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ASTM E1527 Revisions: How Will Due Diligence Change Under the Updated ASTM Standard?

08 Feb 2022 4:55 PM | Katelynn Shields (Administrator)

On January 19, 2022, the NJ Chapter of the Society of Women Environmental Professionals (NJSWEP), the Brownfield Coalition of the Northeast (BCONE), the NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (NJ LSRPA), and the New York City Brownfield Partnership (NYCBP) collaborated on a webinar drawing over 200 participants. The topic: Changes to the ASTM Due Diligence Standard. 

Kathi Stetser and Michelle Martin, LSRPs of GEI Consultants, Inc., moderated the webinar. Chemmie Sokolic of Falcon Real Estate Group; Chris Martell of ESA Environmental Consultants, and Larry Schnapf, Esq. of Schnapf LLC presented information on a range of new and important topics including:

  • The ASTM Standards update process
  • New and revised definitions
  • Records Review and "The Big 4" property records
  • Emerging Contaminants and how they are handed under the new standard
  • Shelf life of standards and prepared documents
  • Important new appendices

As part of discussions at the event, the new ASTM standards were compared to NJ Preliminary Assessments and Site Investigation reporting requirements under NJ regulations. Attendees received helpful guidance documents including a table comparing ASTM Phase I vs Preliminary Assessment requirements and valuable information on the "The Big 4" property records needed for every Phase I (aerial photographs, fire insurance maps, local street directories, and historical topographic maps for those of you who were unable to attend!).

The session was recorded and the four organizations who participated are discussing the release process. If you are interested, contact sboyle@geiconsultants.com for further information.

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