Environmental due diligence is a vital part of property acquisitions, loan refinancing, business mergers, and foreclosures. Managing potential environmental risk can aid in protecting investments and ensuring viability of the future resale of a property. There are many examples of environmental issues negatively impacting the development of a property leading to unforeseen costs. REL focuses on assessing and managing environmental risk, providing straight-forward answers and assisting in the closing of transactions.
REL environmental staff have completed hundreds of Phase I ESAs and numerous Phase II ESAs, site investigations, and remediation projects throughout Wisconsin for a variety of public sector clients, including the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Aeronautics, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Small Business Administration, WDNR, and U.S. EPA projects. Our expertise has not gone unnoticed, as we have been recognized as the preferred due diligence provider for many financial institutions. REL staff has successfully assisted in closing many transactions on properties with environmental issues.
All due diligence work will be conducted in accordance with applicable American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards. Similarly, all investigative work will be conducted in accordance with applicable WDNR standards and guidance.
Environmental Due Diligence Services
Record Search with Risk Assessment reports
Transaction Screens (ASTM E 1528-14)
Phase I ESAs (ASTM E 1527-13)
Corridor Studies prior to utility construction.
Phase II ESAs
Test pit investigations
Third-party review of previous environmental report
Training seminars on identification and evaluation of environmental risk
Note: REL owns a Geoprobe drill rig enabling fast response times in completing Phase II ESAs.
SBA Environmental Investigations
REL staff are knowledgeable of SBA environmental investigation standard operating procedures and provide SBA SOP training seminars.
Lender Liability Exemptions
REL has successfully obtained lender liability exemptions for properties in the foreclosure process throughout Wisconsin
Voluntary Party Liability Exemptions
Brownfield Redevelopment Planning and Grant Writing
Robert E. Lee & Associates, Inc., has completed numerous Brownfield Redevelopment projects for both public sector and private sector clients. Below is a listing of Brownfield Redevelopment services and expertise REL offers.
Preparing Assessment and Grant Applications for WI Department of Natural Resources, WI Economic Development Corporation, and EPA grant programs
Brownfield Tax Increment Financing Plans
Local government Tax Increment Financing or Tax Abatement Programs
Federal or state designated Enterprise or Empowerment Zones
ASTM Phase I Environmental Site Assessments
ASTM Phase II Environmental Site Assessments
Preparing Site Investigation Work Plans
Preparing Remedial Action Plans
Negotiation of cleanup levels with regulatory agencies
EPA Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP), Health and Safety Plan (HASP), and Sampling and Analysis Plan Preparation (SAP)
Cost-benefit analysis of remediation costs
Demolition assistance, including, asbestos inspections, lead-based paint assessments and completion of a pre-demolition inventory to categorize hazardous substances
Third-party review/expert witness.
Evaluating buildable areas related to on-site environmental conditions
Assistance in structuring purchase agreements related to environmental costs
Providing lender assurances
Evaluation of responsible parties
Our staff is experienced in all facets of property development, from site clearance activities including a pre-demolition hazardous material assessment (HMA) and material removal, demolition of buildings, and site development preparation
Solid Waste and Groundwater Monitoring
REL has been a leader in the field of solid waste management in Wisconsin. Since our first involvement in the field in 1972, REL has continued to serve our clients through cost-effective and timely siting, design, and operations management of solid waste facilities.
More recently, REL has become a leader in ensuring monitoring and reporting compliance at active and closed landfills, which includes efficiently sampling numerous points and reporting the data to the WDNR. Our clients include counties, cities, villages, towns, and private businesses. REL has a sampling vehicle equipped with an ATV and lab that enables efficient sample processing in a climate controlled-environment.
We also have extensive experience in the management of solid and hazardous waste generated during environmental remediation projects. We have strong relationships with local disposal facilities allowing rapid approvals for disposal of solid waste. Disposal of hazardous waste can be challenging, given there are no disposal facilities in Wisconsin. We work closely with our clients and the WDNR to minimize hazardous waste generation. We also use innovative methods to treat the hazardous waste on-site so that it meets solid waste limits, allowing it to be disposed in state at a significant cost savings.
Below is a listing of services we offer under the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management category:
Groundwater monitoring and reporting
Dredged sediment handling and disposal
Landfill site selection, investigation, and permitting
Solid waste planning.
Resource recovery and recycling
Landfill gas management systems
Contaminated soil management
Regulatory agency negotiation
Construction on historic fill sites
Contaminant Investigations and Remediation Services
Our investigation and remediation project experience includes former and current farm cooperatives, gas stations, dry cleaners, machine shops, petroleum bulk plants, paper mills, historic fill sites, plating operations, manufacturing facilities, spill sites, and illegal dumping sites. All work will be performed by an Environmental Professionals as defined in the ASTM standard and also meeting the appropriate qualifications under Chapter NR700, Wisconsin Administrative Code.
Our staff has investigated and remediated hundreds of properties throughout Wisconsin. Through our work at these sites, we have developed expertise with a wide variety of contaminants and the appropriate investigation and remediation techniques. We have also developed strong relationships with regulatory personnel and are well respected in the regulatory community.
Below is a listing of Site Investigation/Remediation services and expertise REL offers:
Site Investigation Work Plans
Hollow stem auger borings
Hand auger borings
Investigation waste management
Sample collection and analysis
Remedial Action Planning
Fate and distribution of contaminant
Remedial action option evaluation
Remedial action selection
Remedial action option reports
Monitoring well installation
Temporary well installation
Private well sampling
Investigation waste management
Monitoring well development and sampling
Low-flow sample collection
Sample collection and analysis
Site Investigation Report Preparation
Case Closure Requests
Vapor Intrusion Investigations
Passive air sampling (e.g. badges)
Sub-slab sample collection
Summa Canister sampling
Vapor screening using PID/FID
Charcoal and colorimetric tube sampling
Determine hydrogeologic framework
Evaluate ground water flow pattern
Ground water modeling
Ground water / surface water interaction
Quarry / gravel pit dewatering effects
Reimbursement Program Management
Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (PECFA)
Drycleaner Environmental Response Fund (DERF)
Agricultural Chemical Cleanup Program (ACCP)
UST and AST Decommissioning
Tank decommissioning coordination and oversight
Tank System Site Assessment completion
Contaminated soil over-excavation
Tank closure report preparation
Regulatory compliance can be a complicated and costly undertaking. REL’s environmental staff can assist with state and federal regulatory compliance projects including:
Air permitting and reporting
Solid and hazardous waste management
Spill prevention, control, and countermeasure plans (SPCC)
If you would like more information from Robert E. Lee & Associates, please call us at (920) 662-9641 or (800) 986-6388. You will speak with a staff member right away and can speak to a project manager almost immediately. If you prefer to contact us via email, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will promptly respond. If you know the individual you are trying to reach, please visit our staff page to locate direct contact details. Thank you!