How Long Does a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment Take?

A phase 1 ESA can take fewer than two weeks for an ideal location with little to no development history. For a project with substantial documentation at the local and state level to review, the site assessment can last several weeks. Typical total time for a phase 1 esa = 2-4 weeks average. The time …

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Why Dry Cleaners Pose Problems for Commercial Real Estate Properties

Dry cleaning businesses are quite common in cities, small towns and urban areas throughout the United States and Canada. So is the pollution (and contamination) that a dry cleaning business creates. Due the chemical nature and resistance to degradation, the contamination that a dry cleaning store creates can pose serious potential risk for a real …

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Phase 1 Regulations: CERCLA, ASTM, and AAI

Any Environmental Firm should be experts in the rules and regulations pertaining to Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments. In this post, we will discuss three of the most important Phase 1 regulations, CERCLA, ASTM, and AAI. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) …

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How Do We Keep You From Buying a Toxic Radioactive Dump Site?

Thats easy – An Environmental Site Assessment Phase 1 The Basics A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I ESA) is the fundamental step in site acquisition and development. This report is prepared to help prospective owners and lending institutions understand environmental liability risks linked to the subject property. Phase I environmental site assessment reports …

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What Does A Phase 1 ESA Investigate?

Commercial Radon Testing

In commercial real estate transactions, federal, state and local laws can make the current and prior property owners liable for the cost of cleaning up contaminated soils, groundwater and surface water. This is, of course, a big deal. If you are buying or financing¬† a property, you want to know if any contamination or hazardous …

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The Hazards of Hazardous Material Surveys

When properties change hands, or when a commercial property requires renovation, environmental due diligence reports are used to confirm the property’s condition. Among the possible investigations is a Hazardous Materials Survey.   At issue is whether there are any hazardous materials on the property from past or current uses, or from past or current construction …

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Soil Testing In The Bay Area: Why It’s So Important

soil sampling and excavation

Subsurface Investigations of Bay Area Properties

Whether you’re a real estate developer considering investing in industrial space; or you’re a property manager that wants to protect tenants from environmental hazards, you may want to invest in soil testing and other critical environmental services.

Here are some reasons why:

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What To Know About An Asbestos Survey?

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California is one of three states that has a significant amount of naturally occurring asbestos (NOA) throughout the state. The other areas with an abundance of NOAs are Fairfax, Virginia and the states of Washington and Alaska. Asbestos in its natural geological state as a serpentine, or layered, mineral is not dangerous to human health …

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