Tampa, Florida Environmental Consultants
Specializing in ASTM 1527-05 Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
We are confident you will find our quality of work unparalleled in the environmental industry. Our staff scientists have a minimum of 17 years experience in the environmental consulting industry. We guarantee your assessments will be completed by a qualified Environmental Professional (EP) and / or a licensed Professional Geologist (PG). BAE scientists meet the definition of a qualified "Environmental Professional" as provided by the ASTM 1527-05 guidelines. Unlike many high overhead companies that use recent college graduates to complete Phase I ESA's under the "supervision" of an Environmental Professional, BAE will not compromise your liability in such a manner!
BAE's Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Service Includes:
• A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment report prepared in accordance with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process E 1527-05
• Qualified Environmental Professionals to conduct the assessment
• Dedicated project manager to ensure project quality and schedule
• Standard 5-7 day turnaround with faster turnaround times available
• A final report in PDF format with two hard copies delivered to the client
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
The scope of work for the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is conducted in accordance with the scope and limitations of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Practice E-1527-05 and the "All Appropriate Inquiry" (AAI) EPA Rule 40 CFR Part 312. The ASTM 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.
The purpose of the Phase I ESA is to identify, to the fullest extent feasible, “recognized environmental conditions” (REC’s) in connection with the property. The term "REC" 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 includes hazardous substances or petroleum products even under conditions in compliance with the law.
In response to a Phase I ESA request, we deploy "Environmental Professionals" to conduct an inquiry into current and past land uses and ownership, with a focus on environmental management practices. The assessment includes an inspection of the property in addition to research and interviews with property owners, property managers and government agencies. A Phase I ESA includes a search of historical records and regulatory records to evaluate the potential presence of REC’s on or near a property being assessed. BAE interviews current and former property owners, key facility personnel, and government officials, and reviews historical documentation including records of use of the site and surroundings, historical fire insurance maps, aerial photographs, city directories, topograhic maps and regulatory agency databases and records.
Phase II Environmental Site Assessment
A Phase II ESA typically involves the collection and laboratory analysis of soil and groundwater samples in areas on a property that have been identified as REC's during the Phase I ESA. REC's can consist of dry cleaners, gas stations, landfills, print shops, autobody paint shops, agricultural chemical mixing areas, industrial and commercial septic tank systems, drum storage areas, etc. A Phase II assessment can also be conducted without the Phase I ESA if the interested parties are aware of existing contamination that may be impacting the property.
Soil samples are collected using hand augers, a Geoprobe® direct-push rig, or a conventional drilling rig. Our professionals place soil borings in the most suspect locations in order to avoid the unnecessary costs of "swiss cheesing" a site. Soil samples are typically field screened for volatile organic vapors utilizing an organic vapor analyzer (OVA) meter. Based upon the highest OVA readings, discrete samples are collected, preserved, and shipped to a laboratory according to standard industry methods. Ground water samples are collected from the borings using a Geoprobe®, temporary well or permanent monitoring wells. BAE utilizes only certified NELAP (National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program) laboratories.
The Phase II ESA report describes the soil and ground water sample methods, soil and ground water analytical results, and presents the data in tabular format with a map illustrating the sampling locations and plan of site. Conclusions are drawn from the available data collected onsite, and from available regional and local information. A Phase II ESA is typically the first step in confirming the presence of contamination and is not meant to define or delineate the horizontal and vertical extent of contamination, unless directed by the client. If conditions are identified that may require remediation, BAE can provide the general options available.
National Environmental Policy Act - Environmental Assessment (EA).
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was enacted in 1969 and was created to address concerns about the condition of the environment and how human actions were affecting it. NEPA established a national policy regarding the environment and requires that agencies prepare a "detailed statement" of the environmental impacts of any "major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment". This "detailed statement" is known as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued regulations that govern NEPA assessments under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 40, Parts 1500-1508.
The NEPA process consists of an evaluation of the environmental effects of a federal undertaking including the alternatives for the project. There are three levels of analysis depending on whether or not an undertaking could significantly affect the environment, which include: categorical exclusion determination; preparation of an environmental assessment/finding of no significant impact (EA/FONSI); and preparation of an EIS.
An EA analyzes the potential impacts to numerous resources, including but not limited to hazardous substances; public water supplies and other utilities; flood plains; water quality; wetlands; fisheries and aquatic habitats; wildlife and terrestrial habitats; threatened and endangered species; land use; prime or unique farm land; forestry; public lands; archaeological and historical sites; ambient air quality; traffic, construction and facility operation noise levels; transportation; and social justice.
BAE prepares NEPA environmental assessments for proposed construction projects and undertakings such as federal housing projects, health care facilities, government buildings and cell phone tower sites. The NEPA assessments may be as simple as a NEPA checklist or a comprehensive NEPA report, depending upon the requirements of the federal agency involved with the project.
The purpose of a Contamination Assessment is to identify or confirm areas of contamination, the type of contaminants present, and to delineate the horizontal and vertical extent of the contamination. Contaminant migration is assessed based upon ground water flow rate and direction, the underlying geology, and surface cover features. Based upon the data obtained from a Contamination Assessment, we can determine if "No Further Assessment" is necessary, if "Natural Attenuation Monitoring" is warranted, or if a Remedial Action plan is required to rehabilitate soil and ground water quality. BAE professionals have an excellent rapport with local and state environmental regulators and strive to keep communication lines flowing with our clients and the environmental agenices. BAE has jointly met with regulators and clients on numerous occasions to discuss project details, as communication is the simplest way to ensure success on your projects!
Storage Tank Closure Assessments
BAE personnel have extensive experience conducting storage tank closure assessments for both underground and aboveground storage tanks (UST's/AST's). Closure assessments are typically conducted for property owners and storage tank removal contractors in accordance with Florida Administrative Code (FAC) Chapters 62-761 and 62-762. The purpose of a tank closure assessment is to document the methods used to close the tanks (i.e., removal, abandonment in place), to document the condition of the tanks, and in most cases to document whether there has been a release of regulated substances to the soil or groundwater at the site. Upon completion of the assessment, BAE prepares a Storage Tank Closure Assessment report for submittal to the regulatory agency. The report is prepared in accordance with the FDEP document "Storage Tank System Closure Assessment Requirements", dated April 1998.
Phone: (813) 997-8177
Fax: (813) 973-2792
19046 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33647-2434
External Links:Southwest Fl. Water Mgmt. District (SWFWMD)