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How Risk Assessment Can Help Property Owners
Are you facing practical challenges or project costs that prevent full site remediation and qualification for financing? Many site owners find themselves in this predicament. Risk Assessment (RA) represents a viable option for undertaking environmental due diligence when full site remediation is not possible. Here is a closer look at the Risk Assessment process and...
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Navigating Environmental Compliance: A Comprehensive Guide to O. Reg 153 and Site Assessments
Ontario Regulation 153/04 (Amended O. Reg. 269/11) is Ontario’s provincial standard for assessment and cleanup of environmentally impacted land. Under O. Reg. 153, land owners can mitigate risk through obtaining a Ministry of the Environment acknowledged Record of Site Condition (RSC). In short, following the process described in O. Reg. 153/04 will allow landowners to...
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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...
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AEL environment Announces Expansion with New Mississauga Office
We have exciting news for all property developers, sellers, managers, and buyers located in the Greater Toronto Area – AEL environment is opening a new office in the heart of Mississauga. The new Mississauga location will allow us to increase the accessibility of our services – while still retaining the benefit of our extensive team...
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What Happens if My Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Report is Older than 18 Months?
ESAs are a snapshot of the environmental conditions at a property at a moment in time. However, properties are dynamic and change over time. Consider over a few years an area can go from a farmer’s field to a residential development with businesses and infrastructure to support it. A property may have new tenants, or...
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Key Steps in an Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)
Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) are a prescriptive process (meeting CSA or O. Reg. 153/04 standards) used to understand the environmental condition of a property. An ESA can be used to make informed decisions about property transactions, identify certain baseline environmental features, meet regulatory requirements, and identify areas on a site requiring remediation. Generally, ESAs follow a phased...
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What is Required in Each Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Phase?
Let’s explore what is required in each phase of an Environmental Site Assessment (ESA). Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) ActivitiesRequires a non-intrusive historical review of the property, and surrounding properties. This includes documentation from government sources, records, aerial photos, interviews in which the owner must disclose all information about the site, and a site...
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Did You Know AEL Offers On-Site Testing Services?
On-site laboratory testing is a practical and proven approach to directing site work and screening sample results during field activities. Using Triad strategies recommended by the US EPA, technologists process a high volume of soil samples, screening based on individual site characteristics, and provides quality screening data within minutes. On-Site testing of soil or groundwater...
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Risk Assessment and Risk Management Measures
When a property does not meet generic environmental criteria, AEL can use risk assessment strategies to bring the property into regulatory compliance. Risk Assessment (RA) calculates the probability that a hazard (like environmental contamination of the soil) will cause harm to humans, plants, wildlife, or the surrounding environment under specific exposure conditions. This calculation made...
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Environmental Site Assessment Basic Evaluation Checklist
If you have an Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and would like to determine if it will meet your needs, ask yourself these questions as a starting point for evaluating. If you answer, “yes” to these questions, you may need to get a new or updated ESA. Record of Site Condition Am I changing property use...
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