Environmental characterization and assessment

Know Your Site

Environmental characterization is the crucial first step in determining the liability and hazards associated with a site. And with a project this big – you’re going to need the right partner.

Know Your Risk

A good environmental characterization analyzes the extent of contamination on any given site and assesses its risks. This leads to remedial actions, providing systems and strategies to better define impacts on the environment caused by site activities.

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How to Scope Characterization to Lower Environmental Remediation Cost

Learn to ensure proper scoping, decrease field data collection cost, target and limit field investigations, and reduce overall cost.

Better Studies.

Companies around the world use Anderson to identify and assess environmental liabilities and risk. Our studies result in measurable reductions in remediation and reclamation cost.

$ 1 M
Saved by Clients in Study Cost Over 7 Years
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Why Anderson?

Everyone says they can do environmental characterization – but we actually have marketable expertise with some of the largest studies in the country under our belt. Here’s what sets us apart:

We’re Data Driven​

Data drives our characterization, empowering our clients to make informed decisions. Utilizing our proprietary AE-STEP tool, we enhance the efficiency of gathering quality data, transferring the data to the GIS based database and generating reports. The data is verified and collected in real-time.

We Don’t Waste Resources

Our initial scope includes utilizing existing data on any site, which determines which resources are still required. This often overlooked step sets Anderson apart as historical data can provide unique insight and save clients time and money before launching further data collection.

We Analyze For You

We don’t just give you raw data. Our expert team analyzes it for you, providing insightful alternatives, site conceptual models, and design options along with realistic cost estimates to take the site through regulatory closure. As a boutique firm, we save you money without cutting corners.

We Protect You

Because of our data expertise, we look for and communicate possible liabilities, allowing you to protect your site and your company.

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How to Scope Characterization to Lower Environmental Remediation Cost

Learn how you can:

  • Ensure proper scoping for your environmental assessment and characterization projects
  • Decrease field data collection cost and requirements
  • Target and limit field investigations to meaningful data
  • Reduce overall remediation and reclamation cost

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We Have the Tools

Anderson has developed tools in-house, specially tailored for site characterization making the process seamless and thorough.


This proprietary data collection and management system takes information from various sources and brings them together in a relational-geospatial database. This enables us to collect field data, quality control it, and return to the client within 24 hours. Our AESTEP program has saved clients $1.7 million in 3 years. Learn more about AESTEP


This Cumulative Risk Prioritization Tool is modeled after existing EPA prioritization tools, but includes an evaluation focus, making it efficient to address concerns and view on-going active operations.

Scoping an Environmental Characterization Project

We at Anderson, understand that environmental characterization is a crucial step in any site remediation process. It is necessary for providing vital information required for analyzing the extent of contamination and for assessing the risks associated with it. It also leads to the design of possible remedy actions, up to the final selection of appropriate remedial systems and strategies. With our extensive experience in this field, we aim to show how we do the end to end processes that are involved in conducting environmental characterization. We can guide you through the action that we do each step of the way,

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The End Result

We’re all about tangible results. When we complete an environmental characterization, our clients are given a cumulative document that empowers them to make decisions regarding their site. Because of the accuracy of our Site Characterizations and knowledge of remedial processes and regulations, our Remedial Cost Estimates are as realistic and feasible as possible.

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Visit our environmental resource section with e-books, case studies, original research, stats, and tools to help you with your project. Once you’re ready to get moving on the project, contact us for a project estimate.


Anderson has worked with some of the largest sites in the country, including Rio Tinto Kennecott Copper, one of the largest mining operations on Earth. Contact us to see how we can work together.

While many companies provide basic environmental characterization services, Anderson protects you and your valuable assets by unearthing liabilities and providing fast data with our in-house proprietary tools. As a small boutique firm, we cost less than a large company while still delivering superior results.

Fast. It just depends on the scope of the project and the size of the site, however, as a “big small company”, we are able to move quickly. Our clients choose use because they want responsive service and faster implementation of innovative ideas.

Our goal is twofold:

  1. To define the extent of the problem, and
  2. To collect the necessary data to develop a remedial design. This includes a realistic cost estimate to take the site through regulatory closure.

Contact us to find out! Our no-pressure team would love to give you an honest assessment of your site and its needs.

Because every site is unique, we have a broad range of services that we are able to employ. Here are just a few of the services we may provide:

  • Chemical analysis, including what type was released, when and where
  • Soil gas/ soil vapor analysis including migration
  • Containment plume delineation and flow (both horizontal and vertical)
  • Vapor intrusion assessment
  • Contaminant fate
  • Groundwater/ surface water/ vapor monitoring
  • Stormwater management
  • Feasibility studies
  • Data gap analysis
  • Cost to closure estimate
  • Regulatory support
  • Risk assessment/toxicology
  • Third-party review if necessary
  • Litigation support and/or expert witness

Today we have offices in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and Washington state. However, we are able to provide services to those outside these states as well. Contact us to see if we work in your area.

Anderson has years of experience following US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) laws, as well as each state’s environmental quality laws. We are able to provide full regulatory support including all documents necessary.

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