Welcome to August Mack Environmental's Ohio office blog! Our office is located in Dublin, Ohio but will be relocating a few miles farther north in early 2013. More details will be forthcoming. August Mack has a number of blogs but this one has been set up so the authors of the blog are personnel from the Ohio office. Selfishly, the content of this blog will have a fair amount of content that is primarily related to Ohio regulations and things related to our Ohio office. Having said that, the personnel in the Ohio office still do a number of projects that are outside of the state of Ohio.
The purpose of a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment is to identify conditions indicative of an existing release, past release, or material threat of a release of any hazardouse substances or petroleum products on a property. So what defines a release?
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) defines a "release" as "any spilling, leaking, pumping, pouring, emitting, emptying, discharging, injecting, escaping, leaching, dumping, or disposing into the...Read More »
A Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (Phase II ESA) is conducted to determine whether chemicals of concern are present in environmental media at a property, mainly through chemical testing of soil and/or groundwater samples collected from locations where chemicals of concern are most likely to be present, and if present, to gain sufficient information regarding the chemical concentrations to meet the objectives of our clients.
Our extensive experience with subsurface investigations can help...Read More »
The purpose of a Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment is to identify the presence or likely presence of any hazardous substances or petroleum products under conditions that indicate an existing release, a past release, or a material threat of a release of any hazardous substances or petroleum products into structures on the property or into the ground, groundwater, or surface water of the property.
For more information, call 800.579.0770 and ask to speak to one of the environmental assessment...Read More »
Acitivity and use limitations (AULs) are an explicit recognition by a federal, state, or local regulatory agency that residual levels of hazardous substances or petroeluem products may be present on a property, and that unrestricted use of the property may not be acceptable.
The user(s) of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is required to search land title records and judicial records to identify AULs and environmental liens recorded against the property. However, August Mack is happy to...Read More »
Recently several August Mack experts from the Dublin, Ohio office led discussions at the Central Ohio CHMM’s Essentials of Hazardous Materials Management Course. The picture to the left is of our Ohio office manager giving a lecture.
Members of the August Mack Ohio Office, joined Habitat Humanity to celebrate the dedication of a Habitat Rebuild. The rebuild was dedicated to the Diaz Family on Thursday, December 13th.
AME staff originally participated in this project when it was still in demolition mode. Now, the Diaz Family has the keys. Over 1500 man hours were worked in order to give the Diazes their first generation of homeowners. This is a beautiful home for a beautiful family. We are glad to join them in...Read More »
Historical Recognized Environmental Conditions (HRECs) are often identified during Phase I Environmental Site Assessments. A HREC is an environmental condition which in the past would have been a recognized environmental condition (REC), but which may or may not be considered a REC currently. The final decision rests with the environmental professional and will be influenced by the current impact of the HREC on the commercial property in question. If a HREC is determined to be a REC at the time...Read More »
Wetlands are among several environmental issues that August Mack's clients may ask us to assess in connection with commercial real estate. Wetlands are beyond the scope of the Phase I ESA practice and are, therefore, designated as a non-scope consideration. The presence of wetlands on a commercial property may trigger the need for wetland mitigation if the wetland is planned to be disturbed. Wetland mitigation is often expensive; therefore, the presence of wetlands may be deemed a...Read More »
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Information System (CERCLIS) is a list of sites compiled by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the EPA has investigated or is currently investigating for potential hazardous substance contamination. CERCLIS sites are investigated for possible inclusion in the National Priorities List (NPL), a list of properties with the highest priority for cleanup.
For more information, call 800.579.0770 and ask to speak to one of...Read More »
Last week August Mack's Ohio office exhibited at the 14th Annual Ohio Housing Conference at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. This year’s theme was "Together We Are – Constructing, Investing and Financing.” Here is a picture of one of the conference participants playing a fun game on the Wii at the August Mack booth.
Landowner Liability Protections (LLPs) under CERCLA include the following:
- Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser Liability Protection,
- Contiguous Property Owner Liability Protection, and
- Innocent Landowner Defense
Need an All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI) compliant Phase I Environmental Site Assessment to qualify for one of these LLPs? Call 800.579.0770 and ask to speak to one of the environmental assessment consulting experts at August Mack Environmental.
During Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (Phase I ESAs), we often encounter underground hydraulic lifts (or cavities where they once existed) at automobile repair facilities. To alleviate concerns with hydraulic oil releases associated with underground lifts, make sure to take appropriate soil and groundwater closure samples when removing old underground lifts. If subsurface sampling is not conducted during the lift removal, a Recognized Environmental Condition (REC) may be identified...Read More »
Activity and use limitations (AULs) are an explicit recognition by a federal, state, or local regulatory agency that residual levels of hazardous substances or petroleum products may be present on a property, and that unrestricted use of the property may not be acceptable.
The user(s) of a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is required to search land title records and judicial records in order to identify AULs and environmental liens against the property. However, August Mack is happy to...Read More »
Are you involved with a property that has environmental concerns or Recognized Environmental Conditions (RECs) associated with it? Whether the environmental concerns were identified in a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment or another type of site assessment, August Mack Environmental can help!
Our extensive experience with subsurface investigations can help confirm or disprove suspected environmental concerns and remediate environmental contamination. For more information, call 800.579.0770 and...Read More »
A Business Environmental Risk (BER) is a risk that can have a material environmental or environmentally-driven impact (usually financial) on the business associated with the current or planned use of a parcel of commercial real estate. BERs can be identified through the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I ESA) process, and are often associated with non-scope considerations.
Let August Mack help you identify BERs when purchasing your next piece of commercial real estate. For...Read More »
Following are several Phase I Environmental Site Assessment non-scope considerations that August Mack has assessed in connection with our clients' commercial real estate transactions:
- Asbestos-Containing Building Materials
- Lead-Based Paint
- Lead in Drinking Water
- Regulatory Compliance
- Cultural and Historical Resources
- Industrial Hygiene
- Health and Safety
- Ecological Resources
- Endangered Species
- Indoor Air Quality
For more information, call 800.579.0770 and ask to speak to one of the...Read More »
A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (Phase I ESA) is valid within 180 days of the report date. If the commercial property transaction occurs beyond 180 days, but prior to one year of the report date, the original Phase I Environmental Assessment is only valid provided that the following components be UPDATED within 180 days of the intended transaction:
- Interviews with owners, operators, and occupants
- Environmental cleanup lien searches
- Review of regulatory databases
- Visual inspection of...
During Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (Phase I ESA), we often encounter concrete holding tanks that accept discharge from floor drains located in car wash bays, automobile service garages, etc. To prevent holding tank contents from impacting the soil and/or groundwater beneath your commercial property, make sure to:
- Prevent hazardous materials/petroleum products from entering floor drains
- Hire a waste service company to REGULARLY pump out floor drains/holding tanks and properly dispose of...
Members of the Ohio Office joined Habitat for Humanity this past Saturday for some good, old-fashioned fun. "We sledged, sawed, and hammered the day away for this great cause. Thanks to our habitat hosts, Joel and Erik. You guys were great!" Pictured from left to right is Kate, Mario, Jonah, Kristie, Brandon, Ben, Alex, Rose, and Eric. (Not pictured is Bill Glaze.) Mario is the soon to be recipient of the house. He was awesome at giving high fives for encouragement.Read More »
As mentioned last week, employees in both the Indiana and Ohio offices have been enjoying the annual employee golf league this year. Check out this picture from a recent week!