Engineering & Environmental Compliance Support
Certificate of Approval (Air & Noise) Application Preparation As part of the application preparation, an emissions summary must be prepared and emissions must be dispersion modeled to determine compliance with Ontario Regulation 419/05 point of impingement values. Depending on the proximity of the site to residential areas, the noise impacts from the operation of the equipment must also be assessed at the nearest residence. MTE has extensive experience in preparing emission inventories and Certificate of Approval (Air & Noise) Applications for our clients.
The Canadian Environmental Protection Act requires facilities that manufacture, process or otherwise use any of the over 300 National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) listed substances, and meet the reporting thresholds, to report their releases or transfers to Environment Canada (EC) annually. In 2001, the Ontario Ministry of Environment (MOE) amended the requirements of Ontario Regulation (O. Reg.) 227/00 with O. Reg. 127/01. This regulation requires industrial, commercial, institutional, and municipal facilities, which meet the reporting requirements, to calculate and report emissions of listed contaminants.
Underground Storage Tank Removals Underground storage tanks (UST's), commonly used in the past for fuel, oil, and other hazardous materials, have become a source for environmental concern. Over time, the integrity of these tanks naturally degrades, greatly increasing the possibility of a leak. Such leaks can cause the tank contents to contaminate soil, groundwater, drinking water, and surface water. For these reasons, many businesses choose to decommission underground storage tanks. MTE can assist with the decommissioning of UST's. MTE can also assess the extent of any contamination, monitor the removal of the tank and any contaminated soil and groundwater, and provide complete project management for your tank removal and soil remediation as necessary.
Waste Audits & Waste Reduction Workplans as Required by Ontario Under the 3Rs Regulations and the Waste Diversion Act, Ontario waste generators are required to regularly assess the efficiency of their diversion programs by conducting an annual Waste Audit. Based on the results of the audit, waste generators are then required to develop and implement a Waste Reduction Work Plan to help increase the amount of waste being diverted from landfills.
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment The objective of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is to assess the risk of potential environmental liability at a property associated with current or historical activities at the site and neighbouring lands. A Phase I ESA does not include the collection or laboratory analyses of samples of soil, groundwater, or other materials; these activities are associated with Phase II Environmental Site Assessments. MTE's Phase I ESAs are typically completed to meet the requirements of CSA Standard Z768-01, and will satisfy the requirements of O.Reg. 153/04 for obtaining a Record of Site Condition.
Phase II Environmental Site Assessment The objective of a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is to define the nature and extent of any environmental impacts at a site through an intrusive sampling program. MTE's Phase II ESAs are typically completed in accordance with the requirements of CAN/CSAZ769-00, and meet the requirements of O.Reg. 153/04, Records of Site Condition. Sampling protocols follow Ontario Ministry of the Environment guidelines, or, where appropriate, federal (Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment) requirements and protocols.
Contaminated Site Remediation & Associated Site Specific Risk Assessments Our involvement in remediation projects has ranged from third party reviews, the completion of detailed or preliminary environmental assessments, through to the implementation of the remedial action plan including liaison with regulatory bodies, remedial option/feasibility studies, public consultation, tender documents preparation, and construction supervision. Our multi-disciplinary team of engineering, geoscience and environmental specialists have expertise and experience in a range of in situ and ex situ remedial approaches including excavation/removal of contaminated soil or other media, groundwater pump and treat systems, vapour extraction, biostimulant injections, and natural attenuation.
Risk Assessment Services Risk assessments can be used to identify if any unacceptable risks exist, and whether remediation or risk management measures are required to reduce exposure. They can also assist in the development of site-specific environmental quality targets that are protective of people and the environment. Risk assessments can also help predict whether emissions from an existing or proposed facility will pose unacceptable risks to human health or the natural environment. These assessments help developers and property owners to evaluate and consider various site development locations and environmental management options.
MTE enhances the value of our clients' projects by providing innovative solutions and management expertise in a personal, cost effective and timely manner. As a Practice-Centred Business, we strive to be creative in our solutions, focusing on delivering the highest quality product for our clients, while meeting their business objectives. As an employee-owned company, MTE offers value-added civil, environmental and structural capabilities to its clients. The company employs more than 220 engineers, scientists, technologists, technicians, toxicologists and specialized support personnel.