Site Selection and Characterization

CEC performs site characterization studies for waste facilities to identify potential conflicts with regulatory siting and setback criteria as well as and existing environmental liabilities. Our review includes evaluation of existing conditions that affect permitting, construction, and operating costs, in addition to local issues such as access routes, zoning, public opposition, and leachate disposal options.

CEC performs site characterization studies for waste facilities to identify potential conflicts with regulatory siting and setback criteria as well as existing environmental liabilities.

Our review includes evaluation of existing conditions that affect permitting, construction, and operating costs, in addition to local issues such as access routes, zoning, public opposition, and leachate disposal options.

Siting criteria evaluated during this phase can include, wetlands, streams, flood plains, hydrogeology, soil prequalification, airports, unstable property, fault areas, seismic impact zones, residences, domestic and public water supplies, parks, and other relevant criteria.

Possible waste facilities to be purchased by our clients are evaluated for environmental liabilities and historical compliance with regulatory programs.

We evaluate previous owners and property uses, perform value engineering of the existing design, evaluate environmental monitoring results, and other aspects which may affect our clients' financial risks, or identify fatal flaws in the project.

Hydrogeologic and soils characterizations are performed to support the permitting and design of the facility.

Investigations include reviewing published data, monitoring well and piezometer installation, and aquifer testing, evaluation and identification. Data are used to define hydrogeologic conditions including aquifer extent, water levels, and flow characteristics.

When necessary, simple or complex groundwater flow models are created to predict groundwater movement and assist with monitoring well placement scenarios. During this phase of investigation, on-site soils are collected and evaluated for use in the liner and final cover systems as well as site operations.

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