Environmental Assessments for Marijuana Grow Operations
Over the five year period from 2007 to 2011, there were 662 confirmed marijuana grow operations (MGOs) in Edmonton and Calgary reported by the Government of Alberta. Growing marijuana indoors is a dangerous undertaking and can result in extensive property damage and adverse health effects as a result of mould contamination and chemical exposure. Often, property owners suffer as a result of the a marijuana grow operation set up by a tenant renting the property.
An MGO is usually subject to an order and a Notice of Health Hazard registration on the land title. Alberta Health Services (AHS) Environmental Public Health is actively involved in the assessment and remediation of MGOs. Specifically, AHS established strict requirements for the repair, rehabilitation and remediation of MGOs. AHS requires property owners to obtain an Assessment Report from a qualified Environmental Consultant and a copy of the report must be provided to AHS. The AHS requirements include protocols for water and air sampling, and specific requirements have been established for fungal air testing to ensure that the premise has been effectively remediate.
AirVironment Canada has been the consultant of choice for many owners affected by MGOs. We have been involved in consultations regarding the establishment of environmental guidelines, and we have almost 20 years of experience ensuring that remediation projects meet all standards established by AHS and other institutions.