1. Past Project: Neihart Superfund Site Waste Rock Removal

    The 9,000-acre Carpenter Snow Creek Mining District is a Superfund site in the Little Belt Mountains of southern Cascade County, Montana. Mining began in the area in the 1880s when silver deposits were discovered near what is now the town of Neihart. Mines in the district primarily yielded silver, lead, and zinc ores. Lead and zinc were produced in large quantities during the 1920s. The mining dis…Read More

  2. Past Project: Decommissioning a Used Oil Storage Tank in Helena, Montana

    The City of Helena contracted with Olympus Technical Services, Inc. to decommission and remove a 2,000-gallon waste oil tank from the yard of their vehicle maintenance facility at 3001 E. Lyndale Ave. The city had been using used oil stored in the tank to heat the shop, but sludge had built up over time and decreased the storage capacity of the tank by a third. Olympus opened the tank and allowed …Read More

  3. Past Project: Investigation and Analysis of Solids in Municipal Storage Tank Leads to Cleaning/Removal

    Staff at the City of Helena’s Missouri River Water Treatment Plant (MRWTP) had intended to repurpose a steel storage tank previously used to store alum. Even though the tank had been cleaned, when sodium hydroxide (lye) was added to it, it created a chemical reaction that burned a hole in the tank wall and left about three cubic yards of dense foam inside. Olympus Technical Services was contract…Read More

  4. Olympus Technical Services Announces Leadership Transition: Andrew Hess Succeeds Company Co-Founder Alan Stine as President

    After 15 years at the helm, Alan Stine has stepped down from his position as president of Olympus Technical Services, Inc. (OTS), an employee-owned environmental services company headquartered in Helena, Montana. The move was part of a planned succession at the company. Andrew Hess, formerly the branch manager for the Helena office, assumed the role of president in March 2021 after an election by …Read More

  5. Past Project: Oil/Sand Interceptor Cleaning for Montana Department of Transportation in Cascade, Montana

    Oil/Sand interceptors are typically installed in industrial and maintenance facilities. They are large-capacity, underground vaults designed to intercept and collect oil and sand in a wastewater flow and prevent it from reaching the sanitary sewer system. These vaults feature baffles and pipes that trap sediments and retain oils. When wastewater flows into the vault, it slows down, causing oils to…Read More

  6. Olympus Adds Two 18,000-Gallon Open-Top Frac Tanks to Its Equipment Arsenal

    Olympus Technical Services took delivery of two 18,000-gallon open-top frac tanks at our headquarters in Helena this past week. Frac tanks are large, mobile steel tanks for storing liquids. They were originally created for use in the hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" industry, which is how they got their name, but there are many uses for the tanks beyond the oil and gas industry. In environmenta…Read More

  7. Past Project: Train Derailment Spill Response in Whitefish, Montana

    Olympus responded to a freight train derailment in which two tanker cars derailed into Whitefish Lake, releasing approximately 70,000 gallons of diesel fuel. Olympus responded within two hours from our Helena, Montana office and chartered a plane to bring additional personnel and equipment from Seattle, Washington. There was no road access to the spill site so all equipment was mobilized utilizing…Read More

  8. Past Project: Lead Ore Concentrate Spill in Dillon, Montana

    A truck transporting lead ore concentrate was en route to a smelter and had an accident. The lead concentrate was released into a wetlands area adjacent to the Beaverhead River. Olympus was responsible for acquiring the necessary permits including a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 404 permit, a State of Montana 3A permit, and the Montana 310 law notification for the work. Olympus mobilized to the sit…Read More

  9. Past Project: Wood Treating Facility Remediation

    A Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) consent order required that a former railroad tie treating plant be demolished. Olympus was contracted to characterize, stabilize and dispose of creosote work tank contents and demolish the facility. Olympus inventoried and characterized the tank residues. Each tank was accessed and the contents stabilized with kiln d…Read More

  10. Past Project: Chlorinated Solvent Release – Investigation and Remediation

    A chemical products distributor contracted Olympus to provide groundwater monitoring, site assessment, and soil and groundwater remediation services for chlorinated solvents that had been inadvertently released from underground product storage tanks. Monitoring indicated that groundwater had been adversely impacted and a dissolved chlorinated solvent plume was migrating offsite. Olympus initiated …Read More