Environmental Site Assessments
Simply put, regulations passed by EPA several years back required the owner of a
property to conduct clean-up of regulated contaminants, within a specified period of
time and to strict clean-up criteria. This mandate applies whether the owner created
the problem or not. As such, lending institutions generally will not loan money for
the purchase of commercial properties without an assessment for existing
contamination. In order to minimize financial responsibility for the clean-up the
buyer must meet the test of having conducted "due diligence" before buying.
There are three phasesof environmental site assessments. Each are implemented
according to site conditions and client needs.
Phase I environmental assessments are conducted according to ASTM standards to
determine if the property is now being used or has been used in the past for
activities involving, directly or indirectly, the use, generation, treatment, storage, or
disposal of hazardous or toxic chemicals, materials, substances, or waste.
A Phase II sampling strategy is developed, when needed, in consultation with the
property owner, that fits the Owner's needs and financial constraints. Analytical
results of representative samples of items noted in Phase I will confirm the
presence or absence of materials or conditions which may need to be addressed
through a planned remedial action.
In the Phase III remedial action phase, the extent of the contamination or concern is
defined, appropriate regulatory agencies are advised in compliance with
environmental regulations and a remedial action is designed and conducted to
address the problem.
CERL can provide Phase I and II services followed by post clean-up monitoring to
assure regulatory compliance.