How We Help You
Avoid Environmental Liability
Don’t buy commercial property without checking for contamination. The last thing your business needs is to be on the hook for investigating and cleaning up gasoline, oil, dry cleaning fluid, or industrial wastes you didn’t release.
Be a Good Faith Purchaser
The first step is to consider the site’s history. That’s what a Phase I environmental site assessment is for. When we conduct a Phase I, we do an extensive survey of several databases to look for records of past activity at or near the site that may have resulted in contamination. We also investigate the site in person and interview people involved in or knowledgeable about past activity, and use our expertise to identify warning signs of potential liability.
If a site has a potential problem identified in Phase I, it may not be the end of the game. A Phase II assessment involves collecting soil and sometimes groundwater samples to check whether the potential problems are real. Many times, the amount of contamination at a site with identified hazards is too small to pose any meaningful risk.
Eliminate Your Environmental Problem
If you own a site with identified contamination that is over the amount allowed by state regulators or the US EPA, we can deal with the problem.
Investigation and Delineation
A site with contamination can’t be cleaned up reliably until the extent of the problem is known. Good strategy can shorten the investigation phase and make it much less expensive. The last thing you want is endless rounds of “responses to comments” as the regulatory agency and your consultant butt heads. We’ve been on their side of the table, and we know what they want, why they want it, how to get it (by good planning), and how to present it most effectively.
Everything in the environmental world revolves around risk. Your regulatory agency project manager is charged with making sure that risk to human health and the environment is below a certain level. There are default contaminant concentrations that every agency uses, which are calculated for fairly extreme, worst case scenarios. Your site probably doesn’t fit those scenarios. We can evaluate your site’s situation and conduct a specific risk assessment, often making the case that active cleanup would be wasted effort (and wasted carbon emissions, and wasted space in a landfill).
If there is a real health risk from contamination at your site, the site specific risk assessment will make it clear what needs to be cleaned up. We will design an effective cleanup strategy that actually takes care of the problem. Sometimes it’s as simple as digging out the contaminated soil and hauling it to a secured landfill, but sometimes it’s not. Advanced technologies, simple techniques and savvy choices on where to deploy one or the other will minimize the cost and disruption to your business and let you get back to work.
Permits and Closures
When you’re running certain types of businesses where the potential for contamination is obvious, we can help you get compliant and stay that way by working with you to draw up permit applications and by conducting closure sampling when it’s time for your business to leave the site.