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Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Risk Decisions

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry When doing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, sometimes the facts are on the border between a recognized environmental condition and an environmental issue.   This blog is my latest in a series of borderline decisions.   Here is the scenario: the Phase I ESA finds a classic REC on site.  Let’s say we have 15 years of dry cleaners on-site in the 1970s and 1980s—clearl... Read More »

No substitute for experience when it comes to HUD Project Capital Needs Assessments

Due to market conditions, the last few years have seen an increase in HUD/FHA loans.  In turn, the need for HUD due diligence reports has increased.  Consultants who have specialized in this area in the past have a backlog of work for several weeks, and in some cases, months.  As the law of supply and demand would dictate, consultants who had avoided HUD work in the past (very good consultants) ar... Read More »

Selection of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Vendor In North Carolina

When ordering a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment in North Carolina, careful consideration should be given the credentials of the firm and their experience with similar property types. Partner Engineering and Science has been involved in more than 5,000 environmental site assessments in North Carolina covering a wide range of property types. Read More »

Environmental Professionals as Required by ASTM E1527 (3 Comments)

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry There has been much discussion about the creation of a national environmental professional registration system and having a new ASTM Standard to require that a ‘Registered’ Environmental Professional conduct a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA). I support such a requirement, as Environmental Professionals too often have to compete with either non-professionals or... Read More »

TCE by Another Name would Smell as Putrid

Entry by JoeDerhake Entry When doing a Phase I ESA, we all know that significant on site use of TCE, PCE, or vinyl chloride amount to a recognized environmental condition. But will we recognize these chemicals if they are called by an obscure brand name? For example, Petzinol is a branded solvent that contains a lot of TCE and this may slip by a field inspector. Beware of the following common name... Read More »

Are Gas Stations Taboo for lenders

My previous experience with gas stations comes from a regulatory standpoint where the focus for evaluating the USTs was compliance. Currently, as an environmental professional, the evaluation of a gas station for a lender, involves more than just compliance when performing a Phase I ESA on gas station. The Energy Act of 2005 required that all USTs not inspected since 1998 to be inspected by August... Read More »

TRIENCE (noun) – pertaining to and the study of the ENVIRONMENT, ENGINEERING AND ENERGY as they pertain to facility management

TRIENCE (noun) – pertaining to and the study of the ENVIRONMENT, ENGINEERING AND ENERGY as they pertain to facility management. Is Trience really a word?  Do people really study these things?  Are they teaching Trience in high school labs and college lecture halls?  Is Trience part of the newly enacted federal government regulations developed to stimulate economic growth? The answer to three of th... Read More »

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