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January 06, 2014

Vapour Intrusion: What You Can't See, Smell, Hear, Taste or Feel Can Hurt You!

When it comes to contaminated property and its impacts to the environment, there is more than meets the eye. What may first come to mind are rusted barrels, oil stains, impacted soil and groundwater, industrial operations, service stations, dry cleaners, excavation and remediation and other more high-tech remedial options. And, in many instances there is a “hidden”, but ever present issue that can wreak havoc for those assessing, remediating or risk assessing contaminated sites, and for those selling, purchasing, mortgaging and redeveloping these properties. It is vapour intrusion.

Across Canada, there is limited consistency in how vapour intrusion is regulated. Some provinces address the issue directly through their site assessment and remediation regime for contaminated sites, while others do not. The federal government has published some helpful guidance on the issue. This paper provides an overview of the vapour intrusion regulatory framework and guidance across Canada and into the United States.

To read the complete paper, click here.

 

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