This standard is issued under the fixed designation E; the 1 This practice is under the jurisdiction of ASTM Committee E50 on Environ-. On November 6th, , ASTM published the long anticipated new standard for conducting Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, ASTM E The ASTM E Standard is the industry standard used for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments. Fully named “ASTM E Standard Practice for.

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Appendix X3 provides an optional User Questionnaire to assist the user and the environmental professional in gathering information from the user that may be material to identifying recognized environmental conditions. The additional cost to perform this assessment cannot be included in asstm amount requested in the loan and adds significant costs to the borrower. Active view current version of standard.

Work Item s – proposed revisions of this standard. Consequently, this practice does not address many additional issues raised in transactions such as purchases of business entities, or interests therein, or of their assets, that may well involve environmental liabilities pertaining to properties previously owned or operated or other off-site environmental liabilities.

The examination of a site may include: Additional tasks may be necessary to document conditions that may have changed materially since the prior environmental site assessment was conducted. Link to Active This link will always route to the current Active version of the standard.

Phase III investigations may involve intensive testing, sampling, and monitoring, “fate and transport” studies and other modeling, and the aztm of feasibility studies for remediation and remedial plans. As such, this practice is intended to permit a user to satisfy one of the requirements to qualify for the innocent landowner, contiguous property owner, or bona fide prospective purchaser limitations on CERCLA liability hereinafter, the “landowner liability protections,” or “LLPs”: As early as the s specific property purchasers in the United States undertook studies resembling current Phase I ESAs, to assess risks of ownership of 1e527 properties which had a high degree of risk from prior toxic chemical use or disposal.

Phase I environmental site assessment – Wikipedia

Appendix X5 summarizes non-scope considerations that persons may want to assess. In the United States, an environmental site assessment is a report prepared for a real estate holding that identifies potential or existing environmental contamination liabilities. The term recognized environmental conditions means the presence or likely presence of any hazardous substances or petroleum products on a property 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 property or into the ground, ground water, or surface water of the property.


The term recognized environmental conditions means the presence or likely presence of any hazardous substances or petroleum products in, on, or at a property: This practice is intended primarily as an approach to conducting an inquiry designed to identify recognized environmental conditions in connection with a property. Phase III investigations aim to delineate the physical extent of contamination based on recommendations made in Phase II assessments. Users are cautioned that federal, state, and local laws may impose environmental assessment obligations that are beyond the scope of this practice.

One of the purposes of this practice is to identify a balance between the competing goals of limiting the costs and time demands inherent in performing an environmental site assessment and the reduction of uncertainty about unknown conditions resulting from additional information. Additionally, an evaluation of business environmental risk associated with a parcel of commercial real estate may necessitate investigation beyond that identified in this practice see Sections 1.

The appendixes are included for information and are not part of the procedures prescribed in this practice. Therefore, this practice describes procedures to be followed to assist users in determining the appropriateness of using information in environmental site assessments performed more than one year prior to the date of acquisition of the property or for transactions not involving an acquisition the date of the intended transaction. Additions to users’ responsibilities, such as the requirement to make known the reason for performing the ESA if other than to qualify for the innocent landowner defense under CERCLA.

Section 5 describes User’s Responsibilities. Thus, these transactions are not included in the term commercial real estate transactions, and it is not intended to imply that such persons are obligated to conduct an environmental site assessment in connection with these transactions for purposes of all appropriate inquiries or for any other purpose.

Referenced Documents purchase separately The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard. An Environmental Professional is someone with [ citation needed ]. In most cases, the public file searches, historical research and chain-of-title examinations are outsourced to information services that specialize in such activities.

A person not meeting one or more of those qualifications may assist in the conduct of a Phase I ESA if the individual is under the supervision or responsible charge of a person meeting the definition of an Environmental Professional when concluding such activities. Environmental site assessments must be evaluated based astj the reasonableness of judgments made atm the time and under the circumstances in which they were made. Languages Nederlands Edit links.

Not all aspects of this practice may be applicable in all circumstances. No practical standard can be designed to eliminate the role of judgment and the value and need for experience in the party performing the inquiry. Work Item s – proposed revisions of this standard. These include, but are not limited to: It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


Due diligence requirements are determined according to the NAICS codes associated with the prior business use of the property. Subject to Section 4.

Phase I environmental site assessment

Section provides discussion regarding activity and use limitations. The term is not intended to include de minimis conditions that generally do not present a threat to human health or the environment and that generally would not be the subject of an enforcement action if brought to the attention of appropriate governmental agencies. In addition, no implication is intended that it is currently customary practice for environmental site assessments to be conducted in other unenumerated instances including but not limited to many commercial leasing transactions, many acquisitions of easements, and many loan transactions in which the lender has multiple remedies.

When the field visit component is deleted the study is sometimes called a Transaction Screen.

The requirement to provide all supporting documentation in the report or have it adequately referenced to facilitate reconstruction of the assessment by another environmental profession Aatm addition of guidance to assist users in the preparation for and selection of an environmental professional to conduct a Phase I Site Assessment.

As such, this practice is intended to permit a user to satisfy one of the requirements to qualify for the innocent landowner defense to CERCLA liability: Section 1 is the Scope.

Most site assessments are conducted by private companies independent of the owner or potential purchaser of the land. A proportion of contaminated sites are ” brownfield sites. Link to Active This link astk always route to the current Active version of the standard. Section 3 is Referenced Ast.

Performance of qstm practice is intended to reduce, but not eliminate, uncertainty regarding the potential for recognized environmental conditions in connection with a propertyand this practice recognizes reasonable limits of time and cost.

Many times these studies were preparatory to understanding the nature of cleanup costs if the property was being considered for redevelopment or change of land use. Section 12 of this practice, identifies, for asrm purposes, certain environmental conditions not an all-inclusive list that may exist on a property that are beyond the scope of this practice but may warrant consideration by parties to a commercial real estate transaction.

Section 12 provides additional information regarding non-scope considerations see 1. For other uses, see Level 1 disambiguation and Phase 1 disambiguation.