Understanding the importance of properly conducting a Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessment is imperative to get you back to business. Rubidium has extensive experience catering environmental Site Assessments to meet the needs of our wide range of industrial and commercial clients across Ontario. Rubidium has conducted Phase 1 and 2 Environmental Site Assessments within the commercial sector for high risk properties including gasoline service stations, automotive repair garages, and dry cleaners. Historically, these commercial properties have been identified as high-risk sources of soil, ground water, and sediment contamination due to bulk contaminant storage and use.
Gasoline Service Stations
Gasoline service stations or gas stations have large underground storage tanks (USTs) and sometimes aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) for bulk storage of petroleum products that can pose a risk of leaking into the surrounding environment if not monitored and maintained effectively. Rubidium can assist commercial owners of gasoline service stations in determining the environmental condition of the property prior to a property transaction or redevelopment. A Phase 1 and 2 ESA can assist in identifying petroleum hydrocarbon impacts within environmental media (soil, groundwater, and/or sediment) and determining the boundary of contaminants. Establishing the boundaries of the contaminates during a Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment can lead to mitigation measures such as vapour barriers and in situ chemical oxidation, minimizing the potential of off-Site migration. Managing the migration of environmental contaminants early on can prevent cost and time intensive remedial activities spreading across downgradient properties.
Rubidium has a team of engineers and scientists that focus on providing expert opinions about the environmental risks associated with the storage of petroleum and related products associated with gas stations. Rubidium can assist in determining access points for contaminants into the environment from your property that could ultimately prevent costly remedial activities.
If the gas station is to be redeveloped, Rubidium can assist in removing the old underground storage tanks (USTs) from the property to reduce the risk of future contamination due to leaks. Leaving gasoline USTs unmonitored and unused poses a sever risk to the environmental condition of the property and can lead to high remediation costs. Let Rubidium minimize this risk to you by having our experienced environmental contractors remove the tanks on-Site and verify the environmental condition of your property meets Ontario regulations.
Automotive Repair Garages
The automotive repair industry has improved in mitigating contaminants entering the environment throughout the industries history. However, regularly handling motor oils, lubricants, solvents, gasoline, and historically leaded fuels can pose a high environmental risk to the soil and groundwater on your property. These contaminants can enter into the environment through the following pathways that can result in expensive remedial activities:
- Spills to waterways or storm drains
- Degraded underground storage tanks (USTs) containing gasoline
- Ruptured aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) containing waste motor oils
- Improper handling of drums containing waste fluids including coolants, solvents, and other cleaning fluids
- Unmaintained oil/water separators containing waste oils
A Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment can identify these risks throughout the automotive repair garage and investigate the impacts they may or may not have had on the property. Following identification of the actual or potential environmental concerns, a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment would be conducted to further investigate the subsurface conditions (soil, groundwater, and/or sediment) in the vicinity of these concerns. Operating an automotive repair garage on your commercial property can pose environmental risks however, properly managing these risks can result in financial savings, enhanced reputation, employee satisfaction, and minimized remedial expenses.
Purchasers of commercial properties may want to investigate the past uses of a property of interest especially if there are signs of former automotive repair operations. Conducting a Phase 1 ESA/Phase I ESA can assist the potential purchaser in making an informed decision about the possible environmental risks associated with former automotive repair operations. Commercial property developers can utilize the historical operations identified in a Phase 1 ESA/Phase I ESA to investigate former underground storage tanks or oil/water separators that may have been left beneath your property from former land uses. Let Rubidium identify and remove these risks from your property whether it is for a property transaction, commercial development, or required as a part of your environmental due diligence to protect you and your property.
When considering purchasing or developing a commercial property it is imperative that the parties involved understand the environmental risks of current or historical dry cleaning operations. Although seemingly harmless, historical dry cleaning operations utilized persistent chlorinated solvents that are toxic and mobile through the soil, groundwater and sediment media. These contaminants can pose sever environmental implications for a property owner that can result in expensive property cleanups or restrict future property uses. In addition, chlorinated solvents tend to resist biodegradation allowing them to remain on-Site for decades. A Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment/Phase I Environmental Site Assessment can identify these potential environmental concerns from dry cleaning operations and determine which locations on-Site are most likely to be impacted.
Commercial property owners of historical or existing dry cleaning facilities should be aware of these risks and proactively manage the properties environmental condition or could face environmental litigation and/or fines. Upon completion of a Phase 1 ESA/Phase I ESA, any potential or actual areas of environmental concern should be further investigated through completion of a Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment/Phase II Environmental Site Assessment. The Phase 2 ESA/Phase II ESA would entail a subsurface investigation of the soil, groundwater, and/or sediment on the property in the vicinity of the areas of potential environmental concern.
Rubidium can assist commercial property owners of dry cleaning facilities through property transactions, obtaining development approvals, or conducting environmental due diligence by exposing these risks and mitigating them. Rubidium’s team of engineers, scientists, and contractors have successfully resolved many of our commercial client’s environmental concerns by presenting cost-effective strategies to remove those persistent chlorinated solvents from their properties.
Industrial property owners have an increased risk when it comes to the impact those operations may have on their property and the properties around them. To ensure that financial lenders aren’t exposed to these risks, many industrial property purchasers will be required to provide evidence of the environmental condition of the industrial property prior to obtaining a loan. Industrial property owners may want to investigate employee health risks associated with the environmental conditions of the property as a part of the company’s responsibility to an employee’s health and safety. Lastly, industrial property owners can evaluate the subsurface conditions of their property and the risks they pose to their surrounding properties in order to more accurately asses the value of their assets.
An Environmental Site Assessment can assist industrial property owners by exposing or minimizing the environmental risks associated with industrial operations or purchasing industrial land. A Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) would investigate the current and historical uses of the Site through conducting a site reconnaissance, a historical record review, and interviews with knowledgeable persons about company operations and processes. The Phase 1 ESA/Phase I ESA can provide insight into the areas on the industrial property that may be at an elevated risk and where subsurface investigations may be required to ensure that the industrial property is in compliance with the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) standards. If the industrial property is found to have operations, processing, or bulk storage of high risk compounds indicating a potentially contaminating activity, a Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment/Phase II Environmental Site Assessment may be warranted to further verify and/or refute the subsurface conditions.
Industrial property owners can benefit from conducting a Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment/Phase II Environmental Site Assessment by determining the environmental condition of the property and preventing future environmental impacts from migrating off-Site. As an industrial property owner, you may be held liable for off-site migration of pollutants through the soil, groundwater, and/or sediment media if it is found to be impacting neighbouring properties in excess of the MECP guidelines. Investigating the subsurface condition of the industrial property can determine the impact the industrial operations have had on the environment and can determine risks associated with off-site migration. The Phase 2 ESA/Phase II ESA involves collecting and analyzing soil, groundwater, and/or sediment in strategically selected locations across the site as identified as areas of potential environmental concern in the Phase 1 ESA/Phase I ESA. The samples are submitted to a laboratory for analysis of chemical parameters specifically deemed as a risk based on the potentially contaminating activities (PCAs) identified in the Phase 1 ESA/Phase I ESA.
Rubidium can further assist industrial land owners in reducing their environmental risk by scanning and removing underground storage tanks (USTs). Underground storage tanks pose an increased risk to the environmental condition of a property due to their poor corrosion resistance prior to the mid-1980s and typically contained fuel oil, gasoline, diesel, and solvents in large quantities. Eliminate this risk by having Rubidium and our experienced contractors remove and dispose of the UST from your property.