Environmental Due Diligence: Not Just for Industrial Properties


By: Maureen Hodson

The average office building transaction usually proceeds without extensive environmental due diligence, and often times without anything more than a few cursory questions of the seller, who may not be knowledgeable. But environmental liabilities can and do exist beyond the manufacturing plants and heavy industrial sites. This is especially true in areas that were developed before 1950, as legacy contamination may exist.

The American Standard Testing Materials (ASTM) E1527-13 Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Process identification ...

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EH&S Regulatory Update for Dry Cleaning Facility Due Diligence


By: Leah Krause

Considering the acquisition of a dry cleaning business or property where former dry cleaning operations took place? If so, environmental, health and safety due diligence is a critical component in protecting you from environmental liability.

There are many items to evaluate during due diligence due to the cleaning solvents dry cleaners use, and effective this year, the Small Business Association updated its Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for Lender and Development Loan Programs. The revisions included new due diligence requirements ...

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EH&S Considerations for Nutraceutical Manufacturing Facilities


By: Bruce Martin

Nutraceuticals, defined as “fortified foods or dietary supplements that provide health benefits in addition to basic nutritional value,”[1] have gained a lot of popularity in the last couple of decades due to maturing populations and a rising awareness in preventative health measures. This definition includes not only special fortified foods, but also herbal products, dietary supplements, genetically modified foods and foods processed to include specific nutrients.  According to a recently published report by Research and Markets, ...

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Taking A Pro-Active Approach to Emerging Contaminants


By: Simon Hunt

What are emerging contaminants and should I be concerned about them? If you don’t take a pro-active management approach – then the answer is probably yes.

Significant costs are being incurred by corporates, industry and developers managing emerging contaminants – these range from Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) and other product formulations with perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), asbestos and silica dust, and methamphetamine in residential buildings. Some might argue that these compounds, formulations and contaminants have ...

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The Importance of Evaluating a Property’s Historical Uses during Environmental Due Diligence


By: Brianna Sadoski

Evaluating a property’s historical uses is a key step in identifying potential issues and liabilities during environmental due diligence investigations. Consulting multiple historical sources can assist in developing a history of the previous uses of the subject property and surrounding properties to determine the likelihood of past uses having lead to recognized environmental conditions (RECs) in connection with the subject property.

The ASTM E1527-13 Standard for Phase I ESAs indicates all obvious uses of the property shall be ...

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