Service Environmental Engineering Inc.
Michigan environmental consultants and regulatory compliance company.
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Baseline Environmental Assessment
The Baseline Environmental Assessment (BEA) is an environmental reporting document created by the State of Michigan to enhance a property transaction. The BEA establishes the condition of a site's environmental impact before a real estate transaction using Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment methodologies. This is performed before or during a real estate transaction by an environmental professional retained by the site owner/operator or a buyer or bank. This procedure can be utilized to minimize liability during and after a property transfer/transaction.
The Baseline Environmental Assessment can be important to either the Buyer, Seller and/or Property Owner in the following instances:
- For real estate transactions, to protect both the seller and financial institution from future environmental contamination liability of different releases (old vs. new) into the soil and/or groundwater.
- For a property identified as a "Facility: a site that contains regulated constituents above Residential Clean-up criteria per MDEQ guidelines.
- Required to be implemented for all "facilities" by an environmental professional within 45 days of the sale transaction date, or occupancy date and
- Required to be submitted for all "facilities" within 6 months of BEA completion, to MQED ERD as 1)Submitted only (form PR4446) or 2)Petition for MDNR Determination of Environmental Condition Completeness.
Service Environmental Engineering, Inc. can develop the Baseline Environmental Assessment following completion of the Phase II ESA report and appropriate site specific intrusive testing. The BEA identifies future site use based on future hazardous material occurrence, distinguishing future hazardous substance release from those already on the site. The report includes a Document of Due Care Compliance (DDCC) section that includes Measures to Mitigate Unacceptable Exposure and Prevent Exacerbation of Impact, Reasonable Precautions, Property Use, Proposed Remedial Action, and/or Engineering Controls as Necessary for Compliance.
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