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  • SITE ASSESSMENTS

    What is a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?
    A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (PI) is basically an environmental audit regarding a commercial or an industrial facility, conducted by an certified environmental professional (as defined by ASTM 1507). It determines potential environmental liability associated with a particular property, including potential issues, such as mold, asbestos, soil and groundwater contamination.

    When is a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment required?
    A Phase I Environmental Assessment is recommended when any property transfer occurs. This allows potential buyers to have a “Landowner Defense” by conducting “All Appropriate Inquiry.”

    What does a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment contain?

    The Phase I Site Assessment includes the following components:

    Records Review: The purpose of the Records Review is to obtain and review historical records that will help identify recognized environmental conditions in connection with the subject property. This includes, but not limited to, regulatory data, property information, aerial photographs, geological and hydrological data. Standard environmental and historical record sources are reviewed according to the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Practices E-1527-05.

    Site Investigation:
    The objective of the site investigation is to obtain information indicating the likelihood recognized environmental conditions in connection with the subject property and surrounding land. This includes a physical and visual inspection of the subject property and adjacent properties as applicable.

    Interviews:
    The objective of interviews is to obtain information regarding recognized environmental conditions in connection with the subject property. This includes interviews with past and present owners, operators, or occupants of the subject property.

    Report:
    The Phase I Site Assessment report includes the findings of the Phase I Site Assessment (as described above), associated documentation, identification and discussion of any recognized environmental conditions, data gaps, and conclusions and recommendations.

    What happens after a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?

    In the event that a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment does not find any recognized environmental conditions, no further action is required. You can rest assured that your site is environmentally safe. Otherwise, there may be recommendations for further sampling. Soil and/or groundwater sampling may be required to determine potential contamination of the site.

    Why should Virtus Environmental be my first choice in a Phase I professional?

    Virtus Environmental is a consulting firm dedicated to client satisfaction. We do not use generated reporting so that every detail is evaluated for quality.

  • SPILL RESPONSE

    Regulatory compliance is a standard part of any industry. With our staff of experienced compliance professionals, Virtus Environmental can assist with the array of complicated regulations. If a company is found out of compliance, they may incur significant penalties, not to mention the headaches involved. The following are some of the major regulatory necessities for Louisiana industries. From permitting to enforcement issues, Virtus Environmental can help.

    If you have compressors, dehydration units, amine units, or other equipment that handles volatile compounds, you also have air emissions and are likely in need of an air permit. The use or combustion of fossil fuels can cause pollution containing nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, and particulate mater, all of which are regulated air pollutants. As a rule of thumb, any facility that has the potential to produce more than 5 tons per year (TPY) of certain air pollutants may require an air permit. Air permits must be secured prior to the commencement of activities or when any major modification conducted at the facility are needed.

    Spill Management
    Depending on industry, certain facilities may require a storm water permit or other discharge permits.

    Regardless of your facility, if there is the potential to discharge water or if there has been any previously reported spill at your location, you probably need a water permit!

    If your facility has the potential of more than 1380 gallons (51 barrels) of hydrocarbon storage, you must have a SPCC plan. This is to ensure that certain policies are in effect in the event that a hydrocarbon spill should occur. As a minimum, SPCC regulations require that secondary containment must be able to contain largest container plus enough freeboard to allow for rainfall. SPCC plans must be updated every five years or earlier if there is any equipment modification.

    Why should Virtus Environmental be my first choice for spill response and management?

    Virtus Environmental is a consulting firm dedicated to client satisfaction. You won’t ever pay for permit or plan deficiencies. Every detail is evaluated for quality.

  • WETLAND DETERMINATION / DELINIATIONS

    If you plan to build a new facility, it is very likely that you will encounter wetlands. If you think you have, a wetland determination or delineation is very important. With our staff of experienced wetland professionals, Virtus Environmental can assist with any of your wetland needs. Whether it be an acre or larger venture, Virtus Environmental can help.

    What is a Wetland?
    In order for a property to be considered a wetland, it must exhibit a few characteristics. A wetland must have hydric soils, hydrophytic vegetation, and hydrologic indicators. Hydric soils are those that are formed under conditions of saturation, flooding, or ponding long enough during the growing season to develop anaerobic conditions. Hydrophytic vegetation are those plants that have adapted to living in wet environments. In wetland areas, hydrophytic species occur where at least the root zone of the plant is seasonally or continually found in saturated or submerged soil. Finally, hydrologic indicators can be seen as drift lines, drainage patterns, and sediment deposition. If you see any of these, you may require a wetland determination/delineation and possible permit.

    Why should Virtus Environmental be my first choice for wetland management?

    Virtus Environmental is a consulting firm dedicated to client satisfaction. We rely on site assessment and visual inspection to determine your wetland issues. Every detail is evaluated for quality!

  • SOIL & GROUNDWATER INVESTIGATIONS

    If you operate an industrial facility, sometimes soil and/or groundwater contamination can occur. With our staff of experienced professionals, Virtus Environmental can assist with any of your soil and/or groundwater needs. Whether it be a spill or contamination from facility activities, Virtus Environmental can help.

    During commercial real estate transactions, soil and groundwater investigations are often required during the lending process. This is typically required so that potential contamination is not transferred to a subsequent owner. If you have hydrocarbons, petroleum based products, chemical storage, or other operations that handle metals or volatile compounds, you also are likely to encounter some type of soil or groundwater contamination. The use of such products are likely to cause pollution, regardless of safe practices. Soil and/or groundwater assessments are an important part maintaining human health and environment.

    Why should Virtus Environmental be my first choice for spill response and management?
    Virtus Environmental is a consulting firm dedicated to client satisfaction. Every detail is evaluated for quality.

  • REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

    Regulatory compliance is a standard part of any industry. With our staff of experienced compliance professionals, Virtus Environmental can assist with the array of complicated regulations. If a company is found out of compliance, they may incur significant penalties, not to mention the headaches involved. The following are some of the major regulatory necessities for Louisiana industries. From permitting to enforcement issues, Virtus Environmental can help.

    Air Permits
    If you have compressors, dehydration units, amine units, or other equipment that handles volatile compounds, you also have air emissions and are likely in need of an air permit. The use or combustion of fossil fuels can cause pollution containing nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, and particulate mater, all of which are regulated air pollutants. As a rule of thumb, any facility that has the potential to produce more than 5 tons per year (TPY) of certain air pollutants may require an air permit. Air permits must be secured prior to the commencement of activities or when any major modification conducted at the facility are needed.

    Storm Water (SWPPP)/ Discharge Permits
    Depending on industry, certain facilities may require a storm water permit or other discharge permits.

    Regardless of your facility, if there is the potential to discharge water or if there has been any previously reported spill at your location, you probably need a water permit!

    Spill Prevention Countermeasure and Control Plan (SPCC)
    If your facility has the potential of more than 1380 gallons (51 barrels) of hydrocarbon storage, you must have a SPCC plan. This is to ensure that certain policies are in effect in the event that a hydrocarbon spill should occur. As a minimum, SPCC regulations require that secondary containment must be able to contain largest container plus enough freeboard to allow for rainfall. SPCC plans must be updated every five years or earlier if there is any equipment modification.

    Local Permits
    Various local municipalities may require additional compliance and permitting, such as general construction permits and watershed permits. Virtus Environmental can help you determine what is needed for the lowest cost available.

    Why should Virtus Environmental be my first choice for regulatory assistance?
    Virtus Environmental is a consulting firm dedicated to client satisfaction. You won’t ever pay for permit or plan deficiencies. Every detail is evaluated for quality.

  • ABATEMENT SERVICES

    Asbestos Abatement (from www.epa.gov)
    Asbestos is a mineral fiber that has been commonly used in building construction materials for insulation and as a fire-retardant. Because of its fiber strength and heat resistant properties, asbestos has been used for a wide range of manufactured goods, mostly in building materials (roofing shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and asbestos cement products), friction products (automobile clutch, brake, and transmission parts), heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings.

    When asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition activities, microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems..

    Asbestos exposure can occur due to workplace exposure. Especially for those who work in industries that mine, make or use asbestos products and those living near these industries. Such industries include the construction industry (particularly building demolition and renovation activities), the manufacturing industry (particularly textiles, friction products, insulation, and other building materials), and the automotive industry (particularly brake and clutch repair work). Exposure can also occur due to deteriorating, damaged, or disturbed asbestos-containing products such as insulation, fireproofing, acoustical materials, and floor tiles.

    On July 12, 1989, EPA issued a final rule banning most asbestos-containing products. In 1991, however, this regulation was overturned. Currently, the following specific asbestos-containing products remain banned: flooring felt, rollboard, and corrugated, commercial, or specialty paper. In addition, the regulation continues to ban the use of asbestos in products that have not historically contained asbestos, otherwise referred to as "new uses" of asbestos.

    Asbestos abatement procedures are highly regulated and require specific licenses for any personnel working with asbestos materials. Asbestos abatement includes the removal, repair, encapsulation or enclosure of asbestos containing materials. Virtus Environmental can assist you with your asbestos abatement projects.

    Mold Abatement (from www.epa.gov)
    Molds produce tiny spores to reproduce. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Mold can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods. When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or un-addressed.

    Potential health effects associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory issues. Although mold contamination and abatement are not currently regulated, it is very important that mold issues be abated promptly. Mold abatement includes the removal of mold contaminated materials and can vary, depending on the type and amount of mold present. Virtus Environmental can assist you with all your mold abatement issues.

    Lead Abatement (from www.epa.gov)
    Lead is a natural occurring, toxic metal, used for many years in paints and other consumer products. Lead-based paint and dust are the main sources of exposure for lead. Lead also can be found at industrial facilities and in aviation gasoline. It is also used in the production of batteries, ammunition, metal products, and devices to shield X-rays. Because of health concerns, lead from paints and ceramic products, caulking, and pipe solder has been dramatically reduced in recent years. The use of lead in paint in homes was banned in 1978 and banned as an additive to automobile gasoline was 1996.

    Lead Abatement includes the removal, encapsulation or enclosure of asbestos containing materials, which can vary depending on facility and lead source. Virtus Environmental can assist you with any of your lead abatement projects.


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