A Technical Guide for Performing and Writing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

A Technical Guide for Performing and Writing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

by Thomas M. Socha

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780595199297
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Pages: 132
Sales rank: 1,185,351
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsxi
List of Abbreviationsxiii
Introductionxv
Chapter 1Know Yourself, Your Staff, and Your Client1
Introduction1
Know Yourself As A Manager1
Know Your Staff2
Know Your Client3
Chapter 2Management of an Environmental Site Assessment Step-by-Step4
Introduction4
Project Management6
Contract7
Pre-Phase I Environmental Site Assessment15
Scheduling15
Background Information15
Health and Safety Plan16
Site Reconnaissance16
Opening Conference or Meeting17
Physical and Visual Inspections17
Site-Visit Interviews19
Site-Visit Records Review23
Closing Conference or Meeting24
Team Meeting(s)24
Post Site-Visit Data Gathering Activities24
Documentation24
State, Federal, and Local Record Reviews25
Required Environmental Information25
Physical or Environmental Setting28
Local Government Interviews28
Historical Record Review28
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment29
Reporting Phase I ESA Findings29
Finalizing Audit Findings29
Draft Assessment Report31
Final Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Report31
Chapter 3From Coverletter to Executive Summary32
Introduction32
Coverletter32
Title Page33
Report Introduction34
Executive Summary35
Brief Description of the Subject property36
Historical Review Summary36
Site Reconnaissance37
Regulatory Review37
Data Failure37
Findings and Conclusions38
Table Of Contents41
Limitations44
Preparation44
Additions or Deletions45
Warranties, Guarantees, and Certification45
Chapter 4From Historical Record Reviews to Map of the Subject Property50
Historical Records Review50
Chain of Title Search52
Information Regarding Environmental Liens52
Aerial Photographs52
Fire Insurance Maps54
City Directories56
Interviews58
Interviews with Knowledgeable Site Contacts59
Property Tax Records59
Previous Site Investigations60
Other Sources62
Site Reconnaissance62
Name, Date, and Time of Reconnaissance63
Weather63
Visual and Physical Observations63
Current Property Use64
Intended Property Use64
Utilities65
Water Wells65
Sanitary Sewer/Septic System66
Building Interior66
Interior Waste Streams68
Building Exterior68
Exterior Site Operations69
Hazardous Waste Disposal69
Agricultural Waste70
Solid Waste Stream and Disposal70
Underground and Above Ground Storage Tanks70
Pits, Ponds, Lagoons and Waste Disposal Areas71
Polychlorinated Biphenyls71
Electromagnetic Fields73
Vegetation73
Oil and Gas Wells74
Topography74
Drainage Patterns75
General Soil Profile75
Geology76
Local Groundwater Flow76
Legal Description of Property77
Adjoining Properties77
Regulatory File Review78
Local Building Department89
Local Zoning Department89
Map89
Chapter 5From Non-Scope Sources to Documentation of Sources91
Non-Scope and Additional Sources91
Asbestos Containing Materials Inspection91
Multi-Media Compliance Inspection95
Conclusions and Recommendations97
Documentation of Sources100
Appendix AChain of Custody103
Appendix BEnvironmental Assessment Checklist105
Appendix CReferences109
Bibliography111
Index113
About the Author115

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A Technical Guide for Performing and Writing Phase I Environmental Site Assessments 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes an excellent compaion to Kathleen Hess's Environmental Site Assessment: Phase I a Basic Guide 2ND
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books has great examples on how to write a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. It's like cliff notes for the environmental professional or student.