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Environmental Site Assessments and Investigations — We assist industrial companies, utilities, developers, banks, lending institutions, title insurers, state and municipal agencies and others in ascertaining the existence of an ongoing or past release of hazardous material into the environment at a site.  Through our experience on numerous site assessments, we have developed investigative techniques that provide the requisite level of information about a site at a reasonable cost.


Due Diligence Assessments and Investigations — We conduct environmental site assessments and property condition assessments to help our clients avoid costly mistakes when purchasing or leasing industrial, commercial or residential properties.  We also perform due diligence assessments when our clients purchase other companies and their assets.  While other firms may simply identify issues, our experienced staff helps clients put their risk in perspective.  In addition, our remedial expertise often allows us to develop costs for clean up.  We offer fixed pricing for remediation on a site-specific basis.  


Remedial Investigations — Once contaminants have been identified at a site, CMA investigates the nature, extent and possible health and environmental impacts of the contamination for the purpose of determining appropriate action for protection of human health and the environment. We complete a comprehensive examination of the site, characterizing the contaminants through sampling and analysis of soils, sediments, groundwater, surface water and air then generate documentation of the investigation.  In assessing contamination in groundwater, surface water and/or air, we may use predictive and analytical techniques such as computer modeling to quantify the contamination and migration rates.


Manufactured Gas Plant Sites With a combined experience of over forty (40) years, CMA has a long history of assisting utility companies to evaluate their real estate portfolios and address environmental concerns existing at former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) sites.  To gain the competitive advantage and eliminate non-performing assets, some utility companies are redeveloping these sites.  The impact of addressing concerns at these sites can affect the company’s balance sheet, overall corporate environmental liability, stock price, tax liability, profitability and public image.


CMA’s approach to MGP sites is customized for each site and focuses on:


· Developing a feasible end-use plan and risk-based strategy

· Minimizing or eliminating uncertainty surrounding the environmental costs of redevelopment

· Tailoring a strategy to match the client’s remediation, redevelopment and financial objectives

· Identify a set of realistic property redevelopment alternatives

· Determine regulatory and legal requirements to achieve each alternative end use

· Financially quantify the property’s environmental liabilities

· Recommend a feasible redevelopment alternative and strategy


Our approach provides MGP site owners with a way to prioritize site cleanups.  The potential reuse or resale value provides incentive to remediate the site and achieve a positive financial outcome.  Moreover, the redevelopment of an MGP site can become a catalyst for community revitalization, providing a positive outcome for both the surrounding community and site owner.


Feasibility Studies/Remedial Alternative Analysis — Using information developed in the remedial investigation, a feasibility study identifies and evaluates alternative remedial technologies to determine an appropriate course of action to mitigate impacts from the contaminants.  A feasibility study analyzes several criteria for each alternative such as cost, technical practicality and reduction of impact resulting in a recommendation of one or more remedial alternatives and development of a preliminary remedial design.


Remediation — CMA provides clients with comprehensive design, engineering, and remedial construction services to remediate areas of environmental concern.  These services range from traditional remedial measures (removal, transportation and disposal) to the design, installation and operation of cost-effective treatment systems for contaminant reduction or removal.  CMA has developed and applied many cost-effective remedial technologies such as product recovery and groundwater treatment systems, soil and groundwater remediation through technologies such as vacuum extraction and air sparging, horizontal wells, ozone and hydrogen peroxide injection systems.


Remedial Design/Construction Services — Based on the results of environmental site assessments, investigations and feasibility studies, CMA applies engineering, technical and hazardous waste management expertise to design and implement appropriate measures to reduce contaminant levels and/or potential contaminant exposures.


Groundwater Monitoring Programs — CMA designs and implements groundwater monitoring programs to meet state and federal requirements for hydrogeologic evaluations and contaminant assessments.  These programs include establishing test parameters, well location, well construction, sampling protocols, etc.  Frequently, the data is managed by use of computerized databases to meet federal and state mandated statistical water quality and groundwater flow analyses.


Underground Storage TanksWe specialize in removal, abandonment and remediation issues concerning underground storage tanks containing home heating oil, gasoline, waste oil and other hazardous substances.


Environmental Permitting — CMA provides a wide range of services associated with the acquisition of environmental permits.  CMA has expertise in obtaining permits for projects in navigable waterways, wetlands, coastal zones and for surface water discharges. 


Vapor Intrusion StudiesVapor Intrusion is the migration of volatile chemicals from the subsurface into overlying buildings.  Volatile contaminants found in the soil or groundwater release vapors that travel through the pore spaces in soils into cracks of building foundations.  The accumulation of volatile vapors in structures can result in health concerns and can potentially create significant liability for owners and prospective buyers.      


Assessing the potential for environmental impacts due to Vapor Intrusion is an emerging field.  More than 26 states already have some form of vapor intrusion policy on the books or in development.  CMA prides itself in keeping abreast of ever-changing policies and technology and is here to help you with your environmental needs. 


Wetlands Services — CMA performs wetland delineation, wetland restoration planning, floodplain delineation, coastal sampling and ecological impact evaluations.


Environmental Health Services — We perform surveys to identify facility hazards including indoor air quality assessments.  Based on exposure levels, we develop respiratory protection, industrial hygiene and health and safety programs.


The following provides a general overview of the various environmental engineering, consulting and remediation services performed by CMA’s staff.  Additional information regarding these areas of expertise focusing on a specific project can be obtained by contacting CMA and speaking to one of our qualified representatives.