Authored by Genevieve Reynolds, Senior Project Manager at The Vertex Companies, Inc. (VERTEX) –
Most property owners, operators, or prospective purchasers are aware that a Phase II Limited Subsurface Investigation (LSI) during due diligence activities could potentially identify a release at their site.
However, even when a Phase II LSI is not conducted as part of due diligence activities, there are other ways for releases to be identified at a property.
These are the three most common scenarios encountered by VERTEX in our Due Diligence practice.
Off-site Due Diligence Investigation
An adjacent property could conduct a due diligence investigation to assess for potential impacts from your property, or for potential impacts from historical operations at their property.
Municipal Infrastructure Improvements
Roadwork and trenching for utilities in the roadway adjacent to impacted sites can identify impacted soils and/or groundwater that must be properly managed during the construction process. These releases may be reported to state regulators, who may require property owners to conduct further investigation of the release.
Off-site Vapor Intrusion Complaints
Releases at former gasoline filling stations are often identified when a neighboring residence complains about petroleum odors in their basement.
Once a release at a property has been identified and reported to state regulators, additional investigation, remediation, or vapor intrusion abatement may be required.
Genevieve Reynolds, Senior Project Manager at VERTEX, has over a decade of experience performing environmental consulting including Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), Phase II ESAs, and other environmental consulting services. For more information on environmental consulting services or to schedule a training for your office on this or other topics, please contact us.