What Is Brownfield Redevelopment and How Can it Lead to Investment Opportunities?

When it comes to redevelopment, brownfield properties can lead to significant investment opportunities. The term ‘brownfield(s)’ refers to a former commercial or industrial site that is contaminated. While urban areas remain filled with empty buildings and abandoned land, there is always a rising demand for available commercial and industrial properties. This has created a growing interest in brownfield development in major cities across Canada.

With proper environmental management, it is entirely possible to bring a brownfield site back into commercial use. A combination of remediation and risk assessment strategies allow for redevelopment of brownfield sites. All it takes is the right remedial action plan (RAP) to meet your specific needs. Here is a look at AEL’s remediation and risk management strategies.

Environmental Remediation Methods for Brownfield Sites

At AEL, environmental remediation is designed to meet your site goals. We believe that every site requires a unique approach to site cleanup and environmental remediation. This is especially true of brownfield properties, where a customized plan is essential to minimizing environmental risk and maximizing potential growth and cost-effectiveness. Environmental liability is another important factor that is well managed through careful investigation and remediation. The exact methods of environmental remediation will vary based upon the history of your brownfield property and current site-specific goals.

Our proven methods of environmental remediation include

1) Groundwater Remediation Consulting

Groundwater impacts can occur on sites with contaminated soil, and even on sites meeting concentration limits. For brownfield properties, where contamination is known, our goal is to understand its source(s) and nature. Once contamination zones are defined, our team of experts will assist in creating a Regulatory Action Plan (RAP) to address environmental risks effectively. We offer guidance through regulatory processes to manage and mitigate risks on your property.

2) Soil Remediation Services

AEL offers a proactive solution for soil remediation, eliminating guesswork. Our method involves on-site testing for immediate detection of contaminants, enabling precise management of brownfield sites. This real-time analysis identifies areas needing further investigation or soil removal, with select samples confirmed in the lab. Screening during excavation saves time and money, facilitating efficient brownfield redevelopment.

3) Environmental Bioremediation

AEL offers bioremediation when excavation isn’t feasible or cost-effective. Bioremediation uses microorganisms to clean soil and groundwater, tackling various contaminants effectively. It’s a viable and economical solution for brownfield properties. Talk to our environmental engineers to see if it’s right for your site.

The Risk Assessment (RA) Option

A Risk Assessment (RA) may serve as a practical alternative to full site remediation when faced with challenges or high project costs, especially in brownfield properties where remediation expenses may surpass redevelopment benefits. Unlike generic site standards, a Risk Assessment-based Record of Site Condition (RSC) offers indemnification from the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Parks (MECP) and is typically more cost-effective. Learn more on our website.

The AEL Advantage

With the right environmental consultant and remedial action plan (RAP) to suit your needs, brownfield redevelopment can lead to significant investment opportunities. Contact us today for more information. Our dedicated team will answer any of your questions, big or small.

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