Environmental

As a full-service environmental consulting firm, EnviroApplications, Inc. has the technical resources to manage your environmental needs. EnviroApplications provides the following services, and has extensive experience in these disciplines, often providing many of the services simultaneously on large, complex, multi-dimensional projects:

Asbestos-Containing Material (ACM)

AsbestosEnviroApplications can perform asbestos evaluations and inspections, including sampling, in residential, commercial and school buildings. The asbestos investigations are performed by a California Certified Asbestos Consultant using the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) sampling protocol as a guideline. Potential asbestos containing materials (ACMs) are analyzed by polarized light microscopy (PLM) by EPA Method 600/R-93/116.

Once the asbestos sampling is completed, EnviroApplications will prepare a report summarizing the field activities, findings, conclusions, and recommendations. The report will include floor plans with sampling locations, material quantities and photographs for each structure as well as the laboratory analytical reports and chain-of-custody documentation.

Upon completion of the ACM report, EAI can provide Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Plans to manage materials in place, abatement specifications, abatement oversight and air monitoring services.

Burn Ash Remediation

baEnviroApplications has experience identifying, characterizing, and mitigating environmental impacts from historic burn ash disposal. EnviroApplications has completed burn ash mitigation and erosion control on projects involving the California Regional Water Control Board, Army Corps of Engineers, and the California Department of Fish and Game.

Corrective Action / Environmental Remediation

Corrective ActionIf the results of the site assessment investigation (often referred to as Phase II investigations) identify the existence of environmentally-significant issues, EnviroApplications has the capability to conduct the corrective action planning and implementation (Phase III work) to apply appropriate remedial actions for the site.

For those properties that are considered for remediation, EnviroApplications provides the following services:

Geotracker Services

GeotrackerEnviroApplications provides coordination and consultation with clients, analytical laboratories, and professional surveyors to ensure compliance with the California Senate Bill AB 2886 process. This bill requires that newly acquired site environmental-related data be entered into the State Water Resources Control Board GeoTracker database.

Industrial Wastewater Treatment

IWTEnviroApplications has experience providing wastewater treatment services to industrial clients. Services include compliance sampling and reporting, secondary containment design and compliance, engineering inspections, water filtration design (filter press, clarifier, reverse-osmosis, etc.), water treatment chemistry, bench-scale and pilot scale testing, water use optimization, and programmable logic controller (PLC) modifications.

Lead-Based Paint

lead-based paintEnviroApplications provides environmental services for identification and abatement of lead-impacted materials performed by a California Department of Health Services- Certified Lead-Related Construction Inspector and Project Monitor. Lead-related services include lead-based paint (LBP) surveys for residential and commercial buildings, design of material removal specifications, abatement oversight and sampling, and preparation of Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Plans to manage identified LBP in place.

Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment

phase 1EnviroApplications performs Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) to evaluate the potential for environmental concerns from past and present property uses or adjacent site uses in accordance with ASTM Standard (Designation E 1527-00). The following tasks are typically completed as part of a Phase I ESA:

  • Perform on-site reconnaissance to evaluate the potential presence of hazardous materials on the site.
  • Visually survey the adjacent properties from public thoroughfares to evaluate if these properties possess any facilities or structures that use, store, generate or dispose hazardous materials.
  • Review historical aerial photographs to assist in assessing past subject property and adjacent site uses which may have involved hazardous materials.
  • Review available county and state files concerning the subject property.
  • Review subject property documents which may help reconstruct past activities and development.
  • Review available Sanborn Insurance and USGS maps to help identify historical land use.
  • Discuss operations with available on-site or off-site personnel.
  • Review published information regarding the geology and hydrogeology of the subject project and vicinity.
  • Review Fire Department files regarding present and/or former USTs at the subject property and vicinity.
  • Database review regarding the presence of hazardous materials on the subject property or vicinity properties in accordance with ASTM Standards (Designation E 1527-00).
Phase II Environmental Site Investigation

phase1When a Phase I ESA indicates the need for on-site sampling and analysis or, when the liabilities associated with the transaction dictate further action, a Phase II ESA is conducted. The purpose of the Phase II investigation is to obtain a better understanding of the potential environmental liabilities for the property and associated financial impact(s). This is usually accomplished by further assessment of the regulatory issues surrounding the potential concern; field sampling and laboratory analytical testing of air, soil, groundwater, and/or site building materials (e.g., asbestos, lead, radon, mold, mildew, etc.) to assess the presence and extent of potential environmental concerns.

To accomplish a Phase II site investigation, EnviroApplications support services include:

  • Asbestos testing and management services
  • Radon assessment
  • Lead-based testing and management services
  • Lead-in-drinking water evaluations
  • Mold and mildew sampling and management
  • Soil, groundwater, and air emissions sampling and analysis
  • Soil vapor testing
  • Location, testing, and management of Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)
  • Environmental and Worker Health and Safety (H&S) Audits
  • Characterizing unknown discharges or wastes
Property Transfer Support

ptsAn assessment of potential environmental liabilities is necessary due to the high cost of environmental permitting, environmental cleanups, and resolving any past or present regulatory violations. Liabilities associated with past off-site disposal of hazardous waste may be even more significant. As a property owner, manager, or lender, you may essentially be a buyer, seller, manager, operator, or investor who is responsible for solving an expensive environmental problem you did not create. Environmental site assessments provide information that can be used to limit liabilities, reduce costs, or obtain better contract terms and conditions. When you select EnviroApplications to provide your property transfer environmental due diligence, you have the comfort of knowing that we have the expertise to conduct the work in accordance with the applicable federal, state, local, and industry standards.

An understanding of the regulatory framework is critical to good environmental assessment services. The environmental assessment scope of services must take into account the potential regulatory outcome if the assessment results in the discovery of environmental conditions. It is also important to understand when regulatory agency-driven follow-up actions may result from environmental assessment findings, and how this may affect the value and resale of the property.

EnviroApplications staff members have an understanding of Phase I environmental assessments relative to “due diligence” and the Innocent Landowner clause under CERCLA. To establish the innocent landowner defense under CERCLA, in addition to providing Superfund liability limitations for bona fide prospective purchasers and contiguous property owners, an environmental assessment must be performed in accordance with the EPA’s All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) requirements as a result of the Small Business Liability Relief and Revitalization Act (“the Brownfields Law”). ASTM Standard E1527-05 for environmental assessment also satisfies the AAI requirements. In general, the Brownfields Law amends CERCLA and provides funds to assess and clean up Brownfields sites, clarifies CERCLA liability provisions for certain landowners, and provides funding to enhance State and Tribal cleanup programs. The Brownfields Law required the EPA to develop regulations establishing standards and practices for how to conduct all appropriate inquiry.

EnviroApplications professionals acknowledge that business objectives are not always concurrent with the “due diligence” goals under CERCLA. This understanding helps you select the nature and scope of inquiry that is most appropriate to your needs for each specific property or project. Within this framework, EnviroApplications can easily make site-specific modifications to the scope of work.

Environmental Due Diligence Services provided by EnviroApplications include Environmental Transaction Screen (TS) ASTM 1528-06; Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (Phase I ESAs); and follow-up Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (Phase II ESAs).

Regulatory and Permit Assistance

paAn understanding of the regulatory framework is a critical element of good environmental assessment services. The environmental assessment scope of services must take into account the potential regulatory outcome if the assessment results in the discovery of environmental conditions. It is also important to understand when regulatory agency-driven follow-up actions may result from environmental assessment findings, and how this may affect the site. EnviroApplications provides experienced professionals to assist with your regulatory and permitting requirements.

Remedial Design/Engineering

rdWhen active remediation is required to mitigate existing environmental impacts, EnviroApplications has the knowledge and experience to design and engineer cutting-edge cleanup technologies for soil, air, and water. EnviroApplications personnel have successfully designed and implemented many types of remedial solutions, including:

  • Soil Vapor Extraction
  • Air Sparging/Bioventing
  • Multi-Phase Extraction (groundwater, soil, and product)
  • In-situ Chemical Oxidation
  • Estimate life cycle remediation costs
  • Groundwater Extraction and Treatment
  • Industrial Wastewater Treatment
  • Soil Excavation, Stabilization, and Ex-Situ Treatment
  • Permeable Reactive Barriers and Barrier Walls

EnviroApplications personnel hold Professional Civil Engineer registrations in California and Wisconsin, and are accredited by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES).

Remedial Construction

rcEnviroApplications is a California-licensed General Engineering and Hazardous Substances Removal Contractor (License # 900796) that has successfully completed many different types of remedial construction projects, including:

  • Soil Vapor Extraction System Installation
  • Air Sparging/Bioventing System Installation
  • Multi-Phase Extraction System Installation
  • Groundwater Extraction and Treatment System Installation
  • Industrial Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades
  • Groundwater Extraction and Treatment
  • Underground Storage Tank (UST) Removal
  • Soil Excavation, Stabilization, and Ex-Situ Treatment
  • Remedial System Demolition and Monitirng Well Abandonment
Risk Assessment

raThe key to risk-based site closure and corrective action is to use standard risk analysis tools and protocols with data analysis techniques and a practical viewpoint to develop closure criteria for our clients. By adhering to standard protocols, closure and cleanup criteria can be effectively demonstrated as protective of human health and the environment to regulating agencies. A risk-based approach to site closure focuses cleanup activities on chemicals that pose the greatest risk to humans and ecological receptors.

Site Closure

scTo receive risk-based closure (i.e., No Further Action designation) on a site, a technically-defensible analysis of the existing risks from a site must be developed. EnviroApplications has personal experienced in performing risk analyses that reduce the uncertainty regarding the risk assessment issues and increase the level of confidence in the selected risk management strategy. Our professionals have worked with numerous regulators on reaching No Further Action designations that protect human health and the environment.

Soil Vapor Intrusion

sviEnviroApplications conducts soil vapor surveys by collecting and analyzing soil vapor samples from below the ground surface near site buildings. EnviroApplications uses the analytical data from the vapor samples to perform a soil vapor migration risk assessment. The purpose of the risk assessment is to determine if the benzene concentrations in the residual hydrocarbon-impacted soil and/or groundwater pose a potential cancer risk to occupants of the potentially-affected building. The risk characterization involves integrating available information to estimate the likelihood of adverse effects in potentially exposed populations. This evaluation includes calculations (e.g., SAM VRA Model) using the actual benzene concentrations obtained from the soil vapor survey. If vapor risks are determined to be present, EnviroApplications can design and install vapor mitigation controls, such as passive vent systems and vapor barrier liners.

Storm Water Management

swmEnviroApplications has the capability to assist clients with storm water management issues. EnviroApplications is experienced in preparing Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) plans and storm water pollution prevention plans (SWPPP), as well as recommending Best Management Practices (BMPs) and collecting storm water sampling.

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