Environmental Due Diligence

Protecting you from environmental liability.

If you’re planning to purchase or lease property, take the extra step to protect yourself before you own it. Conducting the appropriate environmental due diligence of a property can save you from making a costly mistake. Perhaps you are certain the property you’re interested in has no environmental issues. However, have you also considered adjacent or nearby properties impacting your site? State and Federal environmental liability protections are available for local governmental units, lenders, and impacted neighboring properties. Liability protections are also available if you conduct the proper due diligence prior to purchase.

The purpose of the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) is to determine if Recognized Environmental Conditions (REC’s), Historical Recognized Environmental Conditions (HREC’s) or Controlled Recognized Environmental Conditions (CREC’s) exist on the property. REC’s are defined as the presence or likely presence of any hazardous substances or petroleum products in, on, or at a property:

  1. Due to any release to the environment
  2. Under conditions indicative of a release to the environment
  3. Under conditions that pose a material threat of a future release to the environment

REI’s Phase I ESA Report is prepared in accordance with the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standard E1527-13, Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment Process. It is intended to permit a user to satisfy one of the requirements to qualify for one of the three avenues for liability protection. That is the practices that constitute "all appropriate inquiry” into the previous ownership and uses of the property consistent with good commercial or customary practice”. The ASTM standard meets the requirements of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) "All Appropriate Inquiry” 40 C.F.R. Part 312.

REI’s experienced professionals will evaluate potential liabilities associated with the property and conduct this work in accordance with the Federal Governmental and ASTM industry standards called "All Appropriate Inquiry”. Not all properties and transactions are the same. REI can customize the appropriate level of environmental due diligence to your transaction by conducting the following:

  • Records Search with Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Transaction Screen
  • Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
  • Phase II Environmental Site Assessments