Environmental Risk Management Services

Environmental Due Diligence Services

A clean bill of environmental health is one of the most important considerations during property transactions. St.Germain Collins can identify environmental risks early and determine their authentic impact; and we can offer realistic solutions based on our clients’ environmental needs. Our goal is to provide essential information without engaging in unnecessary and costly environmental work.

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Environmental Records Reviews (ERR)
The most basic type of environmental due diligence, this desktop review allows you to gain an understanding of the regulatory status of the site and includes a risk rating for potential contamination.

Records Searches with Risk Assessments (RSRA)  
This desktop review allows the lender to evaluate environmental risk quickly. These environmental due diligence assessments provide a risk rating for potential contamination based on a historic use records review and an environmental database search to the ASTM E 1527-13 standard. Our RSRAs meet the Small Business Association (SBA) SOP 50 10 5(J) standard. 

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Transaction Screens
Transaction Screens are utilized prior to rel estate transactions or financing to help recognize and understand potential environmental concerns for a site. Performed to the ASTM E1528-14 standard, these are based on a site inspection, environmental database review, historical use records review, and interview(s) with owner and/or occupants.

Phase I ESAs (ASTM and Client Specific)
This environmental site assessment (ESA) provides the highest level of environmental due diligence without testing. For those clients seeking Superfund / CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act) protections, Phase I ESAs meeti ASTM E1527-13 and the EPA’s “All Appropriate Inquiries” (AAI) standards. We can also prepare client-specific ESAs that expand or reduce the scope of work for a conventional Phase I ESA to address unique site conditions or transaction details.

Phase II ESAs
A Phase II environmental site assessment (ESA) is conducted when a Phase I ESA or other information indicates that a property may be contaminated. A Phase II ESA consists of collecting soil, groundwater, or soil vapor samples in areas where contamination is known or suspected.

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Maine DEP Voluntary Response Action Program (VRAP)
The Voluntary Response Action Program (VRAP) is based on State law and essentially prevents the DEP from revisiting the site with respect to any documented contamination. St.Germain Collins has extensive experience working with the DEP and managing successful VRAPs.

New Hampshire DES Brownfields Covenant Program (RSA-147-F)
Based on State law, this program essentially provides liability protection for the investigation, cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties. St.Germain Collins has extensive experience working with the DES and managing successful “Brownfields” properties.

Risk Assessment
We review data in the context of human health risks and the proposed future use of the property to identify the applicable cleanup standards and overall remediation goals. Then we will systematically evaluate the potential remedial alternatives with respect to cost, effectiveness, schedule and practicality in meeting the remedial goal.