Roux Complimentary Webinar – Property Transfer Environmental Due Diligence: Regulations vs. Reality

Property Transfer Environmental Due Diligence: Regulations vs. Reality

Monday, November 13th • 2:00pm (EST) • Mitchell A. Wiest, P.G., LEP, Principal Hydrogeologist

 

Often the only environmental due diligence completed as part of property transfer deals are All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI)/ASTM 1527-13 compliant Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (Phase I ESAs). However, regulatory compliant Phase I ESAs often overlook environmental liabilities that may impact redevelopment costs and schedules, as well as tenant usability and desirability. Whether caused by the commodification of Phase I ESAs, time constraints, or inexperienced project teams, regulatory compliant Phase I ESAs may not only fail to identify environmental conditions that result in the reduction of property values, but also conditions that may result in unanticipated remediation, compliance, demolition, or constructions costs. Similarly, AAI/ASTM compliant Phase I ESAs that fail to consider state regulations may put both buyer and seller at risk by overlooking notification and reporting obligations.

This webinar, presented by, Mitchell A. Wiest, P.G., LEP, Principal Hydrogeologist, will provide a primer on the differences between compliant Phase I ESAs and what developers need to know to understand best case/worst case scenarios and the real-world implications of often overlooked conditions that are reported as simply “out of scope” data gaps, or even more vaguely as “Business Environmental Risks,” if at all. Case study examples will be used to highlight several common pitfalls and how these can be avoided.

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Upcoming Webinars at Roux Associates

Check out some of our upcoming webinars, along with events and exhibits.

 

Roux Complimentary Webinar: 
Property Transfer Environmental Due Diligence: Regulations vs. Reality
Monday, November 13th • 2:00pm EST 
Presented by Mitch Wiest, Principal Hydrogeologist

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Roux Complimentary Webinar: 
Renewable Energy Production on Contaminated Properties
Monday, November 20th • 2:00pm EST
Presented by Meredith Harris, P.E., Principal Engineer

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The Knowledge Group Webinar:
Post-Confirmation Liquidation and Litigation Trusts in Business Bankruptcies: What Lies Ahead in 2018 
Wednesday, December 13th • 3:00pm EST
Presented by Marc Scarcella, Principal and Economics Practice Leader

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Upcoming Events

Roux to Speak at CLM Bermuda Chapter Educational & Networking Event

Tuesday, November 7 CLM’s Bermuda Chapter is hosting a November Educational & Networking Event entitled “The Cost of Catastrophes: A Panel Perspective on Pollution Events.” The panel, including Roux’s Vice President and Principal Engineer Peter Alvey, P.E., will discuss environmental claims that arise due to the time element provision of the current general liability policies written on the London and Bermuda forms. The panel will present the technical, legal, and coverage-related challenges involved in handling of these events, while exploring the interaction of other policies such as property, business interruption, and directors and officers (D&O) policies.

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Long Island Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

Saturday, November 4 Join Coastal Steward Long Island (CSLI) in Endeavour Hall at Stony Brook University for the 3rd Annual Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (YOCS). Attendees will hear from keynote speaker William Wise, the Director of New York Sea Grant and former Associate Director of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences; develop plans for projects and mini-grant applications to improve the marine environment; and much more. The first 50 student registrants will receive a free book.

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CSR Spotlight: Unexpected Rescue

One of our many Northeast Brownfields Sites has been home to redevelopment, as well as an unexpected rescue. The Site is approximately 12-acres—the future home of a large enclosed regional mall with four above-grade retail levels and two sub-grade parking levels. Since the project award in 2013, Roux has completed multiple phases of soil and groundwater investigation and developed a Remedial Action Plan (RAP). The RAP consists of a large-scale excavation with off-site disposal or reuse of approximately 70% of soil, with the remaining 30% placed under the new mall to render the impacted soil inaccessible and environmentally isolated. Recently, Roux’s field work has consisted of a Community Air Monitoring Plan (CAMP), excavation oversight, off-site disposal management, and endpoint sampling.

There is one thing that all of our Roux field staff can agree on: no two days are the same. Whether they’re supervising, taking samples, or performing maintenance activities, each day brings new hazards to watch out for, tasks to complete, and data to collect. A new, seemingly typical day at this same Northeast Brownfields Site led the Site’s Field Manager, Nick Palumbo, to make a surprising discovery while performing excavation oversight.

Nick, a Staff Engineer from our Islandia, New York office, began his day watching excavation and site preparation activities unfold. The Site was still full of brush, tall grass, and bushes. While walking up a hill to get a better vantage point of an excavation, he saw a black cat jump out and run off into the woods. On his way down the hill, he then discovered three small kittens under a bush.

“Knowing excavation was going to proceed through this area, I went to the police officer who was working road duty that day and asked him if he knew of any rescue facilities that could pick up the kittens,” Nick said. It turned out that the officer (pictured above) had a contact who rescues stray animals. The rescuer arrived outside the Site within ten minutes, informed Nick and the policeman that the kittens were approximately five weeks old, and safely transported them back to her home nearby.

In effort to reunite the kitten’s mother with her young, Nick later set up a cage trap. Sure enough, the mother cat was in the cage shortly after, and was promptly brought to the rescuer’s home. The woman who rescued the cats kept in touch with Nick, letting him know the kittens were weaned onto kitten food and fully vetted before they were put up for adoption. They now have all been adopted into new homes, while the mother cat is still living with her rescuer. “Excavation ended up occurring in the kitten rescue area later that week,” explained Nick, “so it was a good thing we found them.”

Inspired in part by Nick’s efforts, Roux has been getting more involved with non-profit animal rescue organizations, including our recent hurricane relief fundraiser. Since many of our field staff encounter wildlife daily on our sites, animal protection has been identified as a meaningful and uniting cause for the members of our firm. At each of our offices nationwide, we look forward to partnering with more animal organizations as part of our future CSR efforts.

Roux Associates Health and Safety Newsletter: Issue 11, 3Q

As environmental consultants, it is our goal to provide the highest quality environmental services to our clients. In order to provide the best service, it is paramount to ensure the continuing health and safety of our employees and subcontractors. The health and safety success of our team assures the success of our projects. At Roux Associates, we are dedicated to promoting a positive safety culture in the field, within our offices, and throughout our personal lives.

In our quarterly newsletter below, some of our partners highlight safety tips and protocols on the following subjects:

  • Using Stop Work Authority
  • Ecological and Biological Hazards at Sites in Rural and Wilderness Areas
  • Excavation Safety
  • Working Around Heavy Equipment