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Environmental Services                                      Frequently Asked Questions

PINTER offers a variety of environmental services including Phase I ESAs, site screenings and partial Phase I ESAs. Our experience with subsequent phases such as Phase II, Phase III and remediation techniques, our years of interaction with Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment (SMOE) and our construction and engineering background provide us with a unique blend of skills which culminate in practical approaches to environmental concerns and provide for cost-effective solutions.

PINTER has completed hundreds of ESAs including all stages from Phase I, Phase II and Phase III.  Our experience includes a wide range of contaminants including metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, poly-aromatic hydrocarbons, PCBs, Dioxins and Furans, agricultural chemicals, fertilizers, salt, asbestos, and mould and fungus.  PINTER has knowledge of current technologies and extensive experience at many complex sites, which allows us to develop the most appropriate and lowest cost remediation plan for any site.

Services Offered by PINTER

  • Phase I (ESA) Environmental Site Assessments
  • Phase II (ESA) Investigations
  • Phase III (ESA) Site Remediation
  • Landfill Environmental Site Assessments (PINTER Waste Management Services)
  • Environmental Risk / Impact Assessments
  • Environmental Screening Reports (ESR)
  • Environmental & Groundwater Monitoring
  • Environmental Management Plan Development (EMP)
  • Groundwater Investigations & Remediation
  • Building Material Surveys & Hazardous Material Assessments
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Assessments for Mould & Fungus, Asbestos, etc.
  • Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) Audits & Inspections
  • Ambient Air Quality Monitoring & Assessments
  • Ambient Air Dispersion Modeling
  • Electro Magnetic (EM) Surveys

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Frequently Asked Questions


1. What is a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?

A Phase I environmental site assessment is a report that identifies actual or potential on-site environmental impacts attributed to current or historical activities.  The assessment also identifies actual or potential environmental impacts on neighboring properties that have the potential to affect the site being assessed.  The scope of work includes a site inspection, interviews with people associated with the site and neighboring, an aerial photograph interpretation, and the review of historical documentation.  Keep in mind that a Phase I environmental site assessment does not include sampling or testing.


2. How long does a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment take to complete?

A typical Phase I environmental site assessment takes between 15 and 20 business days to complete.


3. Why do I need a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment?

A Phase I environmental site assessment provides property owners, buyers, and lenders with the environmental history of a property.  This history is used to determine potential liabilities associated with a property.  Phase I environmental site assessments are required for the majority of real estate transactions involving commercial and industrial properties.


4. What is a Phase II Environmetal Site Assessment?

A Phase II environmental site assessment is an intrusive investigation that is used to detect and characterize substances of environmental concerns at a given site.  Characterization may range from simply identifying that impacts exist at a site, to delineating (mapping out) the lateral and vertical extents of the impacts.  These environmental site assessments provide an indication of current soil and/or groundwater conditions found on a site and can provide valuable information in planning remediation strategies.


5. I need to get a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment done to satisfy my lender - do I need to get a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment first?

Although you are not required to get a Phase I environmental site assessment prior to proceeding with a Phase II environmental site assessment, we strongly recommend having a Phase I environmental site assessment completed first.  A Phase I environmental site assessment provides the information required to determine where the source of impacts may be present on a property.  Boreholes and groundwater monitoring wells can be placed according to the information gathered during the Phase I environmental site assessment.  Without a Phase I environmental site assessment, it can be difficult to determine where impacts may be located and this can end up costing more money in the future.  In addition, a Phase I environmental site assessment can rule out the need for a Phase II environmental site assessment or can uncover potential environmental liabilities that are unknown to a property owner.

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