A preliminary investigation aims at collecting and assessing all information pertaining to historical activities which has been carried out on a potentially contaminated site as well as in its near vicinity.
According to the provisions of Law no. 74/2019, an owner of a potentially contaminated site or a company running its operations on a potentially contaminated site must notify the relevant local environmental protection agency (EPA). The local EPA decides and notifies the owner/company whether a preliminary investigation is necessary.
An owner of a potentially contaminated site or a company running its operations on a potentially contaminated site must carry out a preliminary investigation in other cases as well, even if the local EPA has not requested it. These specific cases are as follows:
- when an activity generating an impact upon the environment ceases;
- when the activity or the use of a potentially contaminated site is modified;
- when the legal status of sites where an activity generating an impact upon the environment has been carried out or it is currently carried out is modified;
- when accidents leading to an environmental contamination occur, after removing the contamination source and the spilled contaminants;
- when a company declares bankruptcy or dissolution;
- other cases stipulated by law.
The AUDITECO GES experts have developed Preliminary Investigation Reports for private companies activating in various fields, by taking into account both legal provisions and financial efficiency.