Service Environmental Engineering Inc.
Michigan environmental consultants and regulatory compliance company.
Veteran Owned and Operated
ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
The staff at Service Environmental Engineering has many years experience performing ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs). These assesments are an integral first step in exercising due diligence. The obligation of property ownership creates liability , if there is a threat of environmental impact and the associated clean-up. Buyers, financiers, developers, operators, tenants, and owners have become increasingly concerned about the environmental status of their real estate. An ASTM Phase I ESA provides research to determine the potential for environmental risks associated with a property.
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) has been interpreted to require lenders, lessors, and buyers to be responsible for hazardous substance remediation. Performing an ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessment may create an 'Innocent Landowner Defense', and protect buyers and lenders from hidden contamination, while allowing for a more accurate valuation of the property.
The Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1998 requires ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessments be completed by purchasers of certain commercial properties. Purchasers of residential properties may be exempt from this specific standard, but it is strongly recommended to have an ASTM Phase I Assessment completed prior to beginning new residential developments, or before purchasing housing adjacent to a commercial property or environmentally questionable land or business.
Service Environmental Engineering, Inc. provides an ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessments to determine the risks associated with a property. Our Phase I ESA includes the following:
- All obvious use of the property back to the developed first use or back to 1940.
- Review of governmental agency records, agency staff consultation concerning federal, state, and local records and other pertinent information.
- Review of Michigan Act 307 Sites of Environmental Contamination, CERCLA, RCRA, SARA, and NIL lists to determine if any hazardous or non-hazardous exists within a one mile radius of the subject property.
- Visual examination of site facility and surrounding grounds including observation of adjacent property uses.
- Research the likely presence or former presence of above and underground storage tanks and/or transformers that may contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB's).
- Environmental/Historical use information obtained from aerial photographs and United States Geological Survey topographical maps.
- Interviews with present and past owners, operators, and occupants of the property and nearby individuals and public officials.
- A written report summarizing the investigation and evaluation of potential areas of concern.
- A recommendation if requested, concerning remediation or changes in management practice are made.
Service Environmental Engineering, Inc.'s ASTM Phase I Assessments meet or exceed the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) E 1527-13, Standard Practice for ASTM Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process (which was implemented in 2013) and E 1528-14 Standard Practice for Limited Environmental Due Diligence: Transaction Screen Process.
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