Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)
The objective of a Phase I environmental site assessment (ESA) is to assess the environmental risk at a site caused by present or past use, or present or past activities on neighbouring sites. These studies are usually required by financial institutions, insurers and lenders as part of real estate transactions, or as part of due diligence.
Phase I ESAs are carried out according to the general principles in standard CSA Z768-01, MELCC guides (Guide de caractérisation des terrains, Guide d’intervention – Protection des sols et réhabilitation des terrains contaminés) and CCME recommendations. These assessments include the following steps, among others:
- Research into historical documents, such as deeds, aerial photographs, fire insurance plans, municipal documents, MELCC and RBQ documents, inspection reports, land use map, topographical maps, prior studies, etc.;
- An inspection of the site being studied to identify activities or facilities on the site itself or on neighbouring sites likely to have an environmental impact on the site being studied;
- Interviews with people likely to have information on the historical use of the site being studied;
- An assessment and a synthesis of information to identify potential contamination issues with the site being studied.
The Groupe SCP Environnement Inc. team has worked together for years and knows how to effectively manage Phase I ESA projects. Over the years, Groupe SCP Environnement Inc. has developed project management processes, such as standardized Phase I report templates, ensuring that all elements needed for each type of study are covered and increasing the efficiency of producing and reviewing reports. Our team initiates the whole access to information application and request for historical documents process the same day as we receive notice from our clients that they have accepted our bid.
We have several databases, such as fire insurance plans, aerial photos and other historical plans. These speed the process of identifying potential elements of environmental risk. Sometimes we can even visit the site on the same day as we receive the acceptance notice.
Phase II Environmental Characterization
In light of the recommendations in a Phase I ESA, the objective of an environmental characterization is to confirm or not the presence of contaminants on the site being studied by sampling soil and groundwater to determine the nature and location of any contamination. Environmental characterization also determines whether the existing soil is suitable for the planned usage and its levels of contamination in order to predict management costs.
Environmental characterizations are carried out according to the general principles in standard CSA Z769-00 and in compliance with MELCC guides and policies (Politique de protection et de réhabilitation des terrains contaminés, Guide d’échantillonnage à des fins d’analyses environnementales, Guide d’intervention – Protection des sols et réhabilitation des terrains contaminés and Guide de caractérisation des terrains) and CCME recommendations.
The Groupe SCP Environnement Inc. team has worked together for years and knows how to effectively manage environmental characterization projects. Groupe SCP Environnement Inc. owns its own drill (GeoProbe 420M), so it can start drilling right away, even in tight spaces.
This step consists of restoring the premises to their original state after a contamination problem is found. This normally includes excavation and disposal of the contaminated soil, but may also include removing underground tanks, hazardous material and various debris, free-phase removal and biodegradation of contaminated soil by organic phases.
Environmental rehabilitations are carried out in compliance with MELCC guides and procedures (Politique de protection et de réhabilitation des terrains contaminés, Guide d’échantillonnage à des fins d’analyses environnementales, Guide d’intervention – Protection des sols et réhabilitation des terrains contaminés and Guide de caractérisation des terrains) and CCME recommendations.
The Groupe SCP Environnement Inc. team has worked together for years and knows how to effectively manage environmental rehabilitation projects.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Groupe SCP Environnement Inc., Services et Expertises Pétrolières (SEP), holds a 1.8 licence from RBQ (RBQ 5639-6898-01), authorizing us to carry out construction work on facilities intended to use, store or distribute a petroleum product, along with similar or related construction work. Our experienced team is qualified to rapidly undertake any project involving tanks for petroleum products.
Groupe SCP Environnement Inc. has carried out a number of site rehabilitation projects, including removing above-ground and underground tanks.
Environmental monitoring programs are sometimes required after certain site rehabilitation projects to ensure that the contamination problem has been totally dealt with. Normally these are programs to test samples of underground water for specific parameters for a few seasons.
Intervention in Case of a Spill
Groupe SCP Environnement Inc. has established a team of experienced technicians and professionals who excel in this type of work and we have on hand equipment to deal with spills, like absorbent pads, booms and pumps. This equipment is also for sale to clients.