We assist site owners and managers to evaluate the status of compliance
with federal, state, and local environmental regulations (including both
raw materials and waste) at a facility. On-site inspection is combined with
a review of existing information at regulatory agencies regarding permitted
use, storage, and/or disposal of hazardous substances at the site. SEA
strives to provide the most cost-effective solution/remediation options
that are specifically designed to each site and to the satisfaction of our
Mold is everywhere and is a naturally occurring fungus. Usually mold can
be controlled by minimizing or eliminating moisture. However, in certain
situations it may present a health problem is individuals who are sensitive
to its spores. It has been in the news: from multi-million dollar verdicts
for residential damages caused by mold to the evacuations of schools that
have mold odors.
Fungi are neither plant nor animal and include mold, yeast and
mushrooms. Fungi are prevalent almost everywhere in the world and they
can grow on nearly any organic substance as long as there is moisture and
oxygen present. In the northeast the main cause of fungal problems is
excessive moisture or humidity. Before any clean up work is started,
the moisture problem must be corrected or even the most complete removal will
be worthless and the fungi will reappear.
Fungi can affect human health in a number of ways. People can be
affected by the inhalation or ingestion of the fungal spores, inhalation of
volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are a product of fungal growth (the
VOCs are the moldy odors often associated with fungi), inhalation of
mycotoxins that certain fungi emit and from the inhalation or ingestion of
fungi that have grown or landed on food or have become airborne when they
have been disturbed.
The health effects of fungal exposure are well-documented, but may be
very difficult to prove. Symptoms may include: asthma, allergic
reactions, headaches, fever, higher susceptibility to illness, rash and
Complete removal of the fungi is the best alternative to the abatement
of the problem. Removal of the fungi is followed by cleaning of the
affected area with a fungicide and the application of a sealant with a
fungal inhibiter. The clean up activities should be conducted in such
a way as to avoid the contamination of unaffected areas.
SEA’s fungal professionals are Board Certified by the American Indoor
Air Quality Council and can test for, evaluate, prepare work plans, oversee
the implementation of the work plans, and conduct clearance sampling to
ascertain the effectiveness of the clean up activities. SEA will guide
you through the clean up process offering you the most cost effective
alternatives for the fungal abatement.
PHASE I -
Environmental Site Assessments
Due to the potential staggering liability associated with environmental
problems, financial lenders and buyers of real estate should have an
accurate assessment of the environmental condition of the property, also
known as due diligence. Owners of contaminated real estate may be liable
for clean-up costs under the Comprehensive Environmental Response
Compensation and Liabilities Act (CERCLA). SEA conducts Phase I
Environmental Site Assessments to identify potential and actual sources of
environmental contamination related to commercial, industrial, and even
residential properties. Environmental Site Assessments can vary greatly in
terms of scope, cost, and quality depending on the type of property and its
A Phase 1 involves the examination of historical information on the site
and its neighborhood, agencies’ compliance records, hazmat data bases, site
building records, and the use of questionnaires coupled with an interactive
site visit. Findings from the records search are incorporated into the
on-site inspection activity to allow any potential problems identified from
the research effort to be confirmed or nullified by physical evidence
observed at the site. If a Phase 1 indicates a need for further investigation
to determine if an environmental concern exists at the site, a Phase 2
investigation may be necessary.
PHASE 2 -
Environmental Site Investigation
A Phase 2 includes media sampling, testing and analysis. It may include
the development of alternative engineering solutions to the problems
identified in the Phase 1 and 2, and the costing of such potential
abatement activities. Some limited sampling to support visual observations
may be conducted to determine the presence of asbestos, radon, and lead. The
objective of Phase 2 is to obtain quantitative evidence on the presence of
hazardous materials and conditions and to delineate the scope of the
contamination and the cost of cleanup.
PHASE 3 -
Environmental Site Remediation
A Phase 3 consists of implementing the remediation activities that will
abate the problems identified and characterized in the previous two phases.
It may include containment or removal of the pollutants, decontamination,
abatement of the site, and remediation. An interim or final closure report
will be prepared documenting the process and presenting SEA's conclusions.
Storage Tank (UST) Services
SEA's comprehensive UST
services include compliance evaluations, facility upgrades, development of
management plans, as well as monitoring, sampling, and chemical analysis
during tank excavation. We evaluate, on an individual basis, each tank's
construction, age, condition, and content in light of a particular area's
UST regulations and hydro geologic conditions. We note deficiencies,
recommend upgrade alternatives, develop compliance management programs, all
to reduce exposure to present and future clean-up liabilities.
SEA can remediate any problems including spills or leaks. Our
project management services are complete, from inspection through
remediation in the most cost-efficient manner. An interim or final closure
report will be prepared documenting the process and presenting SEA's
A confined space is defined as a space large enough and so configured
that an employee can bodily enter and perform the assigned work; has
limited or restricted means for entry or exit; and is not designed for
continuous occupancy. SEA can help identify and evaluate areas of potential
hazard and establish procedures and practices for safe entry and rescue.
The written programs SEA develop include a system for preparing, issuing,
using and canceling entry permits, testing and monitoring standards,
training guidelines, emergency rescue procedures, and periodic review
criteria for a facilities confined spaces.
SEA's professionals have acquired extensive experience in designing and
managing soil/groundwater investigations which utilize monitoring wells,
soil borings, test pits, geophysical testing, soil gas surveys, sampling,
laboratory analysis, and other state-of-the-art screening techniques
to determine the level and the extent of contamination in soil and
groundwater. Only once the contamination has been delineated can a remediation
action be competently determined. An interim or final closure report will
be prepared documenting the process and presenting SEA's conclusions.
When environmental contamination has been discovered and the extent of
the problem delineated, SEA will determine the most cost-efficient
solution, and design project solutions to definitively resolve the problem.
Our design work is followed by contractor selection and oversight to ensure
that a property is rendered environmentally compliant. When a remediation
action is required, the process outlined above as a Phase 3 would be
implemented. An interim or final closure report will be prepared
documenting the process and presenting SEA's conclusions.
Finding a suitable location for a landfill has become increasingly
difficult and at the same time, important. In addition, solid waste
and RCRA landfills continue to release pollutants into their
surroundings. SEA offers professional services to both site new and
remediate old or existing landfills.
If you have any questions
or comments about Spectrum Environmental Associates, Inc. or the
services we offer, please let us know.
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Schenectady , NY 12304