the 1960's and 1970's, Federal and State environmental legislation
and regulation had significant impacts on larger, manufacturing
industries. In response, manufacturers increased staff, became proficient
in regulatory compliance, but retained consultants for specialized
In the 1980's, Federal and State legislation placed additional demands
on smaller manufacturing firms, commercial enterprises, and service
industries. The consequence is a sometime contradictory, often overlapping
system of environmental laws and regulations which may require full-time
monitoring. PROVAN & LORBER, INC.'s environmental services are
designed to address these demands.
PROVAN & LORBER, INC. provides site assessments for commercial/industrial
properties and for undeveloped land subject to real estate transfer.
Our clients include private firms, individuals, financial institutions,
title guarantee firms, and realtors.
Environmental site assessments address factors related to hazardous
waste activity and contamination of soils and groundwater. These
are classified as Level I or Level II, depending on the required
degree of investigation.
Level I assessments include a record of site use/ownership.We review
historical site use information such as deeds, tax records, town
historical records, client information, etc. We also review State
files for hazardous waste activity and perform a walk-through inspection
of the site with visual survey for any indication of contamination/pollution.
A report is prepared summarizing the investigation results. Level
I investigations are most applicable to undeveloped land and certain
Level II assessments provide the historical site use, State file
review, and site visit, and include sampling and analysis of suspected
waste materials, soils, and groundwater. Test pit excavations/soils
borings are required to investigate soils and assess the water table.
The Level II summary report presents investigation results and the
laboratory/field test results. Level II investigations are typically
required for service stations, auto garages, bulk fuel storage facilities,
industrial facilities, and commercial sites.
PROVAN & LORBER, INC. provides a complete
range of management and engineering services for the owners and
operators of underground storage tanks and for other sites with
petroleum product discharges. These services enable us to assist
commercial, industrial, and municipal owners in complying with
current state and federal regulations. We can provide:
- Facility compliance inspection
- Regulatory review and permit assistance
- Site assessments for environmental impacts
- Subsurface investigations and risk characterization
- Groundwater sampling and testing (utilizing certified laboratories)
- Coordination of tank tightness testing
- Coordination of tank removal/replacement
- Design engineering of alternative containment systems
- Periodic inspections for compliance
- Petroleum Reimbursement Fund applications
- Site remediation
Spill Prevention Plans
PROVAN & LORBER, INC. has prepared numerous Spill Prevention
Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans for bulk oil storage
facilities. These plans review and make warranted recommendations
to ensure potential oil spillage will not reach surface water
PROVAN & LORBER, INC. provides site development and restoration
for existing industrial sites that are either environmentally
impacted or defunct. These sites are called "brown fields."
Some sites require the characterization and remediation of hazardous
wastes, combined with structural evaluations and civil engineering
design. Incentive programs are being developed by the U.S. EPA
and the N.H. Dept. of Environmental Services to restore these
sites which, in turn, will help preserve undeveloped pristine
In July 1996, NH RSA 147-F established a program to encourage
cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated sites. These sites
are underutilized or abandoned and, due to environmental contamination,
are undesirable to potential developers. These are called "brownfield
Under the Brownfields program the NH Dept. of Environmental
Services, NH Dept. of Justice, and owners work together to address
environmental concerns and obtain a Covenant Not to Sue, with
a letter of Completion of Cleanup.
The program is designed to eliminate the owner's future liability
with the site while still providing for cleanup and development.
The program is eligible to any person who did not cause the
contamination such as prospective buyers, creditors, or municipalities
owed real estate taxes. Most properties with hazardous waste,
hazardous materials, or oil contamination are eligible.
The U.S. EPA is currently
offering pilot incentive programs and grants to fund such Brownfields
PROVAN & LORBER, INC. provides soils analysis and wetland
delineations for projects requiring state or federal (U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers) permits. Our strategy is to identify wetland
compliance issues at the start of the concept phase of the project
and initiate communication with the regulatory agency. This
approach helps to minimize delays on submission and review of
applications. Permits have been obtained for logging operations
and small culvert construction projects to large multi-functional
wetland and diversion projects requiring wetland mitigation.
PROVAN & LORBER, INC. provides a wide range of hydrogeological
services for environmental restoration and groundwater supply
investigations. These services and the type of projects include:
We employ a state-of-the-art investigative approach that combines
intrusive (borings/wells) and nonintrusive (geophysical) techniques.
PROVAN & LORBER, INC. stresses a cost-benefit approach to
serve the client's project needs.
- Public and private water supply source evaluations - bedrock/overburden
sources, cisterns, and springs.
- Well head protection programs.
- Groundwater flow modeling.
- Infiltration galleries.
- Discharge permitting.
- Environmental remedial action plans - gasoline service stations,
petroleum storage tanks (above and below ground), manufacturing
industrial facilities, dry cleaners, tanners, and foundries.
- Landfill evaluations.
- Post-closure groundwater monitoring programs.