With community revitalization on the rise, properties where industrial facilities once stood are now transforming into new developments. Depending on their location, some former industrial and manufacturing sites are at high risk of releasing contaminated materials into the environment, for instance through soil and groundwater. We recommend keeping a contingency plan on deck in case contaminants are released.
Contingency planning is essential for a successful response to a hazardous material incident. In the event of hazardous materials permeating a property, a plan serves as a blueprint for removing or containing such substances before they reach sensitive receptors in the environment. It provides an overview of management practices and emergency responses.
Contingency plans are not necessary for every property. They are primarily used for properties where there is a direct risk of release of known contamination into a sensitive receptor like a protected waterway. A plan for such sites ensures you are readily prepared to address any released contamination before it affects the surrounding community, for instance entering people’s drinking water. It provides details on how to properly mitigate the issue, such as digging the soil to remove released contaminants or how to set up proper containment to minimize spread.
A response to removing contamination takes time to build a strategy. With a contingency plan, you already have a strategy in place, so you can address the issue if and when contaminants are released.
It also maps out a strategy for management and even provides a framework for communication between involved parties, from preferred contractors for cleanup to emergency responders to nearby residents.
Time will not be on your side in the event of a contamination release. Emergency preparedness is key to minimizing environmental impact. If you think your property requires a contingency plan, contact the Tioga team to assess your site.