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Everything You Need To Know About Brownfield Remediation

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Land parcels previously occupied by industries can be hazardous due to soil contamination and air or water pollution due to the chemical releases. It is no wonder property developers are on the lookout for brownfield remediation services before occupying a land. You can seal or remove contaminated sites through this remediation, making the property safe again for human occupation.

Brownfield remediation is a bit cumbersome, but it bears commendable benefits and is hence worth the investment. It is no wonder governments are coming up with programs to regulate, fund, and protect the parties in the process. Here is everything you need to know about Brownfield remediation.

Why You Should Care About Brownfield Remediation

Brownfield remediation can stretch a land developer’s pockets, but it presents a redevelopment opportunity. Such lands have the potential for economic development, benefiting the owners and local communities in the following ways:

  • Improved economic levels through job creation
  • Elimination of hazardous contaminants and hence reduction of health risks
  • Increased land and property value

Brownfield Remediation Methods

The brownfield remediation technique you choose will depend on the contamination in the land and how you intend to use the land once clean. These methods include excavation, capping, tank removal, in situ treatment, free product removal, soil treatment, lead and asbestos abatement, and bioremediation. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers more guidance on the above methods.

Businesses that Leave a Brownfield Site

Businesses with the potential to leave a Brownfield site include gas stations, dry cleaners, railroads, oil refineries, and chemical storage facilities. After years of operation, these businesses will leave residues on the land, making it challenging for owners to sell as potential buyers are unwilling to cover clean-up costs.

Brownfield Remediation Process

Brownfield remediation starts with site evaluation or inspection. This includes assessing the environment, hazardous materials, and property conditions to identify the conditions representing potential environmental liability and remediation concerns. The inspection should also include soil sampling and testing for lead, metals, and hydrocarbons.

After site evaluation, develop a plan to curb the existing contamination and prevent unacceptable exposure. Afterward, you can develop a brownfield plan to map the financing strategy to offset the brownfield costs.

Hire Professional Brownfield Remediation Services

If you are planning to do Brownfield remediation, you should consider a licensed and certified organization to do the job for you. You should also review the company you pick by checking its past projects and customer reviews.

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