Category: Environmental Site Assessment
Navigating Environmental Compliance: A Comprehensive Guide to O. Reg 153 and Site Assessments
What you need to know before hiring any environmental engineer or environmental consulting firm in one, easy-to-digest whitepaper O. Reg 153 is important, and crucial for you to understand and for your environmental consultant to know inside and out. Do you agree that experienced environmental consulting will save you money long-term? Are you sure your...
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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 (O. Reg. 153/04) process 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 approach. Phase...
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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) Activities Requires 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...
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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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Are All Phase I ESAs Equal?
When O.Reg. 153/04 was updated in 2011, the Ministry of the Environment, Parks and Conservation (MECP) changed from general guidelines for Phase I ESAs to carefully prescribed rules. While the principal components are the same the Regulation now gives a detailed description of steps required including objectives and requirements for each component. These rules are...
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How To Find an Environmental Engineering Firm in Ontario
Do you need an Environmental Engineering Firm in Ontario? For people in Ontario who own property, an environmental engineer or environmental consultant can be a great resource. They’re the best source of information and assistance when managing challenging environmental issues that arise on your site. Why You May Need An Environmental Engineer or Consultant If...
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How To Keep Costs Down: Environmental Site Assessments in Ontario
For Ontario property owners, including individuals and companies, environmental due diligence is one of the most critical, key consideration, especially as the provincial government increases its stringent policies and regulations for Ontario environmental site assessments, as outlined under the Environmental Protection Act, O. Reg. 153/04: Records of Site Condition. Keeping Costs Down Without Jeopardizing Your...
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How Much Does An Environmental Site Assessment Cost?
The most common question we are asked regarding the Environmental Site Assessment process is: “How much will an ESA cost for my property?”. Phase 1 ESA Cost Breakdown: The Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) includes a review of available historical information for the site and surrounding area, the completion and analysis of a site...
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