Impact Assessment & Permitting

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Major projects that require government funding or permitting typically require an analysis of the potential impacts those projects may have on the environment. We help our clients determine what those impacts may be and how best to avoid, minimize, and mitigate the impacts. 

Our experience in the analysis of potential environmental impacts includes mining projects along the North American Atlantic Coast, wetland projects near the Gulf of Mexico, air quality assessments in the Rocky Mountain Region, development projects along the west coast of the United States, demolition projects in the United Kingdom, and major landfill and industrial sites throughout North America and Europe. 

We work with our clients to provide a technically complete and legally defensible assessment of a project's potential impacts, including performing project technical studies such as:

  • Air quality
  • Environmental site assessment and remediation
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Hydrology and hydrogeology
  • Noise and vibration
  • Risk and natural resource assessment
  • Surface water and groundwater resources
  • Sustainability
  • Geographic information systems and data management
  • Wetlands and ecological services
  • Planned land use and resource management
  • Agriculture
  • Geology, acid rock assessment, and soil studies

We can assist through all the steps of a project, providing support for efforts to minimize impacts on the environment and obtaining agency permits and approvals.

Public and agency outreach

  • Developing consultation programs, including public outreach and agency meetings
  • Assisting with proactive agency relations
  • Coordinating with Aboriginal peoples, public and private stakeholders, and local concerned interests

Project development and design

  • Providing input during the design phase to help minimize environmental impacts from the start of the project

Data analysis and technical studies

  • Assembling baseline data and background information, identifying data gaps, and performing technical studies to support projects, including:
    • Ecological assessments
    • Wetland delineations
    • Surface and groundwater analysis
    • Geotechnical assessments
    • Air quality analysis
    • Noise analysis
    • Facility siting and constraint analysis
    • Aesthetics impact and visualizations
    • Phase I & II site assessments

Environmental impact analysis

  • Developing state/provincial and/or federal documents compliant with lead agency guidance and criteria.

Permitting and construction oversight

  • Providing field monitoring services to ensure that all mitigation measures are implemented and in compliance with permits 
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