ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION STRUCTURES FOR CONTAMINATED SITES
Environmental remediation is the process of containing and removing contaminants from water and soil so that they no longer pose a threat to people and the environment. One requirement of remediation is that the land and water are returned to a stable and productive state with acceptable quality, and this is called reclamation.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works with and supervises other governmental agencies, from federal to local, to perform cleanup and reclamation. If a company or other private entity is responsible for the contamination, they may be involved in the operations as well. The overarching mission of the EPA as it relates to environmental remediation is to ensure fast, effective, and efficient cleanup while minimizing the spread of contamination.
Cleanup sites include abandoned waste sites, sites where storage tanks may have leaked, Superfund sites, and non-operating mines, among others. Remediation has many stages that include the removal of the hazardous materials, restoration of the soil, and replacement of the native vegetation.
CLEANUP METHODS OF ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION
The level and type of contamination determine the cleanup method, but two general categories exist: ex situ and in situ. Ex situ cleanup is the excavation of contaminated soil or water and its treatment at the surface. In situ cleanup occurs at the site of contamination, without removal of the soil or water.
Many of the cleanup methods involve aeration or volatilization, which can spread toxic chemicals beyond the immediate area. Some methods, such as in situ oxidation, use substances that are themselves harmful to health. Containment of both the contamination and any cleanup chemicals that may be used is a top priority.
STRUCTURES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION
Alaska Structures®️ has designed and manufactured more than 55,000 engineered fabric buildings around the world. No other prefabricated or fabric building manufacturer comes close to our level of expertise and experience producing engineered fabric structures for environmental remediation. Our engineered fabric buildings adhere to the latest international building code (IBC), ASCE/SEI 7, and AISC standards of design and construction.
Here’s how Alaska Structures can provide solutions for environmental remediation and containment efforts.
REMEDIATION AND CONTAINMENT STRUCTURES DESIGNED FOR RAPID SETUP
Compared to traditional building options, such as wood, brick, or a metal building, Alaska Structures’ fabric buildings have the advantage of rapid setup, drastically reducing construction schedules. Though most of our buildings and structures can be installed without our help, we offer assistance as well as complete setup crews to guarantee that the construction of the containment structure needed for your operation is completed on time and within budget.
Engineered fabric buildings can be installed and left in place as a permanent remediation structure or quickly and easily disassembled and relocated to the next cleanup site. We offer crane-liftable structures for delicate environments such as mine tailings ponds cleanup operations, enabling placement of the building without further environmental damage.
REMEDIATION STRUCTURES OFFER PROTECTION FROM HAZARDOUS AIRBORNE CONTAMINANTS
Environmental cleanup can create volatile organic compounds and other airborne contaminants. Containment structures from Alaska Structures can be outfitted with ventilation and air scrubbing systems, as well as positive- or negative-pressure systems that prevent contaminated air or hazardous compounds from escaping.
Alaska Structures GTX Series of gable truss buildings are well suited for remediation sites requiring large, clear span structures. With widths from 16- to 150-feet, custom lengths, expandability, and various door options, the GTX Series of fabric buildings can meet the specific requirements for cleanup sites, both large and small.
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