Environmental site assessments are a standard part of the majority of real estate transactions such as financing/re-financing, due diligence and insurance. WES conducts assessments for financial institutions, real estate trusts and homeowners on properties throughout Vancouver Island and across British Columbia.  An Environmental Site Assessment is a report prepared by a professional environmental consultant, that identifies potential or existing environmental contamination liabilities for a commercial, industrial or residential properties real estate holding.  Environmental Site Assessments can shield buyers and limit liability by identifying environmental risks preceding the transaction. Many lenders will not loan money to purchase certain properties if the buyer has not completed an environmental site assessment.

We routinely assess residential underground storage tanks, dry cleaners, and industrial businesses such as automotive repairs and service stations.

PSI Stage I Environmental Site Assessment:

A PSI Stage I involves an on-site inspection, records review, interviews with owners, occupants, neighbors and government officials.

The review of government records and interviews may take a considerable amount of time. To ensure a quality assessment, it is important to plan ahead and ensure adequate time has been allocated for the process, typically at least a month prior to closing.

Contamination can result from activities that take place on site or come from activities at  nearby properties. A review of historical documents, title transfers, regional geologic and hydrogeologic setting, review of previous environmental reports amongst others enables the assessor to determine if the subject site be of environmental risk or not.

PSI Stage II Environmental Site Assessment:

Should areas of environmental concern be identified in the PSI Stage I, the environmental site assessor will recommend a PSI Stage II site assessment. A PSI Stage II site assessment is typically intrusive in nature and involves sample collection of the media of concern (soil, groundwater or vapors) and a chemical analysis program. The main objective of the study is to confirm or refute the conclusions of the PSI Stage I study.

DSI Detailed Site Investigation:

Should contamination be present from the PSI Stage II Site Investigation, a DSI Site Investigation would be recommended. A DSI involves the delineation of the contamination plume and designing the appropriate approach to alleviate the contaminated site, either through remediation (excavation and removal or in situ treatment) or mitigation (risk assessment).

Upon completion of any environmental assessment, a qualified environmental professional from WES will prepare a report detailing the findings. Our reporting practices meet BC CSR Standards and are accepted by the majority of approved lenders of British Columbia.

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