EGSL has extensive experience in assessing the possible positive or negative impact (both natural and economic) that a proposed project may have on the environment. The assessment enables decision makers to consider the ensuing environmental impacts when deciding whether to proceed with a project. EIAs do not require adherence to a predetermined environmental outcome, but rather they require decision makers to account for environmental values in their decisions and to justify those decisions in light of detailed environmental studies and public comments on the potential environmental impacts of the proposal.

Case Study 1

An industrial development on the shore of a river needed to expand its operation. EGSL determined that construction of the new building and subsequent elevation of noise level, would result in disturbance to Blue Heron and their migratory habits in the nearby wetland. Following EGSL’s recommendation, the company started construction in winter, thus avoiding any disturbance to the Blue Heron population.

Case Study 2

A 50-acre bankrupt, contaminated junkyard in a suburb of Chicago was closed down by regulatory agencies. No financial resources were available to remediate the site’s various contaminants, which included hazardous metals, Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), and Petroleum soil and groundwater contamination. The property was destined to remain unoccupied while continuing to contaminate the environment. EGSL purchased the property from bankruptcy court and remediated the contamination with its own resources and finances. In addition, EGSL developed the site into an industrial powerhouse distribution center which has become a facility that employs hundreds of workers.

Phase 1 Environmental Assessment

  • Compliance with ASTM 1527 and Innocent Purchaser Act
  • An onsite visual inspection of the property and surrounding properties to assess general land use and occupants of the area.
  • A review of data regarding the local geology and hydrology.
  • An assessment of current land use and practices of the property with particular attention given to assessing if any hazardous material or waste management activities have occurred at the site.
  • As assessment of the historic land use and development of the property through an interpretation of fire insurance maps, city directories, and/or aerial photographs of the site and interviews with persons knowledgeable of the site history.
  • A review of owner/operator provided documents and records.
  • A review of local, state, tribal, and federal regulatory agency records maintained for the site.
  • A written report of all findings including recognized environmental concerns, recommendations and conclusions.

Conclusions of Phase I = Recognized Environmental Concerns

Phase II Subsurface Soil Investigations

Equipped with the latest state of the art drilling (http://geoprobe.com), direct push technology, and analytical capabilities EGSL can quickly mobilize to a Subject Property to identify recognized environmental concerns within the subsurface soil and groundwater. Once those concerns are identified and quantified EGSL will make recommendations on how to proceed to mitigate such issues in the most comprehensive and cost-effective way.