Category: Site Assessments

One of the most common calls we receive is from a property buyer trying to determine the risk associated with a piece of land or building they want to purchase. We always recommend a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment and, many times, our clients will ask if we can just proceed straight to a Phase II ESA. The answer is almost always no and for good reason. A Phase I ESA helps us understand the history of the property and what potential releases may have occurred there or on surrounding ... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jul 1
By Luke Hall, PG, geologist  Last year around this time we discussed vapor intrusion, which is the migration of potentially hazardous vapor from groundwater or soil contamination into indoor spaces. Nowadays, vapor intrusion is more consistently being included as part of the site assessment process. Volatile contamination in soil or groundwater can produce vapors that can migrate through the subsurface and build up under the slab of a building. This vapor can then intrude into a struc... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jan 23
Phase II Environmental Site Assessments – what are they and when do you need one? We’ve discussed Phase I ESAs extensively in the past and now we would like to share the benefits of a Phase II ESA. A Phase II ESA is a follow-up assessment after a Phase I ESA, which is typically conducted during the due diligence phase of real estate transactions. A Phase I Assessment includes a site visit and a desktop review of the property history leading to findings that might identify a Rec... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Oct 2
Tioga environmental specialist Ben Day was featured in the Memphis Business Journal discussing how to avoid project hiccups if an endangered species is found on your project site. Check it out on MBJ's website or read below. Endangered Species Day was May 18, which is when we recognize and celebrate national conservation efforts to protect our nation’s endangered species and their habitats. For those of us who live within the Memphis loop, we often forget that there are multip... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at May 21
Site Assessment. Phase I. ESA. People use different terms to talk about Phase I Environmental Site Assessments. A Phase I ESA is a standardized assessment using a practice issued by ASTM International. It is intended to identify conditions indicating surface and subsurface contamination on a property. This is usually done during the due diligence period of a property transaction. Any time you are purchasing commercial or industrial property, a Phase I ESA should be performed to identify t... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Jun 23
Underground storage tanks have been used for years to store heating oil, gasoline and diesel for filling stations, industrial facilities, hospitals, fire stations and other businesses that require the large storage of bulk oil. The storage of these materials falls under the regulations issued by each state or the Environmental Protection Agency. In Tennessee, these tanks must be registered with the Tennessee Division of Environment & Conservation Division of Underground Storage Tanks, u... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Dec 12
If you are purchasing property, an environmental site assessment is an important step that helps to identify potentially dangerous contamination and protect you from liability. Business operations may produce contaminants, or contaminants may transfer from a neighboring property to your site. There are two phases to site assessments that can help either rule out or verify contamination. During a Phase I assessment, an environmental professional reviews property records, inspects the site... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Aug 14
You’ve probably heard the term “fracking” before, especially of late. As a bit of background, fracking is a common term for hydraulic fracturing, which is a well-stimulation technique in which rock is fractured by a hydraulically pressurized liquid. This process creates cracks in the deep-rock formations through which natural gas, petroleum and brine will flow more freely. Opinions vary when it comes to fracking and the safety of it... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Nov 18
TIOGA VOLUNTEERS SERVICES TO PRESERVE LANDMARKS Tioga Environmental is helping Kenny Jabbour and Alex Turley of Preservation Memphis in their efforts to address some of the city’s smaller restoration problems, like the pavilion at Peabody Park. Kenny and Alex know that revitalizing some of these smaller eye sores can make a really big difference for the community. Read more about their efforts here. Before work could start on the pavilion, it needed to be tested for lead-b... Read More
Posted by Larkin Myers at Aug 22