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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Cantera? Why not do it ourselves?

Unless your core business is remediating contaminated properties, your resources are better spent on your core business. If you hire an environmental consultant most consultants are not rewarded for successful outcomes, but are perpetually studying the problems.

Our business model is to solve problems quickly and efficiently. We are consultants who think like owners because we will own your problem asset. Cantera was started by the owners of Pioneer Engineering & Environmental Services, LLC. Pioneer has been in business for over 35 years and is an environmental consulting firm that specializes in Brownfields redevelopment. Pioneer has worked on over 30,000 sites and have successfully obtained regulatory closure on over 2,000 sites. Cantera has been in business for over 30 years and has successfully completed over 50 projects.

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How am I protected financially?

Most projects are set up with an independent escrow agent. We are paid out when we complete tasks. We also obtain PLL and Excess Indemnity policies. The Pollution Legal Liability Policy (PLL) Policies are designed to allow Sellers of contaminated properties to transfer their site pollution liabilities to an insurance policy or support a Buyer’s obligations to the Seller with respect to these site pollution liabilities. These policies can be placed in the name of the Buyer or the Seller depending on the negotiated environmental indemnity. Excess Indemnity will protect the owner in the unlikely event we fail to perform on the project.

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What about cost overruns?

As stated above, we have worked on 30,000 plus sites. Assessing and remediating sites has been our life’s work. Our core team of consultants have spent their careers with our firm. We have the requisite experience! We also use insurance products to help ensure that former owners never have to look back at their liabilities.

Have additional questions? Contact our team today.

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