Environmental Consultants: When do you need one?

There are numerous reasons why you may require an environmental consultant. These reasons range from commercial property transactions, property development services, environmental liability assessments, groundwater and soil monitoring, remediation, indoor air quality concerns and staying compliant with the many governing regulations and authorities. Below we explore why you may need an environmental consultant as well as the services we can provide.

What is an environmental consultant?

An environmental consultant is typically hired to provide expertise and guidance on environmental issues related to a problem, project, operation, or organization. Our job is to help assess potential environmental risks, identify compliance requirements, develop mitigation strategies if needed, and provide guidance on compliant sustainable practices. 

Our role is to develop environmental management plans and compliance strategies to help your organization meet regulatory requirements. While doing this we also provide guidance on long-term sustainable practices and help organizations reduce their environmental risks.

Overall, our job is to help ensure that businesses, organizations, and individuals operate in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner while meeting all regulations and minimizing any negative impacts to the environment and their business.

When would I need an environmental site assessment?

A site assessment is a process of evaluating a property to identify any existing or potential environmental contamination, hazards, or risks and to remove potential liability from the purchaser. Some specific situations that may require a site assessment include:

Property acquisition: Before purchasing a property, it is important to evaluate any potential environmental liabilities which are associated with the property. These could include existing contamination or hazardous materials, as well as potential contamination sources, such as prior property uses and nearby commercial or industrial facilities. A site assessment can help identify these issues and help you make an informed decision regarding whether or not you should move forward with the purchase of the property.

Development projects: During a development project, a site assessment can help identify potential environmental hazards or risks. This information can be used during the planning stage to assist with the design and construction of the project, minimize environmental impacts and ensure compliance with environmental regulations.

Compliance and permitting: Site assessments are often required to comply with environmental regulations and to obtain permits related to air and water quality, waste management, and other environmental concerns. A site assessment can help identify any potential environmental risks, and you’ll also need to ensure that you are complying with County, State and Federal regulations.

Brownfield redevelopment: Brownfields are properties that may be contaminated with hazardous materials due to prior industrial or commercial use from the previous owners. When you are redeveloping a brownfield property for a new use, the first thing you will need is a site assessment. This is necessary to identify potential contamination and minimize the risk the buyer assumes when purchasing the property.

Overall, a site assessment is an important tool for identifying potential environmental risks and hazards associated with a property, adjoining property or operations in the immediate area. The assessment also provides the information needed in the decision-making process to mitigate any risks. Site assessments can range in scope from a basic desktop review to a comprehensive evaluation of the site, any existing structures, species and water bodies depending on the specific needs and requirements of the client, governing authorities or lender.

What services does Mill Creek Environmental offer?

We provide a wide range of environmental services, you can also request a free service estimate.

  • Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)
  • Phase 2 ESA (Limited Subsurface Investigation)
  • Site Remediation Service
  • Underground Storage Tank (UST) Removal and Closure
  • Soil Surveys and Septic Designs (Land Development Services)
  • Erosion Control & Storm Water Monitoring
  • Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure (SPCC)
  • Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
  • Wetland Delineation and State Water Identification
  • Environmental Field Services Support
  • Asbestos Inspection and Lead Paint Testing Services
  • Georgia Brownfields
  • Indoor Air Quality (Mold, Radon, VOCs and SVOCs)
  • Spring Evaluation and Development
  • Landfill Consultants

Think you might need an Environmental Consultant?

Here at Mill Creek Environmental, we have the scientific knowledge and technical expertise to assist you with any environmental concerns you may have. If you have any questions or just need some advice or help, contact us today!

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