With the increasing concern for environmental protection and the costs associated with pollution abatement and cleanup, a large number of industries wish to evaluate the environmental consequences of a new or expanded operation prior to start-up. Unlike the "environmental audit" which establishes existing conditions, the "risk assessment" evaluates planned processes prior to implementation. This enables the client to allocate costs to the manufacturing process and risks to any environmental liabilities.
Environmental risk assessments generally involve input from several categories. For example, a new facility may be planned to increase plant capacity, but what about the "environmental risk" of that expansion?
In all evaluations, whether it be a unit operation or a new facility, attention must be paid to the need for the change, what controls can be used to minimize costs (i.e. product recovery) and what residual risks remain. This information can then be used by management in the evaluation of the project. Specification of control technologies allow for establishment of an "environmental cost" to the project. This is an important "first step" in the planning for environmental impairment insurance at a facility. Most importantly, remember the news stories about the plants that did not undertake a risk assessment.
Some examples of Pollutech's Experience with Environmental Risk Assessments are shown below:
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