While there are many reasons to perform a site remediation, the ultimate goal is to take a property that has a reduced value due to a real or perceived environmental impact and to restore the value of that property. This understanding along with a desire to preserve undeveloped property is what has driven the Brownfields movement. There are still many sites at which clean up is driven by regulatory pressure, but in Pennsylvania much of the site remediation is voluntary, through the Act 2 program. Pennsylvania’s Recycling and Remediation Standards Act (Act 2), like Brownfields legislation in other states, uses a risk-based remediation goal. Given the flexibility of a risk-based standard, the greatest savings in a site remediation can be obtained through the selection of an appropriate standard and associated remediation strategy. Because GeoServices is not a remediation contractor, we have no inherent preference for a particular remedial strategy so we are in the ideal position to provide a creative, cost-effective approach to site remediation. We do not suffer from the “To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail” approach.
Developing Remedial Strategies
To develop a meaningful remedial strategy, a complete site characterization is required. Following completion of the site characterization, fate and transport modeling and risk assessment may be used to determine the most effective remedial strategy. GeoServices has extensive experience in developing efficient site remedial action plans and supervising the remediation. Often, the reduction of site contaminants is unnecessary, either because it can be shown that no unacceptable risk is present or by reducing the risk through Uniform Environmental Covenants (deed notice or deed restriction) or institutional controls.
When contaminant reduction is necessary, GeoServices has experience in a wide variety of remedial options. GeoServices has experience with a broad range of remedial techniques ranging from passive in-situ methods to dig and haul soil remediation.