Complete Environmental Compliance Services

Robert E. Lee & Associates is a full-service environmental consulting firm providing a complete range of air, soil, and groundwater environmental compliance services for industrial, municipal, and commercial clients.

Our environmental compliance department includes experienced professionals who focus on the needs of our clients.  Contact us to learn how we can help you meet your environmental compliance needs.

Our Environmental Compliance Services Include:

Environmental Due Diligence

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 thousands of Phase I ESAs and hundreds of Phase II ESAs, site investigations, and remediation projects throughout Wisconsin for a variety of private sector clients, as well as projects involving 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

  • Free Consultations
  • 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.
  • Training seminars on identification and evaluation of environmental risk
  • Phase II ESAs

    Soil sampling

    Groundwater sampling

    Test pit investigations

  • Third-party review of previous environmental report

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 have completed many SBA funded due diligence projects. REL offers free 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

REL has worked with prospective purchasers on 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 Remediation 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
  • 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
  • EPA Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP), Health and Safety Plan (HASP), and Sampling and Analysis Plan Preparation (SAP)

Note: REL’s engineering, surveying, and ecological services are also available as needed on brownfield projects

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 trailer 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
  • Site remediation.
  • Dredged sediment handling and disposal
  • Landfill site selection, investigation, and permitting
  • Landfill expansion
  • 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 Investigations

  • Site Investigation Work Plans
  • Soil Investigations

    Hollow stem auger borings

    Geoprobe® borings

    Hand auger borings

    Test pits

    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

  • Groundwater Investigations

    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

Hydrogeologic Investigations

  • Determine hydrogeologic framework
  • Evaluate ground water flow pattern
  • Ground water modeling
  • Ground water / surface water interaction
  • Well interference
  • 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
  • WDNR liaison

Environmental Compliance

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)
  • Stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPP)
  • Wastewater treatment and compliance
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