When a health or environmental hazard is discovered, the property owner is most often held responsible, whether or not the owner had anything to do with creating the hazard. The “innocent landowner” defense now requires documentation of due diligence. The property owner is rarely alone in facing environmental liability. Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the power to seek or impose remedial action on virtually anyone involved in the site. Buyers, lenders, and managers — all can be liable and each must know the risks of every site. No relationship exists between the value of property and its potential liability! A $100,000 property can literally cost you millions. If you are the owner or operator of contaminated site, you may be a Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) — responsible for cleanup — whether or not you were at fault. Liability is joint and several. Any or all PRPs bear a site’s total costs. One solvent party may bear full costs if the EPA can’t recover from other PRPs.
· Liabilities are retroactive. CERCLA imposes liability for past environmental acts, including acts that were legal when they occurred!
· Liability is perpetual. There is no statute of limitations on potential liability.
· Liability is unlimited. It includes costs of investigation, testing, removal, public protection, health studies, environmental restoration and damages to third parties.
· Liability can be personal. Individuals and employees can be liable if they were responsible for, or arranged disposal of hazardous substances contrary to law or industry standards at the time.
SITE ASSESSMENTS, WHY?
New state and federal regulations concerning hazardous material and the liability and health risks associated with these materials, have forced buyers, sellers, mortgage companies, lending institutions, and insurance companies to routinely require environmental assessments. These evaluations are normally required before loan and mortgage applications and insurance coverage are considered on commercial properties. We arrange Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA). These evaluations can be designed to meet the specific needs of our clients; therefore, the evaluations may be preliminary and/or extensive. In many instances, a Phase I evaluation will confirm the potential for environmental hazards on a site or demonstrate that a site is clean based on the available information. The client has the option to continue the investigation with a Phase II evaluation when specific characterization of the environmental problem is necessary.
YOU NEED OUR TEAM ON YOUR SIDE, OUR TEAM INCLUDES:
PhD in Chemistry, MS in Chemical Engineering, BS in Biochemistry, Certified P.E. in the State of NJ, NJDEP UST Certified, Water Resource and Energy Management, HVAC Expertise, OSHA Certified, Permitting of Recycling Facilities, Chemical Remediation of Soil and Groundwater Specialist, Expert in Transporting Chemicals, Environmental Scientist, Expert in Sampling Protocols, Experience in Excavations, In-house Legal Advisor.
Providing cost-effective, comprehensive environmental services in New York and New Jersey.
Our Services Include:
Environmental Site Assessments, Phase I and Phase II,
Remediation of Sites,
Tank Closure, Removal and Subsurface Investigation,
Testing of Soils, Water and others,
Engineering Planning and Certification,
Permitting of TSDF and Transfer Stations,
2-Excavation and Site Development:
Complete Underground utilities,
Installation of Septic Systems,
Soil and Waste Removal,
Rental of Heavy Equipments with Operators,
We have developed working relationships with other firms to provide specialized services in a timely and cost-efficient fashion, including:
-Laboratory Services certified in New York and New Jersey
-Geology Services and GIS Database Management
-Industrial Hygienists (CIH) and Safety Training
-Baseline Ecological Evaluation
-Radon Monitoring and Remediation
-Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessments
-Groundwater and Soil Investigation and Remediation
-Underground Storage Tank Closure, Removal, and Subsurface Evaluation
-Environmental Site Assessment
-Development and Implementation of New Remediation Techniques
-Sampling and Testing Services (water, paint, etc.)
-Permitting of Recycling Facilities, Transfer Stations and Treatment Storage and Disposal Facilities (TSDF)
-Hazardous Waste Management and Disposal
-Mold Inspection and remediation
-Brokering other Environmental Services
-Tank Installation and Removal
-Land filling with Clean Soil and Capping
-Installation of Sewer and Water Lines
We Supply and Deliver:
-Water Treatment Chemicals
-Scale and Corrosion-Prevention Chemicals for Boilers and Cooling Towers
-Manufacturer of Custom Chemicals used in Remediation Processes in our R & D Laboratory
Click on the following links for additional helpful resources.
American Society for Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency Mold References
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
United States Food and Drug Administration
New York City Department of Environmental Protection
New York State Department of Health
National Underwriter Company
American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
American Lung Association
American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)
To download our hazardous waste checklist click here.