Phase I ESA Site Reconnaissance

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2008 Presentation to the local chapter of the Risk Managment Association showing photographs of potential environmental issues that might affect the findings of a phase I ESA

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Phase I ESA Site Reconnaissance

  1. 1. Environmental Risk for Bankers 101 Site Reconnaissance ASTM Std Practice E 1527-05, Section 9 Memphis Chapter of Risk Management Association Presented by Gene M. Bailey, PE and George D. Mayo, PG Fisher & Arnold Environmental October 14, 2008
  2. 2. Objective The objective of the site reconnaissance is to obtain information indicating the likelihood of identifying recognized environmental conditions in connection with the property.
  3. 3. Recognized Environmental Condition The term Recognized Environmental Condition 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.
  4. 4. Site Reconnaissance Observations Exterior – Visual and Physical Observations are made of the outside portions of the property Interior – Visual and Physical Observation are made of the inside of buildings, structures, etc. Methodology – Systematic methods are used for making Site Reconnaissance Observations (grid, etc) Limitations – Limitations imposed by physical obstructions such as adjacent buildings, bodies of water, asphalt, or other paved areas, and limiting conditions (for example, snow, rain) Frequency – ASTM Std does not intend more than one Site Reconnaissance.
  5. 5. Prior Environmental Assessments The Site Reconnaissance information from a prior Environmental Site Assessment may be used for guidance but new Site Reconnaissance must be conducted.
  6. 6. Site Reconnaissance Observations Current Use(s) of the Property Any current uses likely to involve the use, treatment, storage, disposal, or generation of hazardous substances or petroleum products are identified. Unoccupied spaces are noted. In identifying current uses of the property, more specific information is more helpful than less.
  7. 7. Site Reconnaissance Observations Current Use of the Property – Vacant Field
  8. 8. Site Reconnaissance Observations Current Use of the Property - Woods
  9. 9. Site Reconnaissance Observations Current Use of the Property – Gas Station
  10. 10. Site Reconnaissance Observations Current Use of the Property – Dry Cleaner
  11. 11. Site Reconnaissance Observations Current Use of the Property - Industrial
  12. 12. Site Reconnaissance Observations Current Use of the Property – Vacant
  13. 13. Site Reconnaissance Observations Past Use(s) of the Property To the extent that indications of past uses of the property are visually and/or physically observed on the site visit, or are identified in the interviews or records review, they are identified, especially if they involve hazardous substances or petroleum products.
  14. 14. Site Reconnaissance Observations Past Use of the Property – Was Gas Station
  15. 15. Site Reconnaissance Observations Past Use of the Property – Was Gas Station
  16. 16. Site Reconnaissance Observations Past Use of Property – Was Dry Cleaner
  17. 17. Site Reconnaissance Observations Past Use of the Property – Was Gas Station
  18. 18. Site Reconnaissance Observations Storage Tanks Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs) Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)
  19. 19. Site Reconnaissance Observations Storage Tanks (ASTs)
  20. 20. Site Reconnaissance Observations Storage Tanks (ASTs)
  21. 21. Site Reconnaissance Observations Storage Tanks (ASTs)
  22. 22. Site Reconnaissance Observations Storage Tanks (UST Fill Ports)
  23. 23. Site Reconnaissance Observations Storage Tanks (UST Vents)
  24. 24. Site Reconnaissance Observations Storage Tanks (UST Fill Port)
  25. 25. Site Reconnaissance Observations Storage Tanks (UST Fill Port)
  26. 26. Site Reconnaissance Observations Odors Strong, Pungent, Obnoxious Odors are observed and the source of the odors is identified to the extent that the odors or sources can be visually or physically observed. For the next Slide, think of recently dry cleaned clothes that you just picked up and are hanging in the back seat of your car.
  27. 27. Site Reconnaissance Observations Odors – Freshly Cleaned Clothes, Squared
  28. 28. Site Reconnaissance Observations Odors – Source
  29. 29. Site Reconnaissance Observations Pools of Liquid Standing surface water is noted: Pools or sumps containing liquids likely to be hazardous substances or petroleum products are identified to the extent visually and/or physically observed or identified from the interviews or records review.
  30. 30. Site Reconnaissance Observations Pools of Liquid – Note Sheen
  31. 31. Site Reconnaissance Observations Drums Drums are identified, whether or not they are leaking, unless it is known that their contents are not hazardous substances or petroleum products. Drums often hold 55 gal. of liquid, but containers as small as 5 gal. are also described.
  32. 32. Site Reconnaissance Observations Drums
  33. 33. Site Reconnaissance Observations Drums
  34. 34. Site Reconnaissance Observations Drums
  35. 35. Site Reconnaissance Observations Unidentified Substance Containers Open or damaged containers containing unidentified substances suspected of being hazardous substances or petroleum products. Approximate quantities involved, types of containers, and storage conditions are noted.
  36. 36. Site Reconnaissance Observations Unidentified Substance Containers
  37. 37. Site Reconnaissance Observations Unidentified Substance Containers
  38. 38. Site Reconnaissance Observations Unidentified Substance Containers
  39. 39. Site Reconnaissance Observations Polychlorinated Biphenyls Electrical or hydraulic equipment known to contain PCBs or likely to contain PCBs is identified along with the condition of the equipment (ie leaking).
  40. 40. Site Reconnaissance Observations Transformers (not all contain PCBs)
  41. 41. Site Reconnaissance Observations Transformers (not all contain PCBs)
  42. 42. Site Reconnaissance Observations Hydraulic Fluid (not all contain PCBs)
  43. 43. Site Reconnaissance Observations Other INTERIOR Observations Heating and Cooling – What is source of fuel? (in NE states diesel is used as fuel oil) Stains and Corrosion – Stains & corrosion on floors, walls, and ceilings Sumps and Drains – Both the presence and where do they drain
  44. 44. Site Reconnaissance Observations Stains and Corrosion
  45. 45. Site Reconnaissance Observations Stains and Corrosion
  46. 46. Site Reconnaissance Observations Stains and Corrosion
  47. 47. Site Reconnaissance Observations Sumps and Floor Drains
  48. 48. Site Reconnaissance Observations Sumps and Floor Drains
  49. 49. Site Reconnaissance Observations Sumps and Floor Drains
  50. 50. Site Reconnaissance Observations Other EXTERIOR Observations Pits, Ponds and Lagoons Stained Soil or Pavement Stressed Vegetation Solid Waste Wells Septic Systems
  51. 51. Site Reconnaissance Observations Pits, Ponds and Lagoons
  52. 52. Site Reconnaissance Observations Pits, Ponds and Lagoons
  53. 53. Site Reconnaissance Observations Pits, Ponds and Lagoons
  54. 54. Site Reconnaissance Observations Stained Soil or Pavement
  55. 55. Site Reconnaissance Observations Stained Soil or Pavement
  56. 56. Site Reconnaissance Observations Stained Soil or Pavement
  57. 57. Site Reconnaissance Observations Stained Soil or Pavement
  58. 58. Site Reconnaissance Observations Stained Soil or Pavement
  59. 59. Site Reconnaissance Observations Vegetative Stress
  60. 60. Site Reconnaissance Observations Vegetative Stress
  61. 61. Site Reconnaissance Observations Vegetative Stress
  62. 62. Site Reconnaissance Observations Solid Waste
  63. 63. Site Reconnaissance Observations Solid Waste
  64. 64. Site Reconnaissance Observations Solid Waste
  65. 65. Site Reconnaissance Observations Solid Waste
  66. 66. Site Reconnaissance Observations Solid Waste
  67. 67. Site Reconnaissance Observations Solid Waste
  68. 68. Site Reconnaissance Observations Solid Waste
  69. 69. Site Reconnaissance Observations Solid Waste
  70. 70. Site Reconnaissance Observations Waste Water / Outfalls
  71. 71. Site Reconnaissance Observations Waste Water / Outfalls
  72. 72. Site Reconnaissance Observations Waste Water / Outfalls
  73. 73. Site Reconnaissance Observations Wells – Public Water Supply Well
  74. 74. Site Reconnaissance Observations Wells – Monitoring Well
  75. 75. Site Reconnaissance Observations Wells – Monitoring Well
  76. 76. Site Reconnaissance Observations Wells – Ground Water Remediation Well
  77. 77. Site Reconnaissance Observations Remediation system inside locked fence
  78. 78. Site Reconnaissance Observations Septic Systems – Covers over Septic Tank
  79. 79. Site Reconnaissance Observations Unidentified Surface Openings
  80. 80. Site Reconnaissance Observations Unidentified Surface Openings
  81. 81. Site Reconnaissance Observations Unidentified Surface Openings

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