|SERVICES TO ATTORNEYS|
Trial Preparation and Expert Testimony
HAZCLEAN has developed a specialized program to assist attorneys in litigation. HAZCLEAN develops the appropriate expert information as it relates to each case and works with the attorney in a clear, concise manner. The selected expert at HAZCLEAN prepares in accordance with standards of engineering practice, engineering conduct and the engineering code of ethics. Investigations, studies and engineering modeling are part of the trial preparation procedure. Field sampling and analyses as well as on-site monitoring can play an important role in trial preparation. HAZCLEAN has over twenty (20) years experience in conducting investigations, on-site monitoring and report preparation as it relates to trial preparation.
HAZCLEAN supports all litigation activities and generally proceeds as an engineering firm for the defense. Occasionally, HAZCLEAN will support the plaintiff in selected litigation.
Phase I, II, III Site Investigations for Acquisition of Property
HAZCLEAN conducts an extended version of the ASTM Standard Environmental Assessment (ASTM Standard E 1527-00) for property acquisition. The site investigation for acquisition of property involves a detailed intrusive review of the property that includes a surface/subsurface review for raw land and an interior investigation for facilities or buildings. This program offered by HAZCLEAN is tailored especially for a business transaction considering acquisition of potentially contaminated property.
Contamination Investigation & Remediation
HAZCLEAN provides a full range of services necessary to investigate and remediate contaminated properties. Our services involve conducting the initial on-site investigation to determine the extent of contamination to be remediated. Innovative technologies are part of the feasibility and treatability investigation to be conducted. Once the selected innovative technology has been investigated at the laboratory and field scale, a full-scale remediation design will be developed. HAZCLEAN will select the most cost efficient and cost effective technology and will retain the services of qualified contractors for on-site installation. HAZCLEAN provides the construction oversight as well as the project start-up and performance evaluation. HAZCLEAN will provide on-site support services as necessary to ensure remediation is in accordance with the plans and specifications. Additionally, HAZCLEAN will assist with the long-term monitoring of the program and provide regulatory assistance at various points until final project completion and site closure.
Brownfields Investigation, Remediation and Redevelopment
HAZCLEAN’s experience with distressed properties extends back prior to the descriptor "Brownfields." Our business focus has been to characterize distressed properties, assess the risk of ownership and/or reclamation of distressed properties, and assist with engineering projects for the ultimate disposition of distressed properties, including reclamation for reuse. In addition to HAZCLEAN’s extensive experience in managing hazardous site characterization and remediation projects, E. Corbin McGriff, Jr., Ph.D., P.E., President and Director of HAZCLEAN Operations, is a licensed real estate professional with established relationships in the commercial property development and financial service industries, giving HAZCLEAN a unique perspective in evaluating and reclaiming Brownfield properties for re-introduction to the industrial marketplace. HAZCLEAN is currently teaming with a local commercial property real estate broker to evaluate and develop out-of-service near-Brownfield type properties.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Program for Commercial, Industrial and Residential Properties
HAZCLEAN ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANTS, INC. (HAZCLEAN) has developed an indoor air quality investigation program with specific emphasis on diagnosis of the indoor air quality problem.
The goal of the diagnostic approach to the building investigation is to identify and solve the indoor air quality complaint, to prevent it from recurring, and to eliminate other problems.
The HAZCLEAN diagnostic building investigation program objective is identifying indoor air quality problems and solving these problems through a specific engineering control strategy. This IAQ diagnostic investigation involves a five (5) phased approach which is presented in a schematic fashion in Figure 1 and itemized in a phased approach as follows:
Phase I: Conduct an Initial Building Walk-Through and Develop an Indoor Air Quality Profile
The initial IAQ investigation begins with one or more reasons for concern involving occupant exposure. The diagnostic building investigation flow chart presented in Figure 1 indicates that the IAQ investigation is a cycle of information-collecting, hypothesis formation and hypothesis testing. The goal of the investigation is to understand the IAQ problem well enough to solve it. Notably, many IAQ problems have more than one (1) cause and may respond to or require several engineering corrective action designs.
HAZCLEAN will conduct an initial walk-through of the problem area to collect information about all four (4) of the basic factors that influence indoor air quality such as occupants, HVAC system, contaminant/pollutant pathways, and contaminant/ pollutant sources. The objective of the initial walk-through is to collect fundamental information about the facility to develop a building or facility profile. If the initial walk-through does not provide enough information to resolve the problem then HAZCLEAN will proceed to Phase II which will develop a comprehensive database to form an IAQ hypothesis.
Phase II: Develop a Comprehensive Building-Wide Data Collection Program
HAZCLEAN will conduct a comprehensive data collection program in the second phase of the IAQ investigation which will involve specific data about the occupant complaints, the HVAC system, contaminant/pollutant pathways, and contaminant/ pollutant sources. The purpose of the comprehensive database development program is to establish one (1) or more hypothesis which could possibly explain the IAQ problem. HAZCLEAN will utilize a number of standard forms during the comprehensive portion of the investigation which are used to track the course of an investigation from receipt of the initial complaint until the present time. The comprehensive database development program consists of the following elements:
Collection of Occupant Information