Environmental Site Assessments
Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA)
Environmental Site Assessments, are performed prior to property transfer or the closing of industrial and commercial real-estate transactions to determine if recognized environmental conditions exist on a subject property.
Many commercial properties carry environmental liabilities. Any liabilities associated with a property are transferred to the new owner following acquisition. To prevent or minimize buying these liabilities, performing proper environmental due diligence prior to your real estate transaction can provide you with information to assist in making an informed business decision. American Environmental Assessment & Solutions, Inc can provide you with a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment that can identify and quantify possible liabilities. By performing proper environmental due diligence, you are also creating a second layer of protection through the “Innocent Land Owner Act” against unidentifiable liabilities as long as it can be proven a thorough investigation was conducted prior to purchasing a property.
A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is the gold standard for evaluating the environmental liability associated with a real estate asset. A Phase I ESA is used to identify actual and potential environmental concerns and contamination at a Site which may impact the property value or affect claim to an “innocent land owner” exemption following acquisition. American Environmental performs ESAs in accordance with the most recent American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard E 1527-05, Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessment.
Financial institutions frequently require that a Phase I ESA be conducted to accomplish this task. Overlooking this concern can cost you substantial future environmental expenditures, even if you did not create or contribute to the contamination.
American Environmental Phase I ESA includes:
- A review of historical and current environmental records and documentation pertaining to the Site, including review of Sanborn Insurance Maps, aerial photos and USGS 7.5′ topographical maps;
- Regulatory records review, including Federal, State, Local and Tribal records concerning the property and the neighboring properties;
- Performance of an on-site visit to view present conditions and evaluate any likely environmentally hazardous site history;
- Evaluation of risks of neighboring properties upon the subject property;
- Interview of persons knowledgeable regarding the property history (past owners, present owner, key site manager, present tenants, neighbors);
- Professional report, including conclusions and recommendations concerning the property, based on our professional judgment and findings.
American Environmental is well versed in numerous, lender-specific scopes of work. Our ESAs include extensive documentation of a property’s environmental condition, providing resolution of detected recognized environmental conditions and, when necessary, recommendations to bring these conditions to closure.
- Property Overview Assessments
- ASTM Compliant Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Transaction Screen Questionnaires
- Client/Lender Specific Phase I Formats
- Due Diligence Environmental Audits and Transaction Screening
- Environmental Inspections
- Risk Assessments
- Environmental Impact Statements
Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) / Subsurface Investigation
If the Phase I ESA indicates there is a potential for environmental impact, American Environmental can provide a Phase II ESA. The Phase II ESA will evaluate the environmental impact and assess the nature and extent of the concern.
A Phase II ESA normally entails collecting representative samples of surface stains, subsurface soils, groundwater, and/or building materials to determine if hazardous constituents are present at levels that represent environmental concern.
The Phase II project may include:
- Subsurface Soil Investigations
- Groundwater Investigations
- Service Station Investigations
- Soil Vapor Investigations
- Hydrogeologic Investigations
- Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
- Monitoring Well Installation
- Soil Boring Installations and Sampling
- Contamination Assessment
- Groundwater Modeling
- Comprehensive Site Sampling Plans
- Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) Investigation
- Leach Pool / Underground Well Sampling
NYC Little “E” Designation Assessment and Remediation
When environmental risks require active remediation of contaminants, American Environmental is experienced with current remediation design strategies including, but not limited to in-situ chemical reduction and oxidation, in-situ metals fixation, hydraulic control, soil vapor extraction, air-sparging, bio-remediation, solidification, and landfill disposal. American Environmental will develop a remediation plan for your Site, after thorough risk assessment and evaluation of remedial alternatives
- Remedial Action Plans
- Bioremediation of Soil & Groundwater
- Soil Borings & Monitoring Wells Installation
- Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE)
- Soil Excavation & Recycling
- Free Phase Product Recovery
- Groundwater Monitoring
- Air Sparging
- Remedial Designs
- Vapor Intrusion
- Spill Cleanups
- NYSDEC Spill Number Closure
- Brownfield Redevelopment
- NYC ‘E’ Designation Remedial Services & Compliance
- Community Air Monitoring
- Fuel Oil Spill Remediation
- NYSDEC Spill Remediation
- Vapor Barrier Design and Installation
- Soil and Groundwater Treatment Systems
Waste Management Services
- Hazardous and Non-hazardous Waste Removal & Disposal
- Contaminated Soil Disposal
- Waste Water Disposal
- Lab Pack removal and disposal
- Vacuum Truck Services for Liquid / Oil / Gasoline / Water Removal & Disposal
UST / AST Removal
American Environmental has extensive experience with Underground Storage Tanks used to store fuel oil for the heating of buildings. Regularly assisting clients, we perform all aspects of the closure process including permitting, tank excavation and removal, applicable soil sampling, assessments, remediation and closure reports.
Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUST)
Leaking underground storage tanks (LUSTs) can contaminate the soil and ground water if the contents of the tank spill and come into contact with the surrounding soil and groundwater. When petroleum gets into the soil, vapors can sometimes build up in confined spaces, such as septic tanks, sewers, and basements. Petroleum vapors entering homes presence a risk to human health as well.
Tanks leak for many reasons. The tank and associated piping may be improperly installed / maintained, the tank may be overfilled, or the tank walls may corrode. If an underground tank is more than 10 years old, and if it is made of bare steel or coated steel, the chances for a leak are increased dramatically.
If you suspect or identify that your underground storage tank is leaking or detect a spill, contact us to develop a corrective action plan to remediate the petroleum contaminated soil and groundwater to levels well below applicable regulatory standards.
- Compliance Audits
- Federal/State Closure Reports
- Health & Safety Plans
- Air Monitoring
- Air quality Assessment & Remediation
- Permit Expediting
- Project Management
- Data Management
- Agency Negotiation
- Client Advocacy
- Compliance Audits
- Contingency Plans
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