Brownfield Redevelopment

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Kevin Burgher

EFI Global Canada
Vice President

T: +1 902-468-3777

A Brownfield is typically an abandoned, idle or under used commercial or industrial site that is compromised by the real or perceived threat of environmental contamination because of its prior use.

These sites can be located in large industrial areas such as decommissioned railway yards and abandoned warehouses that stored toxic materials. Alternatively, these sites can be located within smaller urban centres such as a closed dry cleaners or gas station.

Typical contaminants found on Brownfield land include petroleum hydrocarbons, solvents, heavy metals such as lead, pesticides, acids/bases, PCBs, asbestos and others.
 
While Brownfields may or may not pose serious health or environmental threat, they do represent a missed economic opportunity which can restrict new urban growth and re-development.

Underground Storage Tank Removal

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Kevin Burgher

EFI Global Canada
Vice President

T: +1 902-468-3777

This service includes the excavation, removal, and disposal of the storage as well thorough sampling of the site to ensure that the remaining property is safe.
  
EFI Global provides written reports to satisfy the various ministries of the Environment requirements.

Mould/Indoor Air Quality

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Kevin Burgher

EFI Global Canada
Vice President

T: +1 902-468-3777

Mould

Once a suspicion of mould has been raised, EFI Global expertise can be put to work immediately. Our services include the initial assessment, the hiring and supervision of contractors, and the final verification that the work is completed. You can choose which role(s) you would like us to play.
 
An initial survey of the site is conducted to investigate the extent of water damage, subsequent mould growth and to determine the remedial objectives and necessary work required to return the site to pre-loss conditions.

A written report is generated which describes the results of the initial assessment. It is written in a form that can be shared with a homeowner or other interested party.

EFI Global maintains an active contractor management program, and knows who is qualified and insured to do the clean-up work.  Mould abatement procedures are site-specific, and are categorized depending on the quantity of visible mould present. There are numerous industry standard abatement protocols available. EFI Global ensures that the water restoration and mould abatement firm we choose have a working knowledge of all of the generally accepted protocols. Where necessary, EFI Global can write a specific protocol if requested.

Once remedial work is complete, we inspect the results to confirm success. Air samples comparing inside to outside or comparing un-impacted areas within a dwelling or office to previously impacted areas are methods commonly employed.

A final remediation report is prepared documenting the success of the work completed. A remediation report is a scientific document that provides verifiable assertions that the work of drying and mould abatement was completed properly. This report is written in a form that can be distributed to and understood by the property owners or other interested parties.

Asbestos

Across Canada, there are numerous buildings, most of which were built back in the 40’s and 50’s, that used asbestos containing materials in their constructions. EFI Global is experienced at surveying asbestos sites, abatement planning and bid specifications, oversight of abatement and monitoring of air quality. 

We have performed these services for a number of private and public buildings including a large number of primary and elementary schools.

Our remediation activities include:

  • Identification and inspection
  • Air and bulk sampling
  • Testing and interpreting results
  • Preparing protocols to ensure worker safety
  • Plan and execute the safe removal and disposal of the asbestos material

File Review/Litigation & Subrogation Support

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Kevin Burgher

EFI Global Canada
Vice President

T: +1 902-468-3777

EFI Global can support clients with a review of environmental files conducted by other consulting firms or contractors.

Based on our experience, we can provide an important review of appraoches used, activities condcuted and the associated costs.

We review what has been paid for services that are fair as we are familiar with the standard rates for services required to do thorough remediation.

We can assess if the appropriate methods were used given the type of contamination to a site and that the right work was done.

Often this type of service is a review after the work is completed. While this type of assignment has value to our clients, if EFI Global can attend while the work is in progress, we can prevent unnecessary remediation expenditures and provide better data for the review.

Residential Fuel Oil Release

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Kevin Burgher

EFI Global Canada
Vice President

T: +1 902-468-3777

As with most spills, fast response reduces overall damages and costs.  EFI Global staff will typically arrive on site, review the situation, implement measures to stop or minimize the leak, implement other activities to mitigate the migration of fuel oil and then begin the assessment and remediation process, after reporting to the client and receiving authorization to proceed.

To successfully remediate these losses in a most cost effective manner, EFI Global employs the most appropriate approach or combination of approaches.  We are not tied to any one type of remediation technology and evaluate all possible technical approaches.  When necessary, we call in specialized contractors to implement various aspects of the strategy approved by the client.  Throughout the process we document all site activities to support all actions and associated costs.

Emergency Transportation Spill Response

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Kevin Burgher

EFI Global Canada
Vice President

T: +1 902-468-3777

As required and depending on the information relayed to us, we can contact local qualified emergency response contractors to mobilize to the site and begin the containment process.

Typically, once we arrive at the spill site we conduct an initial assessment and immediately begin any emergency response activities necessary to contain the spill, prevent migration of contaminants and mitigate the loss.

As required, we immediately notify regulatory agencies.  If the product has entered surface water, we take the appropriate actions to minimize impacts to aquatic habitats.

Once the emergency response phase is completed and conditions are stabilized, we will determine if there are residual impacts to the soil, groundwater and/or surface water that will need additional remediation.  We will report to our client with a summary of:

  • Residual conditions
  • Options to closure
  • Estimated costs
  • Timelines
  • Implications
  • Recommendations

At this stage, and once authorized by our client, additional investigation, remediation planning, organization and execution may be required, depending on the size and complexity of the loss.  Often all that is required is some additional excavation of impacted soils adjacent to the accident scene.

We ensure that all work done to remediate the spill complies with applicable environmental laws and guidelines.

Our personnel work closely with clients and regulatory authorities to ensure a clean up is performed in a cost-effective manner while first meeting the instructions of our client. Then, if applicable, we work to satisfy relevant and appropriate regulations while minimizing long-term liability.