Do you need help complying with RCRA requirements?
Are you contemplating a property acquisition and need to understand the risks?
Do you need to confirm underground contamination and determine the source?
Do you need corrective measures?
EAE has experts to get you answers you can depend on and a solid reputation among regulators to support you. The EAE team wants to help you build a brighter future with a sustainable culture. EAE has embraced the principles of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), as incorporated in the Envision and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems. We have four personnel certified as ENV SPs under Envision® Version 3 and two LEED accredited professionals.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY:
“EAE's reputation for high quality work, high retention of qualified technical professionals, and its lean corporate structure which matches our philosophy were also primary reasons we approached EAE as a partner on a regional marketing initiative related to spill prevention, control and countermeasures (SPCC) regulations.
We are very pleased with the outstanding project management, high quality reporting, diverse technical ability, flexibility and responsiveness that EAE has consistently provided to the PSTIF program and to Williams & Company.”
H. Patrick Eriksen, President
Williams & Company Consulting, Inc.
Sioux City, IA
As environmental partners, we strive to complete projects that minimize the use of energy and non-renewable resources and reduce pollution, as well as preserve natural habitat and provide a safe and comfortable environment in which to work, live, and learn. We also have experts who can get you answers you can depend on, and who have a solid reputation among regulators to support you.
PHASE I • ENVIRONMENTAL SITE ASSESSMENTS
One of the most important items to consider when evaluating a commerical property is past uses and whether there is a potential for environmental contamination. These ESAs are designed to identify any historical uses by property owners that could have resulted in improper disposal of hazardous chemicals onsite.
Why is it important to perform a Phase I ESA?
The reason is environmental laws were written to make sure that a potentially responsible party (PRP) is found. Unfortunately, you could be the PRP; even if you prove your innocence, you could be held jointly or severally liable for the contamination.
This is not a good thing.
It is costly and can take many years to clean up. You don't want to "cheap this out." A high quality Phase I ESA may cost a few hundred extra dollars, but will save you tens of thousands of dollars in cleanup and legal fees.
At EAE our Phase I ESA Site Reconnaissance is performed by an individual meeting the EPA definition of an Environmental Professional and the reports are reviewed by senior personnel averaging more than 30 years of environmental engineering experience.
Call us at 913-599-4326 and let us explain how our approach differs from the commodity Phase I ESA performed by many of our competitors.
SITE INVESTIGATIONS AND CLOSURE
Phase I and II ESA, Multiple Additional Investigations, Regulatory Support
Confidential Client, Texas
What began as a Phase I ESA on a seven-acre site developed into a lengthy series of investigations resulting ultimately in a No Further Action (NFA) letter from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The Phase I ESA identified historical management of 70 acres including the site and surrounding area as a pecan orchard for more than 30 years. A Phase II ESA to assess potential impacts from this and other nearby property uses identified 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP) and 1,2-dibromoethane (EDB) in groundwater from a temporary monitoring well on the southwest corner of the site.
After it was determined that closure requirements under the TCEQ Voluntary Cleanup Program would require extensive additional investigation of all areas of the property, EAE succeeded in obtaining closure under a subsequent enforcement action through a minimal groundwater investigation involving installation of three temporary monitoring wells and one permanent monitoring well in the southwest corner of the site. TCEQ provided the NFA approving the EAE Affected Property Assessment Report without comment.
Phase I and II ESA
Surface soil grid sampling, subsurface soil sampling, temporary and permanent monitoring well installation, and low-flow groundwater sampling.
ASBESTOS & HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SURVEYS
EAE has three licensed asbestos inspectors and multiple personnel experienced in hazardous materials surveys. Two of our inspectors have provided Resident Project Representative services at a former pre-Subtitle D landfill to evaluate identification of asbestos and potentially hazardous materials during excavation, in accordance with State of Missouri requirements.
Robert Bens, one of our principals with more than 32 years of asbestos experience, manages our asbestos survey practice. Mr. Bens has performed numerous asbestos surveys/sampling and has written Asbestos Operations & Maintenance Plans for a variety of public and private clients. Large asbestos survey and sampling projects managed by Mr. Bens include a statewide, cost recovery litigation asbestos survey that assessed 225 buildings encompassing a total of 15 million square feet in the State of Maryland. He has conducted similar surveys for the State of Vermont, McCord Air Force Base, Bank Midwest, Archdiocese of Detroit, the State of Pennsylvania, State of West Virginia, University of Indiana and several banks. These projects included identification of suspect asbestos-containing materials, sampling and sample management, condition assessment, quantifying materials, and recommending future management of identified asbestos-containing materials.
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY DEVELOPMENT & SUPPORT
Do your environmental policies protect you from potential liability? EAE has worked independently or in conjunction with environmental attorneys to assists private clients in developing appropriate policies, particularly with respect to property transfer.
Jill Biesma, one of our principals with more than 36 years of environmental engineering experience, specializes in environmental risk management for purchasers and lenders. She has assisted large corporations and banks to develop environmental policies that minimize risks associated with property transfer and regulatory compliance. Ms. Biesma has made presentations to various organizations including the National Business Institute, Missouri Bar Association's Continuing Education Programs, Kansas City Commercial Real Estate Women (KC CREW), and the Kansas Regional Association of Realtors, as well as to private architectural, engineering, and legal consultants. Her presentation topics have included strategies for environmental due diligence for commercial real estate transactions, recent changes in environmental legislation, environmental risk management for lenders and investors, and focused seminars on asbestos, lead-based paint, mold, and radon.