What is environmental remediation?
The term “environmental remediation” doesn’t do anything everyone. It is a scientific term. People have an idea at the mention of the terms “environmental hazard” or biohazard” or “occupational hazard”. But environmental remediation is an entirely different subject all its own.
Let’s learn more about environmental remediation, shall we?
Environmental remediation is the science of removing contaminants or pollution from environmental media such as surface water, sediment, groundwater or soil. In simpler terms, it is the provision and application of remedial substances to the environment. Environmental remediation is the use of technology to help and preserve the planet.
The practice of environmental remediation is regulated under government supervision. Private individuals may apply for an inspection if the site is suspected to be contaminated, but the final word still remains in the local government or local environmental remediation agency.
Environmental remediation is used to restore sites suspected of contamination back to the level considered safe for humans and animals. Just thinking about it, it’s clear that environmental remediation is no layman’s work. It is first and foremost a scientific and complex procedure. And it is also expensive.
Wealthy individuals can afford to pay for an environmental remediation of their site, sure, but average folks would rather do without it even if it means working on an unremediated site.
There are various kinds of remediation technologies used in practice around the world. Some technologies are better suited in a specific geographic location, for instance. Some examples of remediation technologies include chemical precipitation, soil washing, incineration, dredging, surfactant enhanced aquifer remediation, pump and treat, stabilization and solidification, in situ oxidation, and soild vapor extraction.
Now where does environmental consulting factor into all of this?
It is important for a new business to start out doing things for. For example, you invested a lot to construct an office, only to find out a couple years later the soil on the site is contaminated and local government has issued an ordinance for immediate environmental remediation. And there’s nothing you can do about it.
This is where environmental consulting comes in.
The job of the environmental consulting company is to make sure their client company is in compliance with local environmental rules and regulations. The environmental consulting company does the job of testing the site if it needs to be remediation, etc.
Afterwards the environmental consulting company is also responsible for making sure the client company continues to comply with environmental rules and regulations for operating companies, such as waste management policies.
Of course this means the client company has to pay the environmental consulting company for its services, but it’s better than being sanctioned by the local government for not following local environmental rules and regulations and being asked to pay a penalty fine. It means they’ll be spending money anyway, and the bad publicity isn’t doing the company any favors.
If you’re looking to start up a medium-sized company, I suggest you hire an environmental consultant to help you get started on this aspect. It’s worth the extra time, effort and expense to make sure your company is in compliance with local rules and regulations.
Or else skip it now, and then pay much more later on.
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