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DECOMMISSIONING

BUILDING DECOMMISSIONING

L&R has a qualified team of specialists that provide Building Decommissioning Services.  We provide Management of Facility Decommissioning Services for industrial buildings that require the removal of asbestos-containing materials, industrial wastes and regulated building wastes.  Our oversight services include compliance with various state and local government entities.  L&R creates value for its client by thoroughly understanding project objectives, current and proposed building uses and associated regulatory requirements or best management practices (BMPs).

L&R has a qualified team of Remediation specialists that can provide demolition consulting and oversight for residential, industrial, commercial, institutional and municipal buildings.

L&R’s personnel are well versed at preparing systemic and tailored approaches for assessing and proactively managing hazardous material concerns during demolition projects.  Our oversight services include compliance with various state and local government entities.  L&R creates value for its clients by thoroughly understanding project objectives, current and proposed building uses and associated regulatory requirements or best management practices.

Building Decommissioning Services Include:

  • Managing and Oversight of building decommissioning
  • Oversight of the removal of asbestos-containing materials, industrial wastes, and other regulated building wastes
  • Oversight of waste removal
  • Documentation of compliance with project specifications and local, state and federal regulations
  • Contaminated soil excavation oversight
  • Bioremediation oversight
  • Preparation of bidding specifications
  • Soil vapor extractions systems (dry cleaners/petroleum sites)
  • Dual-phase recovery systems
  • Asbestos surveys and abatement oversight
  • Lead-based paint survey and removal oversight
  • Hazardous waste surveys
  • Oversight of waste removal
  • Groundwater extraction/remediation systems
  • Third-party and worker exposure air monitoring
  • Documentation of compliance with project specifications and local, state and federal regulations
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls
  • Radiological Hazards
  • Wetlands
  • Endangered Species
  • Cultural and historical resources
  • Ecological resources WHAT IS THE PROCESS:ASTM International has issued a set of standards known as Standard E1527, which the environmental professionals follow when conducting a Phase I ESA and consists of a prescribed standard for the professional to follow.  Banks and other lenders may request additional investigations that are not included in the list of ASTM standards.

    Review of Records

    The environmental professionals will examine records that show previous transfers of ownerships of the property if available and what the properties historical use was.  Any heavy industrial activities may be considered a Recognized Environmental Condition and warrant further inspection or testing such as a Limited Subsurface Investigation or a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment.  Aerial photographs will also be reviewed to show any historical changes or developments done on the property or on surrounding properties.

    Site Reconnaissance

    A site reconnaissance involves a visual inspection of the property and the surrounding properties.  Pictures may be taken of the property and some measurements may be obtained, however testing for environmentally hazardous materials is not conducted in a Phase I ESA.

    Interviews

    Interviews may be conducted with anyone or any organizations that can be helpful in providing additional information on the property or surrounding properties.  The environmental professionals may meet with local health departments, regulatory agencies, fire departments, utility companies or former owners.

    Report

    A written report will be conducted by the environmental professional that will outline the findings from the Phase I ESA and any conclusions that can be made regarding the property.  If recognized environmental conditions are identified, a Phase II ESA may be recommended.  The following describes activities performed when conducting a Phase I ESA:

     

    • Completed to ASTM 1527-2013 standard satisfying All Appropriate Inquiry
    • Executive Summary, Clear Scope of Work, and Provision of Supporting Documentation and Sources Checked are included in the Phase I ESA
    • In-house research department with extensive archive of historical information
    • On-Site reconnaissance for a standard Phase I ESA with in-depth interviews of knowledgeable site contacts
    • Interviews with appropriate Government and Private Sector Sources of Information

Asbestos is most commonly found in older homes and buildings in the following materials:

  • pipe and furnace insulation materials
  • roofing materials
  • exterior siding
  • wallboard and textures/joint compound
  • textured paints and other coating materials
  • flooring materials and adhesives

While many asbestos containing materials have been banned in the United States, asbestos continues to be used today in building material construction making it necessary to test modern building materials.

The following are some of the materials in which the use of asbestos is not banned and may be used in new construction today:

  • Vinyl floor tile
  • Roofing felt
  • Roof coatings
  • Non-roofing coatings
  • Millboard
  • Cement shingle
  • Cement pipe
  • Cement corrugated sheet
  • Cement flat sheet
  • Pipeline wrap
  • Automatic transmission components
  • Clutch facings
  • Friction materials
  • Disk brake pads
  • Drum brake linings
  • Brake blocks
  • Gaskets
  • Clothing

If asbestos-containing materials are disturbed by cutting, sanding or other remodeling activities, asbestos fibers can be released to the air where they can become an inhalation hazard.  To be a significant health concern, asbestos fibers must be inhaled at high concentrations over an extended timeframe.  Significant exposure to asbestos increases the risk of asbestosis or mesothelioma.

Asbestosis is scarring of the lung tissue.  Asbestosis restricts breathing leading to decreased lung volume and increased resistance in the airways. It is a slowly progressive disease with a latency period of 15 to 30 years.

 Mesothelioma is a cancer of the pleural lining and is considered to be exclusively related to asbestos exposure. By the time it is diagnosed, it is almost always fatal. Similar to other asbestos related diseases, mesothelioma has a longer latency period of 30 to 40 years.

Asbestos can be positively identified in air, bulk, and/or dust samples only by trained analysts using specialized microscopes.  L&R has trained and experienced staff along with the necessary equipment and instrumentation to provide quality asbestos analysis of air, bulk, and/or dust samples.  We offer various methodologies (NIOSH, EPA, OSHA, ASTM, etc.) utilizing Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) and Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM).
Laurie Kuther is an Environmental Professional and professional asbestos laboratory analyst. Laurie has worked as an asbestos analyst in the Treasure Valley for the past 11 years and has analyzed thousands of samples for the presence of asbestos.