:

    • Bulk Waste
    • Drum Waste Disposal
    • Fuel Blending
    • Incineration
    • Industrial Wastewater Treatment
    • Landfill

    Typical Waste Handled

    • TSCA, PCB contaminated material equipment, pipe debris 
    • Wastewaters from boiler or turbine blade-cleaning processes 
    • Acid/Caustic sludge from plant maintenance 
    • Spill cleanup waste streams, oil contaminated soils, other hazardous materials 
    • Manhole and vault sludge 
    • Gas condensate 
    • Gas regulators and metering waste 
    • Fuel tank residuals and bottoms 
    • Garage waste, oil, filters, solvents, glycols, oily debris 
    • MGP waste, NAPL and DNAPL when contaminated 
    • Light bulbs 
    • Batteries 
    • Other RCRA and RCRA exempt waste streams
    • NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) 
    • TENORM (Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material) 

    Ash Management Services

    Coal Ash Management Services include ash bag house, silo, and pond and lagoon cleaning as well as ash transportation and landfill management. Services can be customized.

  • Emergency Response

    Emergency Response

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    With more 200 locations in North America, Clean Harbors has the manpower, equipment and technical expertise to manage any size environmental emergency on land or water.

    Clean Harbors can rapidly deploy experienced, fully certified workers to meet the needs of any incident in the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico.

    • Over-the-road incidents 
    • Punctured lines 
    • Tank overflows 
    • Leaking drums 
    • Saddle tank spills 
    • Large pipeline ruptures 
    • Mercury spills
    • Biological and infectious materials 
    • Ship groundings 
    • Tanker truck rollovers 
    • Chemical and hazardous material spills 
    • Oil spills
    • Hurricane, earthquake and storm damage 
    • Emergency lab packs
    • Homeland security and terrorist attack responses
    • Releases in warehouses and distribution centers

    Rapid Response and Containment

    Varying by the response, spills typically can be contained within the first few hours, with minimal remediation in the next 48 hours. Clean Harbors works under all local, state and federal guidelines (EPA, OSHA, USCG, etc.) when performing containment and cleanup. Waste for off-site disposal is packaged and prepared for shipment to a waste treatment and disposal facility. 

    Emergency Preparedness

    Clean Harbors Emergency Response experts can provide guidance on emergency management, operations, planning, logistics and more. Our Standby Emergency Response Coverage ensures that you have the necessary coverage and response in the event of an environmental emergency.

    Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO)

    Under the U.S. Coast Guard’s OSRO Classification Program, Clean Harbors holds Captain of the Port ratings for facilities and vessels in 56 ports throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. 

    Emergency Operations Center

    Clean Harbors operates an Emergency Operations Center where duty operators certified in DOT and RCRA can help you 24/7. One number, one call:  800.645.8265

  • Remediation Services

    Remediation Services

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    Clean Harbors can manage your remediation project from start to finish.

    Clean Harbors Remediation Services handle large-scale, complex site cleanup projects and environmental construction needs for the public and private sectors. We can remediate any location to meet corporate or regulatory cleanup requirements.

    Clean Harbors provides comprehensive on-site Remediation Services for a plant or facility expansion, an idled facility or a decommissioned process. If you are closing a process, a building or an expansive facility in order to sell the property, remediating a brownfield or repurposing property, Clean Harbors has the solution.

    • Coke oven dismantlement and closure 
    • Landfill construction, capping and collection systems
    • In situ, ex situ treatment 
    • Soil solidification, stabilization 
    • Excavation and disposal 
    • Decontamination, decommissioning, demolition 
    • Integrated remediation systems construction and management 
    • Hazardous and special waste management
    • Manufactured gas plant remediation 
    • Mining site remediation 
    • Groundwater remediation
    • Sediments remediation
    • Remedial systems configurations for site-specific cleanup criteria
    • Refinery projects

    Whatever your remediation needs, Clean Harbors has the manpower, equipment and expertise to not only get the job done but also exceed expectations. 

  • Tank Cleaning

    Tank Cleaning

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    For large tanks, we bring in on-site material processing systems to reduce the volume of waste generated from the cleaning process.

    Clean Harbors Tank Cleaning experts perform a broad spectrum of cleaning tasks for industrial facilities, municipalities and utility companies.

    Maintaining your equipment at its highest operational capacity is critical, and that includes keeping tanks clean and compliant with EH&S regulations. Clean Harbors handles a broad spectrum of cleaning from 10-gallon acid neutralization tanks for medical companies to six-million-gallon 240-foot-diameter refinery tanks.

    Tank Cleaning Services We Provide

    • Wastewater treatment neutralization for compliance with wastewater discharge regulations
    • Tank maintenance and inspection 
    • Fuel oil tank cleaning 
    • Utility manhole and vault cleaning 
    • Tank and vessel cleaning during decommissioning and industrial renovations 
    • Large-scale tank cleaning 
    • IOS and rail-car container cleaning

    Download Fact Sheet (Tank Cleaning)

    The Clean Harbors Difference

    Clean Harbors not only performs tank cleaning—we also remove the waste generated from the cleaning process and dispose of it safely using our own vehicles and treatment facilities. This additional benefit sets us apart and saves our clients time, money and hassle.

  • Transformer Services

    Transformer Services

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    Clean Harbors has more than 20 years of experience in the maintenance, recycling and disposal of transformers and other oil-filled electrical equipment.  

    Clean Harbors staff has the expertise and technologies to help maintain transformers and related equipment at peak performance. We offer services throughout the transformer’s life cycle—from vacuum-filling to dismantling—and can recycle oil-filled equipment, PCB oil and other waste in our Company-owned facilities.

  • Vacuum Services

    Vacuum Services

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    Clean Harbors Vacuum Services collect and transport wet or dry, hazardous and non-hazardous materials on a routine or emergency basis.  

    Unwanted by-products are a fact of life for industrial facilities. But disposing of these materials doesn’t have to be a drain on your resources. 

    Vacuum equipment—including stainless steel, carbon steel, dry and liquid units—is selected based on the nature and quantity of the material to be removed. Applications for our industry-leading Vacuum Services include:

    • Liquids, solids, slurries and sludge (hazardous and non-hazardous)
    • Pit and sump cleanouts 
    • On-site transfers
    • Tank-to-truck, truck-to-truck 
    • Catch basins, storm drain systems 
    • Spill cleanups
    • Tank cleaning 
    • Power plant and boiler cleaning 
    • Physical plant maintenance 

    Clean Harbors can schedule routine vacuum services or swiftly respond to emergency spills or product release situations. 

    Download Fact Sheet (Vacuum Services)

  • InSite Services

    InSite Services

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    Clean Harbors InSite Services is a branded on-site/in-plant service delivery program through which we provide a full range of environmental, industrial and waste management offerings. This signature program is built on safety, quality, efficiency and integrity—and has been offered by Clean Harbors for over 20 years.   

    By leveraging Clean Harbors expertise and capabilities, our on-site staffs are dedicated to developing the safest, most cost-effective solutions to service customers’ needs. This includes collecting and packaging waste materials, managing satellite accumulation areas, cleaning in-plant locations and running RCRA treatment processes.

    One Source. More Resources.

    A Clean Harbors InSite partnership delivers process improvement and cost savings opportunities, thus allowing you to maximize your profitability by focusing on your core business needs. 

    InSite Services We Provide

    • Chemical waste pickup
    • Solvent can management
    • Laboratory inspections
    • SAA inspections
    • Administrative support
    • Safety equipment inspections
    • Biohazard container management
    • Radiological services
    • Laboratory cleaning
    • Laboratory moves
    • Bulk storage tank management
    • Consolidation and lab packing

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