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Environmentals Studies 

Phase I


The purpose of an Environmental Site Assessment (SEA - Phase I), conducted in accordance with Z768-01, is to identify the actual and potential contamination of the property involved in the study.

The extent of the Phase I SEA work consists of: 


  • Establish environmental history by verifying that past and present activities on and around the site may or may have caused soil and groundwater contamination of the property under study;

  • Review environmental records maintained by the site owner and regulatory agencies such as the City's municipal archives, aerial images, fire insurance plans, etc. ;

  • Prepare a report that identifies existing and potential sources of contamination on the property.

  • The outcome of a Phase I SEA will determine the need to perform or not additional site research, ie the need to perform sampling in designated areas as contaminated..  

​Phase II

Following the results of Phase I, which reports on the potential presence of contamination of the property, the Phase II environmental study allows sampling and characterization of soils or groundwater at predetermined locations. Samples are subjected to laboratory analysis to confirm or rule out the presence of contaminants in concentrations above those allowed.


The environmental assessment of the site - phase 2 makes it possible to establish the rehabilitation of the land if it's necessary.

​Phase III

The Site Environmental Assessment - Phase 3 is the first step in developing the site rehabilitation plan. Phase 3 determines the extent of site contamination by additional soil sampling. 

By having all the necessary information, it will then be possible to properly target the affected areas and determine the volumes of contaminated soil, so that we can make recommendation, as to the method of rehabilitation that can be used taking into account all the factors involved  (type of soil, type of contaminant, dispersion, groundwater, available technology, structures in places, accessibility, time, costs).

​Phase IV

Phase IV represents the final step, ie the rehabilitation of the property following the results and recommendations made in phases I, II and III. At this stage, the contaminated soil will be removed from the site and replaced with sound fill in order to restore the site's environmental footprint. VICAT CONSULTANTS has the team and resources to carry out your rehabilitation project.

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