Spill Remediation


Spill Remediation / Restoration can be simple to complex.  Even the least hazardous materials in small volumes can have significant adverse effects dependent on the persons/properties that are impacted.

The Environmental Protection Act (EPA) defines adverse effect as one or more of the following:

1.  Impairment of the quality of the natural environment for any use that can be made of it.

2.  Injury or damage to property or to facility or animal life.

3.  Harm or material discomfort to any person.

4.  An adverse effect on the health of any person.

5.  Impairment to the safety of any person.

6.  Rendering any property or facility or animal life unfit for  human use.

7.  Loss of enjoyment of normal use of property.

8.  Interference with the normal conduct of business.

The Proximity to the following locations needs to be considered:

i)    Health care facilities
ii)   Senior and long-term care facilities
iii)  Child Care Facilities
iv)  Educational Facilities
v)   Dwellings
vi)  Places of Business
vi)  Transportation corridors
vii) Environmentally Sensitive areas
viii)Ground water and surface water features
ix)  Wells or intakes to drinking water systems
x)   Flood plain areas
xi)  Fish and wildlife habitat

Establishing the expectations of the proponents of a spill is paramount to completing remediation / restoration.  At a minimum the following would need inclusion:

1.  Proper classification of the tramp material collected and packaged at cleanup of the response
2.  Use of a competent and licensed waste carrier and receiver to properly dispose/treat the tramp material while managing costs.
3.  Final Report and documentation supplied to the relevant enforcement branches

Additional aspects of a restoration may include:

4.  Samples to validate cleanup is complete; restore to original condition

5.  Contaminated porous equipment/valuables may not be effectively cleaned/restored

6.  Loss of use of equipment/property may result in short term damages

7.  A previously undocumented spill event may require investigative analysis to distinguish between current restoration and former contaminant(s)

8.  Naturally occurring hydrocarbons may obscure the restoration objectives

At Hespro we are knowledgeable in the regulations and legislation.  We also understand the potential liabilities associated with "returning property to its original condition".  Our Professional Engineer will oversee the details of the remediation / restoration.