Keeping the environment clean is important when focusing on a green economy. Sites that have been polluted after industrial activity and the use of fertilizer and pesticides need to be cleaned well in order to return them to their previous state or to start the process of redevelopment. Before modern environmental regulation, lots of companies unleashed tons of hazardous materials into the environment. Chemicals and other pollutants would be dumped onto unused land or into lakes, rivers, and other small bodies of water. Many sites became polluted after accidents or the use of improperly functioning equipment. A brownfield site is a polluted site that is able to be cleaned and redeveloped. Environmental professionals use many different types of equipment and technologies to clean up polluted sites. This process is called environmental remediation.
What is Environmental Remediation
Environmental remediation consists of removing pollution or contaminants from both groundwater and surface water as well as soil. This waste is removed to protect humans and their health, as well as contribute to the restoration of the environment. Remediation restores brownfield sites allowing them to be redeveloped or returned to their natural state. Hazardous waste sites are a difficult challenge to clean up. Lots of these sites, known as Superfund sites, have strict federal regulations and are taken care of by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA organizes the cleanup of these sites.
Types of Environmental Remediation
Environmental remediation is performed on various sites. Water remediation can be performed on both groundwater and surface water, soil remediation can include topsoil, subsoil, and sediment. Water and soil remediation can be done separately or together, this depends on the type of pollution and the amount of contamination.
Water remediation removes contaminants from water. The United States depends mostly on groundwater for agricultural purposes and as the main source of drinking water. Waste materials that were disposed of incorrectly is the main cause of groundwater pollution. It can also happen as a result of industrial practices like drilling for natural gas and oil.
Environmental Remediation Methods
Environmental remediation uses a huge range of equipment and technologies to perform clean-up on contaminated areas. The method that’s chosen depends on the pollution type, site characteristics, and the extent of the damage. When pollution has seeped far into the ground and groundwater, it requires separate methods from places where only a little bit of chemical waste has been dropped on the topsoil. There are several different remediation methods, and new methods are continually being developed. Below are some of the environmental remediation services we offer.
- Soil Excavation and Loading
- UST Removal and Closure
- Remediation System Installation
- Facility Decommissioning & Demolition
- Pit/Pond Closures
- Soil Stabilization
- Land Clearing
- Hydro/Air Knife Excavation
- Industrial Cleaning
- Pressure Washing & Hydro-blasting
- Tank Cleaning & Demolition
The process of environmental remediation can be extremely confusing. Let the professionals at Envirotech help you. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have. You can get in touch with us by filling out the contact form on our website.