Category Archives: Phase I ESA

What is Emergency Response Notification System (ERNS)

According to EPA, Emergency Response Notification System (ERNS) is the national database used to store information on releases of oil and hazardous substances. Before the establishment of the ERNS program, there was no centralized source of information capable of displaying … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania to form Geospatial Coordinating Board

Last November, the Pennsylvania House and Senate passed a bill to establish the Geospatial Coordinating Board. This board will consolidate maps and data from all levels of government to create a central repository for geospatial information.

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Top Environmental Prose posts from 2014

As we start the new year it is interesting to look back and reflect on last year’s most popular posts here on Environmental Prose. Here are our most viewed posts from last year. How to convert Google KMZ files and … Continue reading

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Orphan Sites: Why they exist and how we address them

No, we’re not talking about Orphan Annie here! If you have ever worked on an environmental site assessment (ESA), you may be familiar with the term “orphan site,” or may know it as an “unmapped site.” An orphan site is … Continue reading

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EPA removes E1527-05 from AAI

Effective October 6, 2015 the use of the historical standard (ASTM E1527-05) will no longer be in compliance with the All Appropriate Inquiries Rule (AAI). On December 20, 2013 ASTM E1527-13 procedures were published by the EPA for persons conducting … Continue reading

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EPA proposes amendment to All Appropriate Inquiries

This week the EPA proposed an amendment to all appropriate inquiries under CERCLA to remove reference to E1527-05 and replace it with the new E1527-13 standard. The public comment period is open until July 17, 2014. Summary from the Federal … Continue reading

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Wichita, Kansas groundwater contamination linked to dry cleaning solvents

A public meeting was held in Wichita, Kansas on Thursday, April 10, 2014 to discuss potential health risks associated with groundwater contamination that originated from an old dry cleaning facility. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) informed residents … Continue reading

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North Dakota shale play driving demand for environmental due diligence

The North Dakota shale boom is an exciting spectacle to behold. I traveled there last spring and was amazed by the new opportunities and tremendous amount of activity. As I drove into Williston, I was amazed to see so much … Continue reading

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ASTM E 1527-13 has landed

The revision to ASTM E1527 standard was published this month putting a few new immediate changes into effect. ASTM standard E1527-05 is now listed as a historical standard; it is superseded by the 2013 revision. In a previous blog post, … Continue reading

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ASTM E-1527 revisions open for public comment

  The EPA has issued a Federal Register notice indicating that the proposed changes to ASTM 1527 are open for public comment until September 13, 2013. The revised standard (E1527-13) will be effective 90 days from the close of the … Continue reading

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Lending services to non-profits makes me happy

At Banks Environmental Data, I have the opportunity to work on various environmental projects representing a wide range of applications for both public and private sectors. It is always a privilege to work on any environmental study whether it’s a … Continue reading

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City directory searches now providing more for less

A city directory search is a tool used by environmental professionals to identify historical tenants of nearby buildings, which aids in developing an understanding of the activities surrounding a target property. We are excited to announce that our city directory … Continue reading

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Introducing new and improved environmental database reports!

  We are pleased to announce the launch of our new and improved ASTM/AAI Database Reports. We’ve spent over a year developing this new reporting tool with one goal in mind: To make environmental regulatory reporting easier for you. Less … Continue reading

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Urban vs. rural site assessments: Things to consider

  An urban environmental site assessment differs from a rural environmental site assessment in a number of ways. This post explores the differences between rural and urban ESAs and highlights data considerations when approaching site assessments in each setting.

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Phase I ESA changes expected with ASTM E1527-13

  Many in the environmental industry are concerned about the upcoming proposed changes to ASTM E1527-05, the protocol established by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) to advise environmental professionals on best practices when conducting a Phase I … Continue reading

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