Path Forward provides comprehensive Phase I Environmental Site Assessments in accordance with ASTM E1527-13 and ASTM E1527-21 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process for purchasers of property to satisfy one of the requirements to qualify for “landowner liability protections” (LLPs) under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) (42 U.S.C. §9601). This LLP requirement is that “all appropriate inquiry” (AAI) be made into the previous ownership and uses of a property consistent with good commercial or customary practice. We provide an independent, professional opinion regarding recognized environmental conditions (RECs) associated with the subject Site. RECs are the presence or likely presence of any hazardous substances or petroleum products on the subject properties 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 site or into the soil, groundwater, or surface water.
Path Forward has conducted these assessments on several types of properties including vacant lots, single family homes, occupied and unoccupied affordable housing and market rate housing developments, occupied and unoccupied office buildings, research and development buildings, industrial manufacturing buildings, warehouses, military weapons manufacturing facilities, and retail facilities. These assessments have been used to assist with acquisition of the properties, environmental insurance underwriting, and financing activities.
The ASTM is currently working to revise the Phase I Standard (ASTM E1527) with an expected adoption date in 2022. We participate in the ASTM working group tasked with updating this standard and are prepared to assist our clients once the updated standard is released.