Environmental Site Assessments
Assess. Analyze. Manage.
Environmental Site Assessments are the phased process to identify the potential of subsurface contamination.
All of PHH ARC's environmental reporting follows the highest available standards the industry and our Assessments follow the CSA Standards for Environmental Site Assessments.
We routinely conduct Environmental Site Assessments for Oil and Gas (upstream and downstream), Financial, Mortgage, Insurance, Commercial Real Estate and Transactional Due Diligence markets.
PHH ARC's Environmental Site Assessment reporting is done within stringent time
frames. Our focus is always to deliver a quality report that meets the time needs of the client.
We can assess any site in Canada and our reports are accepted by lending institutions throughout the country.
To learn more about the Environmental Site Assessments process please read the details of the phases below.
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Stage 1 Preliminary Site Investigation in BC)
A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Stage 1 Preliminary Site Investigation) is the first phase to identify any potential areas of environmental concern within a subject property.
A Phase I ESA (Stage 1 PSI) is comprised of the following:
- Site visit examining the current state of the site, operations, pathways and receptors in the area
- Review of any past environmental reports available
- Interview with on site personnel to gain further information about the current and past use of the site
- Records review. This includes ordering searches, researching directories, fire insurance plans, historical air photos, land use titles and other documentation items that are applicable to the site
- Assessment and review of adjacent properties current and historical use
- Formalized report including recommendations based on findings
Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (Stage 2 Preliminary Site Investigation in BC)
A Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (Stage 2 Preliminary Site Investigation) is the second phase to identify and quantify any areas of environmental concern within a subject property by testing subsurface conditions of the site.
A Phase II ESA (Stage 2 PSI) is comprised of the following:
- Sampling methodology and parameters for areas of concern
- Material testing (soil and groundwater)
- Laboratory analysis of samples taken
- Results of samples compared to applicable soil and groundwater guidelines in comparison with pathways and receptors
- Formalized report with results and recommendations including the need for further testing if applicable
- Delineation of the site to fully identify the amount and scope of contaminants found (if applicable)
Phase III Environmental Site Remediation (Detailed Site Investigation in BC)
A Phase III Environmental Site Assessment (Detailed Site Investigation) is the third phase in the environmental assessment process to remediate any known contaminant impacts on the subject property.
A Phase III ESA (DSI) is comprised of the following:
- Remedial costs, timelines and options available
- Remediation strategy development
- Execute remediation action plan to treat, remove or manage the known contaminants on the site
- Proper disposal and treatment of contaminants
- Regulatory body communication and documentation for site progress
- Formalized report confirming contaminant removal, treatment and the current status of the site with laboratory data
- Reclamation certificates application process
- Options available include: In-Situ, Ex-Situ, Risk Management plans, new treatment technologies
Annual Groundwater Monitoring Program
PHH ARC offers Annual Groundwater Monitoring Programs which is implemented as part of an industrial facility’s Regulatory Operating Approval.
An Annual Groundwater Monitoring Program is comprised of the following:
Development of a groundwater sampling program Â
Routine (generally quarterly or semi-annually) implementation of the groundwater sampling program including groundwater field testing, sampling and any reporting requirements
Compilation of an Annual Groundwater Summary Report
Liaison with regulatory bodies