Environmental Consulting

Adastra Ecological Services, Inc. (ADASTRA) has developed an excellent reputation in the industry with repeat business being our best credentials.

Main Line of Services

Adastra has been conducting Phase I ESA's in Mexico since 1998. We have completed these assessments in every major industrial area throughout the country. Our experience includes major industrial park developments, large industries, mining developments and undeveloped land. We follow the ASTM standard to the extent possible in locations outside the USA.

ADASTRA follows established guidelines and commonly accepted industry practices including:

  • ASTM E 1527-13 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process
  • USEPA All-Appropriate Inquiry
  • ASTM E 1528-14 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Transaction Screen Process
  • Applicable State and local standards.

For several years, ADASTRA has been providing sampling and testing services on soil, water, air and waste materials. With a strong knowledge of regulatory requirements and many years of field experience, plus a strong relationship with drillers, laboratories, excavation contractors, waste haulers and disposal companies, we can provide comprehensive remediation services in Mexico.

  • Phase II ESA investigations
    • ASTM E1903 - 11 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Process
    • Soil sampling
    • Groundwater Sampling
    • Installation and sampling of monitoring wells
  • Remediation
    • Selection of cleanup and remediation strategy
    • Coordination and supervision of remediation efforts
    • Disposal of contaminated soil and concrete
    • Documentation and closure of remediation activities
    • Wipe sampling
    • Lead in paint sampling
    • Mold sampling
    • Complete site restoration
  • Air monitoring (stack sampling)
  • Waste characterization sampling

  • Environmental Inspections and Audits
  • Environmental Permitting and Registrations
  • Training
  • Site Abandonment / Closure Report
  • Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3)

Environmental Management

ADASTRA provides ongoing support to established facilities to insure continuing compliance with regulatory requirements. Among other services, we can assist you in the following areas:

  • Development of an Environmental Management System (EMS) - ISO 14,001 or equivalent
  • EMS Program Review and Updating
  • Annual Training to EH&S Staff
  • Implementation of Corporate Requirements
  • Development of Procedures and Tools To Assist with Compliance Targets
  • Implementation of Sustainability
  • Internal Corporate Audits
  • Translation and implementation of the Corporate Environmental Management Program
  • Development and implementation of specific EH&S procedures

Most of these services are tailored-made to fit your specific needs. ADASTRA can assist you with implementation of these and other environmental management programs.

Contact us to learn more about our capabilities in this field.

Corporate Requirements

Either working directly for the corporate office or assisting entities in Mexico to cope with their corporate requirements, ADASTRA has provided these services for many years. We have served many well known international corporations in the world with facilities in Mexico.

Please contact us to learn more about our services and capabilities in these areas.

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWP3)

The purpose of the SWP3 is to satisfy the regulatory requirements of the Texas Pollution Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) General Permit (TXR050000) pursuant to Section 26.040 of the Texas Water Code and Section 402 of the Clean Water Act. ADASTRA can help with not only the SWP3 preparation but also with implementation of stormwater management at your site including training, annual inspections and SWP3 updates.

Contact us today with your specific SWP3 needs, we are here to serve!

Waste Management Services

ADASTRA has experience assisting many US and Mexican companies to achieve compliance with waste rules or optimize their waste management practices.

Our services Include:
  • Waste Management Program
  • Waste classification and characterization
  • Packaging, labeling and storage practices
  • Waste manifesting and tracking
  • Record keeping requirements
  • Audits / inspections to disposal sites
  • Waste management plans
  • International crossing of hazardous wastes
  • Government approvals and notifications
  • Spill Management

Poor waste management practices can represent a significant liability to companies.

Contact us today if you need more information about our services and capabilities.

New Facility Permits – Mexico

Industrial facilities are required to obtain specific EHS permits and registrations in order to operate in Mexico. Permits are for the most part non-transferable in Mexico, meaning that a new set of permits would be required for brand new facilities or for the relocation of an existing facility. The type and number of permits are defined by the location, process complexity, chemical products in use, and specific regulations that may apply to your industry. ADASTRA has assisted many corporations in their EHS permitting needs. ADASTRA can guide you through the EHS permitting process in Mexico.

The main environmental permits in Mexico are:
  • Environmental Impact Statements
  • Risk Assessments
  • Environmental Licenses
  • Hazardous Waste Generator Registration
  • Waste Management Plans
  • Wastewater Discharge Permits
  • Land Use Permits
  • Water Extraction Rights Permits

Please refer to our "Permitting Flowchart" for more information about the environmental permitting process in Mexico and contact us for assistance with your EHS permitting needs in Mexico.

Health & Safety (H&S) Support

ADASTRA provides support to industrial facilities in Mexico to comply with the requirements of the Mexican Labor Ministry (known as "STPS"). ADASTRA can help you identify exactly what studies and testing are applicable to your operation in Mexico, to set up the proper sampling strategy, and to provide data interpretation services.

Our services include:

  • Creation of a "Compliance Calendar" so your facility would not miss a renewal of a study or testing.
  • Pressurized Vessel Registration
  • Indoor Air Quality Studies
  • Indoor Noise Survey
  • Indoor Illumination Survey
  • Development of H&S Programs and Procedures

Contact us for more information about these services!

EH&S Training

One of the best ways to insure ongoing compliance is with a well defined training program. The Mexican regulation has been evolving to catch up with international EH&S standards. As a result of this ongoing effort of the Mexican legislators, there have been constant changes and additions to the law. Applying these regulatory changes can represent a challenge to the industry as a substantial amount of effort is required to fully understand the requirements of the law.

Through the years, ADASTRA has developed general and custom-made training courses. Following is an example of some of the courses that we have provided for both local and corporate clients:

  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Training
    • ISO 14001 (Environment)
    • ISO 50001 (Energy)
  • OHSAS 18001 Safety
  • Health & Safety Training
  • US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Training
    • Hazardous Materials Shipments
    • Chemical Safety
  • “Consequence of a Poorly Planned International Transfer of Used Equipment”
  • “Fuels Blending Program in Mexico”
  • “New Waste Management Regulations in Mexico”
  • “Environmental Crimes in Mexico”
  • “Waste Management, the Proper Way”

Contact us for information about custom-made training courses to fit your specific needs.

Facility Closure

Since December of 2006 it is mandatory for hazardous waste generators to submit notice to the environmental Agency (SEMARNAT) when ceasing operations. This notice is typically submitted as the Environmental Facility Closure Report. The environmental closure process of an industrial facility in Mexico involves an inspection by an environmental professional, definition of environmental restoration and cleanup activities, review and organization of the environmental records and identification of missing elements, interaction with the agency and managing the official closure inspection by the agency. Adastra can assist you with the entire facility closure process.

Our services include:

  • Evaluation of the environmental condition of the site at the time of closure
  • Definition of sampling and cleanup strategy (as applicable)
  • Preparation of an Environmental Closure Report
  • Provide technical assistance during the official site inspection
  • Assistance to obtain the official Closure Letter from the Agency

Contact us today if you need more information about our services.