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4. I perform both Property Condition Assessment and Phase 1 Environmental Assessment for financing and refinancing,
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I’m available where and when you need me and would welcome the opportunity to serve you.
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1 Environmental Assessment
Environmental contamination can remain undetected on a site for decades but even if a property has never had an environmentally
sensitive use on it, there is a virtual certainty that some property within ¼ mile, ½ mile or farther away had an environmental
incident in the near or far past, and contamination including vapors from that site can travel underground to yours.
One of the most important reasons to purchase Phase 1 Environmental Assessment is to qualify to apply for federal environmental
liability protections should it ever become necessary to so.
The federal government recognizes the environmental risk that is
inherent in every property transaction. Even if a property has never had an environmentally sensitive use on it, there is a virtual
certainty that some property within ¼ mile, ½ mile or farther away had, has or will have an environmental incident, and there is a
possibility that contamination including vapors from that site can travel through soil or groundwater to yours.
Often potential costs for environmental defect or deficiency eclipses cost of correcting building defects or systems failure. Contamination
on the property or under the property in soil or groundwater or a vapor intrusion condition can have potentially devastating effects
- Reduction of property value
- Impaired ability to repay mortgage loan
- Liability for illness or injury
- Rent losses due to unsafe work environment
- Difficulty or inability to rent or sell the property
- Liability for cleanup costs under federal and state CERCLA programs
If environmental contamination
is discovered after the sale, the new owner may be held jointly and/or severally
liable for cleanup costs. Since contamination can be contained on a site or spread
to other sites through air, soil and groundwater, Phase 1 Environmental Assessment
is a comprehensive study of a subject property site and known and suspected
contamination sites adjoining and up to ½ mile or more away.
Our job is to study your subject property
site and known and suspected contamination sites in the area with the intention of “proving”
contamination either does not exist or is safely managed and subject property site is not at
risk from contamination on nearby sites. If we can’t be sure of those things you have
options and we provide the information you need to exercise them.
Phase 1 Environmental Assessment consists of visual inspection of subject property site and other sites
in the vicinity, research of hundreds of federal state and local databases, interviews with health and
building officials, scientific methods and calculation applied to specific contaminants and how they
act and move in air, soil and groundwater.
In a majority of cases we can effectively
document low risk of contamination or a reasonable resolution without interrupting or
interfering with the sale process. If that’s not possible we shield you from assuming
environmental liability unaware and provide you with information you need to adjust or
withdraw your purchase offer.
PCA Property Condition Assessment
We also perform ASTM E2018-15 Property Condition Assessment (PCA) which is comprehensive
building, building systems and property inspection plus estimates of probable cost for repairs
and upgrades and 10 year Capital Reserves Table of projected expenses for up to 10 years is
available. Property Condition Assessment is available as a separate service and at discount
when ordered together with environmental assessments.
Devine. Principal and Senior Consultant is a qualified Environmental
Professional with a broad range of university
education, post-university training and experience including architecture, engineering,
construction, estimating and building inspection and property condition assessment and life
safety code training; property appraisal and mortgage banking; fire and casualty insurance
claims and loss control; and as an arbitrator, litigation consultant and expert witness.
inspect and assess every type commercial and industrial property plus
schools, medical facilities, multi-family residential
property including market-rate, affordable and senior housing, and boutique, high-rise, suite and express hotels.
Enhanced commercial and industrial Building Inspection and
Property Condition assessment services are now available in Texas in
Houston and all of Harris County, Galveston, Beaumont, Port Arthur,
and all flood areas including Louisiana. Please call or send
email for details.
CLICK NOW FOR US #1 PHASE 1 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
.Phase I Environmental Assessment
may be different since the last time you had Phase I Environmental
Assessment is the addition of vapor investigation and the
availability of Vapor Encroachment Screening, if necessary. Unsafe
levels of contamination can travel as vapor through soil and
groundwater from a contamination source on site or off site within
ASTM Standard search distances. This is true even when
contamination has been mitigated and only negligible levels of
liquid or solid contamination remain. In recognition of this
reality at least 32
states so far are now reopening all old NFA cases and where vapor
contamination is found the current owner becomes liable for
the most recent guidance on federal environmental liability
protections, solid, liquid and vapor are all forms of release of hazardous substances that
must be addressed to fulfill
requirements of All Appropriate Inquiry as defined by federal
statute to qualify user
for federal environmental liability protection i.e. innocent
landowner or innocent purchaser defense
42 U.S.C. §§ 9607(b)(3) and 42 U.S.C. §§ 9601(35), contiguous
property owner liability protection 42 U.S.C. § 96079(q) and for Brownfields
properties, to qualify prospective purchaser for bona
fide prospective purchaser liability protection 42 U.S.C. §
9607(r) pursuant to the Small Business Liability Relief and
Brownfields Revitalization Act, Pub. L. No. 107-118 (2002), 42
U.S.C. §§ 9601 et. seq.
Since at least
2008 EPA has consistently held that where vapor encroachment
condition exists, vapor encroachment investigation is necessary
and applications for liability protections have been refused for
lack of vapor encroachment investigation.
If a vapor encroachment condition exists on the subject property
site or nearby site Phase I Environmental Assessment without a
vapor investigation component does not meet the
ASTM 1527-13 Standard
and does not satisfy the requirements of
All Appropriate Inquiry (AAI)
to qualify user for federal environmental liability protection.
The level and
methodology of vapor encroachment investigation is not specified however, the
only recognized standard for vapor encroachment investigation is
ASTM E-2600-15 Standard Guide for Vapor Encroachment Screening on
Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions.
Edward J. Devine was one of the first U.S. Phase 1 Environmental Assessment
providers to complete
ASTM E 2600-15 Vapor Encroachment Screening training and
receive a certificate from the Vapor Encroachment Screening Personnel
Certification Program. and is a fully qualified and experienced
Vapor Encroachment Screening provider.
ASTM E 2600-15 Vapor Encroachment Screening is the only published and accepted
vapor encroachment screening methodology.
In the best interest of our
clients when our #1 Phase 1 Environmental Assessment detects a vapor encroacment
condition is likely either on the subject property or nearby property
we automatically include
ASTM E 2600-10 Vapor Encroachment Screening and at no additional cost to assure
you qualify to apply for federal environmental liability protection should it
ever become necessary to do so.
Protection For Landowners
federal government recognizes the environmental risk that is
inherent in every property transaction. Even if a site has
never had an environmentally sensitive use on it, it is a virtual
certainty that some property within 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile or even
farther away had, has or will have an environmental incident, and
the contamination plume on that site can travel underground to your
ASTM E2018-15 Property
Condition Assessment (PCA) which is comprehensive building,
building systems and property inspection plus estimates of probable
cost for repairs and upgrades and 10 year Capital Reserves Table of
projected expenses for up to 10 years is available. Property
Condition Assessment is available as a separate service and at
discount when ordered together with environmental assessments.
I have a broad range of university education, post-university
training and experience including architecture, engineering,
construction, estimating and building inspection and property
condition assessment and life safety code training; property
appraisal and mortgage banking; fire and casualty insurance claims
and loss control; and as an arbitrator, litigation consultant and
I inspect and assess every type commercial and industrial
property plus schools, medical facilities, multi-family residential
property including market-rate, affordable and senior housing, and
boutique, high-rise, suite and express hotels.
Whenever a vapor encoachment condition exists Vapor Encroachment
Screening is a critical component of Phase I Environmental Assessment
to conform to the highest standard of All Appropriate Inquiry.
Whenever a vapor encroachment condition is detected or suspected
on the subject property site or nearby site USA Due Diligence Services
includes Vapor Encroachment Survey in Phase I Environmental Assessment automatically
and at no additional charge.
21 day turnaround available. Order today, we'll inspect the property
by next week and you'll receive the complete report in 7 days or less from the date of inspection.
Vapor Encroachment Screening
“Vapor Intrusion” refers to the process by which volatile chemicals move from a subsurface source into the indoor air of overlying or adjacent buildings.
The subsurface source can either be contaminated groundwater or contaminated soil which releases vapors into the pore spaces in the
Several states are currently re-evaluating previous assumptions and decisions regarding the potential for soil vapor intrusion exposures at
sites. As a result all past, current and future contaminated sites will be evaluated to determine whether these sites have the potential for exposures
related to soil vapor intrusion and if discovered, the current property owner will become liable for the cost of remediation.
Vapor Encroachment Screening is indicated where underground
contamination exists from and on-site or off-site source. In
thatt case vapor encroachment screening is a requirement of All Appropriate
Inquiry but typically not included in Phase I quotes however, as early as 2008 many applications
for sites liability protections when a vapor encroachment
condition existied, even when the application was supported by Phase I Assessment
but without vapor encroachment screening, applications have been denied on the basis that the property owner knew or should have known that vapor intrusion existed or was
likely to exist on the target property. In those cases the then current owner was held to be financially liable for
mitigation of the vapor intrusion condition.
Remediation costs for vapor intrusion conditions can range from
tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars while
preemptive vapor mitigation at the time of construction may be as
little as $2.00 - $3.00 per square foot. The financial
implications associated with early discovery of vapor encroachment
conditions are substantial.
In your best interest USA Due Diligence Assessment Services Division includes Vapor Encroachment Screening with Phase 1 Environmental Assessment automatically and at
no additional cost whenever vapor encroachment condition is detected or suspected on subject property site or a nearby site.
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PHASE 1 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
Environmental News Briefs
January 9, 2017 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public input
before it puts forward a plan to clean up high concentrations of dry cleaning chemicals in the soil and
water beneath Wantagh Cleaners, located at 920 Wantagh Ave. in Wantagh, New York.
The chemicals include tetrachloroethene (PCE), trichloroethene (TCE) and Cis 1,2- dichloroethene
(Cis 1,2-DCE). Exposure to PCE can irritation of the skin, eyes and throat, the CDC says, and chronic
exposure can cause long-term problems to those areas, as well as birth defects and cancer.
Read the full story by
Alex Costello at
January 12, 2017 The Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors are considering the viability of
brownfield redevelopment. The former Village Fair Mall on 22nd Avenue in Meridian, Mississippi is a
brownfield and a potential site for a new courthouse.
A brownfield site refers to land that is abandoned or underused, in part because of concerns about
contamination. The federal government defines brownfield sites as abandoned, idled or underused
industrial and commercial properties where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or
perceived environmental contamination.
Read the full story by Randall Hammons at
This month I'm performing Property Condition assessment on sites in New York City
and New York State and also in Clayton New Mexico and Sacramento, California.
I would welcome the opportunity to serve you locally or anywhere in the USA. Please feel free to contact
me through our contact page or on his cell phone at 585-738-5080. Edward Devine
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USA Due Diligence Services
Architects, engineers, builders and inspectors look at buildings
in slightly different ways. Drawing
on his university degrees, industry training and over 32 years
experience in all four disciplines Edward Devine developed a
unique inspection and assessment protocol that considers property
condition from all four perspectives.
We offer the best value in due diligence services. Cost is
never the only consideration but it's always an important consideration. We
leverage all our experience, continually upgrade our skills and
use the latest technologies to deliver the best service at the
USA Due Diligence Services offers Property Condition Assessment,
Commercial Building Inspection, Industrial Building Inspection,
Facility Condition Assessment, #1 Phase 1 Environmental Assessment
including Vapor Encroachment Screening. Discounts apply when you order 2 or more services on 1
property and when you order 1 or more services on 2 or more
I have over 32 years of
of fast, expert service to owners, investors, developers, attorneys, insurance
companies, banks and other lenders, landlords, tenants,
facilities directors, property managers, architects, engineers,
retailers, municipalities and other governmental units and
entities. How can we
We price each project individually in order to deliver the highest quality service at the best
possible price. Unlike firms that
offer a wide range of engineering, architectural services and
environmental services firms we specialize in Property Condition
Assessment and Phase 1
Environmental Assessment, Vapor Encroachment Survey and Environmental
Records Search & Risk Assessment and Property Condition
Assessment and Capital Expenditure Reports. We focus our
comprehensive inspection, engineering, construction and estimating
and cost projection experience. From this focus we are able to maximize
our efforts, resources and systems, reducing our cost basis and
providing you with the finest service at the best
USA Due Diligence Services
Edward J. Devine, Principal and Senior Consultant
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