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Contaminated Sites and Soil Protection

Conceptions. Surveys. Safety.

Technical and industrial progress during the last decade have often come at a high cost: the results of improper handling of chemicals and waste have resulted in contaminated sites. The lack of planning for safety equipment and work flows still poses a threat to our soil. With our comprehensive knowledge, we can manage these risks.

Investigation

Performing. Recording. Evaluating.

During the last 100 years social prosperity has been growing at the expense of the environment, especially soil and groundwater. Contaminants are stored in former production sites, in landfills and in artificially filled sites. These contaminants pollute groundwater, surface water, crops and endanger human health. In the course of construction measures, these contaminants lead to higher costs and need to be disposed of. Authorities, owners and buyers require reliable surveys. This is the only way to safely assess potential threats, risks attached to new use and investment restrictions.

Tasks

  • Recognizing contaminated land and pollutants
  • Designing investigation concepts
  • Tendering for technical services
  • Performing drilling and sampling
  • Performing laboratory testing
  • Evaluation of natural degradation processes
  • Evaluation of investigation results

Our Services

  • Proposals and concepts
  • Tender documentation
  • Step by step surveys of contaminated waste sites according to the BBodSchG and BbodSchV (Bundes-Bodenschutzgesetz und Bundes-Bodenschutz- und Altlastenverordnung) [GermanFederal Soil Protection Act and Federal Soil Protection and Contaminated Sites Ordinance] and national regulations: historical surveys, historical investigations, preliminary investigations, detailed investigations, re-development investigations (redevelopment plans see below)
  • Sampling of water, soil and solid substances, soil gas and landfill gas, plants
  • Stratified soil gas and landfill gas measurements
  • Groundwater sampling, for example (Emissions-) pumping tests, direct-push procedure, multilevel tests, low-flow sampling
  • Water; – ecological and eco-toxicological investigations
  • Integral investigation of adjacent or contiguous stress areas, especially integral groundwater exploration
  • Innovative and forensic investigations (for example isotope analysis, Phytoscreening, Dendron- forensics)
  • ENA/MNA-concepts for natural attenuation and retention processes with reactive transport modelling
  • Expert services (in accordance with to § 18 BBodSchG as well as publicly appointed and sworn in experts)
  • Surveys and reports

Your Benefits

  • Expert assistance
  • Design security and risk minimisation
  • Legal and cost security
  • High quality and verified database
  • Years of experience and local knowledge
  • Regional networking
  • Interdisciplinary services from one single provider

Risk Assessment

Analysing. Evaluating. Assessing.

Contaminated sites can be old waste deposits on former landfills and former industrial sites utilizing chemical substances in their processes. Contaminated sites can pollute groundwater, surface water, crops and endanger our health. We systematically investigate suspicious sites and assess them in accordance with the BBodSchG and BBodSchV. We always assess individual cases and determine a specific course of action appropriate to each case. We focus on the solution, not the problem.

Tasks

  • Assess hazards for soil, groundwater, surface water, crops, animals and humans
  • Guarantee healthy living and working conditions (for example with urban land-use planning)
  • Check redevelopment requirements and define occupational risks
  • Assess usage scenarios with land recycling

Our Services

  • We undertake surveys and reporting
  • We pursue integrated assessment of anthropogenic or geogenic harmful substances in accordance with soil protection legislation and building law
  • We take all organisms and objects to be protected into consideration
  • We undertake toxicological risk levels exposure assessment (TERQ)
  • Expert services (in accordance with to § 18 BBodSchG as well as publicly appointed and sworn in experts)

Your Benefits

  • Expert assistance
  • Security planning and risk minimisation
  • Legal and cost security
  • High quality and verified database
  • Years of experience and local knowledge
  • Regional networking
  • Interdisciplinary services from one provider

Remediation

Choosing. Validating. Planning.

If the risk assessment reveals a need for redevelopment, we will find the best comparative redevelopment solution (retention or de-contamination). Initially we will develop specific and proportionate redevelopment targets, before we generate options for redevelopment solutions and after evaluating the cost effectiveness criteria. We will prepare the design plans and permit applications. We will assist you in making the right decisions. We will oversee and manage the redevelopment. We will take responsibility.

Tasks

  • Define individual redevelopment targets
  • Preparation of redevelopment solutions
  • Development of options and performing feasibility studies
  • Estimation of costs
  • Redevelopment planning
  • Tendering for technical services
  • Monitoring, managing and supervising the redevelopment
  • Implementation of redevelopment measures
  • Reviewing and improvement of ongoing redevelopment measures

Our Services

  • Variant studies
  • Cost effectiveness assessments
  • Design and approval planning
  • Execution and procurement planning (tendering)
  • Preliminary tests in laboratory and field
  • General planning and site management for classic and innovative redevelopment procedures.
  • HPC’s own redevelopment technology for groundwater – and soil gas remediation
  • ENA/MNA- concepts for natural attenuation and retention procedures
  • Integral redevelopment of related stress areas
  • H&S plans und H&S coordination (in accordance with the former BGR (< i>Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe) [Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources]128 and current DGUV (Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung) [German statutory accident insurance]101-004)
  • Expert services (in accordance with § 18 BBodSchG as well as publicly appointed and sworn in experts)
  • Supervising redevelopment, site management
  • Monitoring, quality control
  • Stakeholder Management if desired

Your Benefits

  • Professional execution of building and decontamination methods
  • Expert assistance
  • Planning security and risk minimisation
  • Legal and cost security
  • High quality and reliable basis for planning
  • Years of experience and local knowledge
  • Regional networking
  • Interdisciplinary services from one provider

General Contractor

Evaluation. Planning. Overseeing.

We are experts in contaminants and all classic and innovative investigation processes, redevelopment and securing. We have experience from thousands of projects and are confident in our expert opinions and cost estimates. As a general contractor, we are a competent third party. For new usage, we guarantee that we will comply with public laws concerning redevelopment requirements at the fixed price including all enduring risks from contaminated sites.

Tasks

  • As general contractors, we plan, carry out and manage projects
  • We redevelop land until officially cleared and certified
  • We create and hand over land in the defined state
  • We deconstruct and demolish buildings and installations

Our Services

  • Investigation, evaluation, planning and supervision overseeing of activities
  • Efficient redevelopment solutions according to our customer’s goals
  • Carrying out and monitoring of all phases of the project
  • We take overall responsibility

Your Benefits

  • Sale or purchase of land without risk of contamination or residual contamination risk
  • Increase in value through the elimination of contamination at a fixed price
  • Expert assistance
  • Planning security and risk minimisation
  • Legal and cost security
  • High quality and reliable basis for planning
  • Years of experience and local knowledge
  • Regional networking
  • Interdisciplinary services from one provider

Appraisement

Recording. Evaluating. Estimating.

Previously used sections of land conceal the risk of contamination and liabilities. We take this into account with land transactions and investment projects. Important factors are Environmental Due Diligence (EDD) and Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) Phase I/II. We will estimate your investment risks and investment constraints.

Tasks

  • Proposals and strategies
  • Tender documentation
  • Surveys of contaminated waste sites according to to BBodSchG and BbodSchV, and EDD and ESA Phase I/II
  • Sampling of water, soil and solid substances as well as soil gas
  • Site surveys and revaluation of contaminated sites using databases
  • Integral redevelopment of adjacent and contiguous contamination areas
  • Valuation of investment risks and investment constraints
  • Expert consultation for contracts
  • Expert public relations services
  • (according to § 18 BBodSchG and ö. b. u. V (öffentlich < i>bestellte und vereidigte Sachverständige) [publicly appointed and sworn in experts]
  • Surveys and reports

Our Services

  • Proposals and strategies
  • Tender documentation
  • Surveys of contaminated waste sites according to to BBodSchG and BbodSchV, and EDD and ESA Phase I/II
  • Sampling of water, soil and solid substances as well as soil gas
  • Site surveys and revaluation of contaminated sites using databases
  • Integral redevelopment of adjacent and contiguous contamination areas
  • Valuation of investment risks and investment constraints
  • Expert consultation for contracts
  • Expert public relations services
  • (according to § 18 BBodSchG and ö. b. u. V (öffentlich < i>bestellte und vereidigte Sachverständige) [publicly appointed and sworn in experts]
  • Surveys and reports

Your Benefits

  • Expert assistance
  • (for example in the case of contractual negotiations or litigation)
  • Planning security and risk minimisation
  • Legal and cost security
  • High quality and reliable basis for planning
  • Years of experience and local knowledge
  • Regional networking
  • Interdisciplinary services from one provider

Initial State Report

Investigation. Appraisal. Approval.

The IED (European Design Institute)-Directive and the initial state report means new obligations for plant operators and industry. Die IED-Directive came into effect in November 2010. The aims of the directive were to standardize environmental specifications within the EU and to prevent unequal competition. Regulations (4 and 9 BlmSchV (Bundes-Immissionsschutzverordnungen) [Federal Emission Protection Regulations]) were adopted when the IED Directive came into effect. We will support you with all measures in the implementation of the IED-Directive.

Tasks

  • Preparing of initial report for plant licence (pursuant to BlmSchv Article 22 Section 2 of the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) 2010/75/EU and § 10 (1a) BImSchG for certain plants, 4. BImSchV, Appendix 1, Letter E)
  • Preparing of original state report as evaluation criteria for the final state after decommissioning or for preservation of evidence in the case of a subsequent retro- obligation (pursuant to Article 22 Paragraph 3 IED and § 5 Paragraph. 4 BImSchG)

Our Services

  • Investigation concepts for sub-plots or complete site areas
  • Testing procedural processes
  • Relevance testing according to lists of hazardous substances
  • Hazard assessment and environmental relevance assessment (CLP Regulation) of hazardous substances used, generated and released on site.
  • Checking the need for an initial status report.
  • Co-ordinating with licensing authorities
  • Soil and groundwater investigations pursuant to guidelines and standards.
  • Soil and groundwater status documentation

Your Benefits

  • Toxicology risk assessment
  • Expert assistance
  • Planning security and risk minimisation for the building owner during approval procedures
  • Legal and cost security
  • High quality and reliable basis for planning
  • Many years of experience and local knowledge
  • Regional networking
  • Interdisciplinary services from one provider (geo-scientists, chemists and process engineers)

Soil Protection Strategy

Investigation. Solution. Supervision.

After evaluating the soil conditions, we will define the targets for soil protection solutions at national and regional level. We will then clarify regulations with the municipal and environmental planning authorities. The catalogue of measures taken will be based on regionally relevant information and the relevant planning documentation.

Tasks

  • Implement soil protection and legal requirements, and requirements for medium-sized and large-scale construction projects (extensive interventions to protect the soil)
  • Guarantee environmentally compatible, protective and conflict-reducing methods for subsurface construction work and the technical aspects
  • Supervise proper utilisation of the soil material pursuant to soil protection requirements within the building site and beyond through soil management

Our Services

  • Soil protection solutions for public authorities as part of approval planning
  • Preparation of tender documentation
  • Inventory of soil status with soil mapping, soil sampling and documentation
  • Supervision of earth works
  • Interface between all parties (project developer, building owner, building company, tenant, public officials)
  • Recommended actions
  • Preparation of soil related mitigation and compensation measures.
  • Soil and recycling management
  • Documentation

Your Benefits

  • Expert assistance with soil protection and technical aspects
  • Planning security and risk minimisation for the building owner(s) in the approval procedures and minimisation of follow-up costs in the subsequent re-cultivation of landfills
  • Legal and cost security
  • High quality and reliable basis for planning
  • Many years of experience and local knowledge
  • Regional networking
  • Interdisciplinary services from one provider