Environmental Due Diligence, Investigation, & Remediation

Due diligence with a focus on business.

Property transactions can become complicated and drawn-out when environmental concerns are identified. Subsequent delays can be costly, derail development, and upset stakeholders. LaBella’s Due Diligence team understands there’s a lot on the line.

Our due diligence offerings evaluate potential liabilities associated with past and present land usage while focusing on effective and actionable solutions that move a transaction forward. Our programs follow all appropriate state and federal standards and regulations. And, when necessary, we also work with the client to minimize the loss of both time and money with innovative options.

Talk to a LaBella Expert

Arlette St. Romain
Eastern New York Due Diligence Manager
Ballston Spa, NY

(518) 885-5383 x227

Dave Crandall, PG
Due Diligence Program Manager
Syracuse, NY

(585) 402-7024

Dan Noll, PE
Senior Environmental Engineer
Rochester, NY

(585) 295-6611

Mike Carr, PG
Eastern New York Environmental Manager
Ballston Spa, NY

(518) 885-5383 x215

Phase I ESA

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50

Number of states within which we have the capability to complete Phase I ESAs

1,000-2,000

Number of environmental due diligence projects we complete per year

Our Capabilities

LaBella offers a full range of environmental due diligence services from initial assessment to remediation:

Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs)

An ASTM E1527-21-compliant Phase I ESA includes a thorough review of a property’s past and present usage. Issues of concern evaluated during these projects include the following:

  • Site Condition & Usage
  • Bulk Storage Tanks
  • Site History
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Asbestos
  • Hazardous Waste & Petroleum Products Management
  • Solid Waste Disposal
  • Wastewater Generation Treatment & Discharge
  • Chemical Storage
  • Potential Concerns Regarding Neighboring Properties
  • Concerns Associated With Potential Soil Vapor Intrusion
  • Petroleum & Chemical Spills
  • Environmental Regulatory Records

Transaction Screens (T-Screens)

A T-Screen includes a review of a property’s present usage. Potential issues of concern that are evaluated during a T-Screen are equivalent to those evaluated during a Phase I ESA. T-Screens are less comprehensive than a Phase I ESA with regard to regulatory and historical research as defined by ASTM Standard E1528-14.

 

Records Search With Risk Assessment (RSRA)

RSRAs include a limited review of a property’s present and historical use. RSRAs include a similar level of effort as a T-Screen; however, exclude a site visit. RSRAs may be appropriate for properties of perceived low environmental risk, or a low loan amount.

RSRAs are conducted in general accordance with the United States Small Business Administration (USSBA) SOP 50-10 5(F) and are often completed in conjunction with US SBA loans.

Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs)

The scope for a Phase II ESA is often based on information gathered during a Phase I ESA, a T-Screen, or an RSRA. Typical investigation activities include:

  • Advancement of Overburden Soil Borings
  • Installation Groundwater Monitoring Wells
  • Soil & Groundwater Sampling
  • Geophysical Surveys
  • Shallow Soil Sampling
  • Indoor Air Quality & Soil Vapor Intrusion Sampling
  • Radiological Surveys

Depending on the results of a Phase II ESA, the next step may be on-site management of impacted material or remediation.

Additional information about our Brownfield services can be found here.

Asbestos, Lead-Based Paint, & Mold Identification, Sampling, & Testing

Should asbestos, lead-based paint, mold, mercury, PCBs, or other hazardous materials be identified, LaBella’s certified staff can provide inspection, testing, and abatement design and monitoring services. Our in-house asbestos laboratory allows us to provide rapid and cost-effective analysis of air and bulk samples. Specific services include:

  • Regulated Building Materials (Asbestos, Lead, Mercury, Radon, PCBs) Inspection
  • Testing Services
  • Abatement Design
  • Variance Development & Applications
  • Project & Air Monitoring
  • Indoor Air Quality Studies
  • Lead Remediation Clearance Testing
  • Mold Contamination Assessment & Remediation Design

Additional information about our regulated building materials services can be found here.

Environmental Construction Services

LaBella’s in-house contracting department provides full-service environmental contracting, drilling, and remediation services to our clients. Our approach allows us greater schedule and cost control for our clients’ projects, including the elimination of the markup associated with the use of subcontractors.

You can trust our trained and experienced professionals to act as your environmental advocate. We provide a smooth process founded on positive interaction with all stakeholders and aim to build lasting relationships with our clients. You can rely on LaBella to obtain regulatory buy-in and act as a knowledgeable resource throughout your project.

Additional information about our construction services and support can be found here.

Environmental Compliance Audits

LaBella’s Permitting and Compliance staff are experts in federal, state, and local permitting in their respective regions, and can help you navigate through applicable regulations and project impacts to natural resources.

We also have a full-service compliance group to provide oversight and guidance during the various construction phases of a project, ranging from environmental, agricultural, and stormwater inspections to spoils management and air monitoring. Our compliance and permitting staff have excellent relationships with key agencies to help ensure project objectives are met.

Additional information about our environmental permitting and compliance services can be found here.

Featured Insight

5 Things Commercial Lenders Should Know About the New ASTM Phase I Standard

The new version of ASTM E1527 Standard Practice for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) was published in November 2021. This standard outlines the process that environmental consultants follow when conducting Phase I ESAs to assess the environmental risk associated with real estate.

As the updated standard has included several changes to the previous 2013 Standard, LaBella would like to provide you with what we consider to be the top five differences in the standard that could affect commercial real estate lending.

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Featured Insight

ASTM E 1527-21 Has Been Published… Now What?

The new version of the ASTM E1527 Standard Practice for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) has been published. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has determined the revised Standard satisfies the All Appropriate Inquiries portion of 40 CFR 312, and the public comment period is currently open.

With the revised Standard comes more than 12 additional pages that focus on clarifying language and terminology, providing guidance, refining methodology, etc. These revisions provide Environmental Professionals (EPs) with additional guidance, helping to standardize the Phase I ESA process, thereby providing the User with a more complete and thorough understanding of the environmental risk associated with a property.

While most of the Standard updates were devoted to language clarifications and specifying the good commercial and customary practices used by consultants in meeting the Standard, LaBella has outlined significant changes that Users should be aware of as we adopt the ASTM E1527-21 Standard.

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