Tag: Environmental Site Assessment
The AEL Advantage: How AEL Can Help with Asset Retirement Obligations (ARO)
Preparedness is crucial for public sector organizations managing their assets, but planning for their retirement has often been overlooked, leading to unnecessary costs and delays. The Asset Retirement Obligation (ARO) framework aims to help governments better prepare for and manage the financial implications of closing facilities. This includes public assets like school boards, municipalities, healthcare,...
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Industrial Pier Baseline Case Study, Southern Ontario
Introduction This case study considers a federal property located in Southern Ontario, consisting of multiple industrial piers used for cargo shipping, handling, and storage. AEL was retained to conduct Phase One and Phase Two Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) on three of the piers in support of an upcoming lease of the property. A Limited Phase...
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VOR Station Remediation
Executive Summary The goal of this project was to supplement data from a past investigation revealing soil contamination on an industrial site. Prior to our involvement, previous consultants had conducted initial remediation programs and discovered copper-impacted soil in excess of guidelines. We were later brought on board to further delineate contamination at the site and...
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Multiple Sites, Hydro Company, Ontario
Executive Summary The goal of this project was to conduct environmental screening assessments at multiple transformer-housing electrical distribution sites for environmental due diligence. In particular, the client wished to compare site soils to Ontario Regulation 153/04 site standards to evaluate potential site value. Knowing this information would help the client to form a decision regarding...
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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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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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