In Québec, as in all over North America, contaminated sites make up part of the landscape. As much in municipalities as in the deepest parts of the wilderness. Polluted land areas are often a result of inadequate industrial practices that have existed for many years. Sometimes illegal dumpsites are a result of the mismanagement of hazardous waste. Today, these past mistakes and illegal practices have created significant costs for municipalities and their citizens.
Thankfully, things have changed in hazardous waste and contaminated site management. Soil protection and groundwater policies as well as soil remediation policies have been implemented across North America. Municipalities, the Québec government and the federal government have to allow public access to their contaminated site registries.
When companies abandon a factory, either as a result of reorganization, bankruptcy or otherwise, municipalities are forced to inherit these orphaned sites. These abandoned sites, such as old gas stations or car garages, must be assessed. Land abandonment in urban areas favours urban sprawl in rural or surrounding areas, which incurs significant costs for the extension of services to its municipality. Whether it be for the sewer system, municipal drinking water, electricity, and/or the construction and maintenance of roads, these abandoned sites often have potential and are in interesting geographic locations. As these areas do not currently generate revenue for municipalities, there is a great advantage for municipalities to proceed with the treatment of the polluted land.
Québec offers many advantages to municipalities wishing to improve the management of their hazardous waste and polluted land. The presence of regulatory bodies and supporting organizations encourage the development of new technologies.
The Green Municipal Fund offers Canadian municipalities grants to help them improve their hazardous waste and treatment practices. ClimatSol-Plus, a Québec program, offers financial support as well. For example, a municipality could obtain financial assistance if it wishes to proceed with the decontamination of hydrocarbon contaminated soils.
Located in Québec, RSI Environmental uses a unique process that eliminates 99.9999% of organochlorine compounds found in contaminated soils and our soil remediation solutions are just as efficient at 99.99% remediation for hydrocarbon-impacted soils.
Our facility is fully equipped to receive and quickly treat impacted soils. We are committed to treating contaminated sites promptly so that municipalities can start to generate revenue again on these vacant sites.