Assessing Site Assessments

by James E. Laier, Pres.; Southern Earth Sciences, Inc., 762 Downtowner Loop West, Suite 101, P.O. Box 160745, Mobile, AL 36616,
Keith Sibley, Envir. Engr.; Southern Earth Sciences, Inc., 762 Downtowner Loop West, Ste. 101, Mobile, AL 36616,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 10, Pg. 70-71

Document Type: Feature article


Laier and Sibley contend that the growth in environmental site assessments, fast becoming routine in many types of real estate transactions, could create a windfall market for engineering consulting firms. They define what is considered hazardous under EPA guidelines, note the federal and state regulations and the private sector concerns about liability for site cleanup driving the growth in site assessments and list qualifications generally required to conduct this type of investigation. They also describe the site assessment process itself, dividing it into three phases: a preliminary site assessment, an environmental risk assessment, and a detailed contamination assessment.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Site investigation | Consulting services | Occupational safety | Real estate | Environmental Protection Agency | Private sector | Liability

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