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What is a Regulatory File Review and Why Might I Need One?

What is a Regulatory File Review and Why Might I Need One?

by Chrissie DawsonProject Manager A Regulatory File Review is required under ASTM Standard Practice (E 1527-13 [effective 11-13-13]) when the subject property or an adjoining property is noted in the Standard Environmental Records Sources during the course of a Phase I Environmental Site...

What are PFAS?

What are PFAS?

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of over 4,000 different man-made chemicals that include PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid), GenX (trade name), and many others.  PFAS have been manufactured and used in a wide variety of industries...

Understanding Environmental Assessments and Audits

Understanding Environmental Assessments and Audits

            Environmental assessments and audits are completed at industrial and commercial sites for a variety of reasons.  Real estate property transactions (e.g., purchase, sale, refinancing) are typically the driver for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs).  Suspected...

Pipelines Continue to Stir Controversy in Appalachia

Pipelines Continue to Stir Controversy in Appalachia

In the rural communities along the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s 303-mile route through West Virginia and Virginia, not much has changed since trees were felled in early 2018. Rampant distrust has grown since the big gas companies came in and utilized Eminent Domain laws to strip away a 125...

Understanding Brownfields Site Redevelopment Programs

Understanding Brownfields Site Redevelopment Programs

This is the first installment of a multi-part blog series on Brownsfields sites and programs. Many people have heard of, or may even be familiar with, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields sites.  To some, the name often brings about nebulous thoughts of vacant industrial...

Asbestos in Commercial Buildings – Abate or Manage In Place?

Asbestos in Commercial Buildings – Abate or Manage In Place?

Health hazards associated with airborne asbestos exposure were originally known to impact workers involved in building trades, the maritime industry, mining, and the manufacturing/processing of products which contained asbestos. Three of the major adverse health effects associated with...

Can I Conduct Something Less Expensive Than a Phase I ESA?

Can I Conduct Something Less Expensive Than a Phase I ESA?

A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), in conformance with the ASTM Standard Practice E 1527-13, is performed to “define good commercial and customary practice in the United States of America for conducting an environmental site assessment of a parcel of commercial real estate...

What Does Organic Dry Cleaning Really Mean? – Part I

What Does Organic Dry Cleaning Really Mean? – Part I

This is Part I of our 2 Part Series on Organic Dry Cleaning. In Part I, we explore the history of solvents used in dry cleaning operations and in Part II we will address exactly what does "Organic Dry Cleaning" mean and the alternatives that may be available. Some dry cleaners will...

What Does Organic Dry Cleaning Really Mean? – Part II

What Does Organic Dry Cleaning Really Mean? – Part II

This is Part II of our 2 Part Series on Organic Dry Cleaning. In Part I, we explored the history of solvents used in dry cleaning operations and in Part II we address exactly what does "Organic Dry Cleaning" mean and the alternatives that may be available. Some dry cleaners will...

November Marks the 30th Anniversary of the UST Program

November Marks the 30th Anniversary of the UST Program

November 8, 2014 marked 30 years since Congress created the national underground storage tank (UST) program. Specifically, in 1984 Congress responded to the increasing threat to groundwater posed by leaking USTs by adding Subtitle I to the Solid Waste Disposal Act. The greatest threat...