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Environmental Services

  • Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)

    Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment is often required for financing purpose of a real estate transaction, changing the zoning of a property or applying to a building permit. It is typically required for industrial, commercial and multi-unit apartment building. The purpose of this environmental assessment is to determine if there are present or historical potential sources of contamination due to on-site and off-site activities, which may affect the subject property.
  • Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)

    Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment is process following a previously conducted Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment. It is generally done if there are any issues on the subject property or adjacent properties that may require further investigation. In this process, boreholes are drilled in different locations on the site. Soil and groundwater samples are collected and sent to a laboratory for further analysis.
  • Phase 3 Environmental Site Assessment – Site Remediation or Clean-up

    Environmental site remediation is the process of cleaning the site of contaminated soil or groundwater; typically after the presence of contamination has been confirmed in the Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment. Various remediation techniques done on the site include excavating and removing contaminated soil, pumping and treating contaminated groundwater, thermal desorption, chemical oxidation and moree.
  • Underground Storage Tank Removal

    Underground storage tanks (UST) are buried containers that have been widely used to store petroleum-based or oil-based fuels. They are used in a variety of industries such as transportation, heating and manufacturing.
  • Record of Site Condition (RSC)

    Filing a Record of Site Condition with the Ministry of the Environment is required when the use or the zoning of a property is being changed into a different and potentially sensitive use (e.g. from an auto repair garage into residential). The filing process requires prior environmental assessment of the site; starting at Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment, but often requires a Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment as well.
  • Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA)

    Any business in Ontario is required to have an environmental approval if it releases pollution into the air, land or water, or if it stores, transport or disposes waste. The Environmental Compliance Approval is filed with the Ministry of the Environment, and covers all the business's activities related to emissions, noise, waste and sewage.
  • Designated Substances Survey

    A Designated Substances Survey is required to comply with the Ministry of Labour's requirements, prior of conduction construction or demolishing work on older buildings and structure that due to their age, are more likely to have construction materials or system components that include lead, asbestos, silica, PCB, mercury and more.
  • Air-quality, Mould and Grow-op Impact Assessment

    Most municipalities across Ontario issue an Order to Remedy Unsafe Building due to indoor illegal grow-op activities (typical marijuana). After an order has been issued, the property cannot be occupied because of potential mould and structural issues. An air quality and mould inspections along with a structural inspection are required to determine the remedies required and eventually to provide the local municipality a clearance report that the building is safe.