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VAPOR INTRUSION AND THE AUDIT PROCESS ( PART III )

Given EPA’s approval of the ASTM E1527-13 standard for conducting Phase I audits, it is clear that there will be an increased focus upon assessing vapor intrusion as a pathway for contaminants.  The conditions for… Read More >

A CLOSER LOOK AT ASTM E1527-13 ( Part II )

A review of EPA’s comments on its adoption of the ASTM E1527-13 standard provides some guidance as to EPA’s perspective on what constitutes a complete Phase I Environmental Site Assessment.  The focus of this blog… Read More >

CHANGES TO PHASE I ENVIRONMENTAL AUDITS (Part I)

ASTM International, is a widely recognized standards development organization that, recently issued ASTM International E1527-13 Standard Practice for “Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process”.  As we previously blogged,  EPA was considering a… Read More >

Alert: Phase I ESA Changes

The “all appropriate inquiry” rules published by U.S. EPA will probably be updated by the end of the year to include a new standard for Phase I Assessments.  The new standard will  reflect a publication… Read More >

Interview – An Environmental Consultant’s Perspective on Industrial Property Reuse

Today’s blog features an interview I had with Doug McDowell of McDowell & Associates regarding the increased focus on using abandoned industrial sites for business incubators in urban areas.  Although these sites are attractive to… Read More >

Re-purposing Industrial and Commercial Properties

At 8:30 am Wednesday June 6th, we’re going to try something new: we will be live blogging a breakfast round-table discussion at the Tech Shop in Dearborn. The topic of the discussion is redeveloping and… Read More >

Baseline Environmental Assessments and Landlord Refinancing

Here’s an interesting issue that landlords throughout Michigan may be seeing more of when they seek refinancing. Remember the Court of Appeals decision last year in 1031 Lapeer LLC v. R.L Price Properties? Banks remember… Read More >