Environmental remediation is a big deal. It is generally a thankless and sometimes expensive task—but it can be made easier. Of the two different types of remediation, in situ remediation – where the property is cleaned up on-site – requires remediation site enclosures to be done properly.
What is Environmental Remediation?
Environmental remediation is simply cleaning up land or water that has been contaminated with pollutants. If a factory set on a piece of ground for years, the waste products from the industry have often been absorbed into the soil and contaminate the property. This contamination can keep land from being used again.
Some contaminants can be separated from the earth, allowing in situ remediation. Others, however, bond to the soil. These types of contamination necessitate the complete removal and replacement of the ground.
There are two types of land remediation. The first removes the soil and replaces it with uncontaminated earth. The second type, or in situ remediation, removes the contaminants from the soil through oxidation or extraction. The choice between the two depends primarily on what originally contaminated the soil.
In Situ Remediation
It can be a challenge to prevent contaminants from spreading during remediation. Building permanent enclosures to house the remediation process can be prohibitively expensive. In addition, government involvement somehow never makes things go easier.
The processes for cleaning soil create its own waste products that can be spread past the original contamination site. As technology has improved, fabric remediation site enclosures have become more effective and more affordable.
Remediation Site Enclosures
Advances in fabric structure buildings have made enclosures less expensive and even safer than buildings that are more permanent. Because of the modularity of the design, the fabric over the flexible aluminum frame structure can be constructed to the needs of the remediation site. No foundations need to be poured, and the structure can be added to or taken away from as needed.
Remediation site enclosures can be equipped with all of the safety features a cleanup site needs. As work progresses, changes can be made to the design and the modularity aspect will keep the structure expanding to meet any unexpected needs. Once the job is finished, cleanup and removal of the structure is simpler and more convenient than tearing down a permanent building.
These temporary structures can also be rented, as opposed to being bought outright. Renting remediation site enclosures means that the costs can be kept reasonable. Once the job is finished and the need for the enclosure is gone, it can be removed from the remediation site with no further thought or concern.
Government Involvement in Remediation Sites
Since cleaning up polluted sites falls under the purview of the federal government through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the government has an interest in remediation site standards and controls. Renting remediation site enclosures from a company that has a proven track record of compliance and competence is important.
It isn’t just about rules, though—it’s also about financing. Because of the government involvement, there are financing and grants available for remediation sites that put forward a plan to clean up an area that abides by the rules. Using proven remediation site enclosures can help that federal money flow into the company coffers to make cleaning up waste sites a lot more affordable.
The Benefits Reach Beyond Decontamination
It seems that we are currently cleaning up our own messes—as well as those of the generations before us. Cleaning up after them is the job for the current generation of industrialists, landowners and manufacturers. In addition, we must take care of our own messes when the unexpected happens.
The advantage of using remediation site enclosures to make the process convenient and affordable is evident to many companies and individuals.
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