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» Phase I/II ESA and Due Diligence
» NEPA Assessments
» Compliance Permitting and Consulting


Indoor Environmental Quality LEED 3.2 credit Air Test & Monitoring

AEA works with LEED certified Architects that supervises and reviews LEED projects for new or remodel Federal Building Contracts. AEA uses the latest air quality sampling and testing equipment to work with and help contractors achieve the required contaminant detection limits acceptable under the LEED Green building program. Mass Spectrometry Analysis is used to verify all

The U.S. Green Building Council, or USGBC implemented the LEED rating system in order to provide a third party certification for "green" buildings. This process reduces indoor air quality (IAQ) problems that result from construction or renovation and promotes the comfort and well-being of construction workers and building occupants. The green buildings frameworks include strategies for energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, and improved indoor environmental quality.

Our testing protocols are consistent with the EPA Compendium of Methods for the Determination of Air Pollutant in Indoor Air. The testing procedures are established in detail in the LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction, 2009 Edition.  The guide stipulates the following parameters to be measured: Formaldehyde, Particulates, Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOC's) and Carbon Monoxide (CO) and occasionally 4-Phenylcyclohexene (4-PCH) where there are carpets installed.




Total Volatile Organic Compounds



Carbon Monoxide


<9ppm, and no more than
>2ppm above outdoor levels







Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs)

There is a big risk involved when developing an environmentally contaminated property especially if it is a hazardous waste contaminants discovered on a property you have recently acquired.

The ESA report generated from a contaminated site is very important in guiding you through the clean up processes. This pertinent information answer your questions on what should be done to clean up the contaminants. For example, the Phase I and Phase II results can be used in your purchase agreement to require that the current landowner clean up the property prior to the sale, or reduce the cost of the property commensurate with the cost of remediation required. You can also use it to pursue acquisition and clean up alternatives to help control your environmental liability for the property.

Let AEA Environmental Services do Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessment studies prior to acquiring your property and minimize that risk.

Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment was developed to evaluate environmental concerns at sites changing hands were previously for commercial purposes.


Phase I

The Phase I Environmental Site Assessments was established under the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). ASTM E1527-13 is currently used as standard for addressing “Recognized Environmental Condition”  (REC)and the EPA “All‐Appropriate‐Inquiry” (AAI) aspect to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).

CERCLA is a government National policy, and procedures for containing or removing hazardous substances that have been released into the environment.  CERCLA also provides funding and guidance for cleaning up some abandoned and contaminated hazardous waste sites.

In accordance with the ASTM E1527-13, our highly trained professionals review current and historical records through referenced sources such as:

  • Aerial photographs,
  • Fire insurance maps,
  • Property tax files,
  • USGS topographic maps,
  • Land title records, with lien records for environmental liens or activity and use limitations.
  • Local street directories,

Current and past property use and condition interviews are held with owners, occupants, neighbors and local government officials. Because contamination could occur from the activities of nearby properties, the neighboring sites are also reviewed through Public records.

All ESAs are conducted by AEA’s environmental professionals who are trained in the appropriate standards and procedures.

Because the review of government records and interviews are time consuming, and to ensure a quality assessment, we advise that our clients allow sufficient time for the process.

Phase II

While Phase I ESA identifies potential contaminants and hazardous materials on the site, Phase II ESA involves sampling the potential contaminants and hazardous materials for laboratory analysis to confirm the presence of the contaminants and hazardous substances from the Recognized Environmental Condition (REC).

We adhere to the ASTM E 1903-11 Standard of practice for conducting Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA).

Some Phase II ESA samples for confirmatory tests may include:

  • Surficial soil and water samples
  • Subsurface soil borings
  • Groundwater monitoring well installation
  • Sampling, and analysis (may be appropriate on neighboring properties as well to determine the presence of contamination)
  • Drum sampling (if any were left on the property)
  • Sampling of dry wells, floor drains and catch basins
  • transformer/capacitor sampling for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)
  • geophysical testing for buried tanks and drums
  • testing of underground storage tanks

Grant funds for assessing and cleaning up contamination may be available through a state or federal Brownfield grants program.

NEPA Environmental Assessments

AEA Professionals prepare outstanding National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study reports according to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) 1978 regulations [40 CFR Parts 1500-15081]. We can prepare NEPA Environmental Assessments for federal grant applications from federal agencies, such as: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Health and Human Services (HHS), Federal Health Care Stimulus funds, etc. There are three levels of analysis involved in making a decision as to whether or not an undertaking could significantly affect the environment. The three levels include:

  • Categorical exclusion determination;
  • Preparation of an environmental assessment/finding of no significant impact (EA/FONSI); and
  • Preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS)

Compliance, Permitting, and Consulting

We offer an extensive range of compliance, permitting, and consulting services such as Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (40 CFR 230-233) which requires that a program be established which will regulate the discharge dredged or fill material into the waters of the United States of America. The ever-evolving register of federal and state environmental regulatory and compliance requirements is an everyday reality for both private and public facilities. We can provide solutions for all of their compliance and permitting needs. AEA is very dedicated to helping businesses and government agencies fulfill their obligations and requirements for meeting a full spectrum of environmental, health, and safety regulations.

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