Environmental Engineering Services Since 1967
Laicon's mission is to provide quality environmental engineering and consulting services by a staff of professionals sensitive to the needs of our clients and the protection of the environment......
Regulatory Support Services
With the passage of the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, TSCA, UST, CERCLA, RCRA, SARA, NPDES and other environmental programs Laicon has assumesd a role in helping our clients understand and comply with the increasing complexity of regulatory requirements by actively monitoring their discharge pollutants and conducting periodic audits to maintain regulatory compliance. In addition, Laicon has written Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans and Environmental Response Plans (ERP) to comply with regulations that strive to prevent contaminants from entering navigable waters through the prevention, control, and mitigation of chemical spills.
Laicon's services include:
•Environmental permitting •Compliance reviews •Environmental audits •Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans •Emergency Response Plans
Other Services Available
Soil Vapor Gas Sampling
A soil gas survey consists of a series of probes that are installed using stainless steel push points with Teflon tubing as per ASTM D 5314-92. Sample locations are situated vertically and horizontally to maximize the potential of evaluating sub-grade vapor levels and minimize the potential of short circuiting. Samples from the soil gas ports are collected in 1 liter Summa passive stainless steel canisters. The samples collected for analysis are submitted to a certified laboratory for analysis.
The main reason of testing for asbestos involves a remodeling in an older building or the demolition of the building, when asbestos containing materials are disturbed through construction or demolition. Asbestos becomes a risk when it becomes airborne and is inhaled or ingested, which can lead to lung cancer or mesothelioma. Asbestos is found in commonly encountered material such as floor tile, mastic, plaster, ceiling tiles, air ducts, roofing materials, window putty and building siding. Laicon’s licensed asbestos building inspector will identify and sample the homogenous areas of Suspect Asbestos Containing Materials using the latest appropriate guidelines.
Clean Construction or Demolition Debris (CCDD) Sampling
Clean Construction or Demolition Debris is uncontaminated broken concrete without protruding metal bars, bricks, rock, stone, or reclaimed asphalt pavement generated from construction or demolition activities. When uncontaminated soil is mixed with any of these materials, the uncontaminated soil is also considered CCDD. Laicon investigates and samples soil / construction debris at a site to determine whether the soil / debris can be disposed at a clean CCDD landfill site or as uncontaminated soil fill material.
In many cases, residents are interested in the types of mold present and the possible relation to medical symptoms they may be experiencing. Certain mold species may cause serious illness in the elderly, infants or people who have weak immune systems due to chemotherapy or AIDS. Testing can assure the indoor environment is free of mold species that may cause infection in susceptible persons. During the investigation Laicon’s inspector will identify and sample the areas of suspect of having mold using the latest appropriate guidelines.
Lead Paint Survey
Much of the paint manufactured prior to 1970 was lead based. Lead based paints are in the interior and exterior of homes and other residential buildings as well as to commercial and industrial structures. Since 1978, lead based paint for residential use has been prohibited. Although covering lead based paint a number of times by paints containing no lead, the entire film can still crack, peel off, and become available to young children to ingest which can pose a serious risk of lead poisoning, cardiovascular effects, decreased kidney functions and reproductive problems. Testing can assure the paint is free of lead. During the investigation an inspector will identify and sample the areas of suspect of having lead using the latest appropriate guidelines.
Drinking water sampling
Lead or other contaminates such as parasites in drinking water can also cause a variety of adverse health effects. In babies and children, exposure to lead in drinking water above the action level can result in delays in physical and mental development, along with slight deficits in attention span and learning abilities. In adults, it can cause increases in blood pressure. Collection of drinking water samples to determine whether if water complies with current drinking water standards.
Dry Cleaner / Gasoline Station Audits
To ensure that a location is properly maintaining their storage tanks and record books, Laicon inspects the site and reviews product transfer procedures, purchasing, storage, disposal, maintenance procedures and insurance records. In addition, Laicon inspects the associated machinery and secondary containment areas for spillage, leakage and damage to dispensing machinery.
Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
The purpose of the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is to identify any “Recognized Environmental Conditions”, “Controlled Recognized Environmental Conditions” and “Historical Recognized Environmental Conditions” associated with a property and to permit a user to satisfy one of the requirements to qualify for the innocent landowner defense to CERCLA liability. That is, the practices that constitute "all appropriate inquiry into the previous ownership and uses of the property consistent with good commercial or customary practice." Our Phase I Assessment is a non-intrusive (no sampling or testing) investigation of the subject property and is conducted in accordance with document: "Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process, ASTM E1527-13" and ASTM E2600-10 “Standard Guide for Vapor Encroachment Screening on Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions”. In addition, our Phase I includes “Other Environmental Areas of Concern” including asbestos, radon, lead in water, lead paint, mold, mercury and vapor intrusion.
9914 Derby Lane
Westchester, Illinois 60154
Phone: (708) 345-9450