Site Characterization

The goal of a site characterization/assessment is to assess the degree and extent of contamination for the purposes of regulatory compliance, liability reduction, and potential site restoration. Mid-Atlantic has conducted hundreds of such projects throughout the eastern United States utilizing invasive and non-invasive technologies. These have been performed at sites with soil and/or groundwater contamination resulting from discharges of organic compounds such as petroleum products, solvents, pesticides and PFAS, as well as inorganic compounds such as heavy metals and nitrates. Our ability to match the appropriate assessment technique with the site and its assessment goals has saved our clients time and money. Our disciplined approach also leads to more efficient cleanup of contaminated sites. Some of our capabilities and the assessment techniques we use include:

  • Hand-augers, mechanical drill rigs and direct-push rigs
  • Field screening techniques including use of mobile laboratories
  • Ground-penetrating radar, geophysical surveys and soil gas surveys
  • Laser induced fluorescence (LIF)
  • Membrane interface probe
  • Aquifer testing and modeling
  • Contaminant fate and transport modeling
  • Stream and surface water impact assessments
  • Risk assessments

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