Environmental work covers a broad spectrum, at ECS we strive to clean up and deal with hazardous waste that will negatively impact your health and the environment. ECS offers an array of environmental services including building demolition survey, site investigation, spill response, soil remediation, asbestos abatement, and everything in between. We are fully qualified to see your environmental project through from start to finish, in accordance with regulations.
Oil Spill Response
Efficient, effective response is key when responding to oil spills, whether the spill takes place on land or on the water ECS has the experience, tools, and connections to contain the spill and mitigate the environmental impacts. When responding to spills on the ocean ECS partners with Alaska Chadux Corporation, who has equipment centers scattered throughout coastal Alaska; including one in Kodiak, to contain, control, and clean up the spill.
A spill of any size results in impacted soil that will need to be removed and remediated; whether the spill occurred on the job, at your home, or the site was previously contaminated. The environmental and health hazards posed through direct contact with contaminated soil, vapors from the contaminates, and the potential contamination of water supplies; highlights the threats of impacted soil. Working in accordance with ADEC regulations, ECS will help clients identify and evaluate the extent of the contamination, and provide safe, knowledgeable soil removal and disposal.
Tank Cleaning / Disposal
Tanks situated above or below ground, containing hydrocarbons, need to be maintained and inspected as preventative maintenance to assess the tanks structure and address any sludge build up. ECS has the experience and tools necessary, with set procedures and safeguards in place to ensure safe work practices in accordance with local, state, and federal regulations. With safety in mind, all our workers are fully trained in confined space entry, if the tank must be entered, and have experience working in and around fuel tanks. Tanks that are no longer used or have been abandoned, will be decommissioned and removed from the site with minimal disruption.
ECS provides professional asbestos abatement that meets and exceeds local, state, and federal regulations and standards. Drawing from over 17 years of experience in the industry and annual recertification’s to address industry changes, ECS has the knowledge, education, hands on experience, and tools to get the job done safely. The techniques used by ECS protects your staff, the abatement works, and the environment from the harmful effects of exposure to asbestos.
- Bulk Sampling and Analysis (Polarized Light Microscopy)
- AHERA Inspector
- Project Design and Management
- Asbestos Abatement
- Work Plan Development
- Air Monitoring and Analysis
Lead remains a health hazard today as it continues to be found in the environment in the form of contaminated soil and drinking water, and exterior and interior paint. ECS has staff certified under the EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) course, which looks at regulations, abatement practices and techniques used when working on cleaning up lead based paint. Additionally, ECS employs a Certified Lead Inspector and Certified Risk Assessor to provide a complete array of Lead-based services.
- Bulk Sampling
- Soil Sampling
- Cost Estimating
- Lead Paint Removal
- Project Management
Hazardous Materials Assessment:
A hazardous materials assessment is meant to identify the presence or potential presence of any hazardous materials on a property. It is critical to know if there are hazardous materials present so they can be managed properly, and the necessary steps can be taken to manage the hazard during demolition or renovation projects. ECS will visually inspect, sample, record the type, location, and condition of any hazardous materials found. If hazardous materials are found they will be entered in a hazardous materials register with a risk assessment and recommendations for managing the hazardous materials. It is essential for a building owner to know if there are hazardous materials present for worker health, building occupants, the general public, and the environment.
ECS breaks our hazardous materials assessments down into three scopes of work to keep costs at a minimum.
Limited Hazardous Material Assessment:
The assessment scope of work is limited to specifics as specified by the client in the written contract and/or project communications. Limitations may include/exclude contaminants, destructive testing, costs, and/or areas to be assessed.
Pre-Renovation Hazardous Material Assessment:
The assessment is limited to a specific project renovation scope.
Pre-Demolition Hazardous Material Assessment:
The assessment is in preparation for an entire building demolition.
After a hazardous material assessment has been conducted ECS will prepare a report outlining the steps needed to address the hazardous material(s) found based on the scope of work.
Hazardous materials include:
- Asbestos Containing Material (ACM)
- Building Materials
- Naturally Occurring Asbestos (NOA)
- Lead Based Paint (LBP)
- Universal Waste (see EPA 40 CFR part 273)
- Mercury Containing Equipment and Bulbs
- Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB’s)
- RCRA Eight Heavy Metals
- Other Waste Requiring Special Handling
Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment
A Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is a report prepared for a real estate holding that identifies existing or potential environmental contamination, any property can have a Phase 1 ESA conducted though they are most common on commercial properties. ECS follows the standards outlined by the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) standard practice E 1527-13.
The Phase 1ESA scope of work will include:
- A historical review of the property and environmental records
- A site visit to inspect the property and evaluate the risks of neighboring properties
- If warranted: interviews with current property owner(s) and/or occupant(s), agency officials or other people with knowledge of the property
- A report of findings
Once all the data has been collect ECS will prepare a professional report summarizing the methodologies, observations and findings uncovered by the Phase 1 ESA. In the conclusion section ECS will provide an opinion of the existence or potential of significant environmental