Welcome To Equilibrium Environmental Inc.
To provide a scientifically-based understanding of potential risks associated with a given contamination scenario so that proper remediation and management decisions can be made in order to maximize health and environmental protection and minimize associated costs while maintaining strong economic and social development.
In order to understand our mission statement, it is important to understand the term risk. Risk is essentially a probability for potential adverse effects, and it can be defined in a number of ways. Risk exists in everyday life, and contaminant risk should be considered within a framework of background risk, so decisions can be made while balancing environment, health, resources, and socio-economics. Risk can be defined mathematically, and thus lends itself to quantitative assessment. Additive risk represents the increase in probability of an identifiable adverse effect in a population at a given exposure above the background probability. Extra risk represents the probability of an identifiable adverse effect above the background probability, but within the proportion of the population that would not otherwise have demonstrated the adverse effect. While sounding technical in nature, quantitative meaning allows for clearer communication of risk or probability for adverse effects, which in turn fosters clear decision making processes.
The Equilibrium approach to contaminant scenarios is to utilize science, technology, and information to define negligible risk guidelines specific to a scenario, and to develop efficient remediation and restoration solutions. Negligible risk represents a probability of adverse effects that is considered de minimis, or to be sufficiently low such that it is negligible. Clearly there are scenarios where impacted media (such as soil, groundwater, or air) require removal and disposal at an approved waste management facility due to the potential for unacceptable risks to the health of humans and the environment. Insufficient expenditures of economic resources to mitigate or manage these scenarios could lead to an increased draw on economic and social resources for repairing the health of humans and/or the environment through mechanisms such as disease treatment in hospitals or more challenging environment restoration activities such as re-establishing wildlife populations. Conversely, there is a need to avoid the unnecessary expenditure of economic resources through the remediation of impacted media that represent a negligible risk. The remediation of impacted media representing a negligible risk is not considered a sustainable and efficient use of resources. Ultimately, there are both health and socio-economic reasons to provide a more rigorous understanding of potential risks, for defining the extent of remediation and/or management that would be required for a given contaminant scenario. Similarly, there are health and socio-economic drivers for utilizing technology, science, and information in the development of innovative approaches to remediation and environmental restoration. Equilibrium goal is to provide an approach that balances the factors above in order to achieve a balanced environment.